The Michael Bany Memorial Scholarship - Sadly, on Dec 29, 1995, three days after I last saw fellow Wheels member / bassist Michael Bany and had the chance to perform with him again at Tommys on Main in downtown Cincinnati, he was shot and killed in a robbery in a nearby parking lot, a catharsis the entire city went through as it struggled with the public media story of the city’s urban growing pains in the Over The Rhine area, the ensuing murder trial, the coming together of so many friends and followers to hold a memorial concert, the establishment of a music education fund in Michael’s name, and eventually the city even naming a street after him, Michael Bany Way, in downtown Cincinnati. This fund has continued to grow and really works, so if you are so inclined, please give; here's a story about how it helped one of the earliest recipients.
Wheels on YouTube - thank you Wheels [Mike Wheeler] for getting all our videos posted on the Web! Uh, yeah, that's me with the huge ponytail. My kids disowned me when they saw that for the first time ;-)
I couldn't have a website without a link pointing to Little Feat. We worked with them during the period when they produced Waiting for Columbus (live), Down On The Farm and Hoy Hoy! and toured with the Fuller/Kaz band to support Craig Fuller who was one of the founders of Pure Prarie League, a seminal country rock band from southern Ohio, pre-dating wheels. (Here in Nashville Pure Prarie League is considered one of the founders of the entire genre of country rock.)
Long-time friend and collaborator Paul Patterson with whom I played in Melange, and who filmed the YouTube videos 2000 Years Ago and The Making of 2000 Years Ago with me and recorded Southern Night In The Woods. In addition to playing in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Paul also plays in a very talented quartet called The Faux Frenchmen; don't miss them if you're in Cincinnati ;-)
Go listen to Grey Larsen whom I went to grade school and high school with and played with me, Paul, Bobby Fisher, Eugene Jablonsky, John Battle and Steve Block in the band Melange. Grey has specialized for many years in Irish music, particularly the Irish flute on which he is published with MelBay, and Grey still travels far & wide performing with his wife, Cindy Kallet.
Jonathan Coulton - who inspired me to build this website after hearing his story on NPR driving home one night. If you want to think about the ukelele differently, watch this...