In fall 1983, I did publicity/promotion for Bogart’s, which necessitated distributing posters and flyers around Short Vine. I was on my rounds when Raisins guitarist Rob Fetters turned the corner at Charlton at a full gallop, wild eyed and hair flying. The Raisins’ debut album, produced by future bandmate Adrian Belew, had just dropped and the city’s most popular band had somehow become bigger.
Although Fetters didn’t actually know me, he skidded up to me, grabbed my shoulders and began shaking.
“They just played my song on WEBN!” he shrieked joyously, accosting other strangers similarly before disappearing around the bend. It was a perfect Rock moment, like every Raisins gig I ever attended.
Dissolved in 1985, The Raisins remained active individually and semi-collectively but the band’s most renowned lineup — Fetters, bassist Bob Nyswonger, keyboardist Rick Neiheisel (now better known as Ricky Nye) and drummer Bam Powell — has reunited sparingly. This Saturday promises something special, as The Raisins join several reanimated Cincinnati favorites, including Rock Duster, Haymarket Riot, Carefree Day, The Michael Denton Group, Sorry Charlie, Dan Barr, Peter Mayer and Johnny Schott — to perform at the WEBN Album Project Reunion Show at Covington’s Madison Theater.
The Raisins reunite for the The WEBN Project Reunion Show Saturday at Madison Theater in Covington, joined by Rock Duster, Haymarket Riot, Sorry Charlie, Dan Barr and many others. Go here to read Brian Baker's full interview.