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Here I am, 20 years old with hair and a few less pounds, striking a pose for the first Lamont Cranston Blues Band album. And on the right, 45 years later, with soft focus, roomy clothes and less hair, I'm looking old, but cool!

 

I started playing in bands at age 15 and 50 years later I'm still trying to figure it out. In the early 80's I wanted my own 9 piece Jump Blues Band so I started The Bees Knees Big Band. I actually pulled it off. Tom Surowicz, a freelance writer, loved the band from the start and noticed my vocals were improving so he wrote, "Tom Burnevik, the most improved vocalist" He was easy on me knowing I had never been a lead singing in a band, so funny, I'll never forget that. The band was well received through the years playing on average 3 gigs a week. Venues included colleges, bars, private parties, TV appearences and even performing at the Guthrie theatre. The band was tight, and the reviews were outstanding. 

 

I played with a number of other bands through the years including a band called The Suburbs, an 80's rock band and a spin off called Chan Poling Band.

 

As I was living the musician's lifestyle, my Mom's voice kept ringing in my ear, "Tommy, you should really have something else to fall back on" so,

I built a house.

 

I started my own band and managed 45 musicians in the first 18 months, so building a house can't be so tough. I was the "re use it" master of dumpster diving, not to save the planet but because I was broke. Three years later, the house was done and soon after I became a licensed remodeling contractor and a musician with money.

 

Thanks Mom!

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"Look what I can do" - Stuart Douglas Larkin

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