Rob's long term dream has been the creation of a Pink Floyd tribute band. Rob began playing guitar in earnest following a short yet spectacularly unsuccessful return to motocross as a hobby in mid 2000's. Not being able to move much was a great motivating factor to take up a safer hobby! Robs influences include Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, and of course David Gilmour. "David Gilmour has phenomenal control of each and every note, placing each note in context to the phrasing and the song overall". "Gilmour has one of the most incredible tones in guitar with masterful use of effects".
Rob has spent several years sculpting the tone needed for an accurate Pink Floyd sound. "I have two black strats to choose from, depending on the song". Both are faithful recreations of Gilmours legendary black strat. "One strat was fitted with a 22 fret rosewood neck and the other is a 21 fret vintage '57 neck". "I have been driving my wife nuts, working on my pedal board over the years as well, having procured a number of identical effects Gilmour uses, as well as others that provide a reasonable facsimile".
"A Few More Bricks has been an uphill battle, attempting to find musicians who have the same vision and dedication". "All of the musicians have been great people, but it has taken almost a year to pull together a like-minded group" says Rob.
Rob lives in Idaho Falls, happily married to his Black Strat #1 and Black Strat #2.
Russ Thompson plays keyboards for AFMB. He grew up in the Metro-Detroit area playing music in various places and settings. He began on trumpet in the 5th grade. Throughout grade school, he had learned or taught himself 13 instruments including most brass instruments, organ, piano, and bass guitar. After high school, he was awarded a full scholarship and attended college at Wayne State University in Detroit.
Being from the Detroit area, he experienced diverse musical styles and has many influences including The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Bob Seger, Queen, Free, Electric Light Orchestra, Michael Schenker, Deep Purple, Rush, and Pink Floyd to name a few.
Russ has played a wide selection of genres including blues, jazz, rock, and gospel. Playing in musical theater pit orchestras was quite a challenge and taught him to be flexible, ready for anything. “The chops you get from performing live with semi-professional theater groups is unlike anything else. You have to be well-rehearsed and prepared for just about any situation.” He found a home playing gospel music at various churches for nearly 20 years. During that time, he arranged music and directed choirs, ensembles, and bands. He mostly enjoyed teaching and developing new musicians and singers by having them listen to many different artists and encouraging them to be open to different styles of music.
Russ’s influences and experience blend well within A Few More Bricks to capture the essence of Rick Wright’s role and style. “We perform these songs knowing that our audience is knowledgeable and they will be expecting us to be also. Therefore, we want to honor the authors and audience with solid and faithful renditions of music from one of the most influential bands in history.”
Tim Egan is a 44 year old Montana native but has been an Idaho resident since 1989. Mr. Egan has enjoyed the music of Pink Floyd since age 14, when he started broadcasting a weekly rock and roll show on a non-commercial radio station at Montana State University.
In addition to singing, Egan enjoys riding motorcycles, competitive shooting, and holds a commercial pilots certificate. Tim owns a local structural steel design / drafting business and has worked on projects across America. Most notable of recent projects was the Castle structure for the Harry Potter theme ride at Universal Theme Parks, Orlando. Egan spends spare time with his daughter Tessa, age 16 and also an aspiring musician. Mr. Egan's good looks, humor, style and modesty fully round out the band and provide a unique balance to 'A Few More Bricks'
Chris, a native of Wichita Kansas, has lived in Idaho since 1998. Chris grew up with guitars and an old school TEAC 4 track reel to reel. "My dad taught me a little guitar at the age of 10 then at 12 I decided that bass was the instrument for me. I spent my high school years playing in the orchestra and jazz band along with a classic rock band with my dad and his friends and a metal band with some friends." Chris is currently playing with the Idaho State Civic Symphony and ISU Jazz Band. Chris has played with Absolute Zero and State of Mind aka Locd On, covering a wide range of material from Classic and modern rock, country some top 40 and a rap song or two. Chris has spent the last three years working with Aaron Ball and his band formerly known as Somewhere in the Middle, touring Seattle to Las Vegas and Eugene to Denver. "I have learned that playing is a job (a very fun one but a job) For me this means taking pride in what I do." There is mutual excitement between Chris and A Few More Bricks for what is to come!
