Scranton trio the Third Nut offers seamless vocals and a setlist spanning several genres, with an adaptability to venues that has led them to be called a “chameleon band.”
Founding member Brad Morgan went On the Record to discuss the band’s uniqueness and namesake.
Q: How did the band form?
A: My cousin and I were singing in a folk group at St. Ann’s (Basilica). They wanted some Christian rock. We were talking afterwards and thought we should put a little group together. We found a third person and said we would rehearse for six months as a trial. That turned into three months, and we had our first gig.
Q: Where was your first performance?
A: It was in 2005 at the Glass Onion in Dunmore.
Q: How did you come up with your name?
A: It’s a poker term. Myself and the guys would have a lot of poker games at home. If you have the best Texas Hold’em hand, you have “the nut” — you can’t be beat. We always had the second- or third-best hand — the “second nut” or “third nut.” Most people misinterpret our name as something dirty.
Q: What makes you a “chameleon band?”
A: We have a drum machine — a backing track — which covers drums and bass. So we can sound like a five-piece band, or pull it back and do more intimate, acoustic sets. It makes us versatile. I don’t see any other bands like us. People have told us we’re unique.
Q: What is a typical set list like?
A: Our setlist consists of all different kinds of music — we’re all over the place. Country, classic rock and a lot of stuff people don’t normally do — obscure stuff.
Q: What is something obscure you play?
A: One-hit wonders like “Rock Me Gently” by Andy Kim.
Q: Who are your musical influences?
A: Mine are James Taylor, Billy Joel and Jim Croce. Chris (Capozza) likes hard rock and classic rock, and Jerry (Trapper) likes ‘60s and ‘70s music.
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?
A: If you can, try to do a single or duo gig. As a trio, it’s harder to book gigs because of fees. Keep it small and you’ll make some money out of it.
Q: Do you have future plans for the band?
A: This was kind of an experiment, a way to make some extra cash and have fun on the weekends. As long as it lasts, we’ll continue to do it.
— jacqueline kurovsky