The band was founded in 2005 by Andy Abell and Mark Knaggs, who had played together around Atlanta several years before in HollyRocks. Since reuniting in 2005 under the name Ernest T. Band, the band has gone through several different line-ups finally settling on the current permanent line-up and changing the name to SwitchKick, perfect to do the kind of music we want to do, ROCK & ROLL. SwitchKick is a high-intensity precision Hard Rock Show covering over 4 hours of rock classics from the 70s through today’s “destined to become classics” tracks! Our music includes covers from ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, AC/DC through newer artists like the Foo Fighters, 3 Doors Down, Weezer and Kings of Leon.
Since we began playing the Atlanta area bar scene, the band has performed all around the metro area at parties, bars and rowdy gatherings. Our goal in 2013 is to expand our venue list and provide some new places for our fans to join us. Since all of the members hail from different parts of Atlanta, we have a good draw anywhere in the Metro area and will promote any shows to our fan base through personal invites, facebook invites and promotional fliers and posters. More than the average bar band, SwitchKick delivers a professional looking and sounding product geared toward audience fun and participation. We have our own PA and monitoring if needed. Be ready for some good times!
Vocals – Chris Watson - Born & raised the metro Atlanta area Chris began playing drums at age 6 after watching/looking up to his older brother who played guitar and was just starting to play in bands. Chris switched over to vocals in his late teens and has played in various original and cover bands over the years. In SwitchKick he gets the pleasure of performing songs by some of his biggest vocal influences ( Jim Morrison, David Lee Roth, Ian Astbury, etc.)
Guitar - Andy Abell 48 years old started playing guitar after wanting to play as a child. Raised in South GA, his musical influences are Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Ted Nugent, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Andy enjoys all styles and types of music.
Guitar – Mark Knaggs- Born in Jacksonville, FL during the early 60s. He spent his early years listening to local acts like Lynryd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, and Blackfoot. His dad bought him his first guitar from a local pawn shop located on the banks of the St. Johns River when he was 8. If he wasn’t fishing, he was strumming the six-string pretending to be Ronnie Van Zant backed up by Jimmy Page. His dad always told him to work hard, have fun, and respect others along the way…..this is what SwitchKick is all about!
Bass – Grib Murphy has been playing from an early age when he often joined his older brother on stage as a keyboardist. He has played with several bands in Gainesville, FL and Ann Arbor MI before moving to the Atlanta area. He enjoys the energy and dedication of SwitchKick and has a great time playing bass and singing back-up. Some of his musical influences are Tom Petty, The Who and Aerosmith and also appreciates some of the newer artists like Kings of Leon and The Black Keys.
Drums - Pete Cappiali began drumming at 5 years old in Miami when took lessons from Bob Lally, drummer for the Jackie Gleason show and the Bob Hope USO touring band. He has played in a wide variety of bands that include rock, R&B, blues and jazz. He has recorded and toured with regional acts Whiplash, The Shot, Eagle Park Slim and Surgical Steel. His influences are Jude Cole, Paul McCartney, Heart, Tom Petty, Boston (yes, Boston) and Led Zepplin.
Booking – 770-861-3385
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