The Asphalt Prairie is the place where musicians pay their dues struggling for years on the road. It is also a great new band with a mix of aspiring young musicians and narly older dudes.What they all have in common is that they can really play.AP is primarily a collaboration between Gary Warden and Steve Williams.Gary grew up in the Pacific Northwest spending some time, and a few brain cells, playing in the old Height Ashbury area.Gary can play anything that is not tied down, and he does, from mandolin to Dobro and everything in between.His songs are Heartland Music with stories from across the land.Gary played for years as the frontman for The Dead Drakes, a popular Portland, Or. band.Steve comes from the area of NJ the Soprano's stay out of, Jersey City.His songs are heavily influenced by his background and the fabulous bands that played in that area.Steve played with some of the original members of Blondie as well as several popular bands in the NY/NJ area.Steve is Mr.P Bass and acoustic guitar for Asphalt Prairie.AP has 2 of the best lead guitarists around with 19 year old D-Man aka Darren Williams screaming arpeggio riffs.Darren's 'uncle Joe' is the former lead guitarist of 'Cup Of Joe' and Thulcandra.Joe played the Stone Pony around the same time as Bruce Springstein.One of the finest diversified guiratists anywhere.Rounding out AP are 'The Jazz Guys'.Fast Jimmy Pearce on Hammond organ and acoustic piano and Rockin Rob Albertson on drums.Rob also owns Rare Air Studios in Alpharetta, Ga. And is the bands engineer.These guys are great musicians who bring such texture and diversity to this eclectic band. We hope you like our music it is played from the heart.
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