House Blend | Episode 47: Wumbloozo
Michael Richard has been playing music his whole life; good rock and roll and blues. “Nothing like a smoke filled bar room when the band is grooving, the chicks be dancing, glasses be clinking and pool balls cracking HOME BABY HOME.” Played clubs in N.Y, migrated to L.A. Worked briefly with Mark Bolan & Herb Price of T-Rex & Jimi Hendrix fame. Opened Bit-o-N.Y. night club and lead the house band while also singing & playing lead guitar for local faves Aberdeen & The Gigolos who shared the stage with The Blasters, X & The Rythymn Pigs at The Whiskey The Central (now the Viper Room) & Madam Wongs. Fun times in L.A. Founded Whiz Kids Records where he wrote and produced all genres of music ranging from punk, New Wave, pop, country and psychobilly. He produced and co-wrote the sound track for independent film Jimmy. Michael is currently working with Def Eggplant Records producing, composing, singing and playing guitar with blues, R&B, roots, rock band Wumbloozo. Wumbloozo can be seen performing in the Southern California area. They can also be heard on independent and blues radio throughout the US, Argentina, Brazil and Europe. The band’s song catalog is currently being managed by several licensing companies soon to be heard in a theatre near you. If you’d like to contact Michael Richard, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also visit his Facebook page www.facebook/michaelrichard
Doctor Fun aka Herbie Katz has been playing harmonica since he was hitch-hiking with a friend in Connecticut at 15 years old. He has studied harmonica with Lee Oskar and David Barrett and was influenced early on by Paul Butterfield and John Mayall. He truthfully believes himself to be a born again black blues man whose influences extend from Louisiana to Australia, but most people think he’s making this up. A wandering loner, he prefers to sit in with different bands roaming from club to club. He did, however, perform for three years with “Blue Baron and the Stretch Club” and was seen and heard at many clubs throughout Los Angeles performing with them in the mid 90’s. Not many people have been fortunate enough to tie him down and record him, although he does appear briefly on Harriet Schock’s “from Fairfax to Pasadena” CD. He can also be heard wailing on Wumbloozo’s CD “Come Down Here.” If you come across a bootleg recording that you swear contains his playing, he’ll flatly deny it. Doctor Fun just loves music. He’ll play Blues and Jazz for free, but you’ll have to pay him if you want him to play country music. Check him out. Then you can write his next bio.
Ben Beckley started playing drums at 11, where he was primarily interested in Jazz. In high school, he played in jazz groups, big band, and the Wanderers Drum & Bugle Corps in his home town of New Rochelle, NY. He went to Berklee School of Music and Manhattan School of Music, where he was trained in music theory, arranging and composition. In the ’70’s he started playing in the eclectic NYC scene with various bands playing Rock, Soul/Funk, Blues, Country, Latin, Scottish, Irish, and Middle Eastern music. This included playing in clubs, and concerts at the Fillmore East, Electric Circus, the Beacon Theater, and Madison Square Garden. He also did an extensive amount of studio work in NY and Nashville at the Record Plant, Bell Sound, Capitol, and RCA studios, at one point signed to Casablanca Records. He went on the road for a few years, in that period touring with Henry Gross as the opening act for the Doobie Brothers and Fleetwood Mac. He finished the last 4 years of the ’70’s playing with Billy Vera. In the mid 80’s he moved to LA. Tired of getting paid “lots of money to play music I didn’t like”, he eventually retired from the pro music scene and got a day gig (so he could play music he did like). Most recently he played in Blues bands with artists Nelsen Adelard and Mikey Mo’. “I joined Wumbloozo because they remind me of those great eclectic bands in NY. They really understand Blues, Appalachian, Bluegrass, stuff like that. Very evocative music!” If you’d like to contact Ben, you can email him at email@example.com
Mark Peters first heard an acoustic Wumbloozo at a party where he described the music as the Boss meets Tom Waits. Hearing that Mark was a bass player, Michael handed Mark a cheap banana neck bass and said “here play”. Michael was totally blown away by Mark’s willingness to play such a hunk of junk, but more importantly by the incredible music that was coming out of it. It turns out Mark was quite the bass player. Hailing from Seattle, Mark played clubs and local festivals from 1993 to 2004, perfecting his solid groove performing with “Jack of Hearts”, “Ivy” and “The Maui Blues Band”. He was a fixture at Pioneer Square (a club district) and the Evergreen State College summer jams. Mark says “I am now proud to be playing with Wumbloozo laying down a solid foundation”. To contact Mark you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greg Krueger is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan where he was part of the emerging folk and blues scene in the early 1970’s. He spent a decade playing guitar in R&B bands around Detroit before moving to LA and rediscovering his acoustic roots, adding mandolin and dobro to his soulful guitar work. The consummate sideman, he has produced and appeared on the CD’s of many of the best songwriters you have never heard of.
Stan Harrison started playing the organ in the family living room at age 13. After playing organ in several rock bands in junior high he moved on to the Rhoads electric piano during the Jazz Fusion era of the early seventies while studying music theory and composition at the famed Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles He continued to play in several groups bringing the soul/funk/jazz/blues influences of masters such as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Les McCann, Brian Auger and many others. All through the years a deep passion for the blues ran through his playing. Today the blues continues to drive the full spectrum of soul/ Blues/Jazz/Funk and Rock that Stan brings to the Piano and Organ.
ABOUT THE HOST@2013SCVTV
“House Blend” host, writer and co-producer Stephen K. Peeples is a Grammy-nominated record producer (“Monterey International Pop Festival,” 1992), award-winning radio writer-producer (“The Lost Lennon Tapes,” 1988-1990) and veteran record company executive (Capitol, Elektra/Asylum, Rhino). A Canyon Country resident since early 1988, Peeples wrote about the SCV music scene for The Signal newspaper in 2004-2006 and was Managing Editor of the My Santa Clarita community website in 2006-2007. He was The Signal’s Online Editor and social media manager from October 2007 to May 2011. In 2009 he was honored when The-Signal.com was named “Best Website” by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. A jazz and rock drummer since he was 12, Peeples was a member of the underground West L.A. garage band Peaking Duck from 1977-2008. In 2010, he co-founded the SCV-based jazz quartet RainTree.