Hugh Pool who’s been sliding and fingerpicking his National through his Ibanez Tube Screamer since the first time those clothes were in style.
He has shared the stage with such luminaries as Patti Smith, Gov’t Mule, Leslie West, Johnny Winter, Dave Edmunds, John Mayall, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and more. He has performed on the Emeril Lagassi Show, The Mitch Albom Show and Late Night With Conan O’Brien. His original songs have been used in network TV, movies, award-winning documenaries and an off Broadway play. When he’s not playing, performing or writing you can find him twiddling the knobs on the big board at his Brooklyn studio. Excello Recording is where he’s worked with talented folks like Debbie Harry, Kiki & Herb, Michael Brecker, Radio 4, Joseph Arthur, Larry Campbell, Tony Garnier, and, well, the list does go on.
So you can see that he’s no one trick pony. Hugh hails from the Rust Belt, which is where he draws inspiration for his backwoods amalgam of rock, country & blues. But living in New York for the last 20 years has tweaked his sensibilities a bit. His brand of trad psyche-delta stomp comes with a bit of New York noise-damage.
Keith Christopher, born in Atlanta, Georgia, co-founded the Southern rock band, Keith and the Satellites in 1980 alongside Dan Baird, Rick Richards and Davis Michaelson. Later known as the Georgia Satellites, the band is best known for their 1986 single “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”, which went to number two on the US Billboard Top 100. After departing from the group, Christopher recorded on two of Baird’s solo efforts, Love Songs for the Hearing Impaired (1992) and Buffalo Nickel (1996). The song “I Love You Period” made it to twenty-three on the charts. Christopher spent six years in the nineties touring with Billy Joe Shaver, and recorded on the albums Tramp on Your Street (1993), Unshaven (1995), and Electric Shaver (1999). Christopher was a member of the Kenny Wayne Shepard Band in the 2000’s and played on 1999’s Live On. His credits also include Steve Marriott and Humble Pie, and the Brains whose song “Money Changes Everything” became a hit for Cyndi Lauper in 1984. He plays on and off with the Yahoos and is currently a member of legendary southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Keith and Chico have worked together since 2001. Keith and Chico have played in various bands together as “sidemen” prior to collaborating on Esquela’s debut album, “The Owl Has Landed”, which was released in 2010. Since that time, Keith has lent his talents and musical direction to the band and he continues to collaborate on many of the recordings. For the album, “For the Sake of the Parents”, Keith played all the drum parts; on the album “A Sign From God”, Keith plays all the bass parts. Keith is without a doubt, a versatile and talented musician.
James ‘Worm’ Wormworth – Drums
James Wormworth is probably best known as the drummer on the Conan O’Brien show, which included The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, The Basic Cable Band with Jimmy Vivino, Conan – TV Series. Because of the thousands of notable stars he played with on that show alone, his credits list is too long to list but would read like a who’s who of music luminaries. It runs in the family: James’ father is renowned jazz drummer Jimmy Wormworth aka James Wormworth Sr., and his sisters are Tracy Wormworth who was a member of the B52’s, Waitresses, The Rosie O’Donnell Show’s Bassist, Sting etc. and his other sister is vocalist Mary Wormworth. James “Worm” Wormworth is also known for playing the drums barefoot.