The sultry, deeply-grooved sound of the Jane Doe’s owes some of its resonance, insight, and kaleidoscopic imagery to front man Andy Tubman’s day job. As a music therapist in psychiatric hospitals and rehab centers, he uses music to communicate in new ways with people living in pain and at the very edges of the human experience. One of the first things to attract your ears and eyes at a Jane Doe’s performance is the eclectic makeup of Drummer/percussionist Brad Colton’s kit. A collection of hand drums from around the world is spiced with found object instruments Brad creates out of salad bowls, springs, and other everyday items which add layers of intricate sound to the music.
Whether in their stripped down three piece (guitar, bass and percussion) at an intimate living room show or throwing down with the full band including Rhodes/B3, two drummers and often with special guests, the Doe’s never fail to capture their audience. In an age where Pro Tools trickery can make up for a variety of musical sins, it’s apparent when experiencing The Jane Doe’s that the players have a mastery of their craft and a deep connection to their art that can not be achieved by keyboard short cuts or fakery.