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Fellow musicians, guys & gals, surely someone out there wants to jam or needs an experienced musician (Vocalist, and/or Bassist, Rhythm Guitarist, Keyboardist) in their band, especially with venues opening up. I have all the pro-grade toys needed for full venues plus a repertoire of around 1,200 songs, and I could be a valuable addition to your band ... even if just for a jam or some studio work. C'mon give me a shout out ... no point in letting all that equipment get dusty in the closet or me getting too old and feeble to play (I am now 69 and can't have too many good years left in me!) Granted, I don't much care for loud screaming Death Metal, Emo, Grunge, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Punk, or Rap. I don't choose to listen to it regularly, so don't expect me to know it off-hand, although being a quick study, I can likely play it on the fly without difficulty. 2021 is turning out to be a better year than 2020 was! Join me in looking ahead ... "To Infinity And Beyond!" Successful Musicians Believe In Themselves!

Introduction:

Most folks call me "Jim" or "Swampy", (My given name is James Knoch). Back in Houston they called me "Coonie" because I was from Louisiana, but I am now just a retired engineer and I'll answer to almost anything. For any concerned germaphobes, I am CoVid immunized, hence I am fearlessly out playing music in weekly rehearsals with my band, Millennium Mix. Also, I am jamming with other groups as invited. Unfortunately, due to health constraints of my own, with declining eyesight from Diabetes, Glaucoma & Cataracts, I am limited to playing local venues only ... provided my darling wife can transport me, so another tour or distant venue is not really practical. Also, since I am NOT a Premium BandMix member, I can not contact you unless you have some decipherable contact information in your listing. To contact me directly, (also for any non-premium BandMix members), look near the bottom of my "INFLUENCES" section for Direct Contact Information. Thanks ... Swampy

Summary:

My favorite genre of music are Blues, 1950's/1960's Oldies, South Louisiana Swamp Pop, Classic & Contemporary Country, and Big Band Pop. My forte is singing lead vocals and playing electric bass and rhythm guitar. I can also play keys. My current repertoire consists of 1,200+ songs mostly covers and a few of my own compositions ... way too many to remember all the lyrics and melodies. Recently I have been working-up a number of songs in anticipation of working with more female vocalists. I play solid driving bass lines or snappy rhythm guitar fills, and my vocals are still strong! I am currently available should you be in need of an experienced lead vocalist, and/or bassist, and/or rhythm guitarist and/or keyboardist on a temporary or permanent basis or even just to jam. Let's be honest here, since retiring from the day job, I am bored just sitting at home when I really want to be out playing some music! Typical genre I play are Americana (Blues, Classic & Contemporary Country, Folk, Jazz, South Louisiana Swamp Pop, and Texas Swing). I also perform Bluegrass, Classic Pop, Classic Rock, Classic Soul, Funk, Gospel, R & B, Rock-a-Billy, Rock n' Roll, Soul, and Southern Rock. If you too are longing to be playing some music, think about it and let's get together and jam. No Strings Attached! C'mon, you know it's fun and you want to be one of the guys in the band! Plus, at your disposal is a wealth of musical knowledge and experience, all provided to you free for the taking! You may as well pick my brain before it all goes to mush with advanced age!

Biography:

In the early 1960's my dad gifted me a very old and beat-up acoustic guitar with rusty strings, taught me a few chords, and bought me a Mel Bay guitar instruction book, a new set of Black Diamond Strings, and a few guitar picks. I practiced a few hours daily after school until I developed my knowledge of chords with timing and rhythm. Soon I was good enough to perform in public so I took all of my grass cutting earnings and bought an inexpensive Truetone electric guitar (the action was terrible and it made my fingers bleed, but it sure looked good!) and a 7 Watt combo amp at the local Autolec store. After the first gig, I added a microphone. I booked my first solo gigs at a local restaurant playing for tips. I started writing down the requests for songs I didn't know and would learn them for the following week's performance. I was now playing music professionally at age 13. I lost my mother in early 1966 after several years dealing with cancer and blindness. Really a tough hit for an only child, especially just a few days before my 14th birthday. Yet I endured and even before I entered high school in the fall of 1966, I was earning considerable income playing music. I devoted much of my earnings to help my dad pay the medical bills and I paid for my tuition, fees and books for high school (Go! Rummel Raiders!) and university (University of New Orleans, go Privateers!) by steadily gigging in the New Orleans Area & the Lake Pontchartrain North Shore areas as well as along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I had initial vocal and music training in grammar school Choir at St. Rita's in Harahan. I suppose the nuns saw some talent there and often had me soloing at festivals or in chuirch services. I also had 4 years of the men's chorus and lettered in Chorus for 2 years while in Rummel high school. I received voice training and sight reading as part of that curriculum. At university I completed undergraduate studies in bio-medical and electrical engineering earning a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and passing my fundamentals of engineering licensing examination. I later went on to undertake advanced studies in power engineering, control systems, protective relaying, opto-electronics, electronic communication, Optimization of Network Power Distribution, advanced Computer Modeling and Business Administration. Most at the University of New Orleans, some at the University of Houston, and some at LSU in Baton Rouge and some at Southeastern Louisiana University.

