SEEKINGBass Guitar, Drums.
Rita grew up on Willy Street on the east side of Madison, Wisconsin during the turbulent 60's just a few blocks down from the State's Capital. Growing up in a racially mixed neighborhood where the kids had dance parties on the sidewalks, she listened to Elvis Presley, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin and James Brown. In the late 60's the neighborhood began to change. Many of the hippie bands that moved to the neighborhood influenced her music at the time. Living in a conservative home she would sneak home Joplin, The Doors, Kinks, and Hendrix albums from the library.
She crossed over from folk to rock toward her junior and senior years in high school. Out on her own, as a guitarist and backup singer she was able to hit the road and began recording at OM Studio in Boscobel. Later she joined Flash And The Easy Action Band playing 50/60's Rock, Rhythm & Blues all around Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. Later she went on to sing lead vocals and play rhythm guitar for Toxic Shock, Band of Gold and Rita And The Reptiles.
She won airplay in 1979 on WIBA for the origanal compulation "Ride, Ride". In 1990 the Reptiles made Critics Choice in the Isthmus Newspaper for Best New Years Eve Act.
"Rita & The Reptiles" is currently seeking an experienced rock oriented bass player.
- Screen name:
- Member since:
- Sep 20 2007
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- 2-3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 2-3 nights a week
Mostly classic and hard rock with a mix of rhythm and blues. Some of her bands influences: Led Zepplin, REO Speedwagon, Foghat, Rolling Stones, Smithereens, Fastball, Heart, The Pretenders, Garbage...
- Acoustic Guitar:
- Rhythm Guitar:
- Background Singer:
- Vocalist - Soprano:
All gear needed to gig and record.
Sometimes (I Try)
Sometimes (I Try) Year: 2000 Album: Rita & The Reptiles - Chasing the Dog Genre: Alternative
Recorded at Randy Green's Studio and remixed at Concept Productions. Music & Lyrics: Rita Witter Rita Witter: Vocals David Witter: Guitar Patrick (Cheese) Leonard: Bass Don Kellor: Drums
Knicker Bockers - Lies (Cover)
Knicker Bockers - Lies (Cover) Year: 2000 Album: Rita & The Reptiles - Chasing the Dog Genre: Classic Rock
Copy tune by the Knicker Bockers. It was fun watching Justin Bateman do this tune. Recorded at Randy Green's Studio and remixed at Concept Productions. Rita Witter: Vocals David Witter: Guitar Patrick (Cheese) Leonard: Bass Don Kellor: Drums
Broken Year: 2012 Genre: Alternative
Out door Rock concert featuring my and many other bands, jammers and local talent.
My band Rita & The Reptiles will be playing this benefit for the families of the ones lost in the Silver Dollar Saloon Fire.
Jam with my buddy Lisa Roscoe and Crew.