BrockYoung
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Vocalist, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Harmonica, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Steel guitar.

ABOUT

Hi there! Long years away from this site so it's time to update this thing:

My name is Brock. I'm a 34 year-old high school teacher. I have a wide range of musical interests, spread regrettably thin. I see music as "playing roles, filling holes", and so I play instruments that try and do that. For example, "This song needs a walky bassline..." On it. This song needs some sort of frills on top. I'll try! No one wants to sing this one, I'm on it. So my oh-so-small music room has developed with that philosophy in mind. I started with bass, which is still my first love. I then moved to guitar, and then branched out into mandolin, banjo, stuff with strings. I can also carry a tune. I like to think of my voice as the budget love-child of Shane McGowan from the Pogues and Johnny Cash. What I lack in vocal range I make up for with energy. I'm A-ok taking a backseat to vocalists with real pipes. I also really like doing that kind of ridiculous sorta monotone bass background vocals you sometimes hear in bluegrass music.

I'm hard to nail down musically. I grew up playing country and 50s/60s rock. Then I went through my mohawk/leather punk rock days, then I got really into Celtic stuff, then back to country and rockabilly and roots and just chill stuff in general. I'd be just as happy playing in a rockabilly band or a ska band. I played in bands along the way, and spent my 20s singing jingles for CTV and Bell Media Radio in Ottawa. I'll play anything that's got heart. I have an unhealthy love of Dolly Parton.

Screen name:
BrockYoung
Member since:
Jul 18 2008
Active within 2 weeks
Level of commitment:
Committed
Years playing music:
20
Gigs played:
50 to 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Johnny Cash
Great Big Sea
Dolly Parton
Tragically Hip
Mellencamp
Blue Rodeo
Elvis
Blondie
The Band
Celtic/Irish/Newfie music
Garth Brooks

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Expert
Bass Guitar:
Expert
Upright bass:
Expert
Vocalist:
Advanced
Vocalist - Bass:
Advanced
Vocalist - Baritone:
Advanced
Acoustic Guitar:
Advanced
Ukulele:
Moderate
Background Singer:
Moderate
Mandolin:
Moderate
Harmonica:
Intermediate
Banjo:
Intermediate

EQUIPMENT

Martin 6 string
Custom made upright/electric bass that I won't shut up about
Mandolin
Too many banjos
Ukulele
Bodhrans
One of those old school rockabilly Shure mics
Amps and PAs and all that stuff

MUSIC