My musical forte is playing the electric bass & rhythm guitar while performing lead & backup vocals. I enjoy playing most genre of music, but as mentioned above, my favorites are all Americana (Blues, Classic & Contemporary Country Music, South Louisiana Swamp Pop, Jazz, Folk, Bluegrass, and Texas Swing), and Big Band Pop. I also play Classic Rock, Classic Soul, Funk, Oldies, R & B, Rock a Billy, Rock n' Roll, and Southern Rock. Currently I am playing electric rhythm / lead guitar while performing lead vocals with my band, Millennium Mix. We play a full mix of the above genre, plus the occasional comedy song. Gigs these days are generally just for special events, benefits, & parties ... (I am about to resume booking now that this pandemic has subsided, just as soon as I can get enough musicians to form a band). I am not inclined to play the lounges again ... too much smoke, too many hassles with drunks and dopers, and too many brawls for my liking! At my age, the reflexes just aren't what they once were when dodging the flying beer bottles, bar stools, and fists! Plus I'm not inclined to defend myself with my guitar ... much too expensive to use as a weapon! I also will no longer play New Orleans venues due to the rampant gun violence and crime, especially after the shootings I've already witnessed while performing in a crowded lounge ... besides who wants to work half the night, only to have some thug carjack & rob you while loading equipment after the gig.

Having retired from the day job back in 2017, I devote considerable time to music study and I am always learning more tunes, more music theory, composing some of my own songs, and making home recordings. Occasionally, I fill in on short notice for gigs or studio work if another group is in need of a vocalist / guitarist / bassist or keyboardist. I suppose I perform way too many gigs lagniappe, but hey, this is my leisure time! Besides, as long as it's fun, it's not really work is it? No matter how heavy all that music equipment is, it's still fun! Laissez les bon temps rouler!

I am currently trying to recruit additional members for my band, Millennium Mix. So, if you are interested in jamming with me or joining us, just contact me & we can work out the time & location details. Should you have further interest, be sure to check out my "INFLUENCES:" category, Look under the "Direct Contact Information" sub-category for more details on communicating with me, even if you're not a paying Premier BandMix member (secret email address decoder included) .
Thanks --- Swampy

Screen name:
Swampy
Member since:
Jun 12 2007
Active within 24 hours
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
55
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week

Influences

My earliest influences were New Orleans Jazz and the Big Band music of the 1940's & 1950's. I recall a story my mother would tell about me as an infant in the early 1950's, being placed atop an upright bass and me slapping the strings to the beat while at a rehearsal for Tony Almerico's band ... "Uncle" Tony was a renowned New Orleans trumpeter / band leader, and local radio DJ during the period from the late 1930's until his passing in the the early 1960's.)

