SEEKING

Band to Join, Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Trumpet, Keyboard, Background Singer.

ABOUT

I am interested in playing music that has roots in the blues. This includes rock, soul, old-school R&B, and funk.

I found my first guitar in a trash can on my newspaper route in when I was 15. My older brother taught me to play a few things. I picked up stuff from records: Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Hank Williams, and Lou Reed. I started playing in a band, The Boxcars, during senior year in high school. I loved it! Music. People interested in music. Hip social scenes. We eventually called ourselves Western Chapter. At first I was heavily inspired by British Punk: The Clash, Sex Pistols, Gang of Four, Stiff Little Fingers. In college, the '80's college radio boom had a major impact on me. There was a lot of great music on non-commercial radio. The hip scene got a lot more hip. Lots of these bands came to town: REM, Replacements, Dream Syndicate, Bangles, and Concrete Blonde. We eventually changed our name to Western Chapter. We met with some success playing radio station sponsored shows, sometimes opening for bands we loved. After a while Western Chapter broke up. Three of us reformed as Ruth and the Hypocrites. The music in Ruth was a lot more experimental. Breaking the mold was the goal. After a hiatus, another singer/songwriter joined us as front man, and then another guitarist. That quintet became Kindergarten, although we changed the name with almost every show. The new singer and new guitarist and I moved to Santa Cruz, California to form Zuzu's petals. This was a few years after the Loma Prieta quake of 1989. We had some good times, recorded a nice set of tunes at the Music Annex in Palo Alto.

To stay creative, I have done quite a bit of writing and recording at home. Mostly sequencing drum and bass and other instruments, and then recording guitar and voice. I have also done electronic music as well as just acoustic guitar and voice.
I love playing:

Rock – Cheap Trick, Black Crows, Sex Pistols, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Prince, Elvis Costello, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin.
Blues – B.B. King, Walter Trout, Tommy Castro, T-Bone Walker, Mike Zito, Coco Montoya, Robert Cray, Jimmy Vaughan, Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters.

Screen name:
johnnypavement
Member since:
Nov 15 2011
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Committed
Years playing music:
25
Gigs played:
50 to 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Blues: SRV, Robert Cray, George Thorogood, BB King, Joe Turner, Clapton

Country: Hank Williams, John Hiatt, Patti Griffin, John Prine

Funk: James Brown, Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sly and the Family Stone

Post-punk/Alternative: Gang of Four, REM, Replacements, Throwing Muses, Elvis Costello, The Blasters

Punk: Clash, Pistols, Stiff Little Fingers, Ramones

Rock: AC/DC, Aerosmith, Led Zepplin, STP, Dylan, Neil Young, Lou Reed, Cheap Trick, Stones, Pink Floyd, The Cars, Steely Dan, Van Morrison

Reggae: Toots and the Maytals, Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, The Abyssinians, Burning Spear

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Moderate
Lead Guitar:
Moderate

EQUIPMENT

60's Telecaster Reissue, American Player Series HSS Stratocaster 2018, Les Paul Tribute 2018, Fender Blues Deluxe Amplifier, various pedals (Cry Baby, PolyTune 3, Boss Compressor, Xotic EP Booster, Carpe Diem plexi drive, Ibanez TS808, HOF Reverb, Flashback Delay)

MUSIC