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Welcome Readers! To: “The CCRIDER and Gansen Brothers Band”. We hail from Cedar Rapids and Camanche, Iowa. Heavy Metal seems to be the original back ground for most of the guys in the band excluding Charlie Crider, A.K.A. CCRIDER. Who got his talents from a local muse, that he picked up on the corner of second and main-avenue, Pub. Charlie didn’t pick up a guitar until 22 years old. At 32 he made his music debut and hasn’t looked back. Playing at some of the more than less regal establishments throughout the Mid-West. Charlie is a rhythm guitar player, writer and singer of songs.
The rest of the guys got their music chops by hashing out hard metal in some of the most grease filled metal garages west of the Mississippi.
Brady Sachsenmaier, started off as a Drummer in a Heavy Metal Band called, “Entropy”. He was the “Tiny Tim” of the metal world in central Iowa. At 16 years old you could find him running double bass lines at local venues and small metal shows in eastern Iowa.
Matt Gansen, A.K.A. “Mando Baby”, was a heavy hitter in a Metal Band as well. Playing lead guitar for multiple bands in the Cedar Rapids area. Coming from a family that is steeped in musically talented individuals. With a solid corps background in just about every musical instrument you can think of. Matt excels at generating sweet licks that can make even Slash from GNR cry. Matt is also an accomplished songwriter and is producing our album.
Pete Gansen, A.K.A. “Pick’n Pete” or “Banjo Baby” got his background straight out of Ronnie Dio’s: “Guide Book for Bad Assery”. Pete is a writer and singer of songs that got his beginnings by playing lead guitar in a metal band as well who can also play Banjo with the likes of Bella Fleck, and Earl Scruggs.
We decided to relinquish an album that could be diversified enough to show a side of the entire bands individual influences and writing styles, from bluegrass, blues, country, to Irish.
The Album is going to be titled, "Great American Songwriters Vol I: Better versions of songs we play live".