Jam Chowder is a brotherhood drawn together by an intense love for music across multiple genres bound by a common aesthetic. We take elements of rock, blues, jazz, country, funk, and psychedelia and toss them into one giant melting pot. Then we add some spice, mix it up, bring it all to a slow simmer, and just simply call it Jam Chowder.
In spite of the fact that we lead full and busy lives, we've been able to keep music front and center. Besides music we pursue numerous other passions - motorcycling, boating, photography, automobiles, family, pets, travel, cooking, reading, motorcycles, spending time with our better halves, and making new friends. Hope to count you among them soon if you aren't one already! Check out our individual bios below to get to know the gang befter!
RICK COMES - Vocals
PRIOR BANDS - The Outhouse Boys; The Sandworms; Secondhand Smoke; The Reactions; The Muddy Rudders
INFLUENCES - How much time ya got?
GEAR - 3rd
BEST CONCERT - Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, Crystal Lake Ballroom, 1973
DRINK OF CHOICE - Johnny, Black
WEIRDEST THING I EVER ATE - Let's not go there!
PET PEEVE - Don't DARE block my garage door!
STEVE "FINGERS" LACKEY - Guitar
INSTRUMENT - Guitar
PRIOR BANDS - Roadhouse Rockets, Stonefly, The Sud Brothers, The B-sides, Last Call, Entity, The Experience, Funhole, Tundra, The Trip, Bullfrog, Blue Collar, Slim Hippo
INFLUENCES - Strongest influences have been my past and present bandmates and co-conspirators (you all know who you are so we won't do an Oscar night-worthy listing). Without this collective group of musician friends I've been blessed to know, I would still be playing in front of a mirror imagining I'm Jimi Hendrix. Now I get to do that in front of others - some of whom actually indulge and encourage me. I would be remiss without one special shout out to Tim Barry, a veritable Kevin Bacon of the shoreline music scene. Without Tim I would not have gotten to know so many of the talented mofos from the local scene. So Brother Tim, no one casts a bigger and friendlier shadow than you - many thanks for your musical kinship and generosity.
GEAR - Guitars: Gibson SG Special (vintage 1970), Walnut Gibson ES-335 (vintage 1972), Goldtop Gibson Les Paul ('57 heritage reissue), Black Fender Telecaster Custom (vintage 1975), Fender Telecaster Butterscotch blonde ('52 reissue), Olympic White Fender Stratocaster (vintage 1974), Olympic White Fender Stratocaster (custom shop '60 reissue), Sunburst PRS Custom 24 (1992), Cherry Red Fender Squire 'Esprit' (Robben Ford model); Amps: Fender Super Reverb ('67), Fender Deluxe ('74), Fender Vibroluxe ('79), Gibson Ranger (1965); Leslie ProLine 330; Various effects rotated in and out: Analog Man 'King of Tone', Zen Drive, Wampler Paisley overdrive, Ibanez Tube Screamer TS-9 with Keeley mod, Marshall Guv'nor (made in England), RMC wah-wah, Analog Man Bi-Comprossor, MXR Carbon Copy analog delay, Neo Ventilator II Leslie simulator , TC ELectronics chorus, Electro Harmonix Memory Man delay, Fulltone Deja Vibe 'univibe style', Analog Man Sunface distortion, Flip VT-X tube tremolo, Boss Tremolo with Keeley mod, Electro Harmonix Micro-Pog octave, Trutron 3X Mutron pedal, Boss T-Wah envelope filter (made in Japan), Boss Chorus CE-2 (made in Japan), MXR EVH Phase 90, Fulltone Clyde Deluxe Wah Wah, Way Huge Pork Loin overdrive, Boss DD-6 Digital Delay, MXR DynaComp, Boss Tuners.
BEST CONCERT - Stevie Ray Vaughan at Allen's in Scotia, NY July 24, 1983.
DRINK OF CHOICE - Nice hazy New England IPA
WEIRDEST THING I EVER ATE - My pride
PET PEEVE - Metro North commuters talking loudly on the phone
JOEY "NUMBERS" PECORARO - Percussion
PRIOR BANDS - The Reactions, Secondhand Smoke, Muddy Rudders
INFLUENCES - Influence is like a river. Factors that have affected my boat include music artists such as Jaimo Johanson/Butch Trucks, Mickey Hart/Bill Kreutzman (Dead), Jim Gordon (Derek & the Dominos, Delaney & Bonnie, sessions galore), Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band). The music of Godspell. My wife Donna, son Matthew (guitar), daughter Emily (sax/clarinet/flute), father Joseph Eugene (piano), and my band mates have profoundly impacted my music development over the decades.
GEAR - Too many Gretsch Renown maple kits deployed throughout CT, some Yamaha Custom Shop birch kits, Ludwig composite drums. Enough Zildjian, Sabian and Paiste cymbals to shade Turkey.
BEST CONCERT - CSNY, 1973
WEIRDEST THING I EVER ATE - Most certainly occurred in China
PET PEEVE - out of tune tom toms