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Mustang Sally takes its cue from crowd

‘We don’t even know what’s going to happen,’ says singer

September 16, 2012
By JOE SUTTER, , Messenger News

It's been a busy season for Oktoberfest's headliner band, Mustang Sally.

They've been booked solid on their summer tour for the past three months, said lead singer Tobi Lee.

"We've probably seen home four or five days in the last few months," she said. But their work is paying off.

"In that process, we got our record deal," Lee said. "We're hoping to have our single out in the next little bit. During the show, we're going to play all the options that could be our first single, so you folks will get to hear it there before you hear it on the radio."

Apart from that, Lee said what happens in the show depends on the audience.

"We don't even know what's going to happen. We roll with the crowd," she said. "If you're going to sit there, cross your arms and stare at me, I'm going to cross my arms and stare back. We don't want that, we like everybody having a good time and smiling."

Lee said their band is high energy and appeals to a wide variety of tastes.

"We're country with a kick. We do so much of everything, people say to us, 'I love you guys and I don't even like country music,'" she said. "If Lynyrd Skynyrd and Alabama had a baby, that's us. It's the country thing, but with good rocking roots."

Shellabration President Jim Reed agreed.

"Although they're a country rock band, to see their lead singer Tobi out there playing guitar and singing to Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Freebird' will do any classic rock fan proud," he said.

He said bringing back Mustang Sally, which played in Fort Dodge in 2002, is expected to increase attendance.

Lee was happy to be coming to Iowa. She said she played a party in Iowa long ago, before Mustang Sally.

"It was just me and my guitar, and I am not kidding, Iowa people know how to throw down," she said. "It was literally cut out in the middle of the cornfield. It was a huge party. I love Iowa."

Lee said the road life can be hectic - you get very little sleep and are always getting knocked around on a bus - but the band gets along well.

"We're like a slumber party on wheels. It's not what you would think when you throw a bunch of girls together on a bus," she said. "Everybody gets along extremely well. You can tell if somebody woke up in a bad mood. Just leave them alone and let them have some coffee.

"It's a great combination of personalities and talent. I'm the luckiest lead singer in the world."

Following polka bands at a German-themed festival will be a new experience for the band.

"I've been to some Oktoberfests before, but I guess I don't remember anything like that. We've not ever done anything quite like that," she said.

Still, she is looking forward to the party.

"You will see us doing the chicken dance. I apologize for that," she said.



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