digs into true music's core
By PETER GUINTA
Friday, February 09, 2007
If you once liked American roots
music because it spoke to your hard-scrabble heart, but now it
all just seems shallow, silly and commercial, you aren't alone.
Monty Dutton, a South Carolina-born writer and guitarist who
covers motor sports, feels your distaste for modern radio's
"computer generated, market researched, demographically focused,
centrally devised and virtually unchangeable" play lists.
He's too much of a gentleman to declare that unilaterally.
Well, maybe not. But he makes an airtight case in "True to the
Roots: Americana Music Revealed," by the University of Nebraska
He took his time, visiting the dance halls, honky tonks and
small town music scenes all over the country, finding and
interviewing people who pull music from their guts, from their
souls, from real experience.
Most pleasantly, he stopped in St. Augustine and interviewed
our favorite sons, Those Guys, who write and play their own
songs with the honesty that Dutton seeks.
He met them in Flagler Beach years back and says this; "Every
little town in the United States ought to have a band like Those
Founders Walt Kulwicki and Dave Besley, mix their songs with
covers performed far better than the originals. They do love
John Prine. But it's their own songs such as "Goose Creek" and
"Smile for the Camera" that fans remember. They have seven
albums out, including an acoustic one that is quite surprising.
Eight should be along any time now.
True To The Roots follows Dutton as he drinks with, plays
guitar with or just listens to a super musician or song writer
who is not yet become a household name -- except for Brad
Paisley, perhaps, and Robert Earl Keene Jr.
Dutton casts his net for real (not manufactured) talent that
includes master guitar maker Vince Pawless, musicians such as
Slaid Cleaves, Bob Livingston, James White, Jeremy Watkins,
Brian Burns, Mike McClure, Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Chris Wall,
Django Walker, Max Stalling and Ed Burleson of Texas;
Carolinians Kenny Roby, Californian Tom Russell, Tennesseans
Jesse Lee Jones and Dave Foley; Robbie Fulks of Illinois; and
bands such as Reckless Kelly, Stoney LaRue and his Organic
Boogie Band and Cross Canadian Ragweed.
He interviews them all, gets to the root of what music is all
about. What a job. What a book.
THE SIMPLE PLEASURES APPEAL TO ‘THOSE GUYS’
By Monte Dutton
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – What must it be
be in a band, man?
Those Guys are cool. I mean, literally. The name of the band
is Those Guys, and they’ve been plying their trade – which is to
say, playing their gigs – in Florida since the late 1980s. They
haven’t ever really made it big – I mean, not yet – but they’ve
made a decent living for themselves and they haven’t ever sold
Dave Besley and Walt Kulwicki are the constants. Others have
– and still do – weave their way in and out, but Besley, a fine
songwriter, and Kulwicki, a fine guitarist, have played together
since Those Guys were, well, those guys.
It’s perhaps the sad fate of the bar band that, no matter how
good its own songs are – and Those Guys’ songs are very good –
the biggest roar from the beer-soaked crowd always goes up when
they cover someone else’s tune. Of course, I’ve known Those Guys
for most of a decade now – I attend their gigs every time NASCAR
takes me to the Daytona area – and I much prefer the originals.
“The way we’ve been playing through the years, it doesn’t
kill me,” said Besley, “but sometimes you don’t want to (do
other people’s songs). The main goal for me at the end of each
night is for everybody to leave happy. If that’s all it takes, I
can spend three minutes doing the song they want to hear.”
So the band trots out Buffett and David Allan Coe and the
Beatles. It dabbles in Neil Young and John Prine and Merle
Haggard. The list is almost endless. It’s hard to find a popular
artist whose work these (or Those) guys cannot do.
“You make the noise that has to be made,” said Kulwicki,
whose black Yamaha guitar might as well be a part of his body,
so instinctive is his command of it. Hitting a note, to Kulwicki,
is akin to me or you hitting a note with our voices.
They’re working on a new album. Besley has a studio set up in
his home, and there are great new tunes to go along with the
band’s standards, which, of course, are mainly known to the
crowd that hangs out at the regular gigs. At Creekside and the
Oasis and the Sunset Grille, they know songs like “Goose Creek”
and “Smile for the Camera.”
