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Harmony Road

City/hometown: We are based out of the Ft. Collins-Loveland area.Type of music played: We like performing very vocally-oriented classic rock. By that, I mean we do things with great harmonies, such as Eagles, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Alan Parsons Project, Little River Band, and anything else most bands wouldnt attempt because of the harmonies.Musical background/education: My husband, Paul, and I have been singing together for more than 20 years. We were (and still are) a duo called Whitebird, choosing a very eclectic selection of songs, focusing on vocals. We performed mostly in Colorado from 1986-89, then relocated to California to further pursue our career. In Los Angeles, we performed only originals for the first three years. We then moved to South Bay (Redondo Beach) and decided to get married. We performed at many renowned venues bringing back some of our favorite cover tunes from Colorado. A couple years later we put together a band, incorporating the talents of many well-known Southern California musicians. One of our guitarists was from the James Gang, another played with Englebert Humperdink, one drummer was from Ambrosia, another was from Shadowfax, and we had a bass player from The Swinging Medallions. We performed up and down the coast, and were considered one of the top classic rock bands in Southern California. We named the band Harmony Road, first because thats the name of the street where Paul and I met in a club at an open mike in 1986 and secondly, because of the harmonies.In 2000 Paul and I, with our 7-year-old son, came home. We missed the mountains and (relative) sanity! We arrived back in Fort Collins and promptly began to put our band together, incorporating the talents of area musicians. We always felt northern Colorado had some of the best music around, it just hadnt been exploited yet. It didnt take long to find a bass player, lead guitar and drummer. We opened for the first Rock Fest here in northern Colorado called Estes Park Rock a couple years ago. We opened both days for Firefall, Eric Burden & the Animals, The Grassroots, BTO, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, and Grand Funk Railroad. We also opened at Comstock Rock for Quiet Riot, Smashmouth, and ZZ Top. We love playing smaller towns and communities because of the interaction with people, and we like to get away from home. Its such a pleasure to go to a new place and meet new friends and fans.Family information: Paul and I have been together for 20 years. Weve been married for 15, and have a son, Taylor, who is 13. Our bass player, Dan Knauf, is single and living in Loveland. Our lead guitarist, Rob Mucha, lives in Loveland, and has a wife and two little boys. Our drummer, Eric, is also single and resides in Loveland.Places youve played: Right now mostly northern Colorado, but we sometimes play in Denver, and some mountain and Western Slope towns, including Evergreen, Craig and now Silt. We play a lot of clubs, but have done some great concerts and special events. We love the variety.Best part about being a musician: For me, its being able to express myself through music. I love to perform. If you are born with that urge to sing and perform, and you pursue it, its so fulfilling. So many people I know have said they always wanted to be in a band, or be a singer, but they werent encouraged to do so by parents or society in general. That it was not a viable way of life. I know my husband and I have always believed in our dreams we love doing what we do, and yes, we have struggled to keep that dream alive. Everyone in our band has day jobs but we do it so we can play. Paul works as a customer service rep for Direct-Tech; Im a server at the Macaroni Grill and have my own business making custom-made belts and clothing; Rob works for the city of Loveland; and Dan works in a Loveland music store. We do what we have to do so we can continue to pursue the dream.What do you do with your free time? Free time? Well, theres not much. But Paul and I have a nonprofit corporation, Whitebird Productions, Inc., dedicated to the promotion of music in northern Colorado. We have produced a concert series on Old Town Square in the summer months for six years now. We feature 4-5 solos and groups per day, every Sunday, all summer long. Theres a lot of work that goes into this: auditioning, booking and promoting. We also host an open mike on Thursday night at a local club. Then we have a company that books entertainment for clubs, venues, events, etc. I spend a few hours several days a week making my belts and clothing. Rob has a studio where he records other people and bands. Dan likes to go horseback riding and camping.Favorite instrument: My goodness, I cant speak for everyone, but I love guitar, especially acoustic guitar. I make a feeble attempt at playing myself. I am assuming that most band members love their own instrument the best.Favorite musician: There are so many! I absolutely love David Gilmore, of Pink Floyd his voice, his soaring guitar! Early on I was very influenced by Joan Baez, but really like Patty Smythe. Paul loves Neil Young and Cat Stevens. We both love Stevie Nicks. There are simply too many to mention, and Im sure the rest of the band members have their favorites, too.Biggest influence: Any band known for its great harmonies Eagles, Little River Band, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd.Whats your favorite song? We have many, collectively, we love to perform Wish You Were Here, Silver Springs, Eye in the Sky, Nightowl, For What its Worth. I could go on and on.

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