Ryan and Stuart started playing together in February 2001. Jeff joined up in April and David in May. Ryan and Stuart played their first performance at Legend's, a club in Boone, NC, at Appalachian State. In front of a 200+ crowd, Ryan and Stuart got their first taste of stardom and haven't looked back since. They subsequently formed Westavwas and everything else is history.
Look for the schedule of upcoming gigs and events to be posted in our News/Press section soon at www.westavwas.com.
Thank you all for supporting us and our music. When you are passionate about something, don't ever give up. You can make your dreams come true with hard work and dedication.
Here is a little bio on our bandmates:
Ryan Choate was born November 16, 1981 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He is 19 years of age and has been playing guitar for five (5) years. One of the unique things about Ryan is that he originally started playing a right-handed guitar upside down because he is left-handed. He later switched over and started playing a left-handed guitar the correct way. He has been playing this way for the past two (2) years.
Ryan's musical inspirations are his dad Charlie, Led Zeppelin, Live, Counting Crows, DMB and his current bandmates. Current CD in the CD player: "From Chaos" by 311.
David Prince, 19 years of age, was born in Brunswick, Georgia. He has been playing bass for about seven years. David was the last member to join Westavwas. After many months of Stuart calling and trying to convince him to play bass, David gave it a shot. This style of music was a change from the hard core and punk music he used to listen to. After a few months of playing, David realized that this was where he needed to be. His main influences are Victor Wooten of Bela Fleck, Abraham Laboriel, and Les Claypool. People he would like to thank are his parents for letting him practice and make noise in their house, Tom for letting me use your gear for many years, and my band for understanding who I am....your eternal brother.
Current CD in the CD player: Jimmy Eat World "Bleed American"
Jeff Taylor was also born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina along with Ryan and is 20 years of age. He is the 'old man' of the band. Jeff has quite a talent with the drums considering he has only been playing them for 3 years. Not many people can pick up an instrument that well in such a short period of time. Jeff's inspirations are God, 311 and Incubus.
Current CD i in the CD player: '"From Chaos" by 311.
Stuart Edwards was born May 5, 1983 in Bladenboro, North Carolina. At 18 years of age, Stuart is the youngest band member but is the lead vocalist and writes most of the lyrics. He also started playing the drums at age 8 then started playing guitar when he was 10 and started playing seriously when he was thirteen (13). Stuart started singing when he joined up with Ryan.
Musical influences are Steve Miller Band, JD Joyner, DMB, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Musical Inspirations are Live, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Stuart's own bandmates. Current CD in the CD player: 'The Distance to Here' by Live.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Good Time
2. Fate's a Friend
3. New Season
4. Someone Else Like You
5. Parking Lot
7. On My Way
8. Ocean Bottom
9. Only One Wish