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With moth-eaten fur coats cut up into vests (donated by my girlfriend's mom), Doug Lee, John Anfibolo and I were - ATTILA & THE HUNS - ...and 13 years old in the summer of '63. I only stayed with the band for about a year but they evolved and migrated to Sacramento, continuing on for about 5 more years. I heard they once opened up for JIMI HENDRIX at a small club up there just after he'd opened up a couple of shows for THE MONKEES before he broke big.

I got into folk music, played at THE FILLMORE a couple of times times and pursued other interests until RUSHIN RIVER started up ('69 - '72). We had a ton of fun playing gigs like THE FAMILY DOG, THE PALACE THEATER opening up for THE COCKETTES, and shows up & down the Peninsula.

From Burlingame to Palo Alto, we were one of the bands called whenever there was a free concert or a benefit like the 2nd Earth Day…or a demonstration…

Like when the Palo Alto peace movement shut down University Avenue on August 8th, 1970 while police with riot guns on the rooftops appraised us playing below.

This peaceful but forceful protest (a flatbed truck/stage shut down traffic completely) was quickly organized because two weeks prior 400+ peaceful speakers and demonstrators had been harassed, beaten and/or arrested for not dispersing from downtown.

After about 45 minutes of our set, I suddenly and angrily stomp off towards the makeshift backstage with the rest of the band following behind me puzzled-ly. One of the protest organizers heads up to the mike and goes: “The band will be right back, the guitarist just broke a string.”

Five minutes later, the organizer returns and announces: “The show’s actually over, folks, but we needed you to hang around a little longer. The ‘broken string’ was just a ruse to give us enough time to get RUSHIN RIVER out of here. We got the word that the ‘City Fathers’ didn’t want another riot on their hands so they’d decided to let you folks slowly disperse and then have the police quietly arrest the band at least.” Ahhh, the good old days...

In the late 70's I stopped following my own muse and started a small indie label, KING SPOT, in order to work behind the scenes with other artists, most notably STU BLANK and MAN MACHINE.

In 2001 I got back to doing my own music. My first release was NECK STOP in 2004 under the moniker of HOO WUT Y. My second album, WELCOME TO MOTHERLODE, came out in 2012 when I changed the band name to WHEELHOUSE. The latest album came out in 2015 on the CD - HIGH TIDE IN PARADISE with the band now named OUT OF PLUMB.
I love to sing but I'm primarily a songwriter/instrumentalist and love to hear a great vocalist make my songs soar. Thankfully, four amazing Santa Cruz vocalists, Naomi Wilder, Russ Leal, Stephen Snyder and Tammi Brown, made that happen on my last 2 albums.
Guitarist Mighty Mike Schermer and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Snyder have been helping make my tunes shine since the 1st album. A complete list of the musicians on all 3 CD's (and 4 songs from bands I produced & played and/or sang with) are listed below. All are creative friends, old and new, who helped make these musical journeys deeply satisfying and fruitful. Working with them would wash away what sometimes felt like mountains of late-night frustrations, foreshadowed missteps and unavoidable delays.

Some of my songs tell a story or convey a belief; others just serve up a rythmic groove or playful melody for the fun of it...some a little bit of both.

Recent albums of mine:

NECK STOP (by HOO WUT Y - 2004) #1;

Other artist projects (1 new & 2 from the 80's) that I produced and played or sang on...and my first "real" band (Sorry, ATTILA & THE HUNS) from 1970:

JazzElle's TRIAL BY FIRE (2015) #4
MAN MACHINE (1984) #5
STU BLANK (1982) #6
RUSHIN RIVER (1970) #7

Musicians on these albums & projects (see above):

Mike Schermer - 1, 2, 3
Stephen Snyder - 1, 2, 3
Jim Greiner - 1, 2, 3
Tammi Brown - 2, 3
Naomi Wilder - 2, 3
Russ Leal - 2, 3
Johnny Blimling - 2, 3
Marty Dodson - 1, 2
Keith Crossan - 1, 3
Robert Hertzler - 2, 7
Steve Sunderbruch - 5, 7
Freddie Roulette - 3
Dave Gonzales - 3
June Core - 1
Laura Chavez - 1
Allen Frank - 1
Fenton Murray - 1
Gwynne Cropsey - 1
Allen Frank - 1
Blaine Deaton - 1
Anthony Mendoza - 1
Johnny Sandoval - 1
Annie Steinhardt - 1
JazzElle - 4
Steve LoBue - 3, 4
Doug Dayson - 5
Keith Borman - 5
Stu Blank - 6
Johnny Yu - 6
Marc Baum - 6
John Condon - 6
Tim Hyland - 6
Fred Nesbitt - 6
Bobby Kent - 7
Steve Leonard - 7

General Info

Band Members
Russ Lake & Friends: Mike Schermer, Naomi Wilder, Russ Leal, Tammi Brown, Stephen Snyder, Huntley Chamberlain, Johnny Blimling, Marty Dodson, Bob Hertzler, Anni
Artist Name
Profile Page
Other / Adult Album Alternative / Rock

Contact Info

Santa Cruz, CA