meet the critically ashamed... now we are six!
Top Middle: You all know who that clown is...just read my blog above and below to know more!
Top Right: Shawn Finney - Bass Guitar and backing vocals: Besides being a friend of mine for almost (gasp) 30 years playing in numerous projects with me during that time, Shawn is an acomplished film composer lending his talents to a number of independent films such as "Saving Star Wars" and "Open Micr's" to name a few. You can check out his website HERE to learn more. It was after meeting Shawn back in the late 80's when I joined his band he was the first one to put a microphone in front of me saying "go ahead I've heard you sing, you can do background" so you can blame him for a lot of this. Shawn can pick up almost any instrument and melt your face playing it, but he chooses the bass for this band and being a bass player myself there's nobody I would rather see playing those parts than him. Not by blood, but one of the very few I would call brother.
Top Left: Helene Logan - Lead guitar and backing vocals: Another happy, energetic addition to the band I found looking for musicians on the same site I found Vic. I like to describe Helene to people when they ask about my bandmates: "She's like a female Keith Richads without the horrible opiate dependency". Awesome stage presence, style and can shred on the guitar! Helene is definitely the one when you see us live makes the biggest impression. So many times I hear after we get off the stage "I hear this loud ripping guitar...I look up and see it's a girl!" I'll do the Pepsi challenge with Helene against any male, female, manatee, whatever and she will win hands down
Lower Left: Victor Dusovic - Percussion: A fellow Mahopac native, Vic was one of the first people to reply to my ad searching for musicians and has been the "cheerleader" for the band since the beginning. One of the nicest guys you will ever meet, his martini fuled beats and drumming style that jumps from Jazz to straight ahead rock is what gives the songs a unique, different sound when we perform live. I know when I turn around and look over he is going to have a smile on his face when he is playing. No brooding, sulking shoe gazing members in this band, espeically with Vic and that's the way we roll!
Middle Center: Benny "Blanco from Brooklyn" Serrano - Guitar: This breath of fresh air literally came out of nowhere! Much like Helene and Vic, Benny contacted me via Banmix.com. He discovered my page (which I almost forgot about) and contacted me directly about wanting to join the band. I sent him the music/chords and he immediately responded by sending me him playing over "I Wish I Had You Forever" and I could tell he was very enthusiastic so I invited him down. Right away he jumped right in and we all clicked. A giant of a man with that "Brooklyn Swagger", energy and attitude and an even bigger heart. Looking forward to having him "put his stank" on the music!
Bottom Right: Noah Sferra - Keyboards, mandolin, banjo, background vocals and guitar!: It's funny how like one of the songs I recently wrote "Serendipity U and Me" people from your past come back into your life and reconnect. As one of the "Band Geek Mafia" Noah and I have known each other since High School marching band! He recently came to one of our shows earlier this year, we started catching up on what we were both doing musically. and talked about playing on each other's projects. I asked Noah to come perform in Mahopac at my "Acoustic Storyteller" show and the dude gets up with a banjo and by himself belts out one of my favorite U2 songs (Stay - Far Away So Close) and I was blown away by his talent and voice! Knowing he was a talented piano player as well I asked if he would join and luckily he accepted. Like Benny, Noah has injected an energy, depth and sound to the band and am also looking forward to playing shows, as well as helping him with his own songs in the future.