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      The Workingmans Band was formed after bassist Rick Maida met Tom Yates in 2006 at the Acton Jazz Cafe blues jam sessions where Tom played guitar with the host band. They began performing as a duo hosting an open mic night exploring their common musical repertoire ranging from the 1960's rock,... read more
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      The Workingmans Band was formed after bassist Rick Maida met Tom Yates in 2006 at the Acton Jazz Cafe blues jam sessions where Tom played guitar with the host band. They began performing as a duo hosting an open mic night exploring their common musical repertoire ranging from the 1960's rock, pop, country and blues. Drummer Mike Avery, who also performs with the Rick in the Workingman's Jazz Band, was invited to the rock group. They had a steady house gig at the Colonial Inn of Concord MA until 2013 and now perform the club scene in the Boston area.

      Tom Yates was born in Houston, Texas and now makes his home in Stow, MA. After studying guitar and piano at the Berklee College of Music he dropped out to play top 40 music. He played on numerous Boston-area recording sessions, including projects with Ric Ocasek, Ben Orr and Greg Hawkes (THE CARS), Warren Leslie, Sam Houston Andrews (Big Brother And The Holding Company), and many others. After touring with the ESTES BOYS in the '70's, Tom played with FAIR, YATES AND BETSCHART, a trio performing an eclectic mix of pop, folk and art rock music to standing-room only crowds. He won the Guitar Center's 2007 King of the Blues competition in Northeast Region. Recently he has performed with saxophonist Charles Neville of the legendary Neville Brothers Band and New Orleans vocalist Henri Smith in a great New Orleans rhythm & blues group. Tom was the lead guitarist and vocalist with the Paisley Project, a 60's & 70's pop, psychedelic rock, and Motown band. In his collection of over 25 vintage and custom guitars Tom selects a '63 Strat and a '68 Les Paul Custom as his favorites. Tom gets inspiration from the work of Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Danny Gatton, Lenny Breau, Johnny Winter, Buckethead, Eric Clapton, David Lyndley, Les Paul, Peter Green, and Chet Atkins.

      Bassist Rick Maida of Maynard MA has brought together local musicians in various contexts over the past 30 years to offer music "for the people and by the people." As a music promoter, he organized community concerts and established live music nights at several MetroWest area venues. As a performer, his musical experience spans 45 years in bands covering diverse styles of folk, rock, jazz and blues in venues ranging from school dances to night clubs and regional festivals. Rick aims to connect creative musicians and listeners with good-time groovin' music that combines easy listening with lively entertainment. He formed the Workingman's Jazz Band in the 1980's which features performers drawn from a roster of talented Boston area musicians and a wide repertoire of classic swing, bop, blues, jazz standards and improvised music. His band held a residency at Concord's Colonial Inn for twenty years where he hosted such renown performers as New Orleans saxophonist Charles Neville of the legendary Neville Brothers Band, blues harmonica player Professor Harp, vocalist Nicole Nelson, and vocalist Toni Lynn Washington. Rick plays both upright bass and a vintage Fender Jazz Bass. His new project is an annual tribute concert to celebrate the Woodstock Festival.

      Drummer Michael Avery began his musical career simply enough in the mid-sixties with a drum set and a dream of a professíon playing Blues and Jazz. Adding focus, attitude, and hard work, he put together a life in music that allowed him to grow and mature as a player, and at the same time, explore the many facets of American Roots music. His performance credits include such legends as Chuck Berry, Big Mama Thornton, Big Walter Horton, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. His experience and sensitivity have led him to apply his abilities in a myriad of musical situations that include motion picture soundtracks, symphony orchestras, small groups and solo dance accompaniment. His clear fresh approach to the instrument, impeccable good taste, and winning attitude are hallmarks of his artistry and commitment. Throughout four decades as a professional musician, he has always found time to pursue his first love, the music that he grew up with - the Blues and Jazz of the fifties and early sixties.

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