"Rick Beerhorst, A Little Piece of the Pie, started years ago with Rick Devon, this project assembles some of Grand Rapids’ finest musicians for a folky, psychedelic indie-rock feast filled with compelling lyrical twists. The CD-release show with the ever-creative Beerhorst and his new band, The Wealthy Street Orphans, is Sept. 22 at The Pyramid Scheme. "
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This was the little snippet from John Sinkevics in our local newspaper last week regarding the new CD and the upcoming release at The Pyramid Scheme. I want to take the time today to thank my good friends that contributed to the CD project, A Little Piece of the Pie. (You can read a more extensive revue here.)
Rick Devon who acted as the producer and engineer is a very talented musician himself who fronted the band Fiction Switch. He is also the creative nucleus of Greymatter Group, a premier design firm in Grand Rapids MI. Rick also plays various instruments on several of the tracks. Rick designed the packaging as well.
Seth Thompson supplies the tasty electric guitar riffs and undercarriage on such tracks as Nursery Rhyme and Devil's a Liar. Seth is a number of his own CD projects behind him moved to Grand Rapids from Chicago. He is also a professional photographer.
DJ Viernes is the current drummer for The Wealthy Orphans and plays drums on several of the CD tracks. He is also supplies that great laugh at the end of Sister Mary Wears a Golden Chain track #9. DJ is the owner of Hybrid Media. Did I mention he is also a professional rock climber?
Hugo Claudin is our drummer in-waiting who supplies the beat on Never Kissed a Girl and the hidden track. I have known Hugo for years now. As a musician, play-write and figurative painter, he continues to be a robust contributer to the creative scene here in the city.
Michael Schaeffer is the accordion player for The Wealthy Orphans and he helps bring out our inner gypsy. He plays on tracks #1, 6 and 9. Michael is also a very successful visual artist who has shown with Lafontsee Gallery for many years.
Adam Thompson (soul brothers yes but not officialy related to Seth) is the bass player in The Wealthy Orphans and contributes the lower end on several of the tracks. I find myself leaning on Adam a lot for compositional direction because he can always be counted on for a clarifying insights through the muddy waters of collaboration.
Karisa Wilson is a powerful singer songwriter and multinstramentlist who contributes fiddle on Lay Me Down track #10 and vocals for She's a Natural Disaster. I really like working with Karisa when ever the opportunity arises because she's inspiring to be around. Karisa also contributes a regular column for Revue music magazine.
Brad Hartnes plays stand up bass on a number of the earlier recorded tracks on the CD when we first started the project in 2007. I have a long history of playing with Brad over the years back to the days of our trio Solid Geometry
Lauren Bittenger brought in backing vocals and toy piano on the hidden track #12. Lauren has lent her talents to many different bands around West MI over the years. She always brings great creative depth and warmth to what ever project she steps into. She currently plays acordion with Dave Molinari's band Creolization.
Jordan Adema once a local DJ with our local alternative radio station WYCE has since relocated to Ann Arbor MI. Jordan plays the hot fiddle part on Time of Your Life, track #11. I've known Jordan since he was a little boy and I always sensed he was on a unique artistic trajectory.
We meant to have our CD release at Founders back in May but the CD didn't get to us in time for that show so we are looking towards the Pyramid Scheme as the official release show. We will be sharing the night with Creolization and Petals Rang The Bell. Doors open at 7:30 and tickets are $5 at the door.