Gary Gilbert - Lead Guitar, Vocals

 

A native of middle Tennessee and growing up in Nashville, Gary was influenced at a young age by all the great guitar players who lived in and around Music City. One standout was Jimmy Atkins, brother of Chet Atkins who played in the Les Paul trio at the time. As a teenager, Gary was blessed to be able to take guitar lessons from Jimmy. Gary progressed very quickly and began doing club and road dates by the mid to late seventies.

In the early eighties, Gary joined Memphis, a band made up of former Stamps Quartet members, Elvis Presley’s singing group, and boy did they travel! Gary also spent most of the eighties doing studio work and package shows as a back-up player and multi-string instrumentalist, playing guitar, pedal steel, and dobro, for many artists from the Grand Ole Opry to the Lawrence Welk show. These artists include The Royal Guardsmen with Dave Shannon, Troy Shondell of The Shondells, Little Jimmy Dickens, the Ottwell Twins, the Dean Twins, the Lagaurde twins, and the Haggar Twins.  What’s the deal with all the TWINS???  I don’t know, they called me.

Gary knew his road career was coming to an end by the late eighties when he began modifying and repairing guitars and all stringed instruments for legions of players he had met through playing gigs in and around Music city. This eventually lead him to open his repair business known as KING BEE GUITARS, located in Franklin,TN which he currently owns and operates.

From early 1992 to 2006, Gary was a vocalist-guitarist for the dynamic Soul Alliance Band. Gary took a few years off and began doing some fill-in gigs with The Beaker Street Blues Band and became a permanent member in August, 2010.  “I’m always ready to gig with these fellas!”

Chuck Schumacher - Sax, Flute, Harp, Vocals

A native of Northern Minnesota, Chuck's first calling to the music business in the early 70's, at age 17, was over the border learning the ropes with Canadian show bands. A one-year stint in Mississippi with an 8-piece horn group and then New Orleans for a year and a half, most influenced his playing style. "Of all the places I've played, New Orleans is my favorite".

In 1977, Chuck moved to Los Angeles and stayed for thirteen years, where those early influences started paying off as he began what would become the main focus of his career - forming his own bands. The most notable, a recording group called Legend, became one of L.A.'s most popular groups during the 80's.

Next was the Silverwing Band, a western swing group formed with some of L.A.'s top musicians, recording many of Chuck's originals and opening for such acts as Alabama, Dolly Parton, Reba McIntire, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson and others.

While in L.A., Chuck had the opportunity to put his sax playing on several commercials and movie soundtracks. In 1990, Chuck moved to the Nashville area with his family and is playing the music he loves most - Blues - with The Beaker Street Blues Band.

Marshall Pearson - Drums, Vocals

Born in Clarksville, Marshall studied music at Austin Peay University and worked as an actor with lead roles in Camelot, My Fair Lady and South Pacific. He's played a variety of parts in numerous videos, television productions and commercials, and contributed to soundtracks as well as many album projects.

He was lead vocalist and drummer with the rock band Harrison Anvil, a member of The Diamonds, Van Dells, an 18-year veteran of The Sons Of The Beach, and has traveled the globe in concerts with Rare Earth, ZZ Top, Flo & Eddie and most notably as drummer and backup vocalist with the legendary Roy Orbison.

Now, with The Beaker Street Blues Band, he continues to provide strong, dynamic vocals and what he's most well-known for - a solid, in-the-pocket groove.

Steve Smartt - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Percussion, Vocals

Steve Smartt is from Nashville, studied at the Blair School of Music and earned music degrees from Peabody College, but got his real education playing gigs from the time he was 13. He worked or played with several of Nashville's established rock bands in the '60s and '70s, including the Knights, Crystals, Sounds of Time, Exotics and Spidels, Canned Soul, and the Chessmen. More recently, Steve has been a regular member and sideman with Sound Therapy big band, Soul Source, 12th Avenue South Band, Altered Egos jazz sextet, Jim Gibson Band, The Sons of the Beach, Soul Incision, and his own group - "Among Friends" - formed for weddings and reception events.

Working with The Beaker Street Blues Band brings a new dimension to Steve's musical experience, reviving some of the early blues and R & B tunes that made good use of horns. "I like the classic sound of sax plus trumpet and the variety and versatility of using the horns out front and in your face, or way down low in the background. I'm still learning and that's what makes it fun."

Gary Link - Bass Guitar, Vocals

Gary was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1950 and started playing guitar and piano at age 12.  He (like a lot of us) saw the Beatles and life was never the same again.  He fronted his 1st band in Pittsburgh playing guitar at the age of 14 and played in various garage bands until he headed for college.

 

From 1968-1972 he attended PennStateUniversity and played in numerous rock, soul and blues bands around town. In the summer of 1970, he roadied with a band out of Union, Kentucky and befriended Syd McGinnis (now David Letterman’s  guitarist). One day while Syd was practicing, he asked Gary to pick up the bass and jam with him, and Gary never put the bass down again.

 

In 1972 he re-entered the Pittsburgh music scene, met singer-songwriter David Werner and recorded 2 albums.  Through David, he met guitarist Mark Doyle, moved to Syracuse, NY and played with The Mark Doyle & Joe Whiting All Star Band and The Buddy Grealy Band. He then met up with Andy Pratt and toured and recorded with Andy from 1975-1977.

 

In 1977, he returned to Pittsburgh and formed a power trio called “The Dogs” (with Danny Stag, who went on to play and record with “Kingdom Come”). Then, off to L.A. in 1978, he signed his first record deal with “Chopper” and recorded with famed songwriter/producer Jeff Barry.

In 1980, he toured Europe with Dokken and toured and recorded with John Kay and Steppenwolf from 1981-1984. He went on to tour & record with Rita Coolidge from 1986-1991. From 1992-1994 he performed and recorded with various entertainers in and around the Los Angeles area, moved to Nashville in 1994, and presently continues to lay down the groove with the Beaker Street Blues Band & Steppenwolf during summer tours.

Joe Lamont - Keyboards, vocals

Joe Lamont was raised in Illinois and started playing music at an early age - a keyboard player who enjoys laying down that timeless, classic, B-3 Organ sound, this barrelhousing, honky-tonker has had a rich, creative life, graduating from Eastern New Mexico University with a B.A. in Performance Theater and playing keys for various bands including Tanya Tucker, Justin Moore, Kracker Jack, Daniel Lee Martin and The legendary New Mexico band, Mercy. There, Joe blossomed as a musician, surrounded by the all-star playing of Kevin Hardage, Tabitha Trujillo, James King, and the legendary bassist Satty Chaves. Joe has toured extensively and makes Nashville his home playing with The Beaker Street Blues band and working for various artists doing session work!