mEET THE BAND
Dave Helman, Bass
wears many hats and is lovingly called
born in West Virginia at an early age and grew
thought he was upstairs sleeping when in
eventually met his radio mentor Lee Moore and
the show one Sunday afternoon he was able
Dave has been
instrumental in the promotion of the
The bass is
his instrument and he has played with several
Ron Jackson, a retired life insurance executive and Lt. Col. in the USAF/ANG,honed his love of country music on Hank Williams,
The Louvin Brothers, Carl Smith, Webb Pierce, Faron Young,
Ernest Tubb, and so many others.
However, the biggest
influence to shape his country music
In his retirement
years, he thanks his wife. Gail for allowing
Peter Mc Lean lives in Worthington, Massachusetts. He is a Fine Artist and Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts from the Hartford Art School at The University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut. His work has been exhibited in Regional, National and International Shows in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking.
His work has been included in many competitive National Shows as well as in Group and Solo Collegiate Exhibitions. Mr. Mc Lean is an accomplished musician on Dobro, Pedal Steel and Lap Steel Guitars.
He began playing Hawaiian Guitar in 1945. His training began at the Pizzatola Music Studios in Holyoke. Massachusetts in 1945-1952. During the 1950's he organized a dance band, playing in a variety of venues in Western Massachusetts.
While in the U.S.Army in Germany during 1956-1959, he played professionally with Country/Western and Rock Band as a lead guitarist.
These include, "Smokey Paul and the Ranch House Boys" and with Vaughn Meader, (JFK Impersonator 1960's), in a Rockabilly-Country Band in the Heidleburg and Manheim Germany areas during 1958-1959.
During the 1970-1980 he played with Wild Turkey (Country Rock) and Sugarbush (Bluegrass), two Hilltown Bands. In more recent years, he has been involved with Bluegrass and Blues Bands. He plays with his friend and guitarist, Michael Ingram from West Hartford, Connecticut.
They have played at Coffee Houses and at Open Mikes in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Most recently they played at the Helsinki Lounge in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Currently, Peter plays the Dobro for "Old Country Road", a regional Western Massachusetts Bluegrass Band.
Pilachowski, Flat Picking Guitar
Dan Pilachowski was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, a hotbed of bluegrass music in the 60ís and 70ís. He became familiar with the music when he got a hold of a guitar at age twelve.
One of his mentors was the late Pudge Warfield, a noted lead guitarist from Martinsburg, WVA. Attending bluegrass festivals in Berryville, VA and Indian Springs, MD helped to hone his skills on the guitar and in bluegrass music in general. In 1980 Dan moved to South Hadley, Massachusetts and one weekend he attended the One Day In May Bluegrass Festival in Granby at Dufresne Recreation Area.
There he met and befriended Dave Helman, the festival organizer and fellow Marylander.
Later Dan became one of the founding members of the East Mountain Ramblers along with Dave and his son Daniel. He has played in several other groups including the Good Samaritan Singers. He is also a sought after lead and rhythm guitar player at any area jam session.
|Mark Leveille, Mandolin and vocals|