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Psychedelic School Bus by the Seeing Eye Band

I am super excited to announce the worldwide release of our Jr. high/high school band’s first studio album, Seeing Eye Band – Psychedelic School Bus.  Featuring Oak Hill Jr. high alumni, Greg Beaver, Jeramy Lamanno, Jason Peeler and myself, we were a pretty tight and funky original band even if I had only been playing guitar for about six months.

The Seeing Eye band was the third incarnation of this line up.  We originally started out as the heavy metal band Armageddon with additional members, John Dockery and Jason Spake (and the rest of us playing completely different instruments) and then evolved into the Silver Plated Sixshooters.  This change happened when I decided to retire from drumming to play guitar after opening for The Past (before they became Copperhead) at the Western Peidmont 4th of July fireworks and witnessing the awesome power of Neil Carswell’s vocals and John Byrd’s guitar.  Seeing Darryl Corley pick and sing at Oak Hill was also a big inspiration for me to switch, as well as my burgeoning obsession with Neil Young and Uriah Heep.

What is really awesome is that 26 years later we are all still playing music!  That’s a testament the strong music scene that Morganton has.

This album was originally named the Seeing Eye Band Vol. 1, but I have remixed it and changed the order of the songs to reflect our super funky sound and figured after collaborating with my Mealtime Brown colleague, Jeramy Lamanno that Psychedelic School Bus was more fitting for this release.

Psychedelic School Bus was always a crowd favorite.  Greg’s bass on it (and the whole album) is awesome and Jeramy’s drums are super tight.  Add my affinity for the wah wah pedal and you’ve got yourself a psychedelic freak out.

The album was recorded at Fred Rumfelt’s legendary studio in Marion, NC.  He was a great man.

Thanks for listening!!  More songs to come and there will be a page on this site that will have all the songs together in a few days.  The album is available on iTunes, amazon etc., although cdbaby.com is our preferred site for folks to buy.

The Seeing Eye Band - Psychedelic School Bus cover.

Click here to listen on iTunes



Carolina Moon (song of the day)

It’s summer time and it reminds me of those times sitting on the dock (usually tresspassing) at Lake James and staring at the reflection of the moon on the lake.   I actually wrote this song then, although it was called ‘Mississippi Moon’ for years until I came to my senses.    And I wrote it in a dream almost entirely and woke up and wrote it all down.   Seventeen years later it finally makes its debut on my ‘Carolina Songs’ album.  Hear all of ‘Carolina Songs’ here.

August 17th “High School Before the Attitude”

I don’t know where this one came from.  Probably sitting in too much traffic in too many states the last couple of days.  Or running into old high school friends that look completely different now.  Especially guys that have literally put on seventy p0unds of muscle since their scrawny school days.  And if there was a category for sloppy heavy metal, this would be it.

May 30 “Love Rockets Over the Red Sea”

Our show at Pinehurst last night turned out to be a blast.  We had some issues getting there and getting home but we made it safe and sound at least.   Playing wedding gigs is always a lot of fun because it’s such a joyous occasion.   I played mandolin on about ten songs which I haven’t done in years.   Pinewild Country Club looked pretty nice and I’ve heard that it’s a good track as well.

Today’s song  is based on an old song I wrote when I was a governer’s page in Raleigh one week back in high school.  I remember spending most of my time reading Frank Zappa’s autobiography.