The Gang

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TRAVIS JONES
Acoustic and Electric guitar, Lead and Background vocals, Percussion


Travis’ musical background and history reads like a William Faulkner novel.   He began singing gospel music at age four with his mother Lottie Mae Adams, a blues singer who recorded several discs on Paula Records. Travis became known not only for his vocal abilities but also for his telling of old testament bible stories at revