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American Driver at the Hotel Monte Vista 2016-10-14 (L to R: Andy Gaines, Jon Guerrero, Matt O'Toole)

American Driver Reunion

After a 14 year absence, American Driver took the stage on Friday October 14 at the historic Hotel Monte Vista.  They were joined by the Shaggin Wagon Acoustic Assault, Badabing and Bosswitch.



American Driver at the Monte Vista Hotel 2016-10-14 (L to R: Andy Gaines, Jon Guerrero, Matt O'Toole)


American Driver played an hour long set.  The set opened with Driver classics “Juan’s Lullaby” and “Four Twenty’s Near” followed by a rousing version of “Lost”.  In the middle of “Lost” drummer Matt O’Toole let loose for a mean drum solo assisted by guitarist Andy Gaines on the floor tom.  Another Driver classic “NBA Girl” set a mellow mood for the room before the high energy “Trash Can Man”, penned by bassist Jon Guerrero and featuring Guerrero and O’Toole on vocals.  The band played the last two songs of the set under the name The Judge, a previous name for the band and closed the set with “Way Down Below” and the seminal Driver classic “Speedbump”. 



American Driver at the Historic Hotel Monte Vista 2016-10-14 (L to R: Andy Gaines, Jon Guerrero, Matt O'Toole)

There was a rowdy crowd, including many friends of the band: Peter Harter, Mike Faux, Chris Hoffman, Natalie Bosworth, Cameron Mott, Jason and Merrily Metnick.


American Driver’s set was followed by the Shaggin Wagon Acoustic Assault featuring Sutton Papanikolas and Greg Thurston.


 

Shaggin Wagon Acoustic Assault at the Hotel Monte Vista 2016-10-14 (L to R: Sutton Papanikolas, Greg Thurston)

 

Badabing and Bosswitch closed out the night in spectacular fashion with their mix of funk, heaviness, weirdness, and outright energy. 



Bosswitch at the Historic Monte Vista Hotel 2016-10-14



Bosswitch at the Historic Monte Vista Hotel 2016-10-14


Thanks to all who came out.  A special thanks to Merrily Metnick, Peter Harter and Mike Faux for providing pictures from that night.  And a special thanks to Sutton Papanikolas for putting together a great night of music.



New Releases

In the works for several years, two new releases will be coming in the next 6-12 months.  The main recording work was done in Seattle in June 2016.  Andy Gaines and Matt O'Toole completed the main recording work and were assisted by good friends Mason Reed and Nathan Soccorsy.  See the below pictures taken during the recording process. 


Matt O'Toole and his duaghter Velouria
Matt O'Toole and Velouria on drums



Mason Reed
Mason Reed


Matt O'Toole and Mason Reed
Matt O'Toole and Mason Reed hard at work on some vocal tracks


All is well in the Ill-Gotten Gaines universe. 
Mason Reed is off the road but continues to feed his soul with weekly shows in Seattle.  Long time friend Jason Zeidler is busy working in Northern California but recently got up to Eugene for some recording sessions.  Ned Gaines continues to play with multiple outfits in Fairbanks, AK, including Junkman's Choir and The Wadcutters.  Nathan Soccorsy is busy being a dad but still finds time to get out the slide and go to work.  Matthew O'Toole is busy being a dad while also having multiple musical projects, including the highly anticipated and long awaited Nurse Rowdy Bush album.  Check out the links page to see what everyone has been up to.    

Free Ill-Gotten Gaines and American Driver Downloads
We are pleased to offer the Ill-Gotten Gaines album and the American Driver album Juan's Sandwich for free download.  Also, be sure to download The Bones Brothers live sessions from 2009.  The Bones Brothers sessions feature Andy Gaines on guitar and vocals, Ned Gaines on harmonica, Nathan Soccorsy on slide guitar and bass, and Matthew O'Toole on drums.  Please click on the following links for the free downloads.

Ill-Gotten Gaines

The Bones Brothers

Click on the below links to hear selections from American Driver:

Juan's Lullaby

Final Gift

Surfer's Dream

 

Click on the below links to hear selections from Ill-Gotten Gaines:

Marathon

Angel Band


Contact:

Phone Number: (602) 332-6784

E-mail: andrewcgaines@gmail.com