Jamie has come from a family of musicians, both his dad and grandfather sang and played guitar, influencing Jamie at a very early age. Pictures, holding his dads guitar wearing his leopard print vest (which would be so in style now!) were hints of an up and coming musician. It was at the age of 4 when Jamie heard live drums for the first time. A trip to an aunt and uncles house changed the course of his life. His older cousin had a set of drums in his bedroom and played for Jamie. He explains it was as if some one had grabbed him by the chest and lifted him off the ground! The sound of percussion had drawn him in and the drums became his first love. Jamie started working as a musician at the age of 10 with his dad and grandfather. He continued playing on weekends in clubs all the way thru high school developing all kinds of styles of music. Just six months out of high school, it was time for the next venture and he went on the road. Two years of traveling the Northwest, Korea, Japan, Alaska and Hawaii earned him the degree in the music’s Hard Knocks.
Music really is in Jamie’s blood. Entertaining and playing music is a defining part of his life. Some of his strong music influences include Don Henley of the Eagles, Steve Smith from Journey and of course Pink Floyd, the whole experience.
When he’s not working on stage, Jamie is bringing heat into peoples homes installing Fireplaces and other Home improvement projects working as a contractor for the past 20 years in southeast Idaho. Raising the next generation of musicians with his sons, and appreciating the support from his beautiful wife, They’re rockin it together, and looking forward to rocking you with the unique experience of A Few More Bricks!
Kevin began playing music when he was seven years old. His study of the saxophone began in elementary school and continued in high school. Kevin studied jazz at Utah State University under the direction of Larry Smith while obtaining a dgree in engineering. Kevin's semiprofessional music career started in 1996 after moving back to Idaho Falls.
He has performed in a variety of local blues, rock and jazz groups including groups in Boise and Salt Lake City. His first recording session was with Nelson Soucek and Craig James Green on their 1998 release Strange Dreams.
In 2001, Kevin recorded his first solo CD, Sax for the Soul, which he followed with Sax for the Holidays in 2003. In 2007, Kevin started the non-profit Eastern Idaho Jazz Society (www.eijs.org) to help promote live jazz and jazz education in Eastern Idaho. He currently serves as the society's president and hosts the monthly jam sessions.
Kevin can be heard performing in Eastern Idaho with the Pink Floyd tribute band A Few More Bricks, the high energy R&B dance band The Shift, and his own group, The Kevin Young Jazz Quartet.
Each community has a performer that is bigger-than-life. Kaesha is that person. It is hard to comprehend the energy, self-confidence and power that Kaesha brings to every performance without seeing it live! Never one to pass up a good photo opportunity and a hot microphone in front of a screaming throng of fans, Kaesha brings to life the vocals which helped anchor Pink Floyd as one of the greatest progressive rock bands in history.
Kaehsa left an indelible impression on A Few More Bricks from the very first rehearsal. Sit back and take a ride in the "Way-Back Machine" and experience the sonic impact of A Few More Bricks very own Diva!
Liatt has been a professional vocalist for the last 25 yrs. She has had the good fortune to have been able to work with such legends as Carol King, the band Foreigner, Herbie Hancock, and the Utah Jazz, and LA Lakers, and opening up for the late great Ray Charles. Liatt was in New York performing when a camera crew came to her and asked her to be on star search. She won the international vocal competition for best female vocalist 2 yrs in a row and was featured at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Liatt was one of 8 finalists out of 21,000 people to sing on the Oprah show and has worked with many bands over the yrs including, Go for broke, Syntax, The Diversity trio, and The Judd Grossman band. Liatt is a one woman tour-DE-force that left a lasting impression on A Few More Bricks as well as our fans!
Nick Carroll is a two-bit hustler and webmaster extraordinaire.