“I hope we get so famous some day that we get tired of doing
our own songs,” said Besley, eliciting a smile from his partner
in music. “What makes me feel good is when we look out there and
see people ‘mouthing’ the words. That makes the whole deal.”
Groups on track with own albums
By RICK DEYAMPERT
News Journal Daytona Beach
August i 2003
Some local musicians aren't just busy performing in area clubs
-- they also are laying down tracks for their own independent CDs.
Here's the latest installment in an occasional series that
profiles local artists and their musical recordings.
Those Guys, "Electrafied"
Vital stats: This St. Augustine-based rock band includes main
songwriter Dave Besley on guitar, mandolin, bass and vocals; Walt
Kulwicki on guitar and vocals; Danny Roberts on guitar, bass and
vocals, and Woody Pernell on drums. The band formed in 1992 in
Jacksonville Beach, and now plays about 300 performances a year,
including occasional gigs in the Daytona Beach area.
Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle and former Molly
Hatchet bass player Banner Thomas have logged stints with Those
The music: "Electrafied," the band's fourth CD, is a live set
that flexes plenty of classic-rock smarts. "Don't Ever Let It Get
You Down" boasts Doobie Brothers-like harmonies and muscular
guitars, while "Then and Now" is a Doobies-style shuffle. "All
Night Survivor" is a pub-crawlin', hell-raising anthem that
deploys Creedence Clearwater Revival-like guitars while Besley
sings, "There ain't no place I ain't been. I'm an all-night
survivor of the getting-high revival. I'm the undisputed king,
I'll try anything."
"Cuervo Serenade" is twangy country rock enlivened by
tongue-in-cheek lyrics that recall Dr. Hook: "If I ever leave you
sad and lonely, you can kiss my sorry (rear) goodbye."
Raucous covers of the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" and "Come
Together" and Led Zeppelin's "What Is and What Should Never Be"
are balanced by a couple of melancholy ballads, "Dance With Me"
and "Missin' You."
"Electrafied" is available at the band's Web site,
Perspective: Check out the summer beach concerts
- By PETER GUINTA
- Senior Writer, St. Augustine Record
- Saturday, August 09, 2003 at 12:24 AM EDT
- Relaxing at the Pier Park Pavilion on July 9, I decided that
the first concert of St. Augustine Beach's summer series was a
- My beach chair was comfortable, the weather breezy and balmy
off an azure sea.
- A cold soft drink was at hand and Henry, my Boston terrier,
was by my side. All was right with the world.
- First Coast Opera set a classy opening standard, performing
selections from well-known musicals and operas.
- Henry sniffed around, then laid down. But when one opera
singer began a particularly difficult aria, Henry got up without
my noticing, ambled over to the stage and -- let me say this
delicately -- marked his territory along a wall.
- I spotted him mid-stream.
- There were snickers (and a few raised eyebrows) from
spectators who also saw Henry's faux pax. I got up and quickly
collared the little embarrassment, firmly tying his leash to my
beach chair, shrugging to my neighbors and saying to no one in
particular, "He's a music critic."
- That was the only glitch in an otherwise sparkling two hours
of excellent music. The fellow who performed "Old Man River" did
it dead-on wonderfully. What a wonderful song that is. There were
duets, beautifully sung. The evening ended with an achingly
beautiful rendition of "Blue Moon," another classic.
- You didn't have to be a fan of opera to enjoy the choices that
evening. I came away with a new desire to see First Coast Opera
perform -- though I'll leave Henry home next time.
- I missed the next two concerts: Greg Baril on July 16 and Mark
Hart on July 23. But we did catch the Jim Essery Blues Band on
July 30. Again, another fine evening. This time the place rocked.
(No problem with Henry this time, except for his flirting with a
cute poodle behind me.)
- These free beach concerts are presented by St. Augustine Beach
Civic Association every Wednesday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- This week's featured artist was Elizabeth Roth, a staple
around St. Augustine. She has a voice like no other and a huge
number of songs in her memory. Assigned to write a profile about
Roth a couple of years ago, I went to one of her performances and
was blown away.
- Coming up Aug. 13 are the Gumbo Chiefs; Aug. 20 features
Elwood St. Johns; and Aug. 27 has Those Guys.
