Walker Avenue Gang Rides Again
This CD is a work that comes straight from the heart .The song lyrics come from newspapers,life, and maybe just a little fiction here and there.It's up to the listener to figure all that out. Dan Searles wrote his first song (a 2nd place winner in a local 4-h contest at age 8.)He has studied his craft under W.C. Handy winner Guy Davis, and Alison Krauss writer Bob Lucas. The Rides Again CD is Dan's second recording project. The Walker Avenue Gang is a loose confederation of musicians who began gathering in Dan's Parlor to Jam and Songswap back in 2003. Soon the song swap part of the get -together took over and the Band released it's first CD of original music in early 2005. Since then the band members have come and gone and come back again but once a Gang member you're in for life as each generation of sound evolves from the original sound. The musicians on the 'Rides Again' CD include: Jack Bond (lead guitar,background vocals), John Harbison (piano, lead vocals), Mickey Mickeljohn (harmonica), Laura Kate Searles (fiddle), Dan Searles (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) Edna Searles (autoharp), Scott Geshen (lead and bass guitar), Robbie Turner (dobro, pedal steel), Carol Searles-Young, Tammy Pierce, Ronnie Kimbel, Michael Lusk (lead vocals), Susan Anders, Prentiss Searles and Laura Searles-Stohlman (background vocals). Jack Bond is a Maryland based songwriter-performer who recently performed at the famed Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. He plays lead guitar on all the cuts but 'My Baby's Got a New Canoe'. On that cut, Scott Geshen brings his own signature vibe. John Harbison is a D.C. staple who opened for the Beach Boys at age 14 and has toured internationally with his own band. He has lead vocals on 'Straight Tripping' and 'New Canoe'. Laura Kate Searles is a nationally ranked Scottish fiddle player in the age 13 category who lends her talents to Dan's autobiographical 'Hand Me Down Things'. Robbie Turner, fresh off tour with the Dixie Chicks, lends his talents to 'It's all Over but the Crying' as well as 'Hand Me Down Things' and 'The Love I Need'. Mickey Mickeljohn (D.C.nightclub staple and high school football legend ) brings his driving harmonica to 'Straight Tripping'. Carol Searles-Young takes the lead vocal on 'George Strait On The Radio'. This is her recording debut.