Meet the Band
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Hollowdog’s music is the continuance of the soundtrack of a generation—Rock, Roots, Soul, Reggae and Blues, re-worked into a modern groove, blending well-crafted songs and joyful jams into what one Portland music producer called “Classic Rock that you haven’t heard before.”
Lead Guitar, Vocals, Songwriting
Jon was born, at an early age, in San Francisco. He came of age during the late 60’s and early 70’s and was heavily influenced by the music of that era. Jon didn’t start playing until later in life, but once he started, he went all-in, and now he can’t leave anything with strings alone.
In Hollowdog, Jon has found the perfect outlet for his urge to play and write music. He enjoys the company of his band mates and delights in their creative input. By most accounts, Jon is easy to feed and keep clean.
Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Songwriting
I purchased my first guitar back when I was in high school — a sunburst Goya — for less money than I spent a few months ago for a harmonica. Learning to play that guitar, albeit cheesy, led to being a vocalist in a local rock band. Eventually the door swung wide open and I performed with the nucleus of that band for many years, playing all over San Diego.
As many do, I gave up playing music and sold my gear to raise a family. Luckily, the muse didn’t let me off that easily, as reoccurring dreams of playing music again persisted. I eventually answered her call and bought another guitar, and now have a nice collection.
A serendipitous performance with Jon fifteen years ago at an elementary school assembly somehow started both of us on a journey that would eventually evolve into Hollowdog. That muse continues to work her magic by pulling together five creative guys that enjoy making music together. It’s a fun ride, and we’re just hitting our stride.
Keyboard, Harmonica, Vocals
I was blessed to be the son of musical parents who enriched their children’s lives with music, exposing my brother and me to the many genres ranging from ragtime to opera to bebop jazz to Mozart. My old man even took me to see Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis.
I started on keys at the age of 5, when my mother encouraged piano lessons: “If you like it, Great! If you don’t, that’s okay too… just try your best before you decide don’t like it.” I liked it. A lot. I studied piano for 11 years, in addition to trying the “licorice stick” (a.k.a. clarinet) and listening to Benny Goodman.
Blues and harmonica come from my soul. I love me some great blues with their real deal, down and dirty lyrics of life. As a matter of fact, my first concert was the Blues Brothers, who are still a huge influence on my musical style, as well as The Allman Brothers, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Traffic, and the Doors, to name a few. Hollowdog has been a great fit, allowing me to lay down some colorful, tasty tones over solid rhythms and great lyrics.
Bass Guitar, Vocals
Chris was bred from pure Midwestern “nerd-stock” and born in Billings, Montana during the Kennedy administration. Long Montana winters led to piano lessons at an early age, where he discovered that music felt good. For reasons unclear even to him, Chris switched to violin at age 10, where learned to appreciate classical music, playing in school orchestras.
Chris canoodled with the guitar and mandolin in college, but the allure of the groovy bass line lit his musical passions. The melodic bass grooves of the 70’s, with their classic rock, funk and disco are the bedrock of his musical style, one that has transformed along a varied musical path, playing Western Swing (a la Bob Wills and Asleep at the Wheel), Country and even those 90’s alt rock cover bands.
At the turn of the century, Chris crossed the Continental Divide, arriving in Portland, where he met Jon who was looking for a bass player. At the very first rehearsal with Jon and Rich, they all realized that a special creative chemistry existed. This was the genesis of Hollowdog.
I was a drummer before I was anything else. After my brother abandoned his Ludwig drum kit, it sat collecting dust in the corner of the bedroom we shared growing up. Playing trumpet and French horn through grade school and junior high, the drums quickly became my instrument of choice. I played my first paid gig at 13, and by the time I was 17 years old my music career was solidified, playing Oregon, Washington and Northern California towns during the Summer of Love. I eventually ended up on Dick Clark’s Happening ’68 in a wonderful little band Just Slightly Richer.
Driven by surf sounds, the San Francisco sound and then the British Invasion, my style evolved with influences from Buddy Rich, Keith Moon and Mitch Mitchell to name a few. Unable to ever master the rudimentary precision of drumming, my style became fixated on the groove, pocket drumming and movement — a perfect fit into Hollowdog. Having played in dozens of bands over a lifetime, Hollowdog is the greatest of style and chemistry. I dig this group; these guys are great, wonderfully creative. I love playing drums in Hollowdog.