Straight No Chaser

by Susan Getgood on April 17, 2010 · 1 comment

in Music

video by Christine Koh

Straight No Chaser is more than just the best way to drink single-malt Scotch.

It’s a terrific a cappella group that started at Indiana University in the 90s and got its big break when Atlantic Records CEO Craig Kallman  saw a YouTube video of their performance at a reunion concert a couple years ago.

I’ve loved their music since I was first introduced to it with their first Christmas album Holiday Spirits, so was thrilled when good friend Christine Koh invited me to join her at their concert this past Wednesday at the Wilbur Theater in Boston.

Before the concert, we were privileged to get a private meet & greet with the group. They answered a few questions for us and graciously posed for pictures.


I asked what was the best and worst thing about being on tour. I’m sure it wasn’t the first, nor the last time, they had heard the question, but their answers were humorous and honest. What they like:  the validation of performing in front of live, receptive audiences. And being with their best friends.

Not so good? Being with their best friends… so much. On a small tour bus. For such a long time. Plus missing their families. But they said it with such good humor, there was no sting. Just good-natured jibing.

If you have a chance to see them live, I highly recommend it. Their music is great, but their live performances are superb. They clearly love being in front of a live audience, and it shows.

So far, my favorite cuts on With A Twist are the I’m Yours/Somewhere Over the Rainbow mix (which Christine also caught on video) and Tainted Love.

Christine took the shot of me with the group above. The rest of my pictures are on Flickr.

Atlantic Records hosted us at this event. In addition to the private meet & greet and concert ticket, I was given the group’s brand new album With A Twist. I paid for my own drinks and parking. Links to products in this post are affiliate Amazon links.

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