Johnny "The Hammer" Aguon’s band, Dead White and Blue, which was on the brink of releasing its debut major label, Rick Parashar produced album, with MCA Record got lost in the shuffle when MCA was bought out, and a great majority of their cataloged acts were cut loose. For the next few years, he toured, recorded and performed in one band after another until he found himself owning and operating Selma Studios in Hollywood, California. After a few stints as a sideman and store owner, Johnny decided to take a new direction in music, and start up a hard-rock country band, he called The Gypsy Sons. The problem was, he needed to find like-minded musicians to help develop the sound of the band. Aguon, a Northern Virginia native who lived in LA, began to realize that perhaps coming back to his roots would be the best platform for such a band. After touring the west coast with his new act, Hammer began filling the calendar with east coast tour dates. However, unable to convince his rhythm section to make the trip, he was forced to find other musicians.
For starters, Johnny contacted John Gies (AKA Goose), who was playing in the Fairfax, Virginia based band Olive Bones at the time. The Fairfax scene had been dying a slow death, and so was Olive Bones when Gies agreed to tour the east coast with Aguon and The Gypsy Sons. In a week, Goose learned about twenty songs, and the band rehearsed once before playing a tour from New York to Miami.
A few months later, The Gypsy Sons went to play in front of Sony Music executives at a showcase in Nashville, Tennessee with a country band fronted by Eric King, a VA native formerly from the blues act Eric King and the Thin Line who had drawn some interest from Sony. No deals were made for either band as a result of this showcase; however, it changed the course of The Gypsy Sons for good.
By mid year, Gies had stopped playing with the band, and Aguon was back in LA preparing for a permanent move back to the DC metro area. By the fall of that year, he was back at it in full swing playing the NOVA bar scene, and Eric King was now playing with The Gypsy Sons on occasion as a guest musician. By the end of the year, Aguon had recruited Gies to rejoin the band, and by early Spring of the next year, the unlikely triumvirate hit the stage together for the first time at IOTA in Arlington, Virginia. Gies and King had crossed paths over the years, but had never thought of playing together, since their styles were so different, but Aguon was the weld that bound them due to his versatile style that spanned across both of their very different influences.
Fast forward 100+ shows and 100,000 miles…the band was taking a hiatus and looking for a drummer. Gies was depressed, King was burned out, and Aguon was starting up a side project called American Günn that he somehow convinced Gies to join him in. These times were jokingly referred to as “The Therapy Sessions.” American Günn arranged to rehearse at the brand new Crashbox Rehearsal and Recording Studios in Sterling, Virginia. Coincidently, Dave Maguire was the owner of Crashbox, and as fate would have it he became the drummer for The Gypsy Sons within a month. The rest as they say is history in the making.
Currently in the studio with UK record producer Thomas Johansen working on their next album "Wash," The Gypsy Sons are looking to expand their brand to a much larger worldwide audience this time around. They recently recorded Aerosmith's "Dream On" with Scott Spellbring and having recorded Grammy-nominated Sam Tate's "Thanks To You," a tribute to our American soldiers, in Nashville, TN with Pat Holt, they also have two songs, "Sweet Soul Sunshine" and "Right Kind Of Lovin,'" produced by Gary Tharp in Los Angeles, featured in the action/thriller “Deadfall” starring Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde, this band shows no signs of slowing down.
JOHN AGUON - has a long, successful musical pedigree. He’s been signed to MCA Records, Virgin Music & Triple X Records. Shared the stage with bands like Weezer, Helmet and Alice in Chains and recorded with legendary rock producers, Rick Parashar, Steve Gursky, Jimi "Haywire" Mayweather and Barry Conley to name a few. This Virginia boy taps deep into his early childhood violin and saxophone training to create the soulful guitar riffs and melodies that are the groundwork for the foot stomping rockers and sugary sweet ballads.
JOHN "Goose" GIES - has performed, written and recorded with a variety of original rock bands in the DC area. He has recorded 3 LP's and toured the East Coast extensively. Drawing on divergent influences ala The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, U2 and Radiohead, Goose provides a darker/edgier perspective to the melodically driven Gypsy Sons. His versatile bass playing style provides a unique nuance to the music, while his lead and backing vocals add a third dimension to the already stellar vocal arsenal that John Aguon and Eric King bring to the forefront.
ERIC KING - His first two CD's, "The Game" and "Shake These Blues," are still must haves for fans of his Rock and Blues influenced music up and down the East Coast as well as overseas in Europe. He performed regularly in the region with The Thin Line and even released a country record that still gets ear time among true country aficionados. Eric also has acting credits to his name, having appeared on HBO's "The Wire," FOX TV's "Americas Most Wanted” and most recently on the Discovery Channel's "Nightmare Next Door."
DAVE MAGUIRE - fell in love with percussion the first time he heard John Bonham, whose powerful playing made the hair on the back of his neck stand up. He’s played with many talented musicians in the NOVA area, including Vast Minority and Storm Season. A much sought-after studio drummer and owner of Crashbox Studios in Sterling, VA he credits his exposure to a variety of musical styles for the versatile percussionist that he has become. For Dave, it's all about the music.