September 15, 1992 |
For Dick and Jane Dodd, Sunday's benefit concert for the Orange County Musicians Foundation was a chance to reminisce with some old friends, hear some good music and support a worthy cause. For two middle-aged Irvine women who identified themselves only as Jeannie and Caroline, the 7 1/2-hour show at the Coach House was just a way to party the day away. "We're just out here to dance and have a wild time," Caroline said.
January 28, 1992 |
Playing music for a living may offer certain social perks and psychic payoffs, but the job seldom carries health benefits. So when a musician friend of his was badly hurt in a motorcycle crash in the fall of 1990 and ran up uninsured medical bills, veteran Orange County club-band leader Greg Topper did what musicians tend to do in such circumstances: He got together a bunch of bands and staged a benefit. A few months later, a piano player fell off a roof.
June 17, 1994 |
Claw Hammer, a bluesy rock band with Orange County roots, has joined the major-label ranks. Interscope Records has signed the group, which was founded by Jon Wahl and Christopher Bagarozzi in 1986 after Wahl's hitch with the esteemed Pontiac Brothers band from Fullerton. Wahl fronts Claw Hammer with a distinctive, wired yelping vocal delivery and joins Bagarozzi in sizzling interlocking guitar arrangements.
September 11, 1992 |
If John Jorgenson didn't question his own timing--leaving the consistent country hit-making Desert Rose Band last November, switching to rock 'n' roll just as country music was taking over the world--he had his friends to do it for him. "My friends were going, 'What are you doing?' " Jorgenson recalled in a recent interview from his home in Los Angeles. "They said, 'Why don't you take advantage of your country heritage?'