Meet The Band
Richard Earle – guitar, steel, harmonica, vocals
Hailing from Albuquerque and New Orleans, Earle’s blend of Blues Rock, Cajun Country, and American Roots music developed early in his career while performing along the Chitlin’ Circuit, still in his teens. He has shared the stage with a long list of Baltimore/Washington artists including Stewart Smith (Eagles/Rosanne Cash/Rodney Crowell), Deanna Bogart, Kix, Ruthie & The Wranglers, Mark Noone, Virginia & The Bluedots, The Slickee Boys, Evan Johns, Tommy Keene, Catfish Hodge, Billy Hancock, Tex Rebinowitz, and a host of others. An accomplished guitarist and songwriter, Earle has a particular appreciation for vintage guitars, automobiles, and nearly anything before 1969.
First rock ‘n roll song I ever heard: Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets
First rock ‘n roll song I ever played: Secret Agent Man – Johnny Rivers
Musicians who influenced me: Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Jimmy Vaughan (any guitar player named James)
A song I never get tired of hearing: One Rainy Wish – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
A gig I’ll never forget: The “Smoke Bomb Incident” with the Fabulous Thunderbirds in Sun, LA (the use of military-grade pyrotechnics indoors is not specifically recommended)
My current favorite song: Musta Had a Good Time – Parmalee
My favorite junk food: Breyer’s Rocky Road Ice Cream
Larry Groner – drums, vocals
Larry burst onto the music scene at 16 with his high school soul band, the famed Boogalators—the first in a long line of cover and original rock bands. His percussion history is steeped in soul and funk, and he has a sure feel for bringing out the signature touches of all the drummers we feature. Larry’s hard-hitting, high-energy contra-tempo style nails the musical bottom end essential to driving the propulsive essence of rock.
First rock ‘n roll song I ever heard: Lollipop – The Chordettes
First rock ‘n roll song I ever played: Gloria – The Shadows of Night
Musicians who influenced me: Soul music, James Brown, any drummer who played with Steely Dan, Floyd Sneed, Stewart Copeland
A song I never get tired of hearing: Anything by the Everly Brothers. It’s Good News Week – Hedgehoppers Anonymous
A gig I’ll never forget: Iota on a triple bill with two early 20-something bands who said we “really tore it up, man”
My current favorite song: Who Knew – Pink
My favorite junk food: raspberry gelato at Grotto Pizza in Bethany Beach
David Lewin – Lead Vocals
Singer and songwriter, David was born and bred in Paris, France. Into rock from an early age, he taught himself to play the piano and guitar. After a few years playing keyboards in different bands in France, especially Modjo, known for global dance anthem “Lady (Hear me tonight),” he launched his solo career as a singer and guitar player. David moved to DC in 2013 and recently joined Rockin’ Pneumonia.
First rock ‘n roll song I ever heard: Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd
First rock ‘n roll song I ever played: Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
Musicians who influenced me: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Donald Fagen, Walter Brecker, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Santana
A song I never get tired of hearing: Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
A gig I’ll never forget: Prince’s last show with Stevie Wonder as a guest
My current favorite song: Let It Happen – Tame Impala
My favorite junk food: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Dave Whitaker – bass, vocals
Dave has performed and recorded with rock, jazz, R&B and gospel bands since the early 1990s. A California native, Dave graduated from Hollywood’s Musicians Institute in 1995. Dave uses Sadowsky bass guitars and Demeter amps.
First rock ‘n roll song I ever heard: “Carry on My Wayward Son” by Kansas
First rock ‘n roll song I ever played: “Breaking the Law” by Judas Priest
Musicians who influenced me: James Jamerson, Paul McCartney, Sting, Pino Palladino
A song I never get tired of hearing: “Love Reign O’er Me” by The Who
A gig I’ll never forget: Too late, I forgot it already.
Current favorite song: Peter Gabriel’s “Mercy Street” covered by Herbie Hancock
My favorite junk food: Tortilla chips with fresh guacamole
Barry Wise – piano, organ, synth, harmonica, vocals, band manager
Started classical piano at age 5. Learned pop piano from 33s, 45s and sheet music. Played Sly Stone-style organ in 60’s Philly band Popcorn. Fan of many piano styles from ragtime and New Orleans-style to rock ‘n roll and 60’s/70’s funky jazz. Have created a number of modern electronica tunes. Founded the Rockin’ Pneumonia band in 1998.
First rock ‘n roll song I ever heard: Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
First rock ‘n roll song I ever played: Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
Musicians who influenced me: Frédéric Chopin, Scott Joplin, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Oscar Peterson, Ramsey Lewis, Jimmy Smith, Sly Stone, Leon Russell, Billy Preston, Walter Carlos, Dr. John, Elton John
A song I never get tired of hearing: New York State of Mind – Billy Joel
A gig I’ll never forget: The guitarist in my college band got us a gig at the middle school where he taught. My keyboard shorted out in the first song, so I had to play tambourine for an hour. After the show, two kids asked me, “Mr. Wise, what were you doin’ up there?”
My current favorite song: Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
My favorite junk food: 7-Eleven hot wings