Gary Gates is a veteran of the Bay Area music scene, having played “jam band” music long before it was ever given the name. Reviews of his shows and music compared his guitar jams to a cross between Jerry Garcia and Duane Allman. Others have likened him to Neil Young, whom Gary opened for during Young’s 1976 Northern California Bar Tour. Young was impressed enough to include one of Gary’s songs on his website for his production of Living with War. Gary’s dislike of touring may have reduced his national exposure, but he has long been regarded as one of Northern California’s hottest indie jam bands. His 4th CD, “Live at San Gregario General Store” released in 2008, is an all acoustic cd highlighting his rich vocals and strong songwriting. The CD was a winner of the Grindie Award by RadioIndy.
Rick Sigman is another veteran of the Bay Area music scene, making a big splash in 1978 with the electric/acoustic jazz fusion band Expresso. Their debut album “First Cup” received excellent reviews leading to extensive airplay and gigs backing up such artists as Taj Majal, Albert King, Roy Buchanan, Robben and Mark Ford, Larry Carlton, Dixie Dregs and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Rick has played with Gary Gates in various band lineups for some 30 years, and his most recent work is found on Bundy Browne’s latest CD release with the Expresso Rhythm Section. A versatile musician, Rick’s contributions include lead, rhythm and bass guitars.
Robert C Reynolds
“Gus” is a childhood friend of Rick Sigman’s and has been writing and publishing for over 25 years. Publications cover a wide variety of fiction, humor, poetry, non-fiction articles on business and finance and academic studies on economic development and humanitarian aid. However, his favorite pastime is political and social commentary, and the satire from which this CD was born. He shoots his political arrows long distance from his home in the beachside town of Krabi, Thailand.
Ernie is the special guest on this CD – having met Gus Reynolds at the latter’s nightclub in Thailand where he performed a charity concert for tsunami orphans in 2007. Ernie is truly special, a top graduate of the famed Berklee College of Music, he has played the late night TV talk show circuit, crisscrossing the USA on several national tours building up a massive fan base. And his many talents have not gone unnoticed, with 500,000 Twitter followers and Justin Bieber covering his song “Come Home to Me”. Ernie’s third CD, “Franklin and Vermont” (2010) debuted at #2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Charts.