GREENPOINT MUSIC PRESENTS
THE RICE MILLER BAND:
ABOUT THE RICE MILLER BAND:
by Jack Bobby Lewis
"Shot In The Head"
After the shock of being able to record together again without
travelling to Greenpoint, we got back in touch with the team of Curcio/Battista and tried
to squeeze into their schedule for another 'go' at preserving 'The Rice Miller Band'. We
picked another one of the songs we''ve loved for a long time. Jimi Hendrix gave us a great
Blues song when he wrote Red House and we gave it the Rice Miller Band treatment and had
the good fortune of having Joe and Carl produce it for us. On behalf of Frank Galante,
John 'T'Bird' Clarke, and Frankie 'Boogie Man' SanPietro, here is RED HOUSE. Jack Bobby
Lewis This one is dedicated to a little village known as Greenpoint. Aka: home.
Press Releases below
(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February 1, 2019, Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY)
THE RICE MILLER BAND
"They're back baby!"
(A long distance return)
Download press release
PDF file here
Through the abuse of technology, the grace of the Gods, and some
good 'ole big Greenpoint balls and tenacity, GreenPointMusic is really excited to take
four great musicians from four different states and put them back together in the same
"virtual" room to bring you THE RICE MILLER BAND!
Throughout the 70s one of "Greenpoints own" favorite group
of bad boy, beer drinkin', blues bangin', rock & roll bands were these killer original
players, and totally cool guys, THE RICE MILLER BAND.
From headlining at CBGB's & MAX's, to tearin' it up at THE PARK
INN, and UMGAWA CLUB on Franklin Street, these guys were absolutely "the shit"!!
By 1975 the RMB consisted of Frank Galante and John Clarke on
guitars, Jack Bobby Lewis on drums, Frank Sanpietro on bass and vocals, Vinnie Minieri on
harp, and Eric Parker on keyboard.
In March of 2018 I got a call from guitarist John Clarke explaining
how "...he was thinking about arranging a project with some members of Rice
Miller...". However, for the players needed on this song, there was a bit of a
"...the drummer's in Georgia; the guitarist's are in New
Hampshire & Michigan; and the bass player and lead vocalist is in Brooklyn..."
Well lately, with all of our old band mates and musician friends
being scattered all over the country, GreenpointMusic co-producer Carl Battista and myself
have become some sort of experts at producing "geographically challenged" bands
"...we've probably done more than a half-dozen of these long
distance sessions. Each presenting it's own stack of Olympic size hurdles. But in the end,
especially with all of the old time bands trying to get their legacy on 'tape', it really
makes us happy to see that smile on their faces, and hear them say 'holy shit' when it
finally comes together as if they were all in the same back room of that same old dive bar
Just to be clear about this, although the RMB consisted of the six
players, this Savoy Brown cover tune only required some straight forward, guitar rockin',
and rhythm section grooves. Keeping that in mind, I wonder where this can go from here?
What about a full blown, all hands on deck, RMB reunion? A new record? Who knows. Drummer
Jack Bobby Lewis summed it up pretty good:
"....we thought of this as a one-off but something happened
along the way. I don't necessarily know where this is headed, but who knows what's
GreenPointMusic is REALLY excited to bring you THE RICE MILLER BAND
doing the Savoy Brown cover, "Shot in the Head".
Please visit GreenPointMusic.com and follow the RMB links to
DOWNLOAD THE FREE MP3 FILE of the song for your IPods, media players, and smart phones.
Enjoy!! ...and long live good 'ole Rock & Roll!