SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S KILLER ROCK BAND
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 Guitarists 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!
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 the 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 '80s 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 until January 2017. Now, Eddie is back with original guitarist Merrill Woods with SOLOMAN GRUNDY and ready to melt 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.
Greg grew up in SoCal playing drums, guitar and piano through his high school years, finally getting into jazz band where he first played with another young bassist, Todd McMeans.
His musical influences are highly eclectic, ranging from The Beatles to Miles Davis to Rush. Drumming has been his passion since shortly after he could walk.
Greg studied with Rick Steed here in the early '80s. He left CA in the late 80's to pursue playing music with his family, for which he eventually garnered a Grammy nomination in 2009.
Greg holds a bachelor's degree in jazz performance and a master's degree in music education from the University of The Arts in Philadelphia. He returned to SoCal in 2017 where he soon crossed paths with Todd, and became the newest member of SOLOMAN GRUNDY shortly after that!!
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.
Carl plays a Gibson Les Paul Standard, Fender Lonestar Strat, a Fender American Strat, a Gibson Marauder, Fender American Telecaster and an Epiphone SG double-neck.
Aside from playing the guitar, Carl enjoys riding his 2015 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited Low as a member of the Palm Springs HOG chapter.
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