When you speak about the blues in Fort Wayne, the name G-Money inevitably comes up. A fixture in the Fort Wayne music scene for years, G-Money continues to carry the torch for the blues in Fort Wayne, never giving up on his personal crusade to bring the music he loves so much to the people who love good live blues . To hear G tell it, his start in music came innocently enough, but had a lasting effect. “When I was younger, my family would have what we called ‘company’ over to the house. Basically, family and friends would come over to talk, play records, let the kids run in and out of the house and have a good time. One time, when I was six or seven, my mom called me in the house to do my James Brown imitation for her and her friends. I did a song called ‘Money Won’t Change You.’ When I was done, the kids picked me up on their shoulders and everyone was applauding. That’s what did it for me.
G-Money began playing the guitar around the age of 14 after hearing Ernie Isley play on The Isley Brothers hit “Who’s That Lady.” “He’s by far the greatest influence on me,” Then there’s Jimi Hendrix who actually played in The Isley Brothers band for a time. His ‘Red House’ is a signature number. Of course there’s the three Kings – BB, Albert and Freddie – and you can’t forget Muddy Waters. Later on Stevie Ray Vaughan, whom I got a chance to meet in 1987 before his show at the Coliseum, came along” and reminded us of how great blues can really be.
G-Money played shows in the area for quite some time as a member of the Fabulous Rhythm Kids, a band that also featured Dave Zych on guitar, Mark Stein on bass and Scott Byler on drums. That particular group fell apart a few years ago, so now he plays as G-Money & Fabulous Rhythm. Though the group bears his name, G is quick to point out his bandmates are an extremely talented bunch of musicians themselves. Currently playing with longtime drummer and friend Terry Smith (aka Uncle Bud), bassist Geo Conner & Trevor Krall and guitarist, saxophonist Stevie L,
G-Money and The Fabulous Rhythm can whip out any number of blues, soul, R&B or dance favorites at the drop of a hat.