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With over 2,300 members, the Greater Kansas City Harley Owner’s Group (H.O.G.) is the largest H.O.G. chapter in the Midwest. There are currently over 750,000 H.O.G. members world-wide and membership continues to grow. Blue Springs Harley-Davidson and Worth Harley-Davidson North work together to sponsor this active group and provides a monthly meeting location that rotates between the two stores.

Chapter Director, Pat Honn, and the other chapter officers go out of their way to make all new and current members feel welcome, and to ensure that everyone has a fun and safe riding experience on all chapter rides and events. The Greater Kansas City H.O.G. Chapter is a group where people who share a passion for Harley-Davidson motorcycles can come together for a wide variety of fun and worthwhile activities. Between short rides, long rides, dinner rides, charity rides and overnight adventures, there are numerous opportunities to meet new friends and form long lasting relationships.

I joined the Greater Kansas City H.O.G. chapter in 1998 and have made several close friends and riding buddies. One of the many great things about this chapter is there is always something going on. This allows you to participate in as many activities as your hectic schedule will allow, and no matter how often you’re able to attend meetings or events, your fellow members always make you feel like a part of the Harley family. When I joined the Greater Kansas City H.O.G. Group, I also signed up my girlfriend, Margaret, as an Associate member. Margaret has ridden two-up with me on numerous rides and events over the past several years and especially enjoys the charity rides and fund-raiser events.

There are many benefits to joining H.O.G. and the Greater Kansas City H.O.G. Chapter, so make sure to stop in or call Cherie Moppin at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson at (816) 224-5005 or Jacque Hopkins at Worth Harley-Davidson North at (816) 420-9000 for more information!

Story by Mike Schweder

No dues…no meetings…sound great? It did to me! I first met up with the Kansas City Chapter of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club (SCRC) this spring. Through the recommendation of a good friend and current club member, I decided to ride with the group a few times to get a better feel for who they were and what they were about.

Before my first ride, I decided to check out their web site to see what information I could find. Before I knew it, I’d spent over an hour reviewing their membership requirements, reading their club history, and scanning through an endless list of interesting forum topics.

As it turns out, SCRC was started four years ago in Memphis, Tennessee when club founder, Rick Perry, got a few people together to share the thrill of motorcycling. The club has now grown into an international organization with over 22,000 members in the US, Canada, Czech Republic and the Philippines. SCRC is a family oriented club where all bikes are welcome. There are no membership dues, no meetings, and as long as you follow the rules of the road for safe group riding, you are welcome to join. Simply put, this is a club for people who love to ride and don't want to deal with the membership dues and the politics you find in many clubs and organizations.

The Kansas City Chapter of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club is led by 1st Officer, Sam 'BadDadSam' Luttrell, and 2nd Officer, Ray 'Shark' Roberts, who go out of their way to encourage member participation and to ensure that every ride is both fun and safe. During the riding season, there is one official ride scheduled each weekend, and rotates between a north, south, east, and west starting point. Talk about convenient! There are also numerous smaller rides during the week, which are organized and communicated through their online forums. The forums are an excellent way to stay in touch with fellow members, seek information and advice, and to voice your opinion on various topics of interest.

Needless to say, I joined their fine riding club and have enjoyed many great rides. I also share in their motto, “It’s all about the camaraderie of riding.” Make sure to check out the Southern Cruisers Riding Club – Kansas City Chapter. You won’t be disappointed!

Bart

Ride Free

Sometimes you start out doing something for fun and somewhere along the way, something special happens. Double Shot is a prime example of just this type of magic.
What started out as nothing more than some friends jamming in a garage for fun is now becoming one of the Northland’s favorite biker-friendly bands. Our buddy Bob Wagers, owner of Logan’s Sports Bar in Dearborn, Missouri, one of our favorite watering holes, had invited us out to check out a “garage band” playing in his bar. We were of course skeptical. Imagine our surprise to find out this so-called “garage band” kicked ass. The music we heard ranged from tunes by Pink Floyd (featuring Curtis Baker’s phenomenal keyboards) to more traditional southern rock fare. We were even more surprised to find the bass player was an old friend of Stephanie’s.

Double Shot consists of: Curtis Baker (lead vocals/keyboards/guitar); Dave Bryan (drums/vocals); Kevin Bryan (guitar/vocals); and Stephanie’s friend, R.L. Brightwell (bass/guitar). The boys of Double Shot know exactly what to play to keep the bike crowd dancing and singing. A set list that is varied but predominately rock based makes sitting still in your seat a non-option. We have listened to the band indoors as well as at two outdoor events and they sound great in both surroundings.

