By the time I was 15, in 1970 the Hippie thing was in full swing, which was perfect for me because my second hand clothes and failure to make it to the barbershop were automatically in style. 1970 through 1976 took me through a variety of mostly three-piece Rock n’ Roll bands and some nightclubs where murder, mayhem, mischief, debauchery and record-breaking alcohol and drug consumption were the norm. If I had a dollar for every time I survived a murder attempt, I would have about five bucks.
My tenure with the dynamic and enthusiastic Champion Band (1976 through 1981) was the wildest ride of my life. As a matter of fact, it was so much fun that it sent me into retirement and back to finding secluded places to re-learn how to play. The 100 or so tunes I have written and recorded since then are a testament instrumentally and vocally to all of the events of my life.
Seriously, I was written up in Guitar magazine in 1993 and was one of 21 guitarists world wide to be featured in "notes on call" in Guitar Player, Guitar World, Guitar and all the majors. Played with Robin Trower at The Vogue theater in Indianapolis all during the early to mid 90s.
Was voted one of the 5 best guitarists on MP3.com when it existed in the late 90s to 2001 and appeared on the accompanying CD appropriately titled "The Gunslingers of MP3.com" with a cool wild west looking cover. Man those other 4 guys were great too, Harvey Mandel, the Daddy of psychedelic guitar was one of them.
I was co-winner of a Billboard Annual Song Writing award, Honorable Mention Certificate with a dynamite singer and lyricist named Annie Lyon. I'm still alive and well and playing and writing better than ever in my opinion. The original band is in its infancy but will be something to behold when you come to see us.
I look forward to it.
Loren "Lo' Woods
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