The visionary Preston Klik, Yvonne Bruner, Char-Malloy Baum,
and James Stallman once produced a spectacularly captivating combination
that captured and catered to all six of the senses. When they, years ago-
urged onward by Preston- decided to get together and
make some music, the world was blessed with Big Hat. It has not
been the same since. Seeing and hearing them perform live was once best
"experiencing ethereal bliss." That's about as accurate as it gets.
Theirs is an almost indescribable genius, which can only be heard to be
truly understood and savored.
When you open your ears and your mind to them, you'll have no choice but
to be enraptured by the true nature of melody, harmony, and the beauty
of their assimilation.
Bruner: vocals and lyrics, tin whistle
Klik: sounds, melodica, trumpet, backing vocals
5-string electric violin, backing vocals
The Albums are...
Big Hat is no longer creating new musical
masterworks. "The fat lady has sung," as Preston has phrased it, and they've
decided to put the band to rest. Taqueria del
Muerte - their last, best effort (and biggest departure) - was
released posthumously, but produced before the fall. It effectively
captures the heart and soul of its performers, utilizing each of their
talents to the fullest extent... especially Char and Jim.
Big Hat is a new piece of history that will now have to live on
offstage. Char and Jim won't be
performing anymore, but Preston and Yvonne are still out there, and the
torch has already been passed. Preston has put together four more unique
individuals to form My Scarlet
Life. Says Preston, "It's not Big
Hat, understand, it's My Scarlet Life. But if you like one, I think
you'll like the other."
Now, those five have a life and
sound quite distinctively their own, which they call "Trypnotica." But
that's a different experience entirely. You'll have to nudge yourself
along that path until you're pulled in; but since you've made it this far,
I don't think you'll resent the extra effort. Visit the My Scarlet Life web site.
And thankfully, Yvonne is still putting that hauntingly beautiful voice to
good use with her band, X-Feline.
Noted, this page is always under construction, but lately, it's been
altered dramatically. Please contact me if there are any problems, or you
can just make comments or give suggestions. Soon enough, the scans
will be done and the songs will be digitized, and, with a little help,
the lyrics will be posted. Many thanks to Michael Doyle for the lyrics
to "Redline" and the videos, which may
be digitized as well.
"...sang a song of oceans covered in all her gravity."
Maintained by Tarik Dozier / email@example.com