When we sat down with Davey and R.L. for for Stephanie’s interview, the guys kept expressing one thing “we love to play for bikers.” Part of this is probably due to the fact that R.L. rides a Harley scooter, but the boys also expressed an appreciation for the energy a biker crowd reflects back at them. Another bright spot regarding Double Shot is how they expressed to us they are not in the music game to get rich. This should make them very popular for bikers needing event entertainment on a budget.

If you are looking for some kick-ass tunes for your next bike-related or other event, Double Shot can be contacted at 816-365-0055.

CC: Tell us a little bit about yourselves.
Dave: I’m Dave Bryan. I’m from Platte City, Missouri. I grew up there, messed around with some local bands down there, ran sound for some local bands.

Hard Rock is a term loosely applied to a wide variety of music depending on the generation you grew up in. Rock Hard, on the other hand is associated with many things, the least of which is music. For Crisis, the three piece power trio from Olathe, Rock Hard is a fitting principle to their sound. Their debut album, “No Mercy,” released this spring, is a testament to that. In the song, Living Contradiction, the lyrics say it all “the weapon of choice is volume!” If you’ve seen them live, you could not disagree.

With metal in their blood, Crisis emerged in 2001. Featuring Steve Kuker (pronounced Keek-R) on drums, Chris Myers on bass and Lonnie West on guitar, they are all vocalists and committed musicians (feel free to interpret that in any manner you choose). With a combined 90 years of experience in playing, writing, producing and performing live, they are also passionate entertainers who truly enjoy each other’s company.

From the opening tune and title cut, “No Mercy,” their sound is strong and fat and straight at you. They also sing excellent harmony along their pounding sound, as evidenced in the tune “The Choice,” Progressive rock influenced all three members in their musical development. Lonnie was swayed by guitarists Joe Satriani, Stevie Vai, Jimmy Page and George Lynch (Dokken). Chris’ influences were Yes bass player Chris Squire and Dave Coverdale, formerly of both Deep Purple and Whitesnake, while Steve grew up a big Rush fan with Neil Pert as his idol.

These guys are not just metal heads, but compassionate musicians who use their hard-hitting form of self expression not just to demonize corporate exploitation, but also to demonstrate admiration for others. Each are parents whose love for family is passionately expressed in the song, “I’m There for You.” They have also played in the annual Fort Riley Open House and Welcome Home celebration for troops and their families, the Blessing of the Bikes in Pittsburg, Kansas and for the past two years, have been the entertainers for Spike’s Breast Cancer ride. Last fall, they quickly assembled a local benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Their respect for American soldiers fighting overseas is well demonstrated in the straight forward song “Thank You!”

As a group, they are a good fit who get along better than brothers. In the case of Steve, whom I’ve know for nearly 20 years, even when he’s not behind the drums, he is entertaining! His wit, humor and self confidence are non-stop and easily identified in the first few minutes after meeting him. A former member of Patriarch, a familiar local band from the eighties, his dreams of succeeding in the music business have been long held. As a father of four, one daughter and triplet sons, he remains steadfast in pursuit of a high level of musical success. His wide ranging tenor voice is comparable to Dennis DeYoung, former Styx lead vocalist.

Chris, a medical services provider and self proclaimed, “strikingly handsome” is an avid Harley-Davidson rider. The opening pounding bass in “Alter Ego” clearly demonstrates his love for motorcycling and tells the stories that many of us live, waiting for the end of the work day just to get out and ride. Chris plays a Music Man Sting Ray and solely uses an Ampeg amplifier. He also utilizes a foot operated Taurus keyboard, an instrument from years passed.

Lastly, the banzai guy from this group would be Lonnie. He relishes his role as the solo guitarist and clearly enjoys his responsibility as the front man, frequently wandering into the audience for some “in your face” guitar. He is a monster player who very effectively and effortlessly transitions his rhythms into stingingly progressive, blistering hot, screaming leads. His collection of most used axes includes four different Ibanez models, a Gibson Flying V, an ESP Viper and a Peavey Wolfgang. Lonnie plays through a highly customized footboard set and into two Laney half-stacks combined with a 5150. His style and ability is attention getting which only further fuels his desire to entertain.

In addition to their original tunes, their live performances include outstanding covers of tunes from bands such as Queensryche, Motly Crue, Ozzy, Alice in Chains and Dream Theater to name a few. Seldom do they play traditional classic rock tunes but there is one not frequently played by other bands that they absolutely nail, The Immigrant Song from Led Zepplin.

If you want it loud, if you want it pounding, if you want it in your face, if you want it HARD, then you want Crisis! Go check out their web site at www.crisisrocks.com for a live performance schedule. While you’re there, give their new record a go! You won’t be disappointed!

