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MEET THE BAND
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MEET THE BAND:
LUCIE WALKER BAND
LEAD GUITAR, HARMONIES, VOCALS
I just met Les at the top of the year, and already can count him as a friend. His calm demeanor is a great grounding force for my flights of fancy and fits of potty-mouthed giggles. A high school music teacher, Les brings so much knowledge and skill to this group. His guitar chops are crazy-great, his guitar is signed by Buck Owens, and he travels to the U.S. and beyond to learn from top guys like Steve Khan and Mick Goodrick, Will Ray and Steve Trovato—whose influence contributed to the faux pedal-steel licks, open-string runs, and mean ‘chicken pickin’ . Be sure to see Les shine in his long-running band, "Swayed".
JOHN TEXAS HAYNES
STEEL GUITAR, MANDOLIN, BANJO, HARMONIES
John Texas Haynes, our mandolin/steel/banjo/rhythm guitarist has been a dear friend of mine for many years, back to the 90's, when we met at open mics around town. A man with a heart of gold and the quirkiest sense of ... well I was going to say humor, but really ... of everything. Make sure to say "hi" to John at our shows. You will not be the same. A songwriter from way back, (‘Tinkles the Incontinent Clown,’ ‘Nice to Be Nude’, ‘Fry My Food’ ‘I Can’t Find My Pants’), he and his beautiful Parisian girlfriend, Val, have a "Outre Texas Swing Duo" that you can find in "Heaven's Trailer Park".
Our bass player, Mike Ellerbeck. I met Mike at the Cottage Bistro jam on a sunny Saturday afternoon about 3 years ago. I watched him play and to tell you the truth, it was hard to keep my eyes off him, as he was so animated and engaged up there. When you chat with Mike at our shows, you will know that you'd be hard-pressed to find a more "right on" guy. Important International Peace Treaty Negotiator by day, and ours the rest of the time. Well, we do share him with bands around town, because they see what we see. Can't keep a good man down. Check him out with "The Copper Crow Blues Band".
SANDY (SANDYBONE) SMITH
Also my long-time friend, Sandy (Sandy Bone) Smith has been hosting the Princeton's "End of the Line" jam every Tuesday for the past 13 years! He has built a community of musicians and audience with a bond like no other. Always welcoming, ever supportive, Sandy is a true gentleman with a twinkle in his eye that makes you know he's also very much a devil of the best variety. He fronts his own act, "Sandy Bone and the Breakdown", playing guitar and singing his own repertoire of originals, as well as being in demand as a drummer, with acts including Harpdog Brown. Co-founder of the award-winning band, The Twisters, Sandy is featured on many Canadian and U.S. recordings. He is a drummer we are lucky to have!