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Texas Rock Association
Bobby Caldwell – Special Guest, Lead Vocals, Guitar
Early in his career, Bobby played with Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs (“Bottle of Wine”) recorded in Norman Petty’s studio, previously home to Buddy Holly. Bobby returned to Dallas in the early 70s and formed Rose Colored Glass, whose hit singles “Can’t find The time” and “If It’s Alright With You” made the Billboard Top 100 supported by RCG’s July 1971 appearance on American Bandstand. RCG appeared with other acts including The Carpenters and The First Edition during national tours. Bobby moved to California, playing with Elvis’ rhythm section and jamming or touring with Merle Travis, Moe Bandy and Ferlin Husky, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Flying Burrito Brothers, Stevie Nicks with Lindsey Buckingham and others.
Bobby has written many songs and had eleven Top 10 singles on the European country charts, and received a 1989 CMA Golden Eagle Award in the gospel category. He wrote the theme for the Dallas Cowboys’ NBC Special honoring Roger Staubach, and also recorded several national radio/TV commercials including Chevy’s Heartbeat of America and jingles for Honda and Old Milwaukee.
Larry Meletio– Drums, Vocals
From Dallas area bands in high school to the zany Big Punks to Rose Colored Glass, Larry has been drumming and singing since his teens. Larry went on to Las Vegas act Caper and occasionally Earth Wind and Fire to RCG tour appearances sharing the stage with headliners such as Elton John and Grand Funk Railroad. Larry has also developed his own recording studio in Dallas hosting such stars as Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, The Pointer Sisters, and Blood Sweat and Tears. He turned his interest in electronics into a thriving business and secured a utility patent for one of his product designs. Stage and theater production work credits include The Jackson’s Victory Tour and Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks. Prior to helping form TRA Larry was with Midlife Crisis, appearing in many Dallas clubs, Montage and ArtFest.
Larry Newman – Harp, Vocals, Percussion, Guitar
Larry has performed for years in Dallas with bands including Rough Justice, Déjà Voodoo, Blues Avatar, and the Bar None Band (Dallas Bar Association annual fundraising show band).
Mark Thieberg – Lead Guitar, Vocals
A veteran of the thriving punk and New Wave scenes of New York City, Boston and Iowa City, “Doc” rediscovered his Southern blues roots when he returned to Texas in 1993. Doc’s biting guitar style has showered sparks with Déjà Voodoo and The Disciples of Soul prior to joining the Texas Rock Association.
Mike Hunter – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Growing up on the Southside of Chicago, Mike listened to and played many different kinds of music from Blues, Jazz, Big Band, Show Band, Rock, Country, Classical and Bluegrass. He also grew up playing not only bass guitar, but flute and alto, tenor and baritone sax. Arriving in Dallas in the early 80s and returning to his family roots, he played in country bands around town for several years. Growing tired of the country music scene, he put his bass in the closet. But the music kept calling, and he started playing at casual jam sessions around town. He was invited to join the TRA in Dec of 2006 and he’s said “I felt like I’ve finally found my musical home in the TRA!”
David Loving -- Keys, vocals and usually inappropriate stage banter
Dave has been lurking about the DFW circuit for years. A lifelong
player from Waxahachie, he started learning Elvis, Little Richard and
Chuck Berry records the minute they came out as a lad and never looked back. He has appeared with the Angel Bull Blues Band, Rumour Has It, and the staple of the Garland club and party scene, Work Release. He frequently surfaces with Junior's Roadhouse Allstars, featuring Sister Rose, in the blues clubs. David loves Texas Rock Association' energy and its straight ahead sound. He sums up the experience, "All of us in TRA tune in to each other through the music, and next thing you know the crowd is in on it with us. There's nothing better."