Article & photos by Nic

One of the questions we like to ask musicians is, “What CD is in your CD player right now?” The answer to that question, if answered honestly, can sometimes reveal where true passions lie. The CD in my car right now is “Gasoline & Perfume” by the Bob Harvey Band. I first heard Bob play solo four summers ago at a local bike shop anniversary party and have been a loyal fan and follower ever since.

This biker-friendly band, comprised of Bob Harvey (guitar and vocals), Chad Osborne (drums and vocals), and Eric Nettle (bass) has been described as a “Kansas City staple.” Well known throughout the biker community, they are billed as a classic rock band, but their music spans several genres including not only classic rock, but also blues, new rock, and even occasionally a little bit of bluegrass when Bob picks up his mandolin or harmonica. But perhaps the most impressive feature of a Bob Harvey performance, in my opinion, is when Bob says, “Now we’re gonna play a song by us.”

“A song by us” is a song written by Bob. He is not only a talented singer, guitarist, and entertainer; he is also a gifted writer. Many of the tunes most often requested by his faithful audience are Bob’s originals. The band has recorded four CDs including “Enjoy the Ride,” “Gasoline & Perfume,” “Bridget’s Birthday” and “Some Cat.” The majority of songs on each CD are originals, and some of the songs on “Gasoline & Perfume” were even recorded at a local venue, the Liberty Landing in Liberty, Missouri. My favorite CD, the one that will soon need to be replaced because I’ve worn it out, is “Gasoline & Perfume.” It contains a song recognized by any Bob Harvey fan and requested at every performance (many times by me), “Cowboy Dreams.” It also contains my personal favorite, “Carry Me Across,” a song I find moving and inspirational. “Bridget’s Birthday” contains a song by the same name which, according to the CD jacket, Bob wrote for his wife Bridget on her birthday. He describes this collection as “an unworthy attempt at honoring her sacrifice.” “Some Cat” also contains several audience favorites including “Prettiest Girl in the Bar.” The fourth CD, “Enjoy the Ride,” is no longer in distribution, so if you have a copy, hang on tight. His songs reflect a grassroots musical upbringing, the influences of his youth, and they range from raw, melodic ballads, to hard-driving classic rock; a few are a testimony to his blues and bluegrass background (see interview below).

His voice and the band’s sound replicate a wide range of artists such Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Bob Seger, and their play list includes “anything the audience wants to hear.” They can be found playing at locations throughout the greater Kansas City area and are scheduled to play at events this summer and fall including the End of the Trail Rally in Platte City, the Platte County Fair and the Smithville Chamber of Commerce Octoberfest. Bob plays solo every Wednesday night at the River Market Brewing Company’s Bike Night from 6-9 p.m. To see the band’s monthly schedule or to be added to the mailing list, go to www.bobharvey.com . CDs are also available online.

We took advantage of one of the first hot, summer-like April Friday evenings recently and rode down to the River Market Brewing Company to listen to the band, shoot some photos, and ask a few questions.

CC: Tell us about your musical background, i.e., how long have you been playing, have you had formal training, how did you get started in performing, when did you start writing music?
Bob: I’ve been playing for a million years, it seems. I started out just as a teenager wanting to play local gigs, and from there, everybody wanted you to be in a band. As far as formal training goes, I’m second generation. My dad plays.

CC: Are you self-taught?
Bob: For all intents and purposes. I took guitar lessons for about six months from a guy that wanted to teach me jazz and I wanted to learn bluegrass. This was when I was like 11 years old. Actually, I wanted to go ride my mini bike.

CC: What was the instrument you learned on?
Bob: Guitar. We always had instruments laying around the house. We either had a guitar or a harmonica or a piano. My mom played piano. Pretty much whatever was laying around, I picked up and made noise with it.

CC: Who are your musical influences?
Bob: The very earliest was Elvis, just like everybody else. Surprisingly, not the Beatles. At the time where everybody was listening to the psychedelic stuff, I was listening to a lot of roots rock because Dad was also a DJ and he also had a lot of old 78s when he was a disk jockey in the South before there was such a thing called rock-n-roll.

CC: Where in the South?
Bob: Magnolia, Arkansas. Actually he is from Helena, Arkansas. Helena of course, for anybody that knows anything about anything, is right across the river from the birthplace of the blues. He grew up listening to King Biscuit Flower Hour, and he actually went to radio school in Memphis is 1952, so he pretty much had his finger on the pulse of what was going on. In the late 60s he was a college student, and we were still listening to Hank Snow, Sam Cook, where everybody else was trying to put flowers in their hair. I grew up on a lot of roots stuff. I’ve listened to a lot of country.

CC: Like Johnny Cash?
Bob: Absolutely. I shook his hand once.

