Ear Candy: The Inside Story of Foxes & Fossils America's #1 Cover Band
Perhaps it was fate that brought them together. Five seasoned musicians, all of whom at some point in their individual careers, had been close to realizing the dream of virtually every young musician– the ever allusive record deal. Their bands had opened for some of the greats, Ray Charles, The Who, The Allman Brothers, The Turtles and others. But they were older now, ‘fossils’ if you will, and though they still enjoyed making great music as part of The Mustangs, any dreams of stardom had long ago become fading memories. A 2008 senate hearing focusing on corporate largesse in America just about put the band out of business. The ensuing cut back in “entertainment budgets” by most corporations meant a lack of work for The Mustangs and an abundance of downtime, which in turn led to an experiment; the idea was to form a multi-generational band that would focus on vocally challenging songs from the 1960s to the present. It happened in 2010 when the combination of a two young extremely talented female singers (foxes), one fifteen and one sixteen, coupled with the “experienced” voices of some of The Mustangs (fossils) produced a most beautiful harmonic blend that band founder, Tim Purcell, describes as “ear candy.” Some ten years later, that new band, Foxes and Fossils, has taken the Internet by storm. In a very short time, they rose from relative obscurity to become a number one YouTube sensation. With over 94 million views of their videos (1.4 million new views every month), and accolades from artists like Cat Stevens and Graham Nash, Foxes and Fossils have hundreds of thousands of fans in over forty different countries. Ear Candy: The Inside Story of Foxes and Fossils, America’s #1 Cover Band by Paul F. Caranci, and band member Sammie Purcell, will take you on the musical journey of five fossils and three foxes. A journey from the humble beginnings of each member to the events leading to the formation of this American success story.