jammin_fool
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Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Saxophone, Keyboard, Background Singer, Harmonica, Mandolin, Steel guitar, Upright bass.

ABOUT

I've been playing guitar for 37 years, bass for a little over 25. I am a very capable lead singer, as well as being able to harmonize vocally, for classic rock, blues, southern rock, and country, and I love them all equally! I also have experience singing and playing lead and rhythm guitar in thrash/metal bands back in the 80s...which led me to playing bass and singing for progressive metal bands in the 90s. I've spent seven years holding the bass chair for a 7 piece blues/jazz combo, while at the same time I've been laying down my best Jack Bruce for a psychadelic blues band, while working with the prog/metal/fusion band I was involved with in the early 2000s...all the while, sharpening up my rockabilly chops, *and* warming my soul with my big, curvy, sexy Epiphone EJ-200! What can I say, I like to be diversified!

Screen name:
jammin_fool
Member since:
Aug 01 2009
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
40
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Vocally, I find myself drawn toward powerful, mid to high range singers (Roger Daltrey, David Bowie, Lou Gramm, Paul Rodgers, Ian Gillian) but also have a great respect for country crooners (Tim McGraw, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr., Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks).

My guitar style was influenced early on by Pete Townsend, Mick Ronson, Mark Bowlan, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddly and George Thorogood (my first exposure to slide...after that, I was turned on to Duane Allmann, Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raite and Billy Gibbons' smooooove approach on Pearly Gates). As I progressed, I found myself reaching back, discovering the joy of the almighty rockabilly guitar gods through Brian Setzer, who then turned me onto Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, Scotty Moore, Duane Eddy, Link Wray, all the real rock and roll masters...which led me full circle, back to country pickers like Roy Clark, James Burton, Danny Gatton and Chet Atkins...absolute geniuses, each and every one!

On bass, I initially followed John Entwhistle (The Ox, greatest rock bass player ever to strap on a 4 string), Steve Harris (amazing right hand with blinding lefty acrobatics to match), and the mighty Cliff Burton...which led me to discovering the greatness of Jaco, Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten, Tony Levin, and Charles Mingus, then to the intensity of rockabilly and early style rockers like Bill Black, Slim Jim Phantom and Sick Joe Fick...not to mention my infatuation with surf music (Dick Dale, King of the surf geetar!), my dad playing big band, old school country western, mom's bluegrass records, my brothers blasting everything from Alice Cooper to Mahavishnu back when I was 6 or 7...so much great music, so many different killer approaches that have shaped me into the musical menagerie I am today!

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Expert
Lead Guitar:
Expert
Bass Guitar:
Expert
Vocalist:
Advanced
Vocalist - Baritone:
Advanced
Vocalist - Tenor:
Advanced
Acoustic Guitar:
Advanced
Background Singer:
Advanced
Upright bass:
Advanced
Mandolin:
Intermediate
Steel guitar:
Intermediate

EQUIPMENT

guitar: 2012 BC Rich Mockingbird ST, 1979 Epiphone Genesis Standard, mid 80s Hamer Vector V, 2008 Ibanez Artcore AT75TG, 2009 Epiphone Dot Studio, 2009 Epiphone EJ-200 CE/N super jumbo acoustic.

guitar amps: 1998 Fender Hot Rod Deville 4x10; mid 80s Peavey Austin 400 2 x 12 combo; Marshall Lead 100 Mosfet head, good early metal amp; Peavey Windsor 100 watt head (clone of a hot rodded JCM800), Marshall 1922 2 x 12 cabinet with Celestion G12-75s; early 70s Sunn Concert Lead head and 4 x 12 cabinet, Raven RG-60 1 x 12 combo, Fender Studio Lead 1 x 12 combo, and a 90s Fender Bronco 15 watt tweed 1 x 8 combo for those late night uber-psychobilly sessions!

bass: 2009 Warwick Streamer RockBass 4 string, 2008 Brice HXB-405 5 string, 2010 Epiphone Thunderbird IV, 2007 Jay Turser JTB-134 semi hollow 4 string, 90s Squire P-Special 4 string

bass amps: Pre-Fender SWR 2X10C 220/400 watt combo with Workingman 1 x 15 extention cabinet, 2009 Ampeg SVT 7 Pro 1000 watt head through an oversized Peavey 2 x 15 Black Widow cabinet, Warwick Blue Cab 15:1 combo for living room sessions

effects: Morley TM Stevens Fonk Wah, DOD Phaser 101 (late 70s), reissue Big Muff pi fuzz (American version), some random low cost big name multi effects box for bass that I absolutely hate to death, I keep it around just to remind me why I hate digital effects so much! Oh, and a DOD VCC1 volume pedal, 100% passive, massively quiet and no tone coloring whatsoever...it's the perfect volume pedal!