WANT TO GO?
Ritchie Collins Three-O
WHERE: Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday
INFO: 304-342-1461 or www.taylorbooks.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The first rule of the Ritch Collins' Three-O is there are no rules.
"It's whatever I'm doing at the moment," he said.
It also doesn't always have to be the same three guys.
This Friday, for instance, when the band performs at Taylor Books on Capitol Street, it's probably going to be Collins, Jeff Carter and old-time fiddler Joe Dobbs, who also owns the Fret 'n Fiddle music store in St. Albans.
"He plays clarinet, flute and stuff," Collins said of Carter, then added the night's performance might sound a little different from the last time the group played Charleston.
"It might be a little unusual without a bass player," he said.
Bassist Bob Shortridge is staying home this time around -- not that this was cause for alarm, Collins thought.
"The set list could get a little more varied," he acknowledged. "I'm pretty sure we're going to do Toto's 'Africa,' but after that we might do 'Leavin' Home,' and who knows what? We do a range from Toto to Charlie Poole."
Collins said the Taylor Books show is the first time the Rich Collins Three-O has been out in a little while.
"We had a good year," he said. "We played out a couple of times at Taylor Books. We were booked for FestivALL at the Ice Cream Social on the West Side. That's always a great time. It's like they say: the West Side is the best side."