The Rhythm Nation is the
The Heartbeat of the Rhythm Mission!
I started this website about 6 years ago now as
a way to promote my new band, as well as the
activities of other groups I was friends with, such
as Nightwolf. The trio ran it's course and I went
on to put together a 10 piece horn band.
The horn band was a lot of fun and a lot of work.
It crashed and burned after a year under the egos
of so many extremely talented people. The same
day it disbanded, I put together The Rhythm Junkies
with Curtis and Vincent. Vincent left and was replaced
by a great keyboard player, Tracy Stokes. Due to the
usual creative tensions, I ended up leaving the band
but they continue to be a force of nature!
I have been lucky to have nearly always been
associated with unimaginably talented people!
I recently played a wedding with Kevin, Tom
and Marc. Although I hadn't had the chance to
play with Kevin and Marc in 5 years, and I had
never played with Tom before, after a few
rehearsals the wedding went off SO well. Since
I know so many players, I decided that instead
of settling for one band, I'll form The Rhythm Nation.
As the name implies, The Rhythm Nation is a LARGE
database of singers, guitarists, bassists, keyboard
players, horn players as well as other drummers and
percussionists I've played with. Depending on the gig,
The Rhythm Nation may be a jazz trio, a Motown
horn band or a rock band. What all the combinations
will have in common is great vocals and great playing!
We've had our trials finding the right people for this band. With Track and Ricky on keys and bass, respectively, we have an absolutely killer band! To update this post,
Cole has taken Ricky's place on bass. He's awesome!
The Rhythm Junkies have been together for about 2 1/2 months now, and it's been a ball! We've gone through some changes. Filling the bass spot with the right person has been a challenge. Vince started the journey with me and Curtis, and has moved on. We played our first show before we were even a month old and got requests for encores! I'll try to keep this blog updated. Currently, we are hosting the Open Stage every Monday night at the Cigar Bar in Lakewood from 8:30PM until Midnight. THAT has been a blast!