Culled from some of Sacramento's premiere bands of the last 20 years, The Thing Itself is the brain-child of former Pittsburgh songwriter Gary Michael Weinberg. Transplanted to NoCal after a decade in LA, the nomadic GMW drew Rogers, Phelps and Linkin into the fold with a songwriting style that's a mix of urban folk and blues rock, shaken, stirred and augmented with a New Thought philosophical twist. Upbeat and life affirming, Weinberg's songs explore disparate themes, such as love, redemption, loss, and are appealing to a wide range of audiences. Adults love songs like UPSTAIRS, about a mans relationship with his father, while kids (and adults ) go bonkers for STINKY MOUTH about a mans relationship to his, you guessed it, dog.
With the additions of Lara Phelps and Sue Neave The Thing Itself is an eclectic bunch. Ranging in age from 24 to 67, with musical influences and styles that careen back and forth from rock n roll to jazz to bluegrass to hip-hop to folk to gospel to blues and on to other uncharted lands, The Thing Itself is fun, engaging, diverse and always unexpected.