Cover Story News / Bio

This local Santa Barbara band, formed in August 2011, prefer to go genreless, mixing it up with everything from original & classic rock to R&B, indie-pop to alternative blues, jazz to surf-punk. The band has had great success performing along with sax & horn players who joined the band in several of their live local performances at SOhO Music Club, The Creekside, Carr Winery, Reds Bar & Tapas, TonyRay’s, Max’s Cocina, Wildcat Lounge, Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Festival, Old Spanish Days-Fiesta, California Avocado Festival and the 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Exclusive Tribute After-Party at The Lobero Theatre.

The quintet has also played in Los Angeles at Quixote Studios, Roxy Theatre the Whisky A Go-Go and Mr.T's Bowl Nightclub. Altogether they are an eclectic group of musicians with diverse backgrounds and taste in music, with a couple of them returning to music after a long hiatus. Additional musicians featured here on these live recordings/performances: Randy Graves (Saxophone), Lee Oppert (Trombone), Bruce McKaig (Trumpet), Mark Huston (Tenor Sax), Mark McComas (Guitar), Keith Grant (Guitar), Oscar Rios (Percussion/trumpet), Eddie Prado (Guitar).

Cover Story News EP release “Meeting Alamar” debuted at the world famous Whisky A Go-Go in November 2012, a collaborative project created by five members of Cover Story News. Featuring Evangeline on lead vocals and arrangements by bassist Steve Benchek, guitarists Phillip Tirman and Joe Purpura and drummer, Kim Schmitt.

This EP offers a sampling of the band’s musical versatility pushing the boundaries of mixed genres; an inherent band trait with "Drama King" which brings together everything we crave about a surf-punk song -- blazing hot guitar solos, vehement lyrics, driving drum beats and sweet bass grooves; "In Her Smile," an acoustic inspirational ballad and “The Only Thing I Ever Did Right," is best described as a quirky, progressive-country tune. The epic single, “Find My Way” journeys through Americana, alternative-folk and discovers the courage of the heartland. The EP, "Meeting Alamar," is published by Cover Story News, LLC and is available through CD Baby go to:

The News: Kim Schmitt has officially left the band. Founding members, Steve & Vangie are now eager to move forward into exciting directions...in the coming months, they'll continue to collaborate and record originals with Phillip Tirman in studio. Also in another rock, blues, jazz, reggae, samba mix project, they'll be joining forces with local musicians: Ernie Kram (guitar), Rich Diamond (drums) and David Christie (keyboard). Stay tuned to a new palette of energy and vision we'll be announcing upcoming shows under a new aliase "Sweet Alibi." Find us at: http://www.reverbnation.com/1sweetalibi

General Info

Band Members
Evangeline Benchek, Steve Benchek, Phillip Tirman, Joe Purpura, Kim Schmitt, Eddie Prado, Randy Graves, Lee Oppert, Bruce McKaig, Mark Huston
Artist Name
Cover Story News
Profile Page
Active Since
Rock / R&B, Alternative Blues / Indie, Originals, Covers

Contact Info

Santa Barbara, CA
Cover Story News, LLC

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