Barnaby Finch: Keyboards, Piano | Robin Adler: Vocals | Dave Blackburn: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Dave Curtis: Bass guitar, Keyboards | Barry Cahill: Flute, Saxophone, Vocals | Danny Campbell: Drums | Peggy Watson: Vocals

Genre: Covers | Standards

RIYL: Joni Mitchell

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Inception: Fallbrook, 2006

Ex-Band Members: Jeff Olson, Drums Britt Doehring, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals

Influences: Joni Mitchell, Astrud Gilberto, Irene Krall, Ella Fitzgerald


San Diego vocalist Robin Adler and her husband, guitarist Dave Blackburn, together with a large, tight ensemble they call the Mutts of the Planet, perform the music of Joni Mitchell. The band was founded in 2006, with the ambitious gameplan of learning all of Mitchell’s notoriously difficult music.

Adler honed her considerable vocal chops for years as a member of San Diego jazz guitarist Peter Sprague’s groups, which frequently covered Mitchell material. Their album Safaris to the Heart: The Songs of Joni was released in 2010.

Along with Adler’s voice and Blackburn’s guitar, as of 2012 M.O.T.P. featured Barnaby Finch on piano, David Curtis on keyboards, Danny Campbell on drums, Barry Cahill on vocals, sax and flute, and Peggy Watson on vocals. The band has also performed with bassist Max Bennett, a veteran musician who toured and recorded with Mitchell back in the day.

By 2016, Adler was playing with acoustic soul band ABQ, alongside Dave Blackburn and John Quint.


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