Clear Lake Band Brings Experience to Northern Iowa Music Scene | Entertainment
The exploration of musical styles and the experience gained have taught Mockingbirds to spread their wings when performing.
The Mockingbirds, a Clear Lake-based band, are made up of husband-and-wife duo Rich and Tina Mock, with the occasional addition of friends or family joining them on stage.
Both Mocks have been on stage from a young age. Tina grew up dancing and started performing in bands at the age of 18. Rich’s musical journey began at the age of 16.
The two performed in separate groups for several years, and after they started dating, the idea of doing concerts together came about.
“The reason I started playing music with Tina was because I was working at the music store and a country band she was playing in needed a guitarist that night, and I was for rent, ”said Rich.
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“I was like ‘I know a guy’,” Tina said with a laugh.
“We both had a common interest and she sings really well and she plays bass and I’m a guitarist. We kind of needed each other in that regard,” Rich said.
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The Mockingbirds have been performing officially for seven years now, which Rich says has been the longest-running and most successful band he’s been a part of.
The group’s first concert took place at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake in March 2015, opening act for Gaelic Storm. Rich said they only had a few workouts before going on stage.
“After over 30 years of playing music and in bands, (we have) confidence in our abilities and limitations and in what we can do and how we can entertain. But you still get a few butterflies because you want to do good. ”Rich said.
“If anything, this (show) was a little more comfortable because we kind of tried different things,” Tina said.
The two have described The Mockingbirds as a “loud rock band,” but they’re not afraid to dive into other genres. Tina said they went from blues to ’80s hair metal in one performance. Currently, all of the songs they perform are covers, but it is possible that originals will come in the future.
“I haven’t inflicted my original music on audiences for a few years now. Tina actually started with an original album,” Rich said. “There seems to be an interest in some original acoustic music.”
Rich said one of the highlights of their performance was Tina’s yodeling ability.
“It’s funny to see this kind of (musical) diversity and that [the audience is] not like ‘what in the world are they doing?’ “said Rich
“Believe me, when I first started yodeling it was like that,” Tina added. “They loved it at VFW because they love a good polka.”
The Mockingbirds do not yet have any confirmed shows for 2022, but they expect to perform between 20 and 30 shows this year.
“I thought that at 50 I would retire, but it looks like after this year people are still interested in what we have to offer,” Rich said.
“(I’m) excited to see what 2022 has in store. Especially anticipating the return to a new normal and going back to it and playing more shows,” he said.
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