And what a
bunch of characters they were....
calling Nashville, TN home, Mike keeps himself relatively out of
trouble by touring and recording with Radney Foster and Lee Roy
Parnell. He and ex-Humorhoid Jack Irwin own and operate
Silvertone Studios which keeps them busy with demo and
record projects. At least when they're not recording studio
tracks for the Good Humor Band CD. In his spare time Mike scours
the pawn shops, where he's on a first name basis with all the
owners, looking to add to his collection of vintage guitars, amplifiers,
and recording equipment which takes up every available inch of
what used to be free space in his house.
in Nashville, Gregg's world revolves around Harleys, Indians
(the motorcycles, not the Native Americans), pianos, and his son
Jake. He plays on the weekend with a number of bands in the
Nashville area including his own, The Paramours, staying busy
during the week working in the communications business.
spending three years in Paris (France, not Texas) performing
with a house band at EuroDisney (Ooh la la!), Joe moved back to
the U.S. and now lives in a state of confusion. He prefers to
call it Nashville. But what does he know, he's the one who's
confused. When not tending Delbert McClinton's garden he's been playing with T. Graham
Brown, Jimmy Thackery, Lee Roy Parnell, and (hang onto your CAT
hat) The Mighty Rack of Spam.
almost any given night you can drop into the "World's Most
Famous Honky Tonk," Tootsie's in Nashville, and find Drake
Leonard playing bass in the house band. And believe it or not,
they're not standing behind a chicken wire fence either. If he's
not there it's because he's out playing with David Ball or being
bandleader for Sherri Austin. He's working on cloning himself so
he can take on a few more gigs, which will definitely scare
Congress into outlawing the procedure.
Mike's still hanging his cowboy hat in Richmond, VA, where he manages
to fill his time with his woodworking business,
with his band The
Reverb Rockets, and
re-reading Being A New Father For Dummies for the
umpteenth time. He can be heard playing guitar on TV and radio
commercials, on a movie soundtrack he recorded with Bruce
Hornsby, and singing songs he's written for his band, all of
which are just excuses to keep in shape for the annual GHB shows.
The Eggman has staked out his forty acres and a mule in Raleigh,
NC where he's a tenured professor of Marine Biology at North
Carolina State University. That's right, it's Dr. Eggs to you.
His work takes him all over the world and his family keeps him
anchored. It never takes much arm twisting to get him to join
the annual GHB shows and
he's still as rock (lobster) steady as ever behind the drums.
A pedal steel player from New Jersey. Who would of thought it?
Bucky joined the Good Humor Band in 1979 after a stint with Evan
Johns’ Cold Steel Benders in Nashville. Since leaving the band
he’s recorded and/or toured with Steve Earle and the Dukes,
REM, Suzy Bogguss, Jim Lauderdale, Bob Dylan, and others. He
lives in Nashville where he plays in studio and on the road as
well as operates his own recording studio. For more, check out
Raised in the Washington, DC area, Evan bought his first guitar,
a B-25 Gibson, when he was in 7th grade. While playing in his
band, the Cold Steel Benders, he was hired by guitar wizard
Danny Gatton. From there he joined the Good Humor Band, leaving
to start his own band, Evan Johns and the H-Bombs. He’s
recorded with innumerable artists, collaborated with top
songwriters, and was part of the Grammy-nominated Big Guitars
from Texas album Trash, Twang & Thunder. At last report
he’s in Florida—or maybe Austin—and has several albums
scheduled to come out on Big Cypress Records. For more, check
out his web
native of Washington, DC, Bruce began playing pedal steel in
1973 when he was a student at Virginia Commonwealth University
in Richmond, Virginia. Within a year he was playing with the
Good Humor Band. In 1978 he moved to Nashville and started
playing with Dottie West when she was touring with Kenny Rogers.
Since then he’s played with artists including Lacy J. Dalton,
Ricky Skaggs, Kathy Mattea, Mel Tillis, Foster & Lloyd, and
Shania Twain. Songs he’s written or co-written have been
recorded by T. Graham Brown, Garth Brooks, Mark Collie, and
Brooks & Dunn. More gory details can be found at Pedalhead.com.
as “The World’s Greatest Unknown Guitarist,” Danny’s
technique was stunning, not to mention his ability to synthesize
an incredibly broad range of styles. Born in Washington, D.C, he
formed his first band, the Offbeats, in 1959. He started and
stopped his career more times than anyone can keep track of,
playing for a few years then spending time as a body and sheet
metal worker. His coming out was probably with the band
Redneck Jazz Explosion, which featured Buddy Emmons on pedal
steel guitar and Evan Johns on vocals. Their 1978 album, Redneck
Jazz, is a classic. He went on to play with artists including
Commander Cody, Roger Miller, Billy Hancock, Robert Gordon, and
of course, the Good Humor Band. Danny committed suicide in 1994
and is sorely missed. More about Danny and photos of the 1998
two-night Tribute to Danny Gatton are here.
On his own, with Delbert McClinton, or alongside that wild and
wacky Good Humor Band, Steve continually proves that he's
"one of the blackest white R&B singers you'll ever
experience." Yup, he's a one-man minority group. He's also
one of the few people to write a song which may yet become the
Virginia State Song, Sweet Virginia Breeze (co-written
with Robbin Thompson). He has a Hammond B-3 named Bertha, a tour
bus which runs, and a sometimes band called the Mystic Soul
Bubbas. And yes, they were named that long before that Clinton
guy made the word popular. And we don't mean "soul."
There's more here.
Wandering the world aimlessly but based out of San Francisco,
Mad Dog's been writing a weekly humor column since 1996 blah blah blah published a novel
(Skywriting at Night), blah blah blah, a compilation of his humor travel
columns (If It's Such a Small World Then Why Have I Been
Sitting on This Airplane For Twelve Hours?), blah blah
blah co-wrote Stand Tall, the autobiography of the former chief of police of Detroit blah blah blah
writes web sites to make ends meet (including this one), blah blah blah
and has a popular
web site, the Mad
Dog Weekly. Forget about Croc O'Shirt, Earl the Dead Cat, Silent Vigil
Rubber Wind Chimes, the Tacky Xmas Decoration and Grand Highly
Illuminated House Tour, blah blah blah. That's history. Get over
The last confirmed O’Brien sighting was July 4th when he
boarded an airplane in New Orleans to spend the summer in
Jamaica. Four days later rival gangs in Kingston launched an
insurrection. The State Department says there’s no connection.
When he’s not causing international incidents, Johnny rebuilds
pianos in New Orleans, St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica, and Bloomington,
Indiana. He also plays piano in and around Nawlins and spends as
much time as possible on Leda, which is a 38-foot
sailboat which he keeps on Lake Pontchatrain. Get your mind out
of the gutter, will ya?
The former Bill Gerloff has legally changed his name to Mr.
Missing in Action
Nancy Louise Atkinson