- I don't know the first two, but if the quality of past
performers is any indication, they've got to be good. However, if
you can only make one of the three concerts left, make it Those
Guys. They are rocking locals, but they can also do John Prine as
good as the old man himself. They have at least five CDs released,
and I predict they'll be on the charts eventually.
- Each Wednesday, a different restaurant provides food. Aug. 13,
for example, will offer Papa John's Pizza, Aug. 20, Oasis
Restaurant, and Aug. 27, Sunset Grille.
- But don't wait too long to get the chow. Both times, the food
sold out in the first hour.
- Some tips for the concerts:
- Arrive a little early. Parking is easier and you can walk on
the pier (50 cents) or sand while you wait for the music. The
parking lot's big, but it does fill up.
- Bring chairs and drinks, and a hat if you burn easily. The sun
is still pretty high and warm at 7 p.m.
- Sit beside the wooden sidewalk (on the beach side of the
gazebo) if you don't want to be under the gazebo roof. I saw a few
people listening from the pier.
- It's worth it to stay to the end. The musicians sometimes rock
out even harder then (like the Essery band) or stay to play extra
songs. But it's also nice to walk on the beach in the evening
while the traffic clears.
||Monte Dutton covers NASCAR and
other sports for The Gazette. He can be reached by e-mail at
February, another visit with Those Guys
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — We never got
to midnight at the Oasis, which means we didn’t get to "lay
your camel to bed" (in the words of the old song), but we did
uphold the rich tradition of hanging out with Those Guys.
The Oasis is a restaurant near the
beach in St. Augustine. Those Guys is a band whose members include
my friends Dave Besley and Walt Kulwicki. Dropping in on them is a
habit born some years ago on a rainy Tuesday night in a little
beachfront seafood joint called High Tides, just south of Flagler
After a day spent out front of
Daytona International Speedway in a huge tent — in NASCAR-speak,
they are referred to as "hospitality chalets" — three of
us headed up to St. Augustine for an evening of revelry.
Our arrival — it was me, Mike Owens
and Jim McLaurin — was unannounced, but it was no surprise. We
always show up in February and July, when the NASCAR circuit visits
"Well, look who’s here,"
said Kulwicki. "I mean … it’s February, isn’t it? "
The number of Those Guys varies. On this night, there were four:
guitarist Kulwicki, lead singer Besley, bassist Chris McVey and
drummer Woody Pernell. Sometimes Besley and Kulwicki play acoustic
gigs. In fact, the reason I know those two the best is that they
were the only guys present the first time I saw them.
It’s hard to categorize Those Guys.
According to their Web site (www.thoseguys.com, predictably), it’s
"a unique mix of music that’s best described as Americana and
roots with a touch of rock, folk and country."
The best part of watching Those Guys perform is the interaction with
the crowd. On a whim or in response to a request, they may do
anything from John Prine’s "Sam Stone" (one of the
saddest songs ever written) to the song co-written by Prine and
Steve Goodman (and most famously covered by David Allan Coe) called
"You Never Even Called Me by My Name." To say the least,
the latter song, which has the famous "perfect country
song" ending, is quite a bit less sad than "Sam
Offhand remarks from the crowd may
draw incredible responses. The band will try almost anything. On our
most recent visit, everyone got all sentimental about the impending
war in Iraq, and the band broke out into a lovely treatment of the
national anthem. It stirred me more than anything I ever heard from
Whitney Houston, Bono or Celine Dion.
From Buddy Holly to the Traveling
Wilburys, they’ve got something stored away from everybody, and if
they don’t, they’re not averse to exploring new musical ground.
Besley, by the way, is a great
songwriter. From the whimsical ("It’s a Great Life If’n You
Don’t Weaken") to the inspirational ("Smile for the
Camera") to the historical ("Southern Cross"), the
band’s original songs are all too often lost amidst the
crowd-pleasing covers of Prine, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Kulwicki is a world-class guitarist. Over the years, his electrified
acoustic has gradually become an extension of his body. He has a
relaxed, disarming style and frequently launches little asides
(often involving various incarnations of "The Beverly
Hillbillies" theme song) between numbers.
the years, Those Guys have opened for or played with the likes of
Little Feat, Molly Hatchet, .38 Special, the Allman Brothers Band,
Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Skynyrd.
