Thanks guys, really appreciate the kind words. This was a long time coming – my track was finished on April 24! It just grew in scope. And grew... and grew!
Joe, Brent has been with AWB since before I joined almost seven years ago. He sang with TOP from 1994 to 2001. Yes, time does fly!
Both guitarists Dave Spinozza and Jeff Tamelier have subbed for Onnie with AWB since I've been in the band. Spinnoza is the famous NY studio and jingle guy that's played and/or recorded with pretty much everyone – including 3/4 of the Beatles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Aretha, etc. It was quite a trip having him around for those gigs – the stories he had to tell of the "old days" were, er, very entertaining to say the least!
AWB has played exactly one gig in 2020: January 16 at the Tucson Jazz Festival. It's not looking good for the rest of the year, unfortunately. We did have a few double-bills with TOP that have been rescheduled so hopefully we'll be together again. I'm afraid those may be the last times – if they happen at all – since TOP has moved to a new booking agency. We've done many shows with them while I've been with the band, and I'll be sorry when that ends – if it hasn't already ended.
Everybody please stay safe and I hope people understand that flattening that curve (again) is a prerequisite to us doing ANY more gigs. The two AWB originals still in the band are in their 70s, and I wouldn't expect them to be getting on planes, riding in vans & staying in hotels until the situation is much safer than it is now. Hell I'm in that riskier age group myself and so is most of our audience! Right now it seems like those young kids that are rushing to go out to bars & the beach are gonna keep us oldsters home (and earning zero income) for longer than we might need to be. I'll end my little rant now, with the hope that someday I'll see some of you guys in the flesh!