(L to R) Mike "Sgrigy" Sgrignoli - weird drums and vocals; Ric "Rhino Boy" Stehman - bass guitar and vocals;
Mike "Hessington" Hess - acoustic guitar, vocals
Ric "Rhino-Boy" Stehman (on the right) decided he wanted to rekindle the magic that was created when he played bass guitar in The Swingin' Daddys with drummer Mike "Sgrigy" Sgrignoli (on the left) back in the 1990's. And since he was already working with guitarist Mike "Hessington" Hess (center) in The Corn Wallace Band, he asked Hessy if he'd like to strum his acoustic and complete the trio.
So that's the short story. For the loooog story, just attend a gig and get it straight from us.
A Go-To Guys show is literally never the same twice. We kinda like that about this band. You see, we're constantly tossing out new musical ideas and (to be quite candid) we tend to enjoy the look of disbelief on the faces in the crowd as we jump into a song that they recognize and love...but haven't heard in 30 years. Tom Jones and Pink Floyd? You get the idea...
To give GTG an even more unique sound, Hessington plays acoustic guitar all night long while Sgrigy stands up and plays those sparkly drums.
Right from the start, GTG decided that we wanted to perform the coolest songs that we all remembered...but we rarely (if ever) heard a band play. So we've carefully compiled a repertoire of material from the 60's to the 80's (with an occasional dip into the 50's and 90's) that's designed to have folks sit up, pay attention and get into it.
Judging by the reaction of the crowds and those hangin' at the bar, we appear to be on the right track.
We invite you to join us at our next musical recital.
We were hanging with some friends (old and new) in New Cumberland, PA recently - encouraging them to participate. And (with a little encouragement from Hessy) they did.
A fabulous song originally recorded by Big Joe Turner -- also became a monster hit for Bill Haley and the Comets. Even Elvis contributed a version.
During our premiere performance at The Brewhouse Grille in Camp Hill, PA we decided to unleash our version of this Grand Funk Railroad classic.
Hessy takes the reigns on this Dobie Gray standard at Duke's Bar & Grille in Hershey, PA.
We understand this song also had a regular slot in Bon Jovi's live show. Hmph.
GTG loves to grab a song and mess with it's head. So here's our take on this Mac Davis gem.
We heard that ol' Mac used to take some heat at his live shows by women who, let's say, did not exactly appreciate the sentiment of the lyrics. His side of the story is that his record company wanted his songs to contain more musical "hooks" so he picked up his guitar and started strumming and singing what would eventually become the chorus.
Can we all just lighten up?