They’re the best band you’ve
never heard of, and, sadly, with a few exceptions, you’re going to
have to travel to Florida to see them.
here for St. Augustine Record article about
"A St. Augustine Christmas"
band, 'Those Guys,' release fifth CD
By PETER GUINTA
Those Guys are a hard-rocking St. Augustine-based bar band with a
blistering lead guitar, dozens of original songs, a trio of strong
voices and probably 100 years of combined touring experience.
They're household words in St. Aug
and dozens of other venues in the South, but the band hasn't yet hit
That may change.
This weekend, Those Guys release
their fifth compact disc, "Electrafied," a live album of
seven original and seven cover songs.
Lead guitarist Walt Kulwicki says
the album name is a tribute to the Electraglide, a big
Harley-Davidson motorcycle ridden by many of their fans.
"This album is an eclectic
mix," Kulwicki said. "It was recorded at the L&M Bar
in Cedar Key over two days. That bar has turned into a little blues
hot spot on the West Coast and seemed the perfect place."
Accordingly, their album release
party will be held at L&M on Saturday, from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m.
But folks in St. Augustine will
also be able to party with the boys at their second release party,
set from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, at Sunset Grille on St. Augustine Beach,
their musical home for 11 years.
"(Bass guitarist and vocalist)
Dave Besley has been writing up a storm," Kulwicki said.
"And we sometimes have guest musicians join us at the Sunset
Kulwicki and guitarist Chris McVey
formed Those Guys on Labor Day, 1991, after a few drinks at a
Jacksonville Beach bar. Within a week, they'd met Besley and played
Mill Top Tavern and Sunset Grille.
Woody Parnell joined the group
recently as drummer to replace John McGee, who left two years ago to
do more studio work.
Drummer Artemis Pyle, formerly of
Lynyrd Skynyrd, was drummer for Those Guys for a while.
Co-founder McVey left the band for
years and was replaced by bassist Banner Thomas, formerly of the
Jacksonville-based blues-boogie-metal band Molly Hatchett. He's now
with "Big Engine" in Jacksonville.
McVey returned not long ago, adding
his writing skills to Besleys means that now the band has more than
500 songs in its repertoire, and a new take on every one.
"We never play the same song
twice the same way," Kulwicki said.
Their first album, "Those
Guys," was cut in 1995. "Those Guys II" in 1998, and
"Those Guys Live at the Sunset Grille" in January 2000.
"Those Guys III: Smile For The
Camera" was out in March 2000.
they've created a mixed bag -- originals and spot-on covers.
Originals include "Cuervo
Serenade," a love song somewhat like Elvis Costello singing
country, "Smile For The Camera," a reprise of the third
album's cover song and "Don't Ever Let It Get You Down," a
bluesy anthem for anyone who has ever lost a loved one. "Dance
With Me" and "Fernando" you've heard before, probably
on 88.5 FM, WFCF radio.
"All Night Survivor" may
be the one going farthest. It's a kicking rock song and, if it
doesn't make the charts, it will be covered by other bands
Also on the disc are "A Whiter
Shade of Pale," the 1967 smash by Procol Harem -- "a
combination of mystical lyrics, a somber tempo and an organ line
lifted directly from Bach's Suite No. 3 in D Major," according
to Rolling Stone.
The "Taxman" and
"Come Together" medley -- by John Lennon and Paul
McCartney, of course -- are good as the originals, maybe better. And
the raucous "Helter Skelter" is there too, with the tough
but precise job of singing done by McVey.
Jim Stafford, of Eclipse Recording
Studios, St. Augustine, recorded, engineered and mastered the disc
"Those Guys generate quite a
bit of sales because they've recorded so much," Stafford said.
"Most artists don't have the confidence to do a live CD. This
is their second. That says a lot about the quality of their live
Stafford said many musicians rely
on the magic of the studio.
"Not Those Guys. The crowd's
energy really propels the group," he said.
After this album is released and
selling, the group will either release a second live CD from the
massive amount of material they recorded from this one, or they'll
finish an album of all-original tunes they've already got half-done.
Kulwicki said one thing they'll
continue to do is write songs.
"If we wrote a hit song for
somebody else, that would also be successful for us too," he
Those Guys CD Release Party at Sunset Grille
August 3, 2002 • By Carol Elliott
Those Guys have been playing St.
