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Guitarist/vocalist Kent McCabe and bassist/vocalist Lesa McCabe began playing the local music venues with a varying lineup of musicians billed as Payday Daddy in the early '90's. The band name was taken from the 1927 Elzadie Robinson recording of "Payday Daddy Blues". In the beginning Payday Daddy was primarily a blues band, but Kent and Lesa (especially Lesa) were rockers at heart and when they met and started working with guitarist Richard Arriola in '95 the band began a new direction behind the blistering and intricate guitar work of Arriola. The band went through several more changes before meeting drummer Michael Craig. The chemistry between the four was instantaneous and the band was soon playing some of the top venues in the northwest, was featured in a number of festivals and events, and won several awards for their original recordings as well as being recognized as one of the top cover bands in the region. A busy schedule helped hone their skills and build a loyal following. Then in 2003, while at the top of their game, Richard suddenly found himself bound for a five year stint in Italy due to career obligations. With the local music scene changing and some health issues plaguing Lesa, the remaining members decided to go their separate ways.
Now fast forward eight years. Richard is back in town, Mike is available, and Kent and Lesa are itching to play. The band is back in the clubs and "paying their dues" most weekends. Their eclectic mix of rock from the 70's, 80's, and 90's is sure to please. The best place to listen to Payday Daddy is front and center on the dance floor so check the schedule at paydaydaddyband.com and make plans to catch a show real soon.