“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”- Bob Marley
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Jeriko Turnpike is a well-oiled machine. These guys play all over The Tampa Bay Area with a passion that’s second to none. Whether as a duo or a full band with bassist,”Detroit” Dan Eisenheuser, they bring energy to every performance. They play over 250 shows a year with a website averaging over 25,000 hits a month and climbing quickly. I sat down with McLean and Chris (two high school friends by the way) and asked them about what’s going on with them.
Q: Jeriko Turnpike has a very eclectic sound. You must like a lot of different stuff?
A: Ya, were pretty much into everything. When you listen or see us, there are so many different influences in our playing. We're fans of Music.
Q: How long has Jeriko Turnpike been together?
A: The two of us have been playing together, off and on since we meet in High School. We have been playing in this version of Jeriko Turnpike since January 2006.
Q: You play a lot of shows. Do any of them stick out?
A:YA, there are a lot, but this past summer we were opened for Janes Addiction at Ruth Eckerd Hall. It was pretty cool.
Q: Chris, I heard that you completed in the Guitar Center Drum Off over the past 2 years, could you tell us about that?
A: Yes, it was pretty cool. Both years I had the honor of winning the Clearwater store and representing the area and Jeriko Turnpike. This year I made it to runner up in the country’s quarter finals. It was awesome how so many great Tampa Bay area drummers pitched in and helped me with ideas and support.
Q: Is it true that a lot of your shows are performed without a set list?
A: Yes, we like to play each show by ear. It totally depends on the venue, crowd, what we are feeling and other elements. Usually we will start more on the chill side to warm up and by the end of the show, were playing some pretty heavy crazy stuff.
Q: What’s next for the band?
A: We have been playing a lot of smaller venues in the Tampa Bay Area over the past few years. We are going to add to that and start booking a few bigger shows, festivals and are going to play a few shows out of town. Also we are going to start working on our next album, the follow up to our last release ”Back to The Start”. You can still buy it on iTunes and CD Baby.
“You can’t win until you’re not afraid to lose”- Jon Bon Jovi
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