Augustine gigs like the Oasis, Tradewinds, Sunset Grille and
Creekside Dinery since they became a band a few years back. Five
CDs later, Those Guys Electrified Live at L and M, a bar in
Cedar Key, is their best work yet. Listen for a few surprises such
as a few bars from the Girl from Ipanema and Dave quoting
Dave Besley's voice has never been
so tuned and refined - not bad for a country boy - as it is on the
CD. Vocal harmony is great. Repeat chords will fascinate you.
The mix is outstanding, thanks to
Jim Stafford from Eclipse Recording Studio in St. Augustine who
took the mobile unit to Cedar Key to record Those Guys live in the
middle of January.
Dave Besley and Walt Kulwicki
co-write their songs. You'll hear favorites recorded on previous
CDs like "Missin' You" and "Fernando". Chris
McVey is back with Those Guys adding guitar and vocals. Drummer
Woody Pernell makes up the quartet.
There are also covers on this CD.
You'll want to hold your sweetie tight when listening to Those
Guys' interpretation of "Whiter Shade of Pale" by
Reid/Brooker (Procol Harum) and then rock a lot with "I Know
A Little" attributed to Steve Gaines (Lynyrd Skynyrd). You
won't sit this one out, "oh, yeah!" Rock n roll and pay
attention to the guitars going wild towards the end.
Those Guys do two Beatles
(Harrison/Lennon/McCartney) songs back to back. "Taxman/Come
Together" brings light rock dancing to the floor in the best
of Besley/Kulwicki/McVey. I was caught in the middle - not a bad
place to be - listening to "come together right now over
me." Vocal harmony is outstanding, slide guitar is awesome,
percussion is definitely worth mentioning and drums should be
noted here as well.
Lennon & McCartney's
"Helter Skelter" is the last song on the CD with their
own hard rock version that makes you beg for more.
Those Guys songs tell stories.
Never at a loss for words, Besley makes this comment about their
song "Cuervo Serenade". "It doesn't say anything
about Cuervo in it buy Cuervo had a whole lot to do about writing
it." Besley has never been more expressive in his vocals than
in this number.
"Come on Walt, I'm sad."
Walt Kulwicki makes that guitar cry, before he reverts back to
chords, soft and steady, then picks up the tempo. There is a lot
more vocal harmony on this CD. Dave, Walt and Chris chime in and
it's a great addition to the song. The fact they were recorded
live, you can hear the applause and cheers from the crowd.
"The crowd definitely drive me," says Kulwicki.
"I'd rather play for 20 people who care than 20,000 that
Kulwicki, a founding member of
Those Guys, especially enjoys harmonizing during the band's
performances. "I like the way we play as a duo acoustic, as a
trio, and as a quartet acoustic, but also electric too," he
said. "It's like playing in two or three different
Drummer Woody Pernell really gets
it going in "Salisbury Hill" which is dedicated to
Walt's wife Jill. Chris McVey actually croons in "What is and What Should
I have every one of their CDs
because I love Those Guys. Their music is honest and makes me feel
I do want to make a comparison
between "Missin' You" acoustic compared to electric.
Electric is dreamier, not as much guitar lead in. Dave, on vocals,
is more expressive, going right for the punch line, after a few
short introductory bars. The instrumental part comes after that
with more rhythm guitar than the acoustic version.
Dave gets to play mandolin in
"Fernando." They're not a "hey, hey" band,
according to Dave, but in "Fernando" they make an
exception. This on is sheer fun with a south of the border beat
and the guys shouting "Hey."
Party down with the music of Those
Guys at L and M in Cedar Key August 2 and 3. They will be at the
Sunset Grille in St. Augustine Beach on Sunday, August 4 from 3
p.m. to 7 p.m. You passed the audition, guys! Check their website
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- ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. —
Sometimes, on the road, things get complicated.
- On the night of Feb. 1, two
friends and I drove to Flagler Beach, Fla., to see Those Guys,
a popular local band that was scheduled to be playing in a
nightspot known as Caribbean Sin. Among the first things we
noticed as we were being seated was that our friends Dave
Besley and Walt Kulwicki did not seem to be the two men
playing guitars on stage.
