San Francisco Bay Area based rock band Spike James and the Names pushes rock forward by getting back to the 4-piece band basics of clean, raw sound merged with a pumping brass section, soulful back-up harmonies, chamber orchestration...and yes…guitar solos! Childhood pals, Spike Lewis and James McDonald, are the tight-knit songwriting duo whose ability to create enduring and timeless songs, as well as captivating live shows, has won over many a-listener, including “The Names”, their revolving list of world-class musicians: Jeff Tamelier Guitarist with TOWER OF POWER, Mic Gillette Horn player from TOWER OF POWER, Bobby Strickland sax player with TODD RUNDGREN & THE BAND, Jeff Labes Keyboardist from VAN MORRISON & BONNIE RAITT, Sakai Smith & Nikita Germaine Vocalists with TRAIN, John Mader, Mark Foglia Drummer with THE DRIFTERS & THE TEMPTATIONS, to name few. The band is soon to release their upcoming, original, self-produced album this summer, 2013, by Grammy Award-winning engineer, Tom Size. In addition, they will be featured in a podcast on thetrackshack.com this April. They were discovered and placed in rotation by 30-year radio veteran, Michael Davis, who commented, “Great song, U guys have a Hot/Tight sound. We are gonna give this song some airplay on 102 KRKC.” Spike James and the Names are currently promoting their self-titled debut album and working on plans to record, produce and market their next album and tour.