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Los Lotharios is a group of seasoned New York City musicians whose members have shared stages and studios with the likes of Warren Haynes, Gov’t Mule, Taj Mahal, Lenny Kravitz, Pinetop Perkins, NRBQ, Sun Ra, Buddy Guy, King Crimson, Johnny Winter and The Black Crowes, to name just a few. They are the musical heirs apparent to their friends, fellow NYC Titans, Blues Traveler and The Spin Doctors.
The band was formed spontaneously out of a collective need to create music with individuals who are complete equals, peers and dear friends.
Initially, drummer Jim Riordan (Disco Biscuits, Rich Robinson, Freedom Tribe), bassist Jack Daniel DeSantis (Xanax 25, Kindred Spirit) and singer/songwriter/guitarist, Cosmos Sunshine (Walkinbird, Cherokee Sex Workshop, Cosmos Sunshine Band) got together for an impromptu tribute show for departed friend, band mate and musical guiding light, Jaik Miller, in March of 2012.
The camaraderie and musical chemistry onstage that night was palpable and it demanded that there be a follow up. The opportunity presented itself in the form of an outdoor party/festival in Buck's County, PA within a month of that initial event. Here again, the hand of fate played a crucial roll. Singer/songwriter/keyboardist and all-around musical dynamo, Michael Parrish (Dreyer Brothers, Michael Parrish Band), was on the bill, which provided the perfect setting for him to join the three piece on stage that night.
The show was a smashing success and Michael raised the bar without ever having so much as heard most of the songs played, let alone rehearsed with the band. Michael and Cos had already formed a mutual admiration society and had been talking about getting a project together for a few years by the time that fateful evening rolled around. Here was their chance, and they took it.
From that time forward, the band has played a series of extremely successful shows, recorded and released their debut EP “Pretty Much Live at Pete’s,” honed their sound and given rise to a writing partnership between Michael Parrish and Cosmos Sunshine that has already proven fruitful with songs such as "GPS,” "Unsafe World,” “Gravy Boat” and “One Line at a Time.”
Los Lotharios are truly a band of brothers. The balls and dynamics of Jack D and Jim Rio combined with the interplay of Cosmos and Michael is a rare and beautiful thing.
They have years of playing together in various combinations and share the types of experiences you can only gain through the process of living the rock 'n' roll life.
Although the band has just passed the two year mark, their sound is that of veteran players experiencing the joy of making the best music of their lives.