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Cheap Blonde Blues Band / Bio

Thom Bridwell was born and raised in Harlem, though his parents are both originally from Greenville. He is a graduate of the High School of Music and Art, the Manhattan School of Music and the Julliard School of Music. He is a former faculty member of the City College of New York, Harlem School of Arts and New York School for Commercial Music. Thom has conducted six Tony Award-winning Broadway ...musicals and has served as the musical director for the world famous Cotton Club. He has worked on recordings for artists including Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Lena Horne, Teddy Pendergrass, Lou Rawls, the Stylistics, and the Manhattans, and assisted Quincy Jones in creating the dance music for The Wiz. Thom also toured with the Chambers Brothers and Mandrill, among others, and produced the song, “Help is On the Way,” by the Whatnauts on his own record label, Harlem International Records.

Donna Cook, a native of south Florida, began singing in church choirs, high school concert choir, and as a member of a madrigal group, as well as performing in little theater. She began Wesleyan College for Women as a music major specializing in voice but later changed to theater. After earning her BFA, Donna moved to NYC for 28 years, while there working with Jack Eric Williams, Annie Potts and Dixie Carter, as well as performing with Dave Brubeck in “Gates of Justice” as a member of the small chorus. She also performed on Bicentennial Album for City of Philadelphia. Her performing skills were very useful while working as recreational therapist for many years. Donna played small clubs in and around the NYC city as a member of rock bands Ocean Blonde and Cheap Blondes. Since moving to Greenville in late 1999, she has performed locally as a solo artist and as part of the Double D’s.

David Nimmons started playing guitar at the age of eight, greatly influenced by his father who was a professional steel guitar player. In the 70’s David played local clubs around the Greenville area with several local bands. He moved to North Carolina in the late 70’s to become lead guitarist for the Dave Blouante Blues Band, with whom he toured the east coast until1980. Upon returning to Greenville, David has served in worship bands as well as several other musical endeavors, being highly sought after for his amazing musicianship.

Rusty Morgan, a former band director, began playing music semi-professionally as a teenager, as rhythm guitarist for Velvet Village. Moving to the Atlanta area after college, he began playing blues bass and joined Big Daddy Blue Cheese and the Silverfish. Upon returning to the upstate, Rusty played mandolin in the Reedy Fork Bluegrass Band and later began as bassist for Reigning Down and the worship band at Discover Church. Rusty also works in the music business as guitar tech at Stella’s Music Emporium.

Al Shaver, a Georgia native, is a classically trained percussionist in addition to being a singer/composer/arranger, and a multi-instrumentalist. Al has played in groups of all sizes, from duos to full symphony orchestras, in styles ranging from Dixieland to jazz and funk, ballet, and opera. Living in the Upstate since 1990, he has played drums, guitar, keyboards, harmonica, bass, and sung in settings as diverse as opening for The Doobie Brothers, accompanying Regis Philbin, and performing with the Spartanburg Community Jazz Ensemble, and the orchestra for "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story". In the spring of 2014 he was the assistant music director and played bass in the orchestra for USC Upstate's production of "Spring Awakening". He also currently performs with The Grand Strand band, The Rock Doctors, and Special Edition.

General Info

Band Members
Donna Cook- Vocals, Thom Bridwell- Keys, David Nimmons- Guitar, Rusty Morgan- Bass, Al Shaver- Drums
Artist Name
Cheap Blonde Blues Band
Profile Page
https://www.reverbnation.com/cheapblondebluesband
Active Since
01/12
Genres
Blues

Contact Info

Location
Simpsonville, SC