Local bands rock again to benefit cancer research
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:08

Area bands from ‘70s-’90s produce CD

 by Nicole Rodman

    If you attended a prom or party in the Dundalk area in the 1970s, ‘80s or ‘90s, chances are you remember some of the area’s most popular local bands.
    From The Gigs to EW Dogg and The Skirts, many area bands honed their skills and earned a loyal fanbase in the Dundalk and Baltimore region.
    Now, many of these musicians are coming together to produce a new CD, Baltimore Bands of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, Volume 1.
    Proceeds from the album will go to benefit the American Cancer Society.
    The idea came about as the result of a Facebook group created by Stan Gibson, Kitten Chavis and Linda Wake Garza.     
    Called “Baltimore Bands of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s,” the group was first established last April.
    Now boasting 1,493 members, the Facebook group “is an attempt to reconnect with old band mates, and bands who played during those decades in the Baltimore area and also to connect with those who were devout fans of those bands at that time,” Gibson wrote in an e-mail to The Eagle.
    Himself a member of several local bands, including Sindicate, Black Hat, Cupcake and Warehouse, Gibson and his partners have carefully curated the site for nearly a year.
    A few months after the creation of the Facebook group, one of the members, John Piette, approached Gibson with an idea to create a CD of original songs recorded by many of the bands represented on the Facebook page.

 “We received many songs to be submitted for the possibility of being added to a CD for a possible fundraising event,” Gibson explained.
    They decided that funds raised from the CD (minus production costs) would be donated to the American Cancer Society.
    As Gibson recalled, “We decided that The American Cancer Society would be the charity we would donate to since everyone has been touched directly or indirectly by cancer.”
    Piette himself is a musician, having toured and recorded three records with his band, August.
    “The mid-Atlantic was one of our major markets and although based out of Virginia, we performed all over Maryland from Baltimore to Ocean City,” Piette told The Eagle.
    Today, Piette is a music producer and engineer.  He owns Dreamtraxx Recording Studio in Warrenton, Va.
    Through Dreamtraxx, Piette has produced and is selling the Baltimore Bands CD.
    Asking for original songs for the CD, Gibson and Piette received recordings from such well-known area bands as The Gigs (a Heritage Fair mainstay), Orange Wedge, Drive, The Slip, Woody Lissauer, Poobah, Rolz Royce and more.
    “This particular group of bands is very well known throughout the Baltimore area and I think it’s awesome that they were willing to not only jump on board for this project, but that they also signed off on their songs to help a worthy cause,” Gibson noted.
    According to Gibson, the recordings are from the 1970s, though the sound has been cleaned up and remastered.
    Currently, pre-orders for the CD are being taken at www.dreamtraxxstudio.com.
    The CD will be pressed this month and will be available soon.
    As Gibson explained, if there is interest in this CD, more could be produced.
    For more information visit “Baltimore Bands of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/209543105828380/.