Local Access with Keith Wilkins
Longtime Tampa Bay music scene veteran, Gary Muchmore, passed away on September 4. Muchmore was a well-respected musician and production manager based out of the Tampa Bay area. One of the rock bands that Muchmore was known for singing with was Messiaxx. Muchmore is the second former Messiaxx band member to pass away within the past year, as Eric Gibson, former Messiaxx guitarist, passed away on October 23, 2015. A memorial concert was held in honor of Muchmore at Quaker Steak and Lube in Clearwater on September 24. Muchmore is survived by his daughters, Angie and Katrina.
Tampa Bay Blues musician and recording studio owner, Earl "The Pearl" Bucko, passed away on September 2 after losing his battle with cancer. Aside from being a well-respected harmonica player and manufacturer, Bucko also owned Sack-O-Woe Recording Studios.
St. Petersburg rock band, Murder The Crow, debuted their new bass player, Lance Balch, at the “2016 Rock Solid Pressure Industry Showcase” which took place at the State Theatre on September 24. Prior to joining Murder The Crow, Balch was the guitarist in such bands as Decepcion, Black Rose, and the Luv Dogz. Formed in 2015, Murder The Crow consists of Pat Parry (guitar), Lance Balch (bass), Sven Couture (drums), and Tyler Luce (vocals).
Tampa Bay power-pop group, Four Star Riot, released their new album, “Waves,” last month on September 2. The band celebrated the release of their new album by holding a CD Release Party at the Dunedin Brewery on September 17. Four Star Riot consists of Steve Alex (vocals/guitar), Mike Chilton (drums/vocals), Aaron Akers (bass/vocals), and Finn Walling (guitar/vocals).
Tampa death metal band, Led By Serpents, will release their debut album, “Karmic Execution,” on October 1.
Tampa Bay rock band, 4Ever Endeavour, are currently recording their debut album, which is planned for a 2017 release.
Tampa Bay singer/songwriter, Erica DiCeglie, is currently in the studio working on new material.
Other area bands and artists currently in the studio working on new material/albums include Kenny McGee’s Machine (Tampa), Sunshine & Bullets, Amber Lynn Nicol (St.Petersburg), and Maybe If You Hit It (Orlando).
THIS MONTH IN TAMPA BAY MUSIC HISTORY:
51 years ago in October, 1965, Tampa band, The Tropics, released their single, "I Want More" on Knight Records. The single eventually became a #1 hit song locally.
25 years ago on October 4th, 1991, Savatage released their album, "Streets, A Rock Opera," on Atlantic Records.
23 years ago on October 17th, 1993, Savatage guitarist and founding member, Criss Oliva, died after a drunk driver collided head-on with Oliva’s 1982 Mazda RX-7 while traveling northbound on Highway 301 in Zephyrhills. The drunk driver, who had seven prior DUI convictions, survived with minor injuries and was later found guilty of DUI manslaughter, DUI serious injury, and vehicular homicide. He would eventually serve only 18 months of his five year sentence in prison.