The Basics: Is a Richmond, VA native. Is a horrible judge of character. Believes that one should dress for the occasion, and that it is fine for small children to use crystal stemware. Is freaked out by numbers. Loves the smell of diesel and red clay. Would ask for soft boiled eggs with butter, salt, and pepper, with 2 pieces of cinnamon toast and a cup of coffee as her Death Row meal. Most likely laughs louder than you. Sees the beauty in big hair…and bourbon…preferably together. Has always walked like that.
Past Musical Projects: The Velvet Marias, Government Chi, The Diggity Dudes, Vintage
Musical Favorites: Spin the wheel and pick something. I like everything.
The Basics: Lives in Richmond, VA. Believes that the shoes make the man. Stands behind others. Listens to Lee Fields most afternoons between 2 and 330. Prefers diet coke. Plays guitar at the appropriate volume, thank you very much. Appreciates the nice, solid lines of a Chrysler. Tells his kids to ‘hold your chin up, you can’t see where you’re going with it stuck to your chest’ and ‘don’t color anything you can’t wash off’. Wears a hat in the rain, because that’s what hats are for.
Past Musical Projects: The Velvet Marias, The Deaves, Big Electric Cat, Mouth Full of Bees, The Boilers, Jamie Kyle, Will Rambeaux, Claimstakers, and countless others.
Musical Favorites: The Beatles, Iggy Pop, Husker Du, Skip Spence, John Cage, The Ramones, Deerhunter, Jason and the Scorchers, Hank Williams, Mark Linkous, and all those people that made beautiful things that vibrated for a time and disappeared unknown into the air.
Best Moments: I'm still having them so I can't say there's a best yet, though I do keep a list.
Michael Skiffington - Bass
The Basics: Is a lifelong resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Accepts people misspelling his surname. Quietly berates his bandmates for playing too loud. Would communicate completely by movie dialogue, if he could. Has seen the violence inherent in the system. Treats objects like women, man. Will not play without a hat.
Past Musical Projects: The Velvet Marias, and lots of bands you won't remember and I can't forget.
Musical Favorites: I don't really like musicals.
Best Moments: Usually involve some combination of deep fried chicken wings, bacon, diet mountain dew, scotch, wine, beer, and loved ones.
Jorge Santamaria - Drums
The Basics: Lives in Bon Air, Va. Will second line on command. Thinks that all food is improved with the addition of hot sauce and citrus. Once sang “Memories” in Spanish…in a Japanese bar. Changed diapers during the entirety of the 1980’s. Chops wood for fun. Tells his kids to “quit dreaming and go get me a beer”.
Past Musical Projects: The Velvet Marias, Government Chi, The Diggity Dudes, The Jangling Reinharts, Vintage
Musical Favorites: Santana, The Santamaria Bros., Earth, Wind, and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Dr. John, The Meters, and anyone else from New Orleans in the last milenium.
Best Moments: The day my son Josh said, "You're drivin' us all crazy! Learn to play the drums!!"