Just because a band isn’t trying to burn up the music charts with fresh material doesn’t mean that they are a lesser band for it.
Matt Williams (Lead Guitar/Lead Vocals), Thomas Tauscher (Rhythm Guitar/Lead Vocals), Judy Tauscher (Bass), Jumping Jerry (Keys), Tim Currier (Percussionist), and D.J. Damage (Drummer) makes up this very unique band. Having many members with differing levels of previous success, these six people are sharing teir love of music and having a fun time doing it. Judy was gracious enough to take a little time out of her day to talk about their upcoming Quarry Fest appearance. Make sure to say hi to her and the band if you happen to be in the area and stop by.
NRR: You guys are another band from the Toledo area and have a little bit of a home field advantage. What’s been going on with the band in the last year?
Judy Tauscher: In the past year our lead guitarist, William Bracey, passed away. We were all devastated. He was not just our lead guitarist and one of our lead vocalists, but a very close friend. We had been together for eight years. So, we had to reformulate the band. We became a six piece band compared to a four piece and we have ended up with a new sound.
NRR: Hopefully you guys have a great time on stage to close out this strange summer. Are you looking forward to anything in particular at Quarry Fest 2015?
Judy Tauscher: Sure, the people, the other musicians, and most of all just to rock the house.
NRR: How does a band like Measure of Time describe itself to someone that might not have heard your sound yet?
Judy Tauscher: We are a classic rock band. We play everything from the 50s to 80s. We are a high energy band and just plain like to have a good time.
NRR: Talk to me about the band; how did you guys come together, anything special behind your name, etc?
Judy Tauscher: Nothing really behind the name. I was looking threw the thesaurus trying o figure out a name that was cool and just came up with it. We were looking for a drummer about three years ago and found Tim Currier who brought along DJ Damage. Then Jumpin Jerry asked if he could join us. Then about three months ago we hired Matt Williams. Thom and I started the band after a failed attempt at another band. William Bracey joined in and we became Measure Of Time.
Measure of Time Country Ridge 2009
NRR: Do you guys currently have any albums out or about to drop and if so either way, what can you tell me about it?
Judy Tauscher: No, we do not have any plans for an album right now. Although Matt has done the Nashville thing already, the rest of us are just kind of content to be a cover band.
NRR: What can we expect from Measure of Time in the coming days after Quarry Fest is again eagerly awaited to, and hopefully, come around again in 2016?
Judy Tauscher: We are looking forward to getting out more and picking up new tunes, just getting busy. It would be great if there was another Quarry Fest. I think it is going to be a great time for everyone.
NRR: What are some of the influences that help you guys get your own vibe musically and have you gotten a chance to share the stage with any of them yet?
Judy Tauscher: I think we have a combination of influences. There is so many of us. DJ started out with a gospel band and did play with some well known Detroit folks. Matt is country and has played the Grand Ole Opry with two of his originals and opened for Phil Vassar. Jerry and I both are around the 50s and 60s. Tim loves everything. Thom is more of the hard rock. It would be hard just to pick out one or two we have so many.
NRR: How important is selling merch for a band like Measure of Time at a show like this, and who comes up with the most impressive items to sell?
Judy Tauscher: It is important in order to buy more we have to recoup our money. That is not to say we don’t end up giving a lot of stuff away. You want the people to remember you and hire you and just think that you are the greatest band in town. I usually come up with the logos and stuff and always ask the boys what they think.
NRR: For anyone that might not have seen you perform before, what can they expect to get from your set on stage?
Judy Tauscher: A little of everything from Doobie Brothers to Jason Aldean. From the 50’s to the 80’s and everything in between.
NRR: Not saying anyone is not pure as the wind driven snow of a northeast Ohio winter, buuutttt, if you had to claim an official adult beverage for Measure of Time, what would get your support at the ballot box?
Judy Tauscher: I would have to say shots of whiskey. It is band tradition to have a shot before we play.
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