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wonderful I'm working on a solo cd that's mostly been sitting untouched since 2004. I still need to redo the guitars and vocals, and polish it up. It's more uptempo than my collection ballads, which I'm holding onto for a later relase. The name of this project is Wonderful. I keep getting distracted by writing new material though, so I've decided to pursue multiple projects at once, so each disc will have songs that fit that disc's style. The more synth-oriented stuff will be released under the name Bad Samaritan.
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intadabluez

IntaDaBluez is a blues band based in South Bend, Indiana. I played with them for a couple of years. Every player is truly a class musician. We were pretty good. But South Bend is not the best environment for bands because there are so few places to perform.

the Janglemen

The most successful band I played with back in my Chicago years changed their lineup continually and changed their name from Pound to the Yellow Pills to the Disappointments. Led by my old roommate Glenn Wall, they crafted a cool, jangly power-pop sound that is still fresh and vibrant today. He's one of the best songwriters I've ever played with. He moved out to NYC for a decade and is now back in the Chicagoland metropolitan area. I believe he is playing with some new cats. His latest recording is the Janglemen. You should check them out.

Trigger Gospel Anna Fermin is an incredibly talented female singer. Plus she's one of the nicest people I've ever met. I first saw her perform in 1995 and couldn't believe my ears. Her band's been together since a little after that time, and in 2004 they did a ProTools pre-mixdown session at Stun Studio (my home studio). In the spirit of spreading her considerable charm, please give Trigger Gospel lots of love and attention.
Fortune & Maltese Former bandmate Mike Maltese and his partner Freddie Fortune are in charge of a kickass Detroit band, Fortune & Maltese & the Phabulous Pallbearers. If you've never experienced a 1960's-style rock invasion, then you simply MUST start diggin' them live.
Wabash Cannonball In 2006 I played organ for a SMOKIN' blues band in Chicago called the Wabash Cannonballs. After recording all my parts and finishing their cd, they decided to be a 3 piece again. What a waste of talent and opportunity. If you ever see this band, please tell those crack-addicted morons to FUCK OFF.
the statistics I played bass in the Statistics back in 1997-1998. We were an indie-rock band, unsigned but fairly prolific. We played the joints that all startup bands play in Chicago, such as Phyllis' Musical Inn and the Cabaret. Our singer/guitarist was a close friend and strong songwriter. But he's a raging alcoholic. He kicked me out of the band in one of his drunken rages, so I told the recording engineer to destroy my bass parts. Then the band ended up recording a lamer version of our songs under the name Spring Reverb with a totally different and lifeless rhythm section. Here's hoping that "it's a shame about" Rey gets the help and healing he so truly needs. I'm fairly certain he can't find salvation at the bottom of a bottle of Jack Daniels.
Carter Lee Back in 1995-1996 I was the pianist for Carter Lee & the Hired Guns. We were one of the rockingest bands in Chicago at the time. Sadly our bassist was murdered the night we finished our demo, and so we never made it beyond playing Cubby Bear and the Vic and Rockabilly Night at a lounge that no longer exists. Carter Lee Scott passed away from liver failure in 1999 and I still think of him from time to time. He was amazingly talented and had won the Beatlesfest run by WXRT's Terri Hemmert. One of these days I'll get around to reposting our recordings of Brendan's tragic last performance.
Michael Hurtt & his Haunted Hearts

I was one of the founding members of South Bend's the Dharma Bums. We were together for a couple of years in the mid-1980's and we played wherever they would let us: the Silver Beach Battle of the Bands, a dance party we threw at a teen club, and Cheers. It was tough to keep a band together with all of us attending different colleges, but one thing we all agreed on was the importance of giving 100% of yourself to the song. Well, time slogs on and now our old singer Mike Hurtt has found some success with his new band the Haunted Hearts after lowering the coffin for the Royal Pendletons, N'awlns saints of gritty rawk & roll. He's got more passion about music than anyone else I've ever known, so you know their shows are pure-d-musical mayhem.

   
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