In my teens, I was learning to play Rock & Roll lead guitar and vocals (Thank you Ventures, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Four Seasons, and of course Elvis! plus many others) as those mid 1960's new R&R and Rock-a-billy songs seemed to be hitting the radio top 40 almost daily. One evening at a rehearsal, a parent of one of my fellow band mates of The Courtyard Hangmen, encouraged me to play a country song, 'Your Cheatin' Heart'. It was neither Rolling Stones nor Hank Williams, but with that encouragement, I was now playing Country Music. Frankly, I was surprised at all the applause from all of the other parents that were at rehearsal I opine that anything that wasn't the noise their kids made at home, was music to their ears! That single episode was all the incentive I needed to veer off rock into country music so I learned several more country tunes and I soon developed an interest in & liking for Country Music. Having just lost my mother to cancer, I suppose many of the lyrics about heartbreak and tragedy struck close to home plus the simplistic musical structure made that 50's & 60's Country music easy for me to play. Since my fellow Rockers refused to play any Country Music, I soon left the band and joined an unnamed North Shore band and began gigging weekends with my cousin, Jack Ussery, playing several festivals and becoming regulars in the restaurant at Buster Bosco's in Lacombe, La. which worked out fine for me since I was still too young to play where liquor was served. When I reached my 18th birthday (now legal in the lounges), I began playing at local clubs nearer home with un-named Country bands. I played nightly as part of the house band at King's Lounge with Bob Sargent and Jeannie Smith, also at The Western Lounge with Eldin Chadville, and Joe Barry as well as at the Rogues Gallery in Harahan, La. where I met Dennis Lopez and the Everyday Special Band. After playing with several different bands and many nights of performing under the belt, I eventually landed regular gigs playing guitar & bass (both acoustic & electric) as part of the house bands for the South Louisiana (Ponchatoula) Hayride and the Bogalusa Hayloft, where I was privileged to play behind a number of Country Music's big names of the mid to late 60's while they toured the area. I even did a stint on New Orleans TV in the late 60's playing bass with a North Shore Country group (The Rollin' Wheels) while backing up a local female vocalist (Linda Crist). Word of caution here, don't ever get talked into riding down the elevator of a high rise with all of the band equipment unless you like free falling without a parachute! It was a tummy tickler all the way down to the lobby ... sure glad the elevator's brakes were working!

In the early 1970's, I found myself playing Rock & Roll for the younger folks and Country, Golden Oldies, and South Louisiana Swamp Pop for their parents as the house band trio, Ms. Polly's Goof-ups with Harold Campo and Leo Wilmeir, at the Silver Spur Lounge in Old Jefferson, La. I enjoyed being able to perform something for everyone! I especially had fun with a segment we did called "Stump the Band" where the audience would make all kinds of song requests and we would play it, or something made up that had the title in it! I continued playing electric bass and lead & backup vocals throughout much of the mid to later 70's with a New Orleans Oldies & Swamp Pop group, Dennis Lopez and The Everyday Special, I sure loved the sound we had when the sax & trumpet filled in or took on the lead in those old Doo-Wop and Swamp Pop tunes!

After graduation from University of New Orleans, I left New Orleans for Houston, Tx. waving my sheep's skin, to start my professional engineering career as an associate engineer with Brown & Root. While there, I landed a gig at Gilley's in Pasadena, Tx. where I sang lead vocals and played bass guitar for a year or so in 1979 thru early 1980, doing the club scene at Gilley's ... once again playing Country Music. On breaks between sets I learned how to hit the floor without hurting myself when when tossed off the mechanical bull.

I left Houston and moved to Pearl River, Louisiana in March of 1980 taking the position of Distribution Engineer for the North Shore division of the electric utility, Central Louisiana Electric Co., and soon I was playing electric bass and performing lead and backup vocals with a Slidell, La. area Blues / Classic Rock / Southern Rock cover group (The Last Chance Band with David Boyet, Stanley Pichon, and Duncan Brand). I stayed with this group from the mid 80's until we finally dissolved in the mid 90's. Soon afterward I again began taking on lead vocals and playing bass, rhythm & lead Country Music with a number of different locals, Reushaw "Buster" Crawford, Marty Singletary, Joyce Malley, Jim Kinney, Jimmy Singletary, and a number of other back porch guitar pickers in the Pearl River / Slidell, La. area. Eventually, I applied a name to the group of regulars so that the campground that I had booked for a big outdoor party, could advertise ... hence Millennium Country was born (see Millennium Mix listing in Bandmix). We continued performing locally in Southeast Louisiana & Southern Mississippi, but mostly just for parties and special benefit activities. We performed regularly until my piano player, James "Jimmy" Singletary, shortly after losing his wife to cancer, suddenly became ill and required surgery for the cancer in the bones of his upper palate and sinuses. His recovery has been very slow, but I decided to stay with him to lend support during his recovery. Unfortunately, the other band members soon grew tired of waiting and drifted off in other directions. Now, as time drifts along, I have also passed retirement age, and health concerns have shown up for me as well. I am actively controlling my Diabetes II, Glaucoma, and Cataracts. Also with age comes the lack of desire to load, haul, and set up all that heavy musical equipment to play gigs, even using a roadie! ... and if it's after dark, I now require a driver since I can't see well enough to drive ... especially with all the LED headlights shining in my eyes. While we didn't perform public venues all that often ... when we did, we ate well, floated a few beer kegs, and passed a grand old time! Laissez les bon temps rouler!

