From: WA, United States
Genre: Blues, blues, jazz
Donny Andrews: Don started playing in bands in the New York City area in the early 70’s grooving with the rock standards of the time. Later Don found himself being a co-founder and bass player in the jazz oriented Skydancer in Jan Jose, California in the late 70’s which has remained in a recording mode well into 2012. He helped co-write a three part science fiction musical in the early 80’s called the Saga of Doctor Android.
In San Francisco he was in local club bands namely Booze & Flowers and Ozone Park. While living in Prague, Czech Republic, Don had a number of club bands called the Hot Knives and King Bee which had a rather large profile around town. Don also sat in with the Band of Jakey’s playing country and stomp tunes in Prague and in Dresden as well as in other towns in Germany playing bass, guitars and lap steel. Towards the end of his stay in Prague, Don started another band called Booze & Flowers Praha recording a cd in late 2000.
In 2010 Don recorded his first cd with Steve Miller at Cuttthroat Studios near Seattle Washington and in 2012 finished a cd teaming up with vocalist Wendell Bricker called Roll the Dice. Don has always been interested in writing songs that can touch a chord in people. Having played hundreds of jobs over the years the cataloguing and refinement of his songs has become his main ambition. Music has always been a method of self-discovery and a way to return to people and places he’s known in the past. He plans to continue recording and continue reaching out to a variety of players in many styles.
Wendell Bricker: Wendell was first influenced by music (specifically country music) as far back as he can remember. He had an uncle, Art Hoskins; who for a time played with country great, Bob Wills, his father sang in bars with different people and has a picture of himself when he was 6 years old holding his father’s huge Gretch New Yorker on his lap playing it. Like most he played and sang in his schools music departments and in 1975 went with Hazen High School’s (in Renton Washington) Swing Choir to the Reno International Jazz Festival , and the choir won first place. After his father, Harold Bricker, Jerry McManus was Wendell’s next Mentor.
He tried off on playing with different local bands as a vocalist. Eros , Spirit, The Christian Brothers, The Leather Cowboys…just to name a few but they went no where. He even for a short time was with a Kiss-like band called DOOM in 1977 but they were also a flash in the pan.
For a while, he put the music back and concentrated on work until this new thing called Karaoke appeared. His singing was revitalized and he played and sang all over at contests taking first, second and third places. He finally became a host for a while. He then for 2 years had his own public access program called, “Wild Wendell’s Karaoke and Country” ,where he went around the northwest and showcased different bars and such. But still he had to take a regular job and it was at this job where he met Donny Andrews and the rest is history.