- When the waitress brought us our
menus, I asked, "Where are Those Guys?"
- "On the bandstand,"
she said, checking my eyes for signs of blindness.
- "No, no," I said,
realizing her confusion. "The band Those Guys. Those guys
on the stage are not the band Those Guys."
- "Hold on," she said.
"Be right back."
- Down a hallway, at the door to
the kitchen, I could see the waitress discussing something
with her manager.
- "Those Guys," she
said, "are waiting for you in the gazebo out front."
- "The band Those Guys?"
- Sure enough, they were. What had
happened was that the band had showed up at Caribbean Sin only
to discover that the manager had booked two groups for the
night. The band paid Those Guys a partial stipend not to play,
but Walt Kulwicki, the lead guitarist, knew I had been
planning to be there, so they waited out front to explain.
Somehow, though, we had slipped through the side door without
- The next two hours, in which we
traded sportswriters’ stories for band members’ stories,
may have been more enjoyable than it would have been actually
to see the band perform. Dave told a story about a big Indian
in Wyoming or somewhere thereabouts (New Mexico, Idaho,
Cramerton) who wanted to whip his tail one time when he was
playing in a country-and-western band. Jimmy Mac, my
sportswriting friend, told that old standard about how his
boyhood friend, Tootie Boy, tried to pay him (Jimmy Mac) to
shoot him (Tootie Boy) one time back home in Clio, S.C. We all
laughed and vowed to get back together sometime, then we made
our lonely ways back home, vowing to return to see Those Guys
again before Daytona Speedweeks was over.
- So we did, only this time we had
to drive 30 miles farther up the coast to St. Augustine, where
Those Guys would actually be playing, not talking about
playing, at a restaurant in town.
- So, on Thursday night, after the
rigors of covering the Gatorade Twin 125s, back up I-95 we
went, this time without Jimmy Mac. We picked up another
colleague, though, and arrived in St. Augustine having no idea
where we were going.
- I knew the restaurant had the
word "creek" in the title: Creekside, Creekfront,
Cripple Creek, Goose Creek (Ironically, "Goose
Creek" is one of Those Guys’ signature songs) or
something. We rode up and down Highway A-1-A and drove right
by two restaurant/bars, Oasis and Sunset Grille, where we had
seen the band in the past.
- Finally, we stopped in a
convenience store and asked the guy behind the counter, who
was miraculously not from Bangladesh, if he had ever heard of
a restaurant named "Creek-something." Not as
miraculously, he hadn’t. He did have a phone book, though,
and eventually we discovered that St. Augustine — not St.
Augustine Beach — did have an establishment known as the
Creekside Inn. After a quick cell-phone call, we were en route
in no time.
- It was all well worth the wait.
We happened upon the Creekside Inn’s outside music deck for
perhaps the year’s first truly authentic version of the
Florida "starry, starry night," with temperatures in
the 70s and a cool beach breeze wafting through the trees
- The place was fairly crowded
when we arrived — Dave and Walt waved as we walked in —
but after the band’s final break, most of the spectators
cleared out. About all that were left were three
sportswriters, two from the Carolinas and one from Tennessee,
and two couples who had attended Flagler College 12 years
earlier and seen Those Guys in its infancy.
- They sang their own songs — my
first request was the aforementioned "Goose Creek"
— and covered two others by Townes Van Zandt, partly because
Dave and Walt knew what a fan I was of the late Texas
- Service after the sale, I guess.
- If you’d like to hear more
about Those Guys and their music, go to the band’s Web site
- Monte Dutton covers NASCAR and
other sports for The Gazette. He can be reached via e-mail at:
- Best *LIVE* Performance in
- The Zydeco Show! WFCF 88.5 FM
Hope you all had a great New Year. We would like to announce
our winner of the best *LIVE* performance on the show in the
- The winner is: ( THOSE GUYS! ).
Congratulation guys for a job well done on the show!. For all
of you that have not heard Those Guys please check out their
webpage for concert information & ordering cd's at (
www.thoseguys.com ). They will have a *NEW* studio cd &
*new* live cd out very soon. We hope to have them on the show
in 2001 when the *NEW* cd's are released. They have 2 cd's out
now that are a must have in your collection!. Those Guys also
have a *NEW* recording studio open called ( Eclipes Studios )
if you would like to record a cd. They do it all right there.
