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Create Your Fantasy Band

By David Goe
Thursday, September 4, 2014

The premise is simple. If you could pick five artists, dead or alive, to form the ultimate band, who would they be, and what would the band be called?

Rule 1. You need to roster a band member at the following positions: lead signer, guitarist, bassist, drummer. You also have a flex position, which you can fill with anyone. 

Rule 2.  In each position, band members cost anywhere between $1 and $10 and you only have $35 to spend on the entire fantasy band. Obviously $10 band members are the cream of the crop so it would be impossible to field a band of Mick Jaggar, Duane Allman, Flea, John Bonham, and John Lennon. Just like in real fantasy football, winning managers draft wisely.

Obviously the following list is incomplete. If you want to add someone to your fantasy band not on this list then do it. Assign them a fair price and justify it. Have fun!

Lead Singers

  • John Lennon $10
  • Mick Jaggar $10
  • Aretha Franklin $10
  • Freddie Mercury $10
  • Robert Plant $10
  • Michael Jackson $10
  • Otis Redding $10
  • Sam Cooke $10
  • Bob Dylan $9
  • Marvin Gaye $9
  • Elvis Presley $9
  • Roy Orbison $9
  • Ray Charles $9
  • Adele $9
  • Stevie Wonder $9
  • Jim Morrison $9
  • Al Green $9
  • Janis Jopelin $9
  • Chris Cornell $9
  • James Brown $9
  • Whitney Houston $9
  • Little Richard $8
  • Morrissey $8
  • Elton John $8
  • Smokey Robinson $8
  • Jeff Buckley $8
  • Ozzy Osborne $8
  • Tina Turner $8
  • Steven Tyler $8
  • Bono $8
  • Kurt Cobain $8
  • Stevie Nicks $8
  • Axl Rose $8
  • Bruce Springsteen $8
  • Neil Young $8
  • Hank Williams $7
  • Eddie Vedder $7
  • Roger Daltrey $7
  • Gwen Stefani $7
  • David Bowie $7
  • Johnny Cash $7
  • Brian Wilson $7
  • Pat Benatar $6
  • Art Garfunkel $6
  • Steve Perry $6
  • Christina Aguiler $6
  • Levon Helm $6
  • Tom Waits $5
  • Sly Stone $5
  • Iggy Pop $5
  • James Mercer $5
  • Debbie Harry $5
  • Thom Yorke $5
  • Mary J. Blige $5
  • Dion $5
  • Buddy Holly $5
  • Bjork $4
  • James Taylor $4


  • Jimi Hendrix $10
  • Jimmy Page $10
  • Eric Clapton $10
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan $10
  • Eddie Van Halen $9
  • Jeff Beck $9
  • Prince $9
  • Tom Morello $9
  • David Gilmour $9
  • George Harrison $9
  • Duane Allman $9
  • Jerry Garcia $8
  • Carlos Santana $8
  • Randy Rhoads $8
  • Brian May $8
  • Keith Richards $8
  • Mark Knopfler $8
  • Robbie Robertson $8
  • Derek Trucks $8
  • Willie Nelson $8
  • Angus Young $7
  • Billy Gibbons $7
  • The Edge $7
  • Lindsey Buckingham $7
  • Thurston Moore $7
  • Bonnie Raitt $7
  • Kirt Hammett $7
  • Les Paul $7
  • Chuck Berry $7
  • Dimebag Darrell $7
  • Slash $7
  • Buddy Guy $7
  • Jack White $7
  • Dick Dale $7
  • Joe Perry $7
  • Frank Zappa $7
  • St. Vincent $6
  • Joe Walsh $6
  • Dan Auerbach $6
  • Nels Cline $6
  • Johnny Marr $6
  • Peter Buck $6
  • Carl Perkins $6
  • J Mascis $6
  • Paul Simon $6
  • Pete Townshend $6
  • John Frusciante $6
  • Johnny Greenwood $6
  • Johnny Ramone $6
  • Joni Mitchell $5


  • Paul McCartney $10
  • John Paul Jones $10
  • John Entwistle $9
  • Flea $9
  • Les Claypool $9
  • Bootsy Collins $9
  • James Jamerson $8
  • Lemmy $8
  • Leland Sklar $8
  • Roger Waters $8
  • Gene Simmons $7
  • Andy Rourke $7
  • Phil Lynott $7
  • Chris Wolstenhole $7
  • Alex James $6
  • Kim Deal $6
  • Krist Noveselic $6
  • John Deacon $5
  • Chris Squire $5
  • Tina Weymouth $4
  • Mike Watt $4
  • Mark Hoppus $3


