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Meet the New Band Members!
FOD would like to extend a warm and fanatically crazy welcome (oh, they will find out…) to David Archuleta’s two new band members, Jerry Roe (drums) and Dave Filice (bass).
Jerry and Dave will join Mike Krompass (guitar and music director) and Kendra Lowe (keyboards) on the 2009 summer tour.
Jerry Roe, Drums
Jerry, 24, hails from a musically rich background: he is the grandson of legendary artist and musician Jerry Reed and the son of Nashville bassist Dave Roe. Jerry has played with Michelle Branch, Head Automatica, Team Illuminati, Rebecca Linda Smith, The Wreckers, The Legendary Shack Shakers, and Rae Hering, among others.
From his MySpace (you can already see that he’s going to fit in just fine):
I play drums. I play drums in a band. I play drums in a few bands actually, as well as do it for a living. I also play bass for a living. I would like to be a professional yodeler. I think that’s really neat. Some days I’ll walk over to the highest point I can find in the surrounding area, and yodel all day long, or until someone strikes me in the head with an object and/or fists.
As far as projects I’m currently involved with are concerned, I play drums in a few bands. Bands I have played with are named Head Automatica, another Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers, another Keating (who is now referred to as Paper Rival). I also work freelance around town as a drummer and bassist, and can be seen on occasion playing drums for numerous country, rock, americana, metal, and rockabilly bands/artists around Nashville, which is the town I currently reside and was born and also raised in. I like it here. I can make money doing what I love to do, and it’s very easy to be creative and original here, because nobody else is really doing it yet.
Above: Dave and Jerry Roe
And look! Jerry has a movie devoted to him on YouTube. It’s….strange, which bodes well for his success with the crazy Archies.
“That’s not Jerry Reed. That’s his grandson,” clarifies the narrator.
Dave Filice, Bass
From Dave’s MySpace:
A native of Northern California, I now live in LA and work in the music industry as a bassist and producer. In my career, I have had the honor of working/performing with many great artists including Reeves Gabrels, Richie Kotzen, The Rembrandts, Phil Solem, Peter DiStefano Band (Porno For Pyros), Derek Sholl, Terri Nunn (Berlin), Michelle Shocked, Dave Wakeling (English Beat, General Public), Macy Gray,Bret Michaels (Poison), Great White, One Tribe Nation, D’Amato, Patti Rayne, Michael”Angelo”Battio. On the Film/TV side my credits for composition include: A&E, Bravo, Discovery, MTV, Cinemax, as well as a number of film soundtracks that have been played worldwide.
Currently I am honored to be the touring bassist for Richie Kotzen (www.richiekotzen.com). We just recently returned from a great tour of Europe in support of his latest release “Live from San Paulo”. And for the last five years I have been the touring bassist for multi platinum act “The Rembrandts”. I am also busy producing and writing new tracks for various artists and projects for film/TV. All in all, life in the music industry is interesting to say the least.
No two days are ever the same and along the journey I have experienced the best and worst days of my life. But mostly just great memories and a fantastic ride!
Here’s a little sample:
A Fond Farewell to Two Great Guys
We certainly understand that the music industry demands flexibility and requires artists to be adapatable and to pursue new opportunities, but DANG those boys could rock it out and jump. DANG!
They were so good for David up there on that stage. They were accessible to fans and full of joy and they clearly loved David.
Alex and Eli, you will be missed.
Writing for Albums, Rehearsing With the Band, and Being Locked Outside in PJ’s
What else could that be, but David’s new blog?
Hi there! I’m going to try and keep this short and sweet! Think I can pull it off? I’m in Connecticut, and we’re here for tour rehearsals. We have 2 new band members now. We now have another David who’s playing bass, Dave haha. Our new drummer is named Jerry, and he’s about a foot taller than me. We’ll be rehearsing for a few days, and then have our first show Saturday in Del Mar, California! The first show for the Demi tour will be back in Connecticut, so it should be interesting going back and forth.
So for the last few days before I came to Connecticut for rehearsals, I was in LA recording for the Christmas album that’s coming out this year! I’m really really excited for that because I love Christmas music and Christmas times. I was also working on some material for the next pop album as well. It’s gonna be crazy working on all the stuff this Summer along with the tour, but I’m sooo excited you guys! Oh, how I love music lol. Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing what will become of everything, because I’m really not sure how it’s going to end up. It’s the kind of thing that you don’t know what’s going to happen until it happens. I really want to work with more people on writing though and get that part of my brain exercised and movin’.
Today I found out that I was nominated for 3 teen choice awards! One for breakout artist, one for love song, and one for tour (with Demi Lovato.) Thanks you guys for giving your voice and helping me have the opportunity! You can vote and see who else has been nominated here: http://www.teenchoiceawards.com/webdev/index.php
Before I came to Connecticut, I got to spend the night (and just for the night, not even day) in Utah. I couldn’t sleep, and I mentioned the cats on twitter… But I wrote a letter to a friend and put it in the mailbox that night, or I guess morning lol, so I wouldn’t forget to send it before I had to leave to CT. Well funny thing, when I turned the door knob it was locked. You can open it inside but not on the outside. I didn’t have my phone with me, and no one was answering the door. I tried throwing small pebbles at the window but that didn’t work either. So there I was in my PJ’s outside, without shoes, and cold! I ran down the street to keep the blood going and went to a friend’s house, hoping they’d be awake or more responsive than at my place haha. I knocked on the window that I thought was my friend’s room, but I’m guessing that I guessed wrong or he wasn’t awake, or something. I went back to the front and just knocked on the door, and thankfully his dad happened to be awake. So he opens the door and there I am standing in my PJ’s feeling stupid, but I was so glad to go inside somewhere warm! Anyway I eventually got back into the house, and headed to the airport a couple hours later heh. Well I thought I’d share that story with you all lol.
Ok, I’m done now. With the exception of the story, I did a pretty good job keeping things short, right? Well until next time everyone! Cheers.
Song for the day: Rabbit – Matt Duke
Loooove this song. It’s been one of my favorite songs lately.