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Jeff Raught
Jeff Raught

Jeff has been meandering his way through life with songs and stories for many years. Finding the humor in unexpected places and delivering it in a way that only Jeff can. Connecting the dots, or maybe helping to erase them. It is a delightful blend of music that has flavors of blues, gospel and hints of The American Songbook.

For a new twist on some old yarn....

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Various ensembles over thirty-ish years.
Various ensembles over thirty-ish years.

I play bass guitar (currently a five string "MTD").

I've played in churches (I'm part of a folk group in a Catholic church at present), pubs - nasty and nice, concerts, coffee houses and assorted other environments.

I've played in duos, full bands (three, four, five piece) and other configurations. I've had the good fortune to be part of a number of recording sessions as well.

I play by ear and use chord charts frequently. I am learning to "read" but am at a beginner level in that regard.

There are very few types of music that I don't like. I've played rock, country, gospel, reggae, folk and even some classical at a semi-serious to pretty serious level.

I'm a sucker for a great melody, a cool riff or a worthwhile lyric. If all three elements converge in a song great; I will, however, settle for one or two of them. :-)

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andi and i

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andi and i

Al Tauber was raised in Champaign, Illinois, inheriting Christian values from his mother, an appreciation for blazing guitar solos from his rock-listening older brother, and a soft spot for the undulating expanse of a cornfield from his surroundings. After his garage band days, Al was forced to play a guitar "with a hole in it" when his college fellowship group lost its song leader. Al warmed to this unplugged instrument after seeing Jimmy Abegg accompany Charlie Peacock in an acoustic set at Cornerstone Festival. From then on, Al approached the instrument from an adventurous angle far removed from the "three chord strumming pattern" he had previously associated with the acoustic guitar.

Andi Tauber's early musical upbringing was somewhat neglected without older siblings to counter the influence of her parents' Tom Jones and José Feliciano albums. Singing has always been a part of her life—as far back as she can remember, she made up harmony parts to sing along with her favorite recordings. A voice major at Illinois Wesleyan University, classical music was always forced to share space in her heart with the likes of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Van Morrison (along with Tom and José, of course).

Andi and Al began playing music together after their marriage in 1989. They played first in church, then at coffeehouses and events, then bars, clubs, used car dealerships—you get the picture—pretty much a downhill slide. Their career picked up in 1995 when they moved to Chicago, which remains their home to this day. They still play coffeehouses, and bars, but now "only your bigger, nicer, used car dealerships."

In 1996 they released their first CD, "Days Like This," recorded just as they perform live. At that time they began working with a raft of other talented musicians. They helped form the Songwriters of Faith Alliance (SOFA), with five other Chicago area singer-songwriters, which released the compilation CD "So Far" in 1998. Their latest CD, "Harder," released in 2003, has a more band-oriented, grittier sound, while still prominently featuring the acoustic guitar which has always been the backbone of their performances.

Recently andi and i entered into a relationship with Emmaus Ministries, an outreach to males involved in sexual exploitation on the streets of Chicago. Now, in addition to their regular performances, they present a program called "Stories from the Streets" which attempts to connect Christians with the guys Emmaus serves by telling the guys' stories in a variety of methods, including music.


General contact info. Booking info.
Andi Tauber
andiandi@andiandi.com
(773) 551-8959
1613 W Farwell #2
Chicago, IL 60626 US
Andi Tauber
andiandi@andiandi.com
(773) 551-8959

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