They practice for years to get their chops "like hamburger." They build up a string of weeklies to support themselves, becoming gig whores for anyone who pays for their services. On weekends they do double- or triple-hits and rush out of town for afternoon casuals at private parties and small cafes. They have to be ready to perform "anything, anywhere, any fuckin' time," according to multi-instrumentalist Ed Ivey. They live solely on their music, earning barely enough to survive; they're not famous and probably never will be. They're the Bay Area's freelance musicians, the guys (and some gals) who back up your favorite singer/songwriter, fill out the local R&B quartet, and complement the... More >>>
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Joe Kyle: From chopping meat to practicing his chops.