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Behind the Music...

I grew up in small town Indiana, where just like many other Indiana towns, there were two things to do, play basketball and play music.  From an early age, I decided I would do both.
 
A little later, I decided that I was never going to get any scholarships from basketball, so I discovered guitar, and the world changed.  Bands like Nirvana and Metallica were big then, and they used a lot of barre chords, so right away I was able to play some of the songs I heard on the radio.  With time my tastes changed, and I really got into bands like The Black Crowes, Blues Traveler, The Jayhawks, and Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble.  It was around this time I started to play in bands, and even recorded a tape with one of them.
 
While I always kind of played the Christian game pretty well, I was never really serious until I got to college at Indiana University.  Funny that it took an experience at a state college to solidify my faith, but that was the case for me.  It was also during my college years that I met my wife, Sara (who has since given me two wonderful kids, Chaney and Simon).
 
While at IU, I started to learn songs that we did in the local Young Life club where I was a leader.  It was then that I started to hone my skills as a song/worship leader.  I started doing camps, retreats, and just about any other place that people wanted to sing to God.  Later, as a Youth Pastor, I was able to use the resources of the church and start a worship band for a Youth service.  Thus the "Been There" praise band was born.
 
Now we are playing original music that has been written over the last couple of years.  Our second CD, entitled He's Been There, has just been released.  We hope you like the songs, but even more, we hope they bring glory and honor to our Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ!
 
INFLUENCES:
Black Crowes, Beatles, Led Zeplin, Counting Crowes, Lenny Kravitz, Nirvana, Homunculus, The Jayhawks, Chris Tomlin, Lost and Found, Riley Armstrong, Audio Adrenaline, Third Day
 
CURRENTLY IN THE PLAYER:
David Crowder Band - Lime CD, Black Crowes - Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, Damien Rice - O, Third Day - Wire
 
But what about the band...you might ask?  What is up with them?  What do they like?  How did they get to where they are to make this whole thing go.  Well, either you'll have to ask them, or you have to hound them to get on here and put some stuff up!  Get on 'em guys!
 
EQUIPMENT:
If you care to know what we play:
Pat plays:
Guitars: '70s Fender Telecaster, Alvarez acoustic/electric (and I'm looking for a good guitar with humbuckers if anyone has one they want to get rid of)
Amp: Peavey Classic 30
Effects: Dunlap Crybaby Wah, Boss Blues Overdrive, Boss Loop Station
 
Aaron plays:
Guitar: Honer fretless bass
Amp: Ampeg BA-210 combo (sooo sweet)
 
Nate plays:
Guitar: Yamaha electric, Yamaha acoustic
Amp: Behringer 210 Modeling amp
 
Andrew plays:
Really loud!
 
 

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