News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 6, 2013

Austin, Texas, band to perform Tuesday at The Woods


The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Platinum-selling artists Fastball are scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday in St. Mary-of-the-Woods College’s Cecilian Auditorium. The group will deliver blended vocals, acoustic guitar and rhythmic piano jams — often with a rock and jazzy feel.

The Austin, Texas-based trio — Tony Scalzo, (vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar), Joey Shuffield (drums, percussion) and Miles Zuniga (vocals, guitar) — built a strong following in the Austin area and created a regional buzz.

In its breakthrough project, “All the Pain Money Can Buy,” Fastball joined the likes of fellow  acts like The Wallflowers, Matthew Sweet, The Jayhawks, Cracker and the Ryan Adams-fronted “Whiskeytown” on the charts.

“I think we’ve grown into a really good rock ’n’ roll band that’s way better than we’ve ever been,” Zuniga said. “I think of myself as a lifer, a journeymen who really enjoys the whole process. We have an audience that’s stuck with us the whole time, and playing shows never feels like work because it’s a ton of fun.”

The Grammy-nominated band’s “The Way” stayed on top of Billboard’’s Modern Rock Tracks chart for seven weeks and was a top five hit on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart.

The band  followed up with “Out of My Head,” which reached the top 10 on Billboard’s Top 40 chart and was a top 10 hit on the Adult Top 40 chart for 29 weeks.

Chart success led to a world tour. Along the way, the band was in a regular rotation on the late night talk show circuit with Jay Leno, David Letterman and Conan O’Brien.

Fastball released its fourth album, “Keep Your Wig On,” in 2004. It features singles “Airstream,” “Drifting Away” and “Lou-ee, Lou-ee,” with the last being released as a single in Europe only.

In 2007, “The Way” was voted No. 94 on VH1’s television special “The 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s.”

Tickets are available at the door for $5 and are free to faculty, staff and students with ID.

For more information, call 812-535-5219.