PLAYERS

Jason P. Riley, guitar

Jason Riley’s versatility of style, mood and character is seemingly unlimited. Riley is as comfortable playing with a rock band as he is playing classical guitar with a symphony orchestra. His work on stage not only reflects his understanding of classical form and balance, but shows a highly original combination of this classical/rock/jazz background that very few guitarists can successfully execute in live performance. Riley has won competitions and reader’s polls in both the rock and country genres and has opened for and performed with national and international artists while making numerous radio and television appearances. As a recording artist, Jason has produced and released four solo CDs, Notes to Self (a compilation of original compositions), Outtakes (original arrangements of traditional works), Spirit of Things (traditional American spirituals), and Funky Folk (familiar folk melodies and some quiet-time classical). As an equally successful and dedicated sideman, his playing has been featured extensively on many albums by other artists. Riley serves as adjunct professor of guitar at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS and Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, MO when not on tour. He has also served as co-director at the Festival Chartres – an international guitar festival in Chartres, France.

 

garrettwebD. Garrett Nordstrom, guitar

D. Garrett Nordstrom is a producer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer/songwriter. Nordstrom was born in the town where Jesse James died and was subsequently raised on the radio. Nordstrom cut his teeth with Denver’s Moment of Release as the group’s primary songwriter, rhythm guitarist and organist and has shared the stage with the Neville Brothers, Black Crowes, Delbert McClinton, Mofro, Los Lobos, Indigenous, Molly Hatchet, Patrice Pike and Carolyn Wonderland. Nordstrom formed the Kansas City, MO based alt-R&B group, the Garrett Nordstrom Situation in 2005 and has produced 3 solo records including South of the Border Detour, Blue Flag, Black Heart, A Noise Guidebook (Birdsway).   Nordstrom also produced Chad Rex and the Victorstands’ 2nd release, Gravity Works, Fire Burns (Mars Motors Music). Nordstorm has been performing and writing with Maria the Mexican since 2012 when he was hired by the Cuevas Sisters to play mariachi guitar in a Chicago, IL nightclub.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Kew, bass

Craig Kew is an international recording artist but was trained in the heartland of the United States.  He has studied classical symphonic bass, country, prog rock, punk and pop and was a member of rock-n-roll legend Kerry Livgren’s Protokaw. Livgren called Kew, “a local kansas boy who does everything right on bass.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

daveDave Autry, drums

Dave Autry was born in the cradle of the blues. He was raised in Kennett, Mo and began professional session work at the age of 13. He has a deep feel for the blues, gospel, soul and funk. He has performed with the Reverend Jimmie Bratcher, Corey Ryan, Lance Pollard, Noe Palma, and Victor Gossage. Autry is a musical craftsman and builds his own drums in association with Kansas City Drum Company.