CC: Some of the lyrics of your original songs, especially those on Bridget’s Birthday, are sad, even poignant. Is writing songs your way of working through tough times?
Bob: I don’t know the real answer to that. The best songs are songs that write themselves and you don’t know where they’re coming from, so maybe there is some mystical pain deep inside, I don’t know. I don’t claim to know. I really don’t. If you wake up in the morning and a song is there and it rolls off the tongue easy and it has a good feel to the music and it writes itself, then you’re home.

CC: Tell us about your motorcycle background. Didn’t you take a long trip last summer?
Bob: Motorcycles? They’re dangerous!! I’m scared of motorcycles!

CC: OK, now tell the truth.
Bob: We do a couple of long trips a year. I believe in running the wheels off of them.

CC: Aren’t you a motorcycle wrench?
Bob: Well, you know, I don’t sell dreams…I fix motorcycles.

CC: Describe your fans.
Bob: Our fans are demographically I would say anywhere from 20-50 and they’re no nonsense, not a lot of bullshit about them.

CC: Your sons are also talented up-and-coming musicians. Tell us about them. Do you have any plans to add their talents to the band in the future?
Bob: Actually, I have plans to have them mow the yard tomorrow so they better get on it. Actually, they surprise me quite a bit. I’m trying to approach them from kind of an arm’s length because I don’t want them to turn out to be mini-me. If they want to do it, it’s their deal. It will mean more to them. They both have really good voices for kids and so far, they’ve got some pretty mean chops, so I kind of like to keep my eyeball on them from afar.

CC: Have they had formal training, or are you their teacher?
Bob: I just showed them chords and how to get a good tone and that’s about it, and let them run with it. It’s their deal, their baby. If they want to make music, it’s up to them.

CC: Do you have a “favorite” place or event to play in Kansas City? If so, why is it your favorite?
Bob: There’s two or three dozen of those. You were there at the Platte City Rally last year. That just blew me away. And the Platte County Fair is one of those…. And every time we play up at the lake (Outlaw Marina in Smithville). It’s like you flip a coin in there. There’s a good destination gig that we play up in Smithville every fall at the Chamber of Commerce thing.

CC: Do you have plans to record another CD anytime soon?
Bob: Definitely yes but unfortunately, when that will be is rather cloudy.

CC: What are your future hopes, goals and plans for the Bob Harvey Band?
Bob: That’s a very interesting question, because a lot of people seem to think there’s a timeline… like next year I’m going to go to Hollywood, and a week after that I’m going to go to New York and then we’re going to play in….. No, I’m just going to probably play around here and have a good time.

CC: Would you like to expand outside of the Kansas City area or do a tour outside of Kansas City?
Bob: I would do it, but those things are really expensive and somebody else is going to have to cough up the dough. A lot of those road gigs are pretty much, you go on the road, and you don’t make any money, and I’m rather unapologetic about this. I do this for a living. I’m not doing this to stroke my ego. I’ve got a big enough one of those, thank you. It’s unnecessary to go on the road. There are enough fine people right around here. But as a matter of fact, in three weeks we are playing in Ohio, but that’s a solo deal where I used to live, but if somebody coughs up enough bucks I’ll go and play anywhere.

CC: At what events will we find you playing this summer?
Bob: The best way to find out is www.bobharvey.com .

Review and photos by Loney and
Stephanie Wilcoxson

JB Walker and the Cheap Whiskey Band is an Atlanta, Georgia-based band. This biker band was started back in 1985. This longtime biker band will celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2006.
I have been listening to JB's music for the last five or six years. I have always liked to work the rallies or bike shows where he is appearing. For me, this is one of the must-see bands on my list.
David Allan Coe is another singer who I like to hear, and I always thought his music had a great influence on JB's work. You can hear The Cheap whiskey Band playing Coe's songs at all their concerts. Their history of playing and singing together goes back a long time. You can always catch a show with JB at least once year playing with David Allan Coe somewhere in state of Georgia. Every Daytona Bike week David and JB play together at the Iron Horse Saloon.

JB Walker, the lead singer, was born in Atlanta in November of 1957 and now lives in Mableton, Georgia. He is a graduate of South Cobb High in Cobb County, Georgia and an ex-corporate executive with a food chain store. He left the corporate world and set off on a great music career. JB (Big Daddy) is now a world-renowned musician. His favorite entertainers are David Allan Coe and Bruce Springsteen.

The Cheap Whiskey Band has three other band members. The bass guitarist is Robert Bruno, also known as Dark Cloud. His last known address was in Villa Rica, Georgia. Robert began to play bass with The Cheap Whiskey Band back in 1989. He was born in Munich, Germany. He attended high school in Dennison, Texas. He is also a Vietnam vet and served in the Air Force. Patrick Shumake is the lead guitarist for the band. He was born in March of1964 in Americus, Georgia. Patrick was named one of the world's greatest guitar players by Brother Magazine in 1995. Tim Dean is the new drummer for the band and has been playing with the band for the last few months. Two of the founding members are still with the band. Terrance Daniel is the manager of JB and The Cheap Whiskey Band. Terrance is kept busy doing bookings and looking for new venues for the band to play. He is a former United States Marine, biker and longtime business associate of the band.

