Cranston Dean and The Joint Chiefs
About Cranston Dean:
Cranston Dean is a high-energy blues/rock/funk/alt-country from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Seen regularly in Asbury Park, NJ and throughout the northeast. Featuring the songs of singer/songerwriter Cranston Dean.
CRANSTON DEAN – Acoustic Guitar, Vox., Keys RILEY SCHIRO – Guitar, Vox IKE GUTIERREZ – Bass, Vox
About The Joint Chiefs:
The Joint Chiefs date back to the mid-1990s, when Charlie Schmidt and Ben Trout teamed up on an acoustic duo that played hundreds of shows in Southern Maine. Brian Patrick and Jim O’Reilly joined later, adding electric guitar and bass to create an acoustic four-piece known for years as Old-V8. Suggested by their part-time singer, Angela Clark, that name was ditched when the band was mistakenly linked to stale tomato juice instead of the classic car engine of bygone years.
The “Joint Chiefs” name materialized in Ben’s recording studio, on a debaucherous night, the details of which remain hazy to this day. Jan Van Voorst appeared five years ago, adding drums, glamor, and edge. The six-piece line-up was completed by the addition of Darren Whitney, who came down from the heavens on a trail of fire, brimstone, thunderclaps, and blazing glory.
Physical ailments resulted in the loss of Jim O’Reilly, currently the group’s spiritual leader and psychological consultant. His replacement–Scott Elliot, famous as Maine’s most dynamic, laid-back, smooth-talking, bass player, a member of the Hollowell-based Bone Heads–finalized the band’s current membership.