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Common Ground

"And I might even find myself, but then again, what happens if I do..."

The planets aligned in 2011, with a meeting of headspace among the founding members. After jamming together as Seabeast at a party, the three got together to write, jam and explore the obvious chemistry. In the process, they discovered an enduring common influence, a love of the Crowes music, and all the 70s influences that are so prevalent in the Crowes vibe. Together they chose to indulge this publicly and formed Cursed Diamond, adding Alex, Brad and Austin to round out the six man core line-up. With all the right ingredients, the band chose to go one step further and sweeten the mix with a female soul backing vocal for that Southern Harmony authenticity and a percussionist for the spicy Amorica groove. The result is the tastiest, most authentic, southern recipe that will satisfy the appetite of the most discerning Crowes fan.

Most photos cortesy of Curtis Smith
of Smith Wilson Photography

Austin Howell as Chris Robinson

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LEAD VOCALS • Born while my mother was in a dead sprint and on the run ever since. I sings real good. Raised in kansas city mo., graduated college and lettered varsity in track and basketball. Influences include, (but are not limited to): water intake, pollution, swimming holes, bicycles, drugs and booze, 100 miles an hour, 24/7 spies, aru, kings x, ameritrash, acdc, led zep, aerosmith, alice in chains, cheap trick, tesla, the almond bros, the allman bros, jeff banks, sugar, coffee, food, nathan olivarez, gov't mule, soul coughing, guitar players, the gstring, left overs, extreme, hump day, leroy, narrow escapes, frank zappa, spiders...
fav Crowes album:
Amorica
fav Crowes songs:
P.25 London, No Speak No Slave

Jeff Shulze as Marc Ford

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Lead Guitar • Born and raised in Houston's petrochemical suburbs, Jeff received his first guitar at age 10, took a few lessons, then lost interest. It was a chance encounter with a Led Zeppelin IV cassette a couple of years later that inspired him to dig it out of the closet and try again. He's been active as a guitar player and singer/songwriter ever since. He's a huge fan of '70s rock and '90s alt.country, and counts Jimmy Page, Neil Young, Marc Ford, and Gary Louris among his major influences.
fav Crowes album: Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
fav Crowes songs: No speak no Slave, Wiser Time, Under a Mountain, Good Morning Captain
 

Terry Wayne Ranson as Steve Gorman

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DRUMS • Born in Tulsa, been accused of playing drums even in his sleep. Moved to Dallas at 20 and started a dozen year period of touring with Rocky Athis and Lightning, Crossroads South (with Guitarfreak Rick Brannon), Squire, Release, Rage, and a long stint with the Mollie Maguire (with Andy Timmons). His influences include: John Bonham, Kenny Jones, Barrymore Barlow, Simon Phillips and Jojo Mayer. After an 18 year break to raise a child solo, he's been back to his first love, music. I bring the groove, drums obey me.
fav Crowes album: Amorica
fav Crowes songs: Cursed Diamond, Descending, Sometimes Salvation and No speak No slave

Hutton Ferrell as Rich Robinson

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GUITAR • Born in Dallas
fav Crowes album: Shake Your Money Maker
fav Crowes songs: Virtue and Vice, No Speak No Slave

Brad Lucky as Eddie Harsch

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KEYBOARDS, HARMONICA • Born in Oklahoma where he started studying music at age 4 which has contributed to his ability to thoroughly dissect music while still finding its ultimate soul. After moving to Texas, his performance experience has ranged from classical to a country/rock band to a 12-member contemporary Christian band that he has managed and fronted for the last 11 years. Influences go way beyond just great keys: Ray Charles, Eddie Harsch, Tom Scholz, Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart, Elton John, Gabriel Faure.
fav Crowes album: Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
fav Crowes songs: Sting Me, Cursed Diamond, P.25 London, Descending and Black Moon Creeping

Carlos Villalobos as Sven Pipien

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BASS • Born and raised in Southern California, Carlos began playing guitar at age 15, learning crude covers of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Stones, Judas Priest, Kiss, & Rush hits and album cuts.  A few years later, he found himself in a garage band with 3 guitar players and 1 drummer.  After quickly doing the math, he switched over to bass, and the rest is history.  He has played in heavy metal, blues, classic rock, top 40, Motown, 80s new wave, and many other type bands over the years.  After moving to the DFW area and taking many years off to raise a family, he decided to get back to his first love of making music. He has been jamming with many different bands in DFW over the last few years, and is very excited to be playing with Cursed Diamond.
fav Crowes album: Southern Harmony & Musical Companion
fav Crowes songs: Sting Me, Wiser Time, High Head Blues, Black Moon Creeping, Sometimes Salvation
above Photography was done by the very talented Curtis Smith of  Smith Wilson Photography

Christy Rogge as The Choir

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BACKING VOCALS • Born in Pennsylvania, but grew up in Edmond, OK, she considers herself an Okie. From an early age, Christy was involved in musical theater, and she developed a passion for music, the arts and good ol’ rock ‘n roll that has stuck with her ever since. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, she moved to Dallas where she's been since 2006. Music influences include Blues, Southern Rock, Jam, Gospel...heck, really any music that stirs the soul, or inadvertently causes my booty to start dancin'!
fav Crowes album: Southern Harmony and Musical Companion (it's ineveitable, all the ladies love this one)
fav Crowes songs:
Stare it Cold, Black Moon Creeping, Virtue and Vice, High Head Blues, Sting Me, Girl from a Pawnshop

Rob Tovar as Chris Trujillo

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 PERCUSSION • Rob has a mohawk but usually just slicks it back with Murray's pomade. Rob's lifelong obsession with rhythm began at the young age of 7 when his early influences were Buddy Rich and Tito Puente. Rob's later discovery of his sister's Led Zeppelin albums led to life submerged in all things Rock & Roll. Percussion credits include touring and recording with Mad Mexicans, Honchie (International World Champions of Rock Music), and extensive studio sessions. Career highlights include playing American Airlines Center, House of Blues, and almost every dive bar from coast to coast. When not playing drums and percussion, you can find him riding his Harley, working on his 1947 Cadillac or relaxing with a pretty lady and a fine cigar.
fav Crowes Album: Amorica
fave Crowes song: Can I still pick it if it's originally an Otis Redding song?