  • John Bonham $10
  • Neil Peart $10
  • Dave Grohl $10
  • Keith Moon $9
  • Ringo Starr $8
  • Buddy Rich $8
  • Phil Collins $8
  • Carter Beauford $8
  • Ginger Baker $7
  • Stewart Copeland $7
  • Chad Smith $7
  • Lars Ulrich $6
  • Bill Ward $6
  • Michael Shrieve $6
  • Topper Headon $5
  • Robo $4
  • ?ueslove $4
  • Meg White $3
  • Cindy Blackman $3

Weekend’s Best Bets

By David Goe
Friday, August 29, 2014


Jamestown Revival Headline Grand Junction Off Road Mountain Bike Race

By David Goe
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Grand Junction Off-Road mountain-bike race is back for year two and with it comes another good music series. Four bands will play this Saturday (8/30) on Main Street in Grand Junction. Local crews Poke Squid and The Williams Brothers Band will play, along with Wild Party, and headliner Jamestown Revival. 

Speaking of Jamestown Revival, check out this Q&A from fellow Sentinel contributor Melinda Mawdsley. The band talks about childhood friendships, music influences, and moving from Austin Texas to California. Read the full interview here ahead of Saturday's free concert or listen to their music and watch more videos of the band here


Reverend Horton Heat Back for More

By David Goe
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Reverend Horton Heat is back in town tonight playing the Mesa Theater and Club with Pinata Protest and The Tankerays. Now if you are a Rev fan or just a fan of musicians and the gear they use then check out this blog entry I put up last time they came through town. It's Jim Heath talking about the gear he uses on stage including his custom Gretsch hollowbody and his Gretsch Executive amp. 


Fusion Audio Solutions Doing Big Things For Local Musicians

By David Goe
Friday, August 22, 2014

I am constantly surprised by Grand Junction, in a good way.

At times, it can feel like a cultural wasteland, but every once in a while something or someone enters the picture, changing my whole perspective, reminding me that there are hidden gems to be discovered here, if you look hard enough.

In the case of this column, that gem is Taylor Riley. The guy has been hiding in plain sight and his influence on the local music scene is profound, but I’ve only just discovered what a treasure his talent is.

Riley’s most public face may be behind the drum kit with his death metal band Exussem, but it is behind a mixing board where he is making the biggest impact.

As the owner of the Fusion Audio Solutions recording studio, Riley has recorded and/or mastered audio for a literal who’s who list of local musicians.

Shotgun Hodown. Augmented. The Tankerays. Zolopht and the Destroyers. Tight Thump. Obtuse. Murder Café. Showcage. Gnar. Sole Aggression. Jack + Jill. Dinosaur the Musical. The list goes on and on and on.

“Before a few years ago, I never would have thought there was such a vibrant presence to our obviously prospering music scene,” Riley said. “Just when I thought I’d seen it all, another person or group succeeds in completely surprising me.”

As you can see, Riley has worked with a very diverse selection of local musicians. He is quite unique in that way.

From the outside looking in you may think that a death metal drummer would have no place working on a reggae album with Zolopht or a rockabilly album with The Tankerays. Yet it works because Riley himself is as diverse as the musicians he works with.

Like many people, he first learned how to play music in school, specifically orchestra.

“I actually learned violin as a first instrument and kept with it for over seven years in school. From there, I learned electric guitar and bass. After playing both in numerous bands, I eventually decided to teach myself how to play drums. I haven’t put down my sticks since,” he said.

Being a multi-instrumentalist and playing in a number of bands has helped Riley develop a well-rounded skill set and taste perfectly built for running a recording studio. You also could say it’s in his blood.

It was a push from his mother and father that gave him direction. They were both home recording enthusiasts and, after recording his seventh-grade garage band, really inspired Riley to do it himself.

“From then, I started making my own recordings of anything I could with old tape players. My high school band teacher first introduced me to digital recording and I basically soared from there.”

Walking through his studio, it’s clear Riley has come a long way since those initial lo-fi analog recordings. Crammed into two north Junction bedrooms is more sound equipment than I’d ever know what to do with. Couple that with 15 plus years of recording experience, and Riley can make anyone sound good.

Word is starting to get out too about the work Riley has done. More than a few local bands have raved about his work, and it has opened plenty of doors for Riley and his studio.

“Very soon I will begin new projects with Jack + Jill, as well as a few others that I have waiting in line,” Riley said. “I also will be doing some mixing and mastering for Sworn Us Under and Shotgun Hodown.”

Riley also hinted that a live CD/DVD project for a rather big local group may be coming down the pipeline. Though he wouldn’t say which band it was, it’s another project sure to build up Riley’s reputation.

Listening to what Riley has helped local bands record, it’s obvious that this gem isn’t going to stay hidden for much longer. In fact the secret may already be out.

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