Ric Cushenan has been recording and performing since the late 80's. With his band 'Side Step', Ric performed across North East Ohio in venues like Tommy's River Inn and The Wolf at the Door. In 1988 Ric wrote and recorded for SunBay Productions out of Clearwater, Florida. This production company produced classic videos like 'Lotto Fever' and 'Reflections in Time'. Recorded at Clockwerk Sound Studios in Cleveland Ohio these documentaries are a must see for any collector. Influences include Peter Gabriel, The Beatles, Eric Clapton and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Loose Shoes has been performing together since 2002 and has played at a variety of locations like Houck's Restaurant, The Blackjack Grille, Eddies Attic, Jimmy Macs and The Village Corner in Stone Mountain Village. Their new CD, 'LooSe ShoEs-UnTied' has been available since December of 2003. Pam Oreto Cushenan began performing gospel music with her mother and four siblings at the age of three. Nine years later she spent time first with an accapella group, and then moved on to rock, country, blues and folk bands, playing guitar and doing vocals. She made weekly appearances on a televised gospel show in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Over the years, she's performed with many groups, such as The Hombres, Jim Vest and the Nashville Cats, The Blues Maniacs, as well as spent many hours in the studio doing vocals for various artists' demos. Her influences include Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Anne Murray, Kim Hill, Delbert McClinton, Eric Clapton, and Billie Holiday. The LooSe ShoEs Band has been performing together since 2002, and presents an incredibly harmonious styling. Gypsy woman told Niall's momma, before he was born, 'Got a boy child's comin', gonna be a son of a gun.' Subsequent events proved the gypsy at least half right -- Niall arrived on this earthly plane in Brooklyn, New York, during the Eisenhower administration. This era also saw the birth of rock and roll, although most observers say this is mere coincidence. During Niall's formative years, his momma played Marty Robbins' classic LP 'Gunfighter Ballads' -- over and over and over. Some years later, Niall retaliated after he purchased his first LP, Manfred Mann's 'Doo Wah Diddy.' By this time, adolescent Niall was entirely captivated by the extraordinary range of popular music he heard on the radio: the folk explosion, Motown, the California surfin' scene, East Coast greaser rock, and, especially, the British Invasion. Niall began to play the guitar when he turned 12, just as the creative surge in popular music began to boil over. He formed his first band when he was 13, and was soon appearing in garages all around his hometown outside New York City. Throughout his teens, Niall was the lead singer for a variety of bands, covering everything from the hardest acid to softest country rock. At the same time honed his guitar skills as a folk soloist. He plied both trades on stages across the Northeast until he reached his mid-20s. Then came love, then came marriage, then came Niall and a baby carriage. In the hardest decision he'd ever made, Niall put down his guitar and caught the 7:38 to Grand Central Station every morning to provide for his new family. Ah, well. Eventually, the children turned out beautifully. The same could not be said for Niall. Still, Niall persevered. While his children have grown, he has regressed and is now having the time of his life as one-third of Loose Shoes, a band that allows Niall to combine all the musical influences of his life into one big-time sweet sound. Just don't ask him to sing 'El Paso.'
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