Over the past 35 years it has been my pleasure to have played music with some of the finest group of songwriters singers and musicians in the business. Looking back l am humbled and privileged to have been part of such extremely talented and professional bands as Crystal Aire, The MPR Band, Edge of the Wedge, Neo and Da' Face, Obadiah and the Brown-Harty Project.
Crystal Aire was a group of friends who shared a musical bond vision and passion when they played together. Crystal Aire consisted of 2 lead guitarist featuring Jimmy Willis/songwriter, lead vocalist and one of the best solo guitarist- ever. Rivaling even the best of today and hails from Red Lands, CA. Mike Harty/songwriter energy driven blazing lead guitar, hails from Los Alamitos, CA. John Maher playing a Rickenbacker bass who easily blended and pounded the air waves with natural ability to improvise with solid and intricate playing hails from Ocean City, Maryland. John Bickham/songwriter one of the best keyboardist/soloist ever, along the lines of Jan Hammer and Rick Wakeman not to mention classical roots, hails from Apple Valley, CA. Finally Robby Gammel- Drummer/percussionist truly gifted with amazing timing/skills works the high hat and kick like no other. Robby was the driving force of Crystal Aire he hails from Shreveport, La.
Edge of the Wedge was an excellent modern rock band that came together in the early eighties during that uncomfortable transition from 70's rock to the 'new' MTV style of modern rock. All the members hailed from Shreveport, La. except for Mike Harty from Los Angeles CA. The band consisted of Pat McCoy bass player manager and primary song writer, Mike Harty lead guitars, Maggie Fowle precision rhythm guitars, Barry Butler vocals keyboards and Kenny Davis drums. Except for a couple custom arraigned cover tunes EW performed all original music and was extremely talented ahead of it's time. Edge of the Wedge spent years practicing in the home of Joan Fowle, Maggie's mother who bless her heart put up with years of loud rock n' roll madness in her living room... She was our biggest fan. EW played amazing gigs from Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas completely outfitted with our own gigantic sound system, stage props and roadies our team loaded gear drove moving trucks and were completely dedicated. Edge of the Wedge played live at the best clubs of our day.
Neo and Da' Face was a band featuring Pat McCoy on guitars/song writer, Mike Harty on Bass Guitar and the amazing Robby Gammel (formally of Crystal Aire and The MPR Band) played the drums. Neo turned out to be an impressive 3 man band working together hard recording demos in the studio.
Soon the MPR band was formed an all home grown Shreveport boys band except for Mike Harty from Los Angeles. The band consisted of Mike Harty on Guitars/song writer, Paul Brown bass guitar, Robby Gammel (Crystal Aire/Neo and Da' Face) on drums. A three man band in the tradition of Rush playing all originals.
Obadiah was a progressive Christian Rock band. With the guitar talents of Larry Griggs on lead guitars , Kenny Meyers on rhythm guitar and slide guitar both songwriters for the band. We had the amazing John Bickham (from Crystal Aire) on key boards and Mike Harty (also from Crystal Aire/Edge of the Wedge/Neo/The MPR band) playing Bass guitar on this project. Robby Schooner was the drummer for Obadiah he skilled and precise pay close attention to drums and bass you won't be disappointed. Obadiah was a Christian rock band in full time ministry doing the work of the Lord sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Finally Brown-Harty reunited Paul Brown on bass guitar and keyboards with the amazing guitar skills of Mike Harty after 35 years apart. This reunion is still producing new music. Enjoy Southside Surfin' and Nocturnal Blues featuring Mike Harty on lead guitars. The Brown-Harty experience also created 2 music videos... Enjoy the 35 years of creativity from my musician friends. The music of today is weak and pathetic it can't touch the old school musicians from back in the day or the skill levels for one thing we actually wrote songs and played our instruments. If you only new the amount of hours that went into these projects...