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Bands I’ve been in

There’s a meme going around Facebook right now, in which musicians list the bands they’ve played in. Sounds like a fun little game, and this is a better format for long posts than FB.

There are bands I can’t remember and bands that only existed for one or a few gigs, and no doubt I’ve forgotten plenty. But these should be the high points, anyway.

…A couple of unnamed high school bands in Wichita…


Phineas – a college band, a mix of originals and covers

Rollin’ Thunder – college cover band

Barrelhouse – a cover band while in grad school. I think we did most of the first Sons of Champlin album, as well as some jazzier stuff

Airborne – my first full-time band. Covers, playing all over the midwest, usually five nights a week, four hours a night. That’s where I learned to play.

Street Talk – another Top 40 type band from Lawrence, playing all over

Kansas City

Gary Apple Band – I moved to KC to play in the touring band to support his Mercury/Monument album

The Secrets* – most of the Apple band, doing Brent Hoad’s material. Lots of demos, six songs for the fabled Titan Records label, one album on a small British label

The Tools – cover band

Think Pink – a sort of “MTV” cover band

4 Sknns – covers from the ‘60s and ‘70s

The Moootown Sound – blues/R&B originals

The Rainmakers – three worldwide releases on Mercury/PolyGram; broke up, reformed and self-produced a couple more albums; broke up, reformed, have done three more since 2011

Everyday People – covers, with Gary & Richard from the 4 Sknns and my girlfriend at the time, Sharon Ward

Kelley Hunt Band – originals, blues/gospel/rock

The Bomb Pops – originals and covers

The Stringers – rockabilly-ish originals and covers (with Jim Stringer on guitar!)

Mad Libby – originals, the first version of the band, back around 2005

Issues – classic rock covers

Hidden Pictures – originals, kind of folk-pop maybe

Howard Iceberg & the Titanics – originals, alt-country or rock or pop

Current projects (not counting engineering-only):

The Rainmakers – originals

Deco Auto – power pop originals

Howard Iceberg – originals (almost all recording these days)

Broken Heart Syndrome – originals (first gig next week!)

Elton Dan or Heatwave – Elton John and Linda Ronstadt tribute (1st gig next week!)

Nan and the One Nite Stands – originals, a mix of rap and indie rock (with dancers!)

Birdie – originals (mostly recording)

A Beatles tribute sometimes called Apple Scruffs (gigs in April)

The Bridge 90.9 series – Making the Band

If you’ve been here before, you might notice a new menu item called About the Home Studio. This came about because my friend Michelle Bacon (drums for Chris Meck & the Guilty Birds, bass for The Philistines), who works for The Bridge, has been doing a series of informational articles called Making the Band. This week’s installation is about recording your band’s demos as part of the process of putting together a successful music project.

Michelle asked me for comments from the perspective of a home studio owner who takes on outside projects, and I was happy to oblige. As usual, I got into it and wrote far more than she could use. Also as usual, I hate to waste anything, so I’m posting my comments in full on that page, because I think potential clients might like to know how I view the recording process. In any case, Michelle’s article is a good read, with lots of insights from some of the best engineers, producers, and studios in Kansas City.

Some changes, finally

After several years of neglect, I am starting to make my site up to date. In the tradition of plumbers who have leaky faucets at home, I’ve been busy on other people’s sites.

You may see some strange, dumb, odd, appealing or otherwise design versions coming up, as I try some different things. Soon (well, I hope soon), you’ll see an attractive site that translates well to different platforms, which will quickly tell you whatever you need to know about my work.

Just For Now…

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For samples of some fairly recent work I’ve done, go to the Listen page on my personal site. I will get stuff transferred over here and better organized soon. But I’d hate for you to come here and leave empty-handed.

Revised Site

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Hi–thanks for stopping by. For the last five years (actually more), I’ve been too busy working to update my portfolio site. Believe me, I’m not complaining.

But in the last year or so, the emphasis of my work has changed from web design and interactive media to music recording and live performance. Again, I’m not complaining!

While I don’t plan on advertising any time soon, I do think it’s important that it’s easier for people to get familiar with my work than it has been. Not to mention that the last version of my site appeared to date to the Middle Ages.

I’ll be busy updating for a while, and I really plan to keep current now. Please check back. I hope you’ll like what you see and hear.