Tom Mayers and John Swanson have been friends and fellow musicians for more than 30 years, starting back in the '70s when John joined Tom's band on bass. The band Rotary Bed enjoyed considerable success as an "always-booked" Top-40 group in Western New York, particularly in Lockport and Olcott, and has continued to the present day as Jonesie and The Cruisers.
Tom and John kept in contact over the years, and became co-writer/producers/performers of original music. The friendships and collaborative efforts of all the fine people that have come together over the years, have endured the test of time.
We feel that this has resulted in a very unique situation . . . Everyone that comes into this humble little studio must check their egos at the door. There is no "band" . . . there is no specific "player" or "vocalist". We just help each other . . . Whoever is best for the part gets the part, and no-one's feelings should be hurt . . . Its always what's best for the song that we go with.
Here is a list of who's been helping us out so far:
Phil Bronschidle: guitar
Dave DiBernardinis: guitar, vocals, percussion
Sam Falzone: saxophones, flute, clarinet, piccolo, percussion*
Ray Fournier: drums, percussion, vocals
Nik Georgakis: guitar
Russel Hatcher: percussion
David Kane: sequenced keyboards
John Larson: drums
George Litz: guitar, banjo
Elaine Mayers: idea & inspiration for "Losin' You"
Tom Mayers: vocals, keyboards, percussion
Annie McKenna: cello
Mark Monaco: fiddle
Rod Nickson: vocals, bass
Rick Nogle Jr.: beer tab percussion
Jack Prylbylski: sax
Pat Schwab: guitar, vocals, percussion
Gary Styn: keyboards
John Swanson: bass, vocals, percussion
DeeAnn Tompkins: vocals
The urge to produce original music and lyrics has been a driving force for Tom and John over the years, but its the fun, camaraderie, and sense of accomplishment that make it all worthwhile.
Besides the fun, they've also had success with radio and TV jingles, with jingles currently playing in Connecticut and a Genny Cream Ale jingle for Highfalls Brewing of Rochester, N.Y. which may go national soon.
a note from Tom
Since before I was born, music was a positive constant in my life. My Mom played the piano often and she would gather her five kids around her to join in by singing or playing an instrument along with her. Its always been there when I needed something to make a certain moment complete for myself, or for someone else who might need that little spark, a message, or a comforting melody to make their situation complete.
To me, music is like a friend who's willing to help someone in need. It can fulfill the entertainer who practices his craft faithfully, or trigger feelings in the person who needs to escape for a moment, a reason to tap their toes, clap their hands, or sway to the beat with a smile on their face. It can also comfort the soul in times of sadness.
Music is a universally spoken language that all people can understand. Its different things to different people, with unlimited possibilities of style and substance, but one thing is certain, when its done right, its coming from the soul.
We've tried our best while still having fun, to bring songs from our souls so that others may share and enjoy.
*Sam Falzone is more than just a good friend, he's an internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist and he has just re-released his CD: "The Music of Sam Falzone- A Family Sweet"
We highly recommend that you give the free samplings of his songs a listen. They're good, and we're sure that you won't "regret" it. (sorry)
available at: www.cdbaby.com/samfalzone
Check out the artist's website:
1. I Want You
3. Losin' You
5. My Precious Baby
7. (Life is a) Gamble
8. Where Were You?
9. (Tell Him) I Know
11. Family of Man
12. Young Stuff
13. Chilly Billy