Rick J Bowen, drummer, vocalist, and songwriter, grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan playing in school band, choir and show bands. While earning a BA at Western Michigan University he was able to spend two years in the rhythm section of Gold Company, a top college jazz vocal ensemble. After college Rick played in various rock and blues bands until he landed in Soul Syndicate, a blues/rock group who won the chance to open for Bad Company after taking first in WLAV’s “Baddest” band competition. Soul Syndicate went on to open for The Storm and Common Ground as well as doing club tours of the Midwest and East Coast.
Moving to the Northwest in 1994, Rick soon landed gigs and sessions with many diverse local artists and is on call for sessions and production at Contact Create Studios. Always playing for the song and striving to be the backbone of the rhythm section has allowed Rick to flex his chops in a variety of genres.
As a member of The Stacy Jones Band, who received the 2009 "best new band" award, has become a NW favorite and received several nominations for "best of the blues "awards.
Rick is endorsed by and plays THUMPER CUSTOM DRUMS. www.thumpercustomdrums.com
He is also member and contributing writer for the Washington Blues Society and a staff review writer for Innocent Words. http://innocentwords.com
Guitarist Danny Petroni teamed up with Frank Lacy to create a modern blues, jazz and soul band that he bills as the “Sound of Asbury Park” the result is the self titled release The Blue Project.
The album is a collection of hymns to the common mans struggle and inner city view of modern life mixed with good old time horsing around fun. Vocalist and trombone man Frank…Continue
Posted on July 21, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment
The only thing wrong with the six-song EP The Reverend Shawn Amos Tells It, is that there are only six songs.
Like James Brown said, "let’s hit it, and quit," Amos gathered together what he calls a "Gutbucket power trio," of Chris Roberts (guitar),Don Medina (drums),and Ed Terrio (bass) then threw down the tracks old school -- live, with no overdubs -- in one day.
Amos grew up around the entertainment industry and is the CEO of the digital content studio…Continue
Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:30pm
Like ice cold lemonaid and watermelon on a summer afternoon, Sunshine -- the new album from twin cites revivalists Davina & the Vagabonds -- is good old-fashioned fun.
Released in May of 2014, the album is set up like an old LP with A and B sides, featuring nine new songs and three reinvented covers, which highlight the unique instrumentation of a rollicking quintet held together by Davina Sowers’ on piano, acoustic bass, drum kit, and a clever trumpet and…Continue
Posted on July 11, 2014 at 1:30pm
There’s nothing like staring death in the eye for inspiration and motivation. Walter Trout intended on celebrating his 25th year as a solo artist with a new album and tour, but instead began a fight for his life and the need of a liver transplant. He perilously went ahead with plans to make a new album, and the result is a collection of fire-breathing confessions and tortured reflection on a life of victories and defeats outlined in 12 kickin’ tracks,…Continue
Posted on July 1, 2014 at 10:30am