Please contact the guys for more infomation on the recording
studio at: email@example.com
Well talk to you all soon,Rob & Rebekah
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- Those Guys II
- Tampazine Magazine • Dec.
Those Guys definitely know what’s up. This southern rock
band, from St. Augustine Florida, jams with there latest
release, adamantly titled II. The album is nourished with
mellow harmonies and downright awesome guitar work. The guitar
solo by Walt Kulwicki on "Fernando" is just about
the best I have ever heard on acoustic guitar. While this
album is mainly southern rock, the guys also have tracks that
are hillbilly and calypso. And of course, they don’t leave
out the mellow tunes you can dance with your cowgirl to. Check
Those Guys out on Last Resort Records.
-by Mike Costello
One Of Those Guys
By PETER GUINTA • Staff Writer
- St. Augustine Record •
Those Guys II — CD #2 Review
August 14, 1999 • By Carol
Those Guys, Dave Besley, Walt
Kulwicki, and Shelton Irwin, and company have put together yet
another winning CD called Those Guys II. Dave is on guitar,
bass and mandolin; Walt and Shelton play guitar and all three
contribute vocals. Michael Howard adds even more guitar and
vocals and Chris McVey plays bass. John McGee is the power
behind drums and percussion.
Those Guys are a St. Augustine
based band with gigs to the south at the L&M bar in Cedar Key
and north to the Wind Rose Cafe in Tybee Island, GA. They
also play in St. Augustine, places like Oasis, Sunset Grille,
Scarlett O'Haras and at Monkey's Uncle in Jacksonville Beach. The
boys play a mix of Southern rock, blues, country and even a little
island music from the 70s, 80s and 90s.
They have jammed with Artimus Pyle
as well as Bo Diddley, Charlie Hargrett and Dave Hlubek. You
will hear them play the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Little Feat. The
boys did a pop rock show in St. Augustine Beach a few years back
with .38 Special. You can also hear them at festivals.
The opening number, Dark Haired
Lady, comes out strong and powerful using those guitars to
their full potential. Dance With Me starts out soft
and melodious as a high string solo accompanied by bass, then
swings into full strum and beat accompanied by two part harmony
and returns to a soft finish.
The ballad, Ain't Life a Mess,
offers exciting shifts in tempo with baritone/alto background for
contrast. The tune is one of those that stays with you. Fernando
is pure fun. Instrumental pitch is above middle C, using
mandolin and percussion creating island music that ends with a
shout "Hey!". When I Fall has a slow and
steady bass with "I Fall Forever" repeat refrain.
Those Guys rock with Me & My
Guitar. The guitar vibrates in a power packed solo. The
music keeps going with traveling music "...in my shiny Texas
Cadillac". Raised in the City has a touch of
country with a catchy instrumental repeat refrain and a song to
slow dance by.
Do What You Think Is Right
has great vocal harmony with an octave stretch. It's a
cruising song that keeps a steady beat. It suggests wide open
country with harmonica and easy-going "Black Hills of
Dakota" lyrics go alongside clear notes. I Want To
Stay Here follows with soprano melody on harmonica.
Making headway and traveling at a
good clip down the highway in the final song Change Is On The
Way with awesome finger pickin' guitar solo and
Check out their web site at www.thoseguys.com
and The First Coast Entertainer for their band schedule.
- Those Guys — CD #1 Review
- Jam Magazine • June 5-18,
"Here is a record that could hold it's own against the
resources of any major brand label record in it's category. Those
Guys works up from a country foundation and decorates its
evolution with shades of rock and soul roots. The elements of
country eliminated are of the annoying shooting gallery, beer
The best and the worst of the
album is demonstrated by the "Missin You" track. The
melancholy number recalls the ballads of hurt that made the late
70s music scene valuable. It could easily become a crossover radio
staple given the right push. The downside is that at 2:48, it's a
bit short for a song with this much emotion.
Overall, it's a record that
appeals to a lot of people. Even the hardest of the hard to please
just might find something to like about Those Guys."
- Contact: Those Guys
- P.O. Box 840111
- St. Augustine, Florida 32084
-Adrian Gregory Glover
Florida's Music Magazine