The Cheap Whiskey Band over the years has made some great albums like “Pour the First Shot,” “Iron Horses,” “Harleys In Heaven,” “Iron Horses And Wild Women 97,” and “Over 40 And Half Naked.” Whether they are playing their original music or others, they will entertain you all night long with their brand of music. This famous biker band is a group of talented musicians. Their music is appropriate for the biker rallies and stock car races where they are familiar sight. This biker band is well known in Daytona Beach, Florida and at the Iron Horse Saloon. Where you find bikers, you will find this band playing.

Every year the band is called upon to help to entertain the bikers who come to the Ride To Save Babies in Atlanta at Lakewood Exhibition. The Peachtree Thunder Parade through Downtown Atlanta and Buckhead starts at 1 p.m. Last year, nearly 3000 riders helped raise more $274,000 for newborn screening programs in the state of Georgia. You can find the band members up in the V.I.P. section ready for the trip to Buckhead and back. This October 1st, JB is scheduled to play from 2 to 4 p.m. The March of Dimes can count on The Cheap Whiskey Band to provide their talent on ride day.

Last October at the Milledgeville Thunder Rally I had the chance to talk with JB Walker behind the stage about his music. The most exciting time for me at the rally was when I got to go on stage with JB Walker and take pictures up close. He later told me that he brought a little of home to the guys and gals in the armed forces. The biker-rock band has been playing for military audiences since Operation Desert Shield. JB and his band have been to Iraq twice to play for the soldiers and sailors. In 1999, JB and The Cheap Whiskey Band entertained U.S. troops for the seventh time as they rocked through the Balkans. In 1993 on the ship USS Denver
(LPD-9) while off the coast of Somalia, JB and The Cheap Whiskey Band came aboard and played for the crew. The soldiers and sailors thought this was an awesome band everywhere they performed. I don't understand why someone would go to a war zone to entertain the troops and put their life in danger, but I believe it has to do with their patriotism. I know how it is to be in the Navy and away from home. Just to hear some music or see someone from the states will take you home for a couple of hours. This great southern rock band that plays through the south has performed in 28 states and 32 countries around the world.

In my opinion, JB and The Cheap Whiskey Band is one of the hottest biker bands in the world. One of the things about attending JB Walker concerts is the wide variety of music that the band plays. Walkers' music is for and about the American biker with songs of rebellion and whiskey and women. If you enjoy listening to country music, biker or rock, this is the band for you. With songs from David Allen Coe to the Rolling Stones, his music is about what people care about. You will be jumping at your table or dancing on the dance floor. Help the band celebrate their 20th anniversary in music by going to their concert this year.

For more about JB and The Cheap Whiskey Band, go to their web site www.cheapwhiskeyband.com.

Story and photos by Tommy Pittard

February 28, 2006

Trampled Under Foot

“My appeal is my soul. My music is my soul, my voice is my soul and I am so grateful that anyone enjoys or relates to or even likes to watch it, as long as it is respected as my soul” ……Danielle Schnebelen, Trampled Under Foot

Danielle Schnebelen is one of Kansas City’s musical treasures. Stephanie and I first heard her a few summers ago performing in the band “Fresh Brew.” We were hooked immediately. Our Sunday plans for the rest of the summer included relaxing afternoons enjoying Danielle’s voice. Danielle has received every possible kind of compliment from local publications, so I will sum them all up—the lady kicks ass. A voice like hers is not made; you have to be born with it. Imagine our disappointment when “Fresh Brew” was no longer performing at our Sunday hangout spot the following spring. Much to our delight we were treated to an occasional appearance by Danielle during the Sunday jams.

We were brokenhearted when we heard the news that Danielle was moving to the East Coast to perform with her brothers Nick and Kris. We found another band to listen to, but we still missed Danielle’s powerful vocals. We made it through most of the summer, and then got some great news. Danielle was coming back, and Nick and Kris were coming with her. To appreciate our excitement, you have to understand something--music is in the Schnebelen blood. Nick, Kris, and Danielle’s parents Lisa Swedlund and the late Robert Schnebelen, were part of a very popular blues band, “Little Eva & The Works,' in Kansas City during the early 1990's.

