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The Olde News Band / Bio

While the current lineup of the Olde News Band has been performing together since 2009, the origins of "Olde News" go back much further. Writing music together since the late 1960's, Bob Vining and Jim Krisniski have written and recorded several hundred originals over the past 30 years spanning several genres such as rock, country, and reggae. Their tireless work ethic, innate musicianship, and McCartney/Lennon-esque presence did not go unnoticed, and in the early 1980's the duo won a national song writing competition sponsored by KFC which resulted in country singer Brenda Lee recording a version of their winning song.

Continuing with their song writing efforts, Bob and Jim eventually wrote, recorded, and produced the 10-track album, "who ARE these guys?" under the aptly named moniker of Vykris. The album, released in 2000, features original material in the style of early Beatles showcasing minor chords, passing chords, glimmering D-chords, and 3-part harmonies. Interestingly enough, it was soon after the release of this album that the two started to branch out into playing in a band setting with other musicians.

Deciding to work on covers for a change, the band went through several changes in the lineup during the mid-2000's with only Bob and Jim remaining as the nucleus. Eventually Bob's son, Joe Vining, was brought onboard where he eventually settled in as the band's principal time keeper as drummer, and sound engineer. In July of 2009 the final puzzle piece was added with the addition of bassist, Chad Witko. With a rock solid rhythm section firmly established, Bob's vocals and Jim's guitar work has finally been given the platform to let them shine at their fullest.

General Info

Band Members
Bob Vining- Lead Vocals/Guitar, Jim Krisniski- Lead Guitar/Vocals, Chad Witko- Bass Guitar, Joe Vining- Drums/Vocals
Artist Name
The Olde News Band
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Contact Info

Claverack, NY