Born in a little log cabin by some railroad tracks on January 20, 1955 to a mother who was a Nun and a father who was a wino, it has been an uphill battle ever since. My growth was stunted at first due to a regular diet of crawdads, water bugs and dirt. In my early teens I went searching for secluded places to learn to play guitar while most of my friends were stealing cars and knocking over Coke machines. Hey, they had their ways of expressing themselves and I had mine. Occasionally I would give in and hang out with my friends but I quickly realized that Juvenile Center and Jail weren't exactly my idea of peaceful secluded places, the ambience wasn't conducive to art.
By the time I was 15 the Hippie thing was in full swing, which was perfect for me because my second hand clothes and failure to make it to the barbershop were automatically in style. 1970 through 1976 took me through a variety of mostly three-piece Rock n.. Roll bands and some nightclubs where murder, mayhem, mischief, debauchery and record-breaking alcohol and drug consumption were the norm. If I had a dollar for every time I survived a murder attempt, I would have about five bucks... ..
My tenure with the dynamic and enthusiastic Champion Band (1976 through 1981) was the wildest ride of my life. As a matter of fact, it was so much fun that it sent me into retirement and back to finding secluded places to re-learn how to play. The 100 or so tunes I have written and recorded since then are a testament instrumentally and vocally to all of the events of my life.
I have been playing for my entire life, it soothes my soul, exercises demons, tells my stories etc. I have friends who tour the world on big stages, I like to think that I am capable of doing that too but here I sit.
I have had several opportunities to go "big time" but something always happens and those opportunities fade away into dust. Each time I play a little honky tonk for 50 people, playing copy music that I really don't care for, I come home and contemplate retirement. This isn't how I thought it would end up but I guess eventually I'll have to face the music.
When Jon E Gee is not on tour with Mellencamp, we play some big shows and my faith is somewhat restored that the next level is right around the corner.
My experience with Captain Beyond was an ass kicker for me and took the wind out of my sails for a minute, some of it I'll never get over. It taught me something about the music business and the people in it. They will tell you what you want to hear and lead you to believe they are your best friend and biggest ally but in the end, it's about 2 things; it's about money and it's about THEM. The pitch is disingenuous, phony and deceitful in some cases. A sensitive guy like me doesn't do well with betrayal and abandonment but I'm getting used to it.
The bottom line is, I have a ton of my own music, which if I say so myself, is quite good and I don't do well pursuing someone else s dream. I must pursue my own and will ride this cart till the wheels fall off.
The Captain Beyond project has fallen through the cracks and apparently is no more. As I spent a lot of time and money to try and make that happen, it will take me a minute to recover my balls and move on. I made some valuable contacts through my efforts and association with those people that I fully intend to utilize for my own purpose and you can count on me coming out blazing and playing MY music next time.
Doing some shows with Jon E Gee from Mellencamp's band in an act called "The Gee Men" and it rocks pretty good.Also, my three piece rock band is getting ready and I have a fusion project called "The Mathematicians" that I've been asked to participate in. currently recording their next record.
Stay tuned, I'm not going away
Loren "Lo" Woods