This post starts with Will Smith. Yes, as in the Fresh Prince man in black who gets jiggy wit it. Three years ago, Chicago-based band Fort Frances decided to record a cover of the 1991 classic “Summertime”…and it led them to the unlikeliest of places: Lithuania.
For reasons we’ll get to shortly, the cover song totally caught on in the European county, leading Fort Frances to be booked at the country’s largest music festival and play to a sold out crowd the opening night.
It was an experience that would influence the finishing touches on their album, “Alio”, which will be released on Friday, April 22. It also gave the album its title – Alio is Lithuanian for “hello”.