Jump up, dance around | SteamboatToday.com

Jump up, dance around

Autumn Phillips

With this band, you get what you give.

Good Paper, a band from Greenville, Miss., operates like puppets on a string. As the audience gets more excited, so do they, and who knows what will happen next.

Of course, this quid pro quo attitude can be dangerous at a venue such as Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, where people often need a little encouragement to get onto the dance floor.

Either way, the best part of Good Paper is its live show.

“We really enjoy what we’re doing up there,” bass player Scott Doler said. “Especially if the crowd responds. We just feed off the crowd.

“We don’t stand still on stage. Sometimes (singer Rob Mortimer) will grab the mike and take over the stage like James Brown. And people really love our drummer.”

Ben Skelton is an animated drummer, sometimes yelling at the audience from the back of the stage. The group choreographs movements to the songs and throws in some spontaneous craziness.

“We do it to give people something to watch other than just listening to the songs,” Mortimer said. “Every show is different.”

Saturday’s show will be Good Paper’s first time playing in Steamboat Springs.

Good Paper sounds like Phish with James Brown as a front man.

It’s music created by four hometown friends who grew up in the Mississippi Delta.

“It’s the birthplace of the blues,” Mortimer said. It was the kind of town where 13-, 14- and 15-year olds went to the bars to listen to old blues musicians like Mississippi Slim, Guitar Charlie, Willie Foster and Johnny Horton.”

On their album, “Peep,” Doler plays the keyboards like a church organ. His dad is a Baptist preacher, and you can hear it in his music. But on tour, Doler stands behind an electric bass. Like his bandmates, Doler remembers the nights of adolescent drinking in bars whose owners didn’t care that he was underage. He remembers the blues he heard in those bars.

“The blues musicians really held a groove,” Doler said. “They had a real solid bass line, and that inspired me. But I don’t really listen to that kind of music anymore.”

Good Paper plays several originals, but its list of covers is diverse — “Life During Wartime” by Talking Heads, “Chameleon” by Herbie Hancock, “Come as you are” by Nirvana, “Everyday People” by Sly and the Family Stone and “Pain” by Morphine.

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