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Date: Mon 08 Oct, 2001 at 00:00
Headline: Experimental

Greetings and Salutations!

If this were a television show, I would say that we were "on haitus for re-tooling"...but it's not, so let's move on. :-)

Since John Clark (always one with several irons in the fire) decided to leave the band to concentrate on other endeavors, we have been experimenting with various formats, trying to find one that resonates best with us and audiences. Last night at Tom Tom CD we tried out the line-up that we will be using throughout the rest of October, with Tim, James and I playing the first half of the show as a trio, and our friend Ray Opheikens joining us on bass for the second half while I switch to keyboards.

Ray, apart from being a superb bass player (his "day gig" is the Jay Johnson Band, and he has played with James and/or I in various other projects) is a man of many talents. He put together the graphics for our debut CD and contributed backing vocals to several songs. He's also an unfailingly fun guy to work with, which was another factor in our choosing him to fill in. He played well and kept everyone in high spirits last night, and we're looking forward to playing with him again in more conventional club settings later this month.

Having another bass player around is also providing me with the opportunity to explore my role as singer & frontman from behind the keyboards. It's something I've been doing in Jupiter for more than a year now, but transferring it to this band is different for several reasons. The idea of hiring a permanent bass player is just one of the possibilities we are considering right now, and how well things work out wit h Ray will certainly be a factor in determining what our course of action will be.

In the meantime, we are also excited to be taking part in a charity concert to benefit the American Red Cross later this month. On Thursday, October 25 we will be joined on the Salt Lake Community College campus by several other artists in a tribute to the humanitarian acts that have so stirred the American Spirit in light of the tragedy our nation has experienced recently. It will be a night to remember.

That's all for now. See you at the Ritz!

your humble correspondent
Thom Bowers