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+ . CAPE G, Friday, September 25 - October 1, 1998 - 63 ARTS & ENTERT00. NMENT Steppin Out Naildrivers pound out their own niche in Cape Region By Jen Ellingsworth Life in a band called the Naildrivers has got to be anything but ordinary. Writing songs, touring the coun- try and turning out five CDs isn't your everyday 9-to-5. "We've been touring like crazy out West," said Barefoot Geno, guitar and vocals for the band. "We just got back from Cincinnati, where we played a frat party. Pret- ty crazy, huh?" It is pretty crazy, when you con- sider the Naildrivers' beginnings in Colorado in 1991, when the band supported its skiing habit by playing gigs in towns like Aspen and Vail. Founding members Chet Harri- son (vocals, bass) and Scot Par- sons (percussion) met Geno while playing gigs in Marco Island, F1. Geno signed on with the band in the spring of 1996 and the rest is Naildrivers' history. Now, seven years and almost five albums later, the Naildrivers are based in Rehoboth Beach, but play from coast-to:coast. Although they began their touring stint in the early 1990s by selling their cars and boarding a black Winnebego, the trio of 20-some- things have since purchased a new black van and are working to put the wraps on a new CD. The as-yet-untitled work in progress has "more of a pop edge," said Geno, who also tours and per- forms as a solo artist. "We're The Naildrivers will play at Sir Guy's in Rehoboth Beach, Saturday, Sept. 26. includes (l-r) Barefoot Geno, Scot Parsons and Chet Harrison. striving to be a little bit different, be really receptive to their own "'A lot of people here like to bear bnt yethave a famili'ar feel?, material, our originals, so we get to play Tire Naildtivei'S '+ r0!;ded rowd down here is,hasi- them at most all our shows. I'd :' eff ol'-e.ed y al+: callye a college crowd, said say they are the best received here __ .. + +, __ _" $ongng,. i:::+! ' ""' ,: .... + Geno,Wh0 said locals are likely to in the off-season, when tbe sum' uar, en me moomsounos or. , ': : " .... ' h 1 : of new vocal master Funehat Rose & ' A/dieegh you can still hearthem ear at east four the songs met people go home and its most- Crown Restaurant Sundays" play Cover tunes at most 6f their at theay, Sept. 26 gig at Sir ly locals." from 3 to 6 p.m. Call 645-2,373. gigs, they said the locals seem to Guy'S in Rehoboth Beach. Harrison agreed, but said as the I The band band matures its members are get- ting more selective about what material they include on their CD. "It's really painful for me," he Said, laughing. "We're getting pickier and pickier." One reason why the Nalldrivers Continued on page 64 creatures that rely on it every moment of every day for their existence," Wyland said. "By challenging students to paint a mural about marine life, we hope to increase awareness of the ocean and the need to take good care of this wondrous resource." With the help of local digni- taries, Wyland will officially kick off the Ocean Challenge at Coast Day at noon from the bandstand. With the public at Coast Day about how the ocean has inspired him to paint and sculpt one of the largest collections of marine art in the world. In fact, Wyland is featured in the "Guinness Book of World Records" for completing the largest mural painting ever. "Plan- et Ocean," in Long Beach, Calif., which covers m'ore than 3 acres, required 7,000 gallons of paint. It was completed by Wyland:and volunteers in six weeks in 1992. Wyland will also be available to sign copies of his latest book for Coast Day visitors. Published by Time-Life Books in honor of the International Year of the Ocean, "The Undersea World of Wyland" contains more than 100 full-color reproductions of some of the artist's most striking art, including a compelling overview of his Whaling Wall project. Copies of the book will be on sale at Coast Day, courtesy of the University of Delaware bookstore. For more information about the book sign' ing, call 302-831-3077. Wyland's artwork, from oil paintings to watercolors, sculpture and most recently, ceramic tile murals, has been featured in exhi- bitions worldwide as well as in 32 Wyland galleries in the United States. Earlier this year, he was named by the United Nations as the official artist for the Interna- tional Year of the Ocean. Coast Day, sponsored by the , UD Graduate College of Marine Studies and the Sea Grant College Program, will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the campus on Pilottown Road, Lewes. For details, call 302-831-8083. Submitted photo Artist Wyland will be in Lewes for Coast Day festivities on Sunday, Oct. 4, to encourage everyone to help paint an ocean mural on aplywood canvas. ages to help paint an ocean mural needed. The finished mural will on a 24-foot-long plywood "can-7@ien photographed and official- vas" erected on the grounds. ;:ly entered into Wyland's Ocean "The goal of our Ocean Chal- +(Chailenge, with winners to be lenge is to inspire youngsters to + announced in November. learn more about the sea and the : Wyland will be on hand to talk From noon to 4 p.m., students of all ages - from kindergarten through college - will be invited to help paint an ocean mural in the mall area between Smith and Can- non labs. Each student will receive a certificate of participation with signatures from several famous ocean stewards, from vice presi- dent AI Gore to ocean pioneer Sylvia Earle. To aid students in painting the mural, teachers and volunteers will be on hand to mix paint, cover youngsters with T- shirts to protect them from spills and provide instruction where You've seen them, maybe at 117 Market St. in Wilmington, in a warehouse wall in Baltimore or on the side of the San Diego National Bank: they're "Whaling Walls," life-size murals celebrat- ing whales and their habitat. These colorful tributes to the ocean have been painted by one of the world's premier environmental artists - Wyland. As part of his national Ocean Challenge, Wyland will visit the University of Delaware's Coast Day festival in Lewes on Sunday, Oct. 4, to encourage students of all Famed artist to kick off Coast Day cean mural painting