SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S KILLER ROCK BAND
Eddie Jacobs was first influenced in music at the age of 6 by The Beatles. When he became a teenager and was shopping with his mother he was in the record department and saw KISS Alive double album and that is when he decided he wanted to play music! He grew up in a small town in California called Ridgecrest. In 1978 a couple of friends in High School approached him and asked if he wanted to start a band called SPEEDWAY which later changed to BluEarth. He had no idea how to play an instrument. The Lead guitarist showed him the basic bar chords on the guitar and after that he bought a book on finger chords and taught himself how to play. The band wrote and performed all original music. The band lasted from 1978 to 1983.
In 1983 to 1984 he was in a few bands (Metal Rage, Rukus and Iron Skull) where he played bass and sang vocals. In 1984 he joined a group of younger guys in a band called DEFENDER who wanted him to sing for them. DEFENDER, which later changed to NAWTY ROXX, quickly wrote a lot of original material and started playing the L.A. club scene in rock clubs like The Troubadour, Gazzari’s, The Roxy, and the Whiskey a Go Go in West Hollywood. Eddie’s vocals are a high energy tenor range and influenced by Motley Crue’s Frontman Vince Neil. NAWTY ROXX opened for CBS recording artist WARRANT down in San Pedro, CA. You can still see some videos of Eddie in action with NAWTY ROXX back in the 80’s on YouTube.
Eddie took an 18 year absence from playing in bands until 2012 when he met Merrill Woods to start a high energy band called PREVALENT. The band disbanded in 2013. Eddie decided to resurrect PREVALENT in 2015 with original bassist Dave Salisbury and some new players and the band lasted till January 2017. Now, Eddie is back with original guitarist Merrill Woods with SOLOMAN GRUNDY and are ready to melting faces with some high energy Rock and Roll!!
Eddie plays a Jackson Dinky JS22 guitar, Gibson Gold top Les Paul, Kramer and Korg M1 Keyboard on stage.
Carl Baker was told as early as the fourth grade, by his elementary school band teacher, that he would never be a musician if he moved away and gave up the clarinet. Nonetheless, three years later his musical career truly began when his father gave him a second-hand Sears Silvertone guitar with a tiny amplifier built into the case. This sparked a lifelong passion for music and performance.
While the electric guitar sparked his musical career, Carl spent his his first 15 years as a bass player in various incarnations of bands through junior high, high school and college.
In his late 20s Carl again picked up the guitar and learned to play.
He has since performed as both a lead and rhythm guitar player with various bands in several genres, touring Northern and Southern California and Arizona.
Aside from playing the guitar, Carl enjoys riding his 2015 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited Low as a member of the Palm Springs HOG chapter.
One of the oldest arguments in the history of psychology is the “Nature vs Nurture” debate. Each of these sides have good points that it's really hard to decide whether a person's development is predisposed in his DNA, or a majority of it is influenced by this life experiences and his environment. Michael Carter has provided scientist a solid answer on his development in music. The answer is BOTH !!! Michael comes from a long lineage of musicians. Music has always been in his family. To say the least, music truly is encoded in Michaels DNA.
Michael grew up in Norwalk California. From the age of 7 he had a natural ability to sit behind a drum set and play the basic 4/4 beat on a drum set with no formal training in music. At the beginning of high school, at the age of 13 Michael’s mother bought him his first drum. The rest is history…
Norwalk, California is a town rich with local talent. Michael played in a band with his friends, would attend shows of his friend’s bands and was also in the high school marching band. Music was his life.
At the age of 19 Michael embarked on a military career. He may have left home, but he never left music. At one duty station, in a very small town in Arizona, Michael played in two very successful cover bands (SMuDGe & Metal Shop).
After leaving the military, Michael settled back down in Southern California. A 20 year lapse in music occurred due to family, career and college. But music has always remained his first love. Fate would call when he saw an ad scheduling auditions for a drummer. Michael pulled up his big boy pants and auditioned for Soloman Grundy. Look out world because here I am !!!
When not working or playing music, Michael can be found with his wife and daughter camping at the dunes or wakeboarding at the river.
Todd’s bass journey began in junior high when he found an old upright acoustic bass in a dusty storage room just begging to be played. An electric bass came soon after and he immediately started creating music with neighborhood friends. Through high school, Todd played in several rock, R & B and jazz bands.
After high school, Todd bounced around with a couple semi-pro bands before co-founding the original alt rock band, the Amateurs. The Amateurs performed at every Inland Empire haunt they could find, sometimes opening shows for national acts and hosting epic outdoor music parties with other local bands.
Todd has since worked extensively with original local band, Art Gone Wrong, as well as other regional bands, including 442, Zeroland and Box of Rain. If you’re coming to a rock show, Todd believes you should expect to have a great time! He hates to stand still and wants nothing more than to see you having a blast and rockin’ your asses off!
The Founder, and one of the TWO Guitarist in SOLOMAN GRUNDY, Merrill brings a SOLID Lead & Rhythm Guitar style to this Band. He has a Commanding Stage Presence, and is a consummate showman on stage.........and off!!
Although Merrill was born on planet Mars, he was raised in Florida - with music, girls, music and, uhhh... and ... girls as his focus. Merrill bought his first Ibanez Iceman in 1978, and his first Les Paul Custom in 1980. He has been a Les Paul fanatic for the last 30 plus years - He usually plays his Silver Sparkle Top Les Paul Custom - or his ONE of a KIND Ibanez Destroyer Merrill Woods Model......
Even though he has a career in aviation, MUSIC is his true passion and the STAGE is what he calls home.
Playing in many different bands in the last 30 years from JACKSONVILLE, FL to HOLLYWOOD, CA - he left a band he started in Jacksonville, FL called
ZERO-N and moved to California in 2011. As the founding member and Lead Guitarist - be sure to catch him live as he plays his role in SOLOMAN GRUNDY!