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To Be Announced

by Victoria & Zeta Five

Victoria & her Zeta Five string violin powered by Mesa Boogie & Real McCoy – is a true blues/rock/jazz fusion violinist and vocalist, with passion, energy, tone, and stellar delivery and presence.
Genre: Blues: Electric Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Say What?
6:14 $0.99
2. Bendin' Like A Willow Tree
4:16 $0.99
3. Down By The River
6:59 $0.99
4. Let Me Go
3:58 $0.99
5. Crosscut Saw
3:48 $0.99
6. Close To You
3:59 $0.99
7. Wild Turkeys
1:58 $0.99
8. He Makes Me Feel So Good
3:11 $0.99
9. To Be Announced
3:27 $0.99
10. VooDoo Child (Slight Return)
10:46 $0.99
11. It's A Lazy Morning Rain
5:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
"I love the creative process, and it is a joy to perform and create with other artists - listening to and co-creating on the fly, working with the unique expression of each individual, complimenting and harmonizing, soloing freestyle, and expressing feeling through tone, melody, rhythm and lyric, that's what I love. The whole thang - it's all very healing for me and the little girl inside me - it brings out enthusiasm for life - its a gift - and it is so very beautiful when it is free-flowing and spontaneous and when the listeners, through their presence, are part of the process.

So, having a jam band that draws on blues, rock, rhythm and blues, and jazz fusion makes perfect sense due to the very nature and structure of these influences -- it's "feeling", it's "free-flowing", it's "spontaneous", it's "electric".

- Victoria Hammill

"TO BE ANNOUNCED", covers a variety of genres, such as; rockin' blues, funky blues, traditional classic blues, cajun blues, slow blues/jazz, cool jazz fusion, and contemporary jazz."

Core members of the band include, Victoria Hammill (Lead Violin and Lead Vocals), Edward T Hammill (Guitar), John Raska (Drums), and William Scruggs (Bass).

Shannon Williford (Harp) / Delicious Blues Stew, dueling with Victoria Hammill (Violin) in "Wild Turkeys", and soloing with James "Nick" Nixon (Male Vocal, Rhythm Guitar) / The Imperials in "Crosscut Saw / Don't You Lie To Me". Sue Birch (Bass) / Alchemy VII in "Crosscut Saw / Don't You Lie To Me", "Close To You", and "He Makes Me Feel So Good"; Jack Hartford (Bass) in "Down By The River"; and James Nick Nixon, Sue Birch, and Julieanne Denton (Backup Vocals) in "Down By The River" and in "Crosscut Saw".

The Legendary Waldo Weathers Saxman / James Brown, solos in "He Makes Me Feel So Good", "It's A Lazy Morning Rain" and "Let Me Go".

Recorded and produced at Atlantis Recording Studio, Hendersonville, Tennessee. Hammond B3 and Grand Piano tracks recorded at Straight Up Sound (Johnny Neel Productions), Nashville, Tennessee.



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The music is phenomenally good, especially the 10:49 long Voodoo Child.
Victoria and Zeta Five: Have you ever heard an electric violin sound like an electric guitar? Better yet, a child whining? These are some of the amazing things Victoria makes her “fiddle ” sound like on the band ’s CD "To Be Announced". Victoria and the band do a great job of delivering some down home blues influenced/jazz inspired material. The band is composed of some brilliant musicians, but dare I say the things Victoria does with her violin are simply magnificent ... the music is phenomenally good, especially the 10:49 long Voodoo Child. I would love to hear an all-instrumental CD from V and ZF.

The Befuddled Universe (Tim Null)

Now Victoria won't give away her secrets, but I'll tell you something that's no
"Victoria has secrets! And she's not talking!

Victoria Hammill won't tell anyone how she gets her violin to sing, dance, whine, talk, and massage your soul.

Dang, if Victoria doesn't get connected to lightening every single time she touches bow to string.

You have to experience Victoria's violin. To miss out on this experience would be like missing Jimmy on guitar or Miles on trumpet. I know enough about language to know that you can only say "unique" once. So let there be no confusion when I say, Victoria is a unique violinist.

Victoria Hammill fronts a bluesy group called Victoria & Zeta Five. Victoria & Zeta Five play songs from a broad spectrum of genres, but they all tend to come out with a bluesy/jazzy interpretation.

Most the songs on "To Be Announced" are foot stompers. They're all tasty tunes that are finger-licking good! If these tunes were Southern fried chicken, you'd need extra napkins.

It's a difficult choice, but perhaps my favorite in the bunch is a cover of the Stevie Ray Vaughn song "Say What!".

As with all good bands, Zeta Five is a team effort. Zeta Five doesn't quite have enough regular and guest players to man a football team, but they certainly could put together a B-ball squad.

In a week or so, Victoria and the gang will be doing an audio Coffee with Tim. It will to be fun, so stay tuned!

Don't tell anyone, but when Zeta Five has their Coffee with Tim, I'll announce that I'm giving "To Be Announced" a rating of 5 plus a ScramJet Violin. Hush, now. Don't tell Victoria! She can't be the only one with secrets.

Michael McCall, Nashville Scene, Critics' Picks, October 21, 200

Victoria Hammill plays an electric fiddle as if jamming with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robert Randolf and as if trying to match the tone and freedom of both. Running her dramatically altered violin through a Mesa Boogie amp, she makes a mind-bendingly original bowed sound; if you weren't watching, you'd want to see how a guitarist was creating such wildly expressive solos. A geophysicist who has worked with wave-form propagation and microseismics, Hammill is not afraid of experimenting with the mechanics of her instrument and the sounds it can make

Deborah Douglas, Big City Rhythm & Blues, Nashville Blues, Augus

... The Music City Blues Society's jam is held at the Boardwalk Cafe on Thursdays ... [There] you may catch the electric fiddle of Victoria Hammill. Victoria admits she can't play country but I've never heard anything like the wah-wah violin she produces for blues anywhere else! ...

Shannon Williford, Music City Guide, Music City Blues Corner, Ma

Victoria & Zeta Five is the name of a new band built around the violin and vocal talents of Victoria Hammill. This is a lady who is, in my opinion, making sounds that have never been made before on her violin. A dynamic stylist on her instrument, she recalls the great blues-rock guitarists, such as Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Brad Fischer / Nashville Music Guide (Music City CD Corner)

If your into some hot rockin' electric violin blues and jazz and fusion, let's g
If you're into some hot rockin' electric violin blues and jazz and fusion, let's go! Victoria Hammill is a fiddler extraordinaire when it comes to her genre of music. Released on the independent Digimind Records label, the album features eleven eclectic cuts that keep your body groovin' to the sound. The girl's vocals aren't to bad either and are backed by some pretty cool musicians.