The musical collaboration now known as Garden Gnomes started in the later part of 2004. Steve Felkins and Darrell Wildt began playing music together for the sake of playing music. Steve Felkins is the former drummer of Madverb, a band that was based out of Stockton, CA. Madverb did earn local radio play during the late 90s. Darrell Wildt, who is also experienced in previous music endeavors-such as Peach Fuzz and Barry Mahoggenya-both bands were based out of Modesto, CA. Peach Fuzz, who some categorized their style as POST-PUNK-POWER-POP was in the final mixes of their first CD when the band closed for business. In the early part of 2005, Kevin Wilson joined the line-up of musicians, and blessed the bands with his own unique writing style and knowledge of classical guitar. The icing on the cake, Charles Canada began jamming with the G-Gnomes in January 2006. Musically speaking, Charles is a very busy man. Not only is Charles an active member of the Garden Gnomes, he is also an active member in two other local Cover-song based bands. As for music style and influence, "rock" best describes the sound of the Garden Gnomes, in order to keep the description simple. If a person would like more detail on the influences in order to understand what they expect from a Garden Gnomes performance, here is a semi-short list of influences (in no particular order): Led Zeppelin Rolling Stones Pearl Jam Pink Floyd Violent Femmes Johnny Cash Rush Kiss 50s rock in general Iron Maiden Cheap Trick 60s rock in general Metallica Pearl Jam Black Sabbath Alice in Chains Tomahawk Faith No More Allman Brothers Sparkle Horse The Beach Boys Ted Nugent Live Nirvana The Doors Rusted Root The Beatles Tracy Chapman Joan Armatrading The Who Mr. Bungle The Grateful Dead Primus Fantomas In short, the Garden Gnomes style of music is a diverse as the moods experience in life.
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