I perform a mix of many genre of music specifically catering to the desires of the audience. I play songs from the 1950's through 1960's Blues, Rock N' Roll / Rock a Billy / New Orleans Swamp Pop & Jazz, as well as Classic and Contemporary Country Music, Southern Rock, Western Swing, some 60's R & B and some Funk and Classic Soul. I'll perform just about anything the audience requests. My repertoire is a growing compilation of cover tunes & my own works. I'm always working out & learning new cover tunes as well as penning a few originals as my muse arises. I like to insert a comedy tune or two during performances just to promote the listeners actively having a good time.

In April, 2017 I retired from Cleco as the Lead Electrical Engineer after a full 37 years with them designing high voltage electrical distribution systems for subdivisions, shopping centers, system improvement projects, distribution substations as well as trouble shooting high voltage overhead and underground electrical systems. Since retirement, I have ample time to play and learn new music and drive my darling wife crazy with all the noise. She prefers oldies and country over classic rock, so at home I tend to keep it more to her liking being less volume and something she likes.

Direct Contact Information:

Since the BandMix Terms of Use (TOU) doesn't allow me to list direct contact information in the "Description" area plus they actively filter out any email addresses, hyperlinks, and phone numbers found there and elsewhere ... They didn't say anything about listing it in this section! They still actively filter out email addresses here, but with a little simple decoding, you can contact me directly via email to: {jimknoch(at)hot_mail(dot)com} [leave out the underscore and change the "at" to the "at" symbol.]. I'll reply as soon as possible. If you prefer, feel free to call me any time at my Home, (985)-863-3316, I have voice mail in the event I am not available when you call, so just leave a message and a return number. If you prefer to text or call my cell it is (985)-807-6729 be aware that I do not keep the cell phone with me all day long and I may not see a text right away. You can also contact me via F.B. Messenger to Jim Knoch. I am listed on MusiciansConnect(dot)com ( as "Swampy") as well as on a cell phone app called BandFriend. I am likewise listed on MusicLift as Swampy for bookings and on MusicianFinder both are (dot) coms. Also new Listing on MusiciansUnite(dot)com as James Knoch from 70452.

Instrument experience:

Vocalist:
Expert
Vocalist - Baritone:
Expert
Vocalist - Tenor:
Expert
Rhythm Guitar:
Expert
Bass Guitar:
Expert
Background Singer:
Expert
Acoustic Guitar:
Advanced
Keyboard:
Moderate
Lead Guitar:
Intermediate

EQUIPMENT

Guitars:
1978 Fender F-15 Acoustic Guitar,
1965 Fender Stratocaster,
1966 Fender Mustang Bass,
Keyboards:
1990 Casio CT-370 Keyboard,
2011 Casio WK 500 Keyboard,
Amplifiers / Speakers:
1965 Kustom 200 - 200 Watt 2 - 15'sCab, Instrument / Bass Amp
2014 Fender Champion 100, 100Watt Combo Guitar Amp, 2-12" Speakers
2019 Fender Rumble V3 - 200 1-15" Speaker, 200Watt Combo Bass amp
P.A System & Speakers:
2006 Kustom PA KPM8420T- 8 Chanel, 400 Watt, Powered Mixer
2006 Kustom 2ea. - KPC15-Speakers with Stands
2006 Kustom 2ea. - KPC12M Floor Monitors
Microphones:
Shure SM-58,
Shure 585SA,
AKG D8000S,
Vocal Harmonizer:
2020 TC Helicon Critical Mass,
Electronic Drums:
2004 Alesis SR-16 Electronic Drum Machine.
Miscellaneous:
1985 Nady Wireless Guitar system.,
2014 Focusrite, Scarlet Solo digital interface
DAW Software - ProTools First & Audacity

MUSIC

CALENDAR

Play at Jimmy's Place. - Continue work on Performance Sequence of Songs

Play at Jimmy's Place. - Continue work on Performance Sequence of Songs

Play at Jimmy's Place. - Continue work on Performance Sequence of Songs

Play at Jimmy's Place. - Continue work on Performance Sequence of Songs

Play at Jimmy's Place. - Continue work on Performance Sequence of Songs

Play at Jimmy's Place. - Continue work on Performance Sequence of Songs

Past Events

Jam session at Glenn's house with Gerry and others. I'll be doing vocals and playing bass or rhythm guitar CANCELLED HURRICANE IDA

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

Play at Jimmy's Place. New Music + Gospel

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