The first time we heard the band Trampled Under Foot we were totally blown away. Everything Danielle has in the voice department is equaled by Kris’s drumming and Nick’s guitar playing. To top it all off, both brothers are great vocalists too! Trampled Under Foot is a “must-not-miss” type of band. The on-stage chemistry between these siblings is unrivaled. With Kris’s drums and Danielle’s bass laying down a flawless rhythm section for Nick’s powerhouse guitar work, I dare you to sit still. Throw in the voices of all three in a harmony that only comes from sharing a bloodline and you have one of Kansas City’s top bands. If you get the chance to see Trampled Under Foot, run, do not walk, to see them.

Interview With Danielle Schnebelen

CC: What brought about your interest in music?
Danielle: We come from a long line of musicians. Our great aunt and uncle were in a mandolin/classical guitar ensemble in the 1910's and it filtered down, plus, our parents were both musicians as well. They ended up in many of the same bands; the most well known to be Little Eva & the Works, and they always held rehearsals at our house. Anyway, we were listening to Muddy Waters from the womb, I like to say. So not only was music in our blood, but blues ended up being the primary music around other than the Beatles, my personal favorite band, but Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, Frank Zappa, and other great blues/rock bands blues was it.

CC: At what age did each of you begin your musical training?
Danielle: My musical 'training' began when I was about 10 and my father realized I had an interest in singing. I’d been taking dance lessons and continued that for many years, but it was realized around then that I liked to sing. They were having a rehearsal in the basement and I started singing to a Koko Taylor song called, “Never Trust a Man,” and my dad turned around and was like, 'Hey!'

CC: Who are your influences?
Danielle: My influences range pretty far. They started out obviously with Aretha Franklin and Koko Taylor, and Etta James, but since I've grown a little more, I've really branched out to Muddy Waters, and Howlin’ Wolf, and Ray Charles, but I've always stuck with Etta; she's definitely my favorite. As for bass players, I love Willie Dixon and James Jameson.

CC: Why did you choose the blues as your genre?
Danielle: Like I stated earlier, blues was from the beginning, I'm just lucky that the blues felt I deserved to tell my stories and those written before me.

CC: We know that you moved to the East Coast for a while to perform with your brothers. What brought you back?
Danielle: Brandon Hudspeth (shhhhhhh.........) [Brandon Hudspeth of the band Levee Town]

CC: Tell us what it means to be able to perform together.
Danielle: It is amazing, knowing these guys for so long, having the unexplainable bond with my brothers; forget the natural sibling quarrels, I can't explain it! I mean, I learned bass to play with them, I love it!

CC: Do you all get along as well as it seems you do?
Danielle: Refer to my previous answer!

CC: Do you intend to stay in the Kansas City area for the long term?
Danielle: I don't want to speak for the entire band, but I intend to play music and pay my bills; wherever it takes me from there is awesome.

CC: With a voice as strong as yours, do you have any formal voice training?
Danielle: I was in choir in middle and high school for a while in each school, but I was never entirely comfortable. Blues jams are a great way of formal training that they don't tell you about in middle school.

CC: All of the people we ride with love your music. To what do you attribute your appeal?
Danielle: My appeal is my soul. My music is my soul, my voice is my soul and I am so grateful that anyone enjoys or relates to or even likes to watch it, as long as it is respected as my soul.

CC: What was your most embarrassing moment on stage?
Danielle: Okay, here we go..... I was playing at the Grand Emporium, pretty early in my 'Rush Hour Rendezvous' days, with a full house, and I burped very loud into the mic during a pretty important line in a song. I tried to play it off, but the band laughed a little, God bless 'em, and I did see a few of the people up front jump and chuckle a little.

CC: Where can our readers find Trampled Under Foot playing this spring and summer?
Danielle: We have so many gigs coming up all over the country, we're trying to get a West Coast trip together this June, and really the most efficient way to find our gigs is by going to www.trampledunderfootkc.com. We are also on My Space under 'Trampled Under Foot.'

Story, interview and photos by Loney and
Stephanie Wilcoxson

For this month’s band review I decided to go with the band we spend most of our summer Sunday afternoons with. We eagerly ride the 40 miles to the Kansas City River Market to join our friends for the “rocked up blues” of Kansas City’s own Levee Town. If you follow the Kansas City blues scene at all, you have no doubt heard of this band. If you have never heard Levee Town, you don’t know what you are missing.

Levee Town is comprised of Brandon Huspeth, Jan Faircloth, Jimmie Meade and Jacque (pronounced Jack) Garoutte. You may recognize the names of Brandon and Jan from their previous band, The Cobalt Project. Brandon in fact wrote several of the Cobalt Project’s original songs. Originally from Oklahoma, at the ripe old age of 19, Brandon relocated to Kansas City. A testament to Brandon’s substantial skills, he is the first call sub guitar player for many big-name Kansas City acts. While Brandon cites Freddie King and Buddy Guy as his influences, his raw emotion makes his playing style all his own. (Brandon also can add to his resume his ability to keep up with me on the old Jägermeister.)

Kansas City’s music scene lured drummer Jan Faircloth from Garden City, Kansas in 1999. Any successful band is only as good as its rhythm section, and Jan is rock solid with his beat. While he may have begun honing his skills in country music bands, his college experience in everything from jazz bands to symphonic ensembles have molded him into a very talented drummer. Jan lists Art Blakely, Elvin Jones, John Bonham and Buddy Miles as his influences. If you see Jan, ask him about the squirrel shirt Stephanie and I got him for his birthday.

Jimmie Meade began his harp playing after receiving a Little Walter record. Growing up in Chicago gave Jimmie the chance to study with Joe Filisko at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Jimmie further honed his skills playing with masters like Little Mack Simmons, Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater, and John Primer; of course he had to sneak into clubs to do it. What better way for a blues harp player to pay his dues. Jimmie has also studied with KC favorite Lee McBee. Jimmie’s influences include Little Walter, Big Walter, and Little Hatch. It has been a great pleasure to watch Jimmie come back from a bad accident to be the hoppin’ around harp player we all love.

Jack has to be the elder statesman of the group. With 26 years of playing experience under his belt Jacque’s steady bass riffs combine with Jan’s beat to provide the rock solid backbone of Levee Town. On top of impressive bass skills Jacque is one hell of a vocalist also. With experience in everything from punk to gospel Jacque has a broad base of music to draw from. The list of acts Jacque has toured or gigged with is impressive, to say the least, including big name blues performers like Ace Moreland, Smoot Mahuti, Baby Jason & The Spankers, Randy McAllister, Glenn R. Townsend, Smokin' Joe Kubek & Benois King, Andrew 'Junior Boy' Jones, Smilin' Willie Guiedon and Wes Jeans. Paul Greenlease of the Mickey Finn Band calls Jacque one of Kansas City’s greatest bass talents.

The guys have their own website at www.leveetown.com where you can keep up with their schedule. A new CD is on the way also featuring all new original songs. Recording is due to begin in February. You can check out the guys out at Blayney’s in Westport on most of the Thursdays that they are in town. They invite all musicians since it is an open jam. Once again they will be hosting the Sunday Blues Jam on the patio at Winslow’s Barbecue in the Kansas City River Market this spring and summer. Come on out and join us for a cocktail and some kick-ass blues.

Story by Loney and
Stephanie Wilcoxson

December 31, 2005

Mickey Finn Band

What the hell am I doing on the Plaza? Kansas City’s version of Rodeo Drive needs me about as much as I need it. Well, that’s the price you pay to be a high-paid photojournalist. Stephanie and I recently stood outside of Tom Fooleries on 47th Street waiting for our good friend Paul Greenlease and his band, The Mickey Finn Band, who were playing their weekly gig at this local bar and grill. We had waited until the last minute to interview Paul, Nate Dean, and Mike Patrum, so the Plaza location was our only chance to get some one-on-one time with these musicians if we wanted to make our deadline. Although we are more accustomed to seeing this group at some of our favorite biker bar hangouts, we were willing to endure the Plaza long enough to record some comments from our good friend Paul and his band members.

We hope you enjoy this new monthly column, Band Reviews, where we will feature a different local band each month. We have been following Paul through the local music scene for several years and couldn’t think of anybody better to be our first victim.

By way of introduction, quoting from their web site, www.themickeyfinnband.com, “The Mickey Finn Band has been part of the music scene in Kansas City for over five years. They are known by area music enthusiasts as one of the premier “musician’s bands” in town comprised of some of the top live and session musicians in Kansas City. The individual players in the band come from diverse professional musical backgrounds and the band plays many different styles with expertise. If you are a serious music connoisseur, or if you just like to dance and have a good time, you will love the Mickey Finn Band.”

CC: Who are your musical influences?
Paul: Led Zeppelin, older blues guys, Stax Records, stuff like Sam and Dave and Otis Redding and stuff like that.
Nate: Eric Johnson.
Mike: Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, I like Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire.

CC: What bands have you played with previously?
Paul: Vocal bands, I’ve played with Neon Blue, Bob Harvey, Max Groove, Cobalt Project, Percy Sledge and Zig Medeliste.
Nate: I’ve played for a lot of people. I played in a band called the Broken Cowboy. They were a big country band here. I lived in Nashville, and I played with for a lot of country artists down there including Larry Gatlin, Keith Norris and Reese Wynans. I’ve played for a lot of cool people, so it’s hard for me to pick out just a few.
Mike: Kerry Livgrin (of the band Kansas).

CC: What genre of music do you play?
Paul: We play really hard rock, new rock, classic rock, a lot of blues, some country, some R&B, just depends on the genre.

CC: What is your favorite out of all those to perform?
Paul: Whatever people want to hear. We kind of like stepping it up into Alice in Chains mode sometimes.
Nate: Whatever people like.

CC: What CD is in your car right now?
Paul: I’ve got a bunch of CDs in my car. I just went to Best Buy and bought a bunch of country CDs because we’re playing at Harrah’s at Toby Keith’s, so we had to learn a whole bunch of country to keep the gig.

CC: What were you listening to on your way in?
Paul: Talk radio. I listen to talk radio in my car. I don’t listen to music usually.
Nate: Gavin McGraw.
Mike: Talk radio.

CC: Why did you choose the Mickey Finn Band as your name?
Paul: Because years ago when my friend and I started this band, we don’t do any psychedelic drugs, so we had a hard time thinking of a cool band name. That’s really the story. He had that band name, The Mickey Finn Band, and we thought that’s a lot cooler than any name we could think of. It’s almost by default we thought of it. Or should I say that we had like a psychic experience at a séance at the crossroads by the pale moonlight? Ghrrr…(growls)

CC: What prompted your decision to leave the Bob Harvey Band?
Paul: Sexual harassment. (laughing). Actually, since Nate has been in the band, we’ve had so much interest in having this band on the weekends and stuff, and this is the strongest lineup that we’ve had, I thought this would be a good time to make the break.

CC: Is it scary leaving a band that is that established in the area?
Paul: Yes it is, but it’s also exciting too because of new opportunities.

CC: What local venues can we find the Mickey Finn Band playing at?
Paul: The best place to check us out is www.themickeyfinnband.com and also we’re going to be playing at the Landing in Liberty, Nick’s Tavern in Independence, Jerseys in Independence, Blayney’s in Westport, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill at Harrah’s Casino.
Nate: Our weekly gigs are at Tom Fooleries on the Plaza every Wednesday night and Tom Fooleries at Zona Rosa every Thursday night.

CC: What are the band’s strengths?
Paul: Me. (laughing). Our strengths are we can really play our butts off. We really have a lot of instrumental prowess. We’ve got pretty good singing, but the biggest thing that we have is we all are really super heavy on our instruments.
Nate: We can play almost anyone into the ground.

CC: Mental note: Paul just said the word “prowess.” Let’s see if he really knows what it means. Does the band have any weaknesses that you can think of, other than the fact that you need more exposure?
Paul: Yes, we need more exposure, but that’s being remedied right now by your online magazine. I really can’t think of any weaknesses really. I feel really strong or otherwise I wouldn’t have left such a good band as Bob Harvey’s band to do that if I felt like this band had any weaknesses at all, other than Mike (laughing).
Nate: Dropping the beat (laughing).

CC: OK, for each one of you, what is your musical background with reference to training?
Paul: I had a lot of private lessons. I also went to Musicians Institute in Hollywood, and I studied there, and then I got back and I studied a lot of jazz improv and stuff like that.
Nate: I grew up playing. I did a couple of years in Nashville, so I played a ton there professionally.
Mike: I had a lot of private instruction, and I went to the University of Kansas.

CC: This is for Nate and Mike. Do you guys think that you can get that kind of fame and popularity even though you are dragging Paul along with you?
Nate: Paul is dead weight.
Mike: Sure we can.
Paul: We’re going to replace Paul with a younger and skinnier guy.

CC: Since this interview will be in a magazine geared toward motorcycle enthusiasts, what can you offer as a band to this crowd?
Paul: We’re really high energy. We play good rock. We don’t play sissy music, you know. And we play stuff that people can dig.

CC: Tell us about your most memorable experience on stage.
Paul: I think at the Mule Run when they had the Miss Mule Run Contest… well, I can’t say that in a magazine. Actually, playing with Percy Sledge. That was really, really cool. It was like having 50 orgasms. (Don’t repeat that part.) Playing with Percy Sledge was probably the coolest thing I’ve ever done.
Nate: One time when I was playing at a honky tonk in Texas and this June bug flew in and hit me in the face and I freaked out like a pussy.
Mike: Somebody fell into my drums a while back.

CC: Where do you see the Mickey Finn Band in five years?
Paul: Like with really expensive hookers and on “Behind the Music.” We will have gotten hooked on drugs and then have gotten clean and then we’ll be on “Behind the Music.” No…. In five years from now… We’re starting to record original songs. Nate writes really good songs, and I’d like to see us playing a lot more high exposure gigs and stuff like that although we’re fine just playing at bars, but we want to take it as far as we can really.

Interview and Photos by Loney and
Stephanie Wilcoxson

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