Suzanne Pickering, lead vocals
|Suzanne Pickering, lead vocals|
I am a semi-retired EMT who worked many years on the ambulance running 9-1-1 calls in Manchester, Nashua and Epping. I grew up being a huge lover of music of all genres. I always knew I wanted to sing.
In 2011, I won Best New Country Female Vocalist in the 24th annual New Hampshire Country Music Association competition. I was flown to Tennessee where I competed in the Nationals. I have wonderful memories to last a lifetime from that trip.
Over the years I've had the privilege and honor to join many of my friends' bands, singing both lead and harmonies. I've been lucky to meet a lot of talented vocalists and musicians along the way.
For a while I had my own band Full Moon which was a sheer joy. Now I am excited to be part of C-Spot. I'm enjoying singing the songs I grew up with, backed up by such talented musicians. We immediately clicked as a group. I consider them my band family!
[Right back at ya, Suzanne. It's nice to know we're in such good hands if we collapse on stage.]
Jon Gabay, bass, vocals
|Jon Gabay, bass, vocals|
I've loved classic rock since it was new rock. Great music and great artists. I am so happy to finally be with a group of seasoned and talented players who can do the more challenging tunes I appreciated back in the days. I'm looking forward to a lot of fun gigs, good music, good people, and good times. The joy is in the journey.
Ron Jacques, drums, vocals
|Ron Jacques, drums, vocals|
I’m excited to have found the other members of C-Spot. We are playing the music I’ve been listening to my entire life, but never had the chance to play. The bigger the challenge, the better. After one rehearsal we knew we could play together. This is going to be fun!
Dean "Dr. Dream" Rubine, keyboards
|Dean "Dr. Dream" Rubine, keyboards|
I've been in many obscure bands over the past 40 years, including Zone Bleue, The Morphic Resonance Ensemble, The Iron Cheezeballs, The Rockoffs, Waive, Harry Bovik and the Algorhythms, Zalar, Medium Cool and Chochamo. In the NH seacoast area, I was in Dead Ahead until it imploded a couple of years ago. These days you might find me playing with Old School Monday nights at the Dolphin Striker in Portsmouth or backing up Adam Brown at the occasional Mystery Tramps gig. Every February Jim Schliestett and I take the RPM Challenge and make a record of original music as $ense.
As for the rest, I have a wonderful family - wife, kids, dog, usual story. I used to be a college professor but now I'm a computer programmer at an investment firm. I occasionally blog about the Oyster River School Board and politics. My hobby is figuring out keyboard parts from classic rock songs so I can play them for you.
Jeff Simpson, guitar, vocals
|Jeff Simpson, guitar, vocals|
It didn't work out with Rick, but we still love him.
Founding and former member Rick Welch, lead vocals, flute, harmonica, percussion, guitar
|Rick Welch, lead vocals, flute, harmonica, percussion, guitar|
Kicked out of college
In tons of fights
Had my heart broken more than once
Seen more than my share of death
Fucked with in general for my world view and opinions
Almost dead more than once
A championship coach 28 times
Now I am a boat captain and play with this outfit...
It's better to burn out than fade away.
The Vikings had it right...
All photos by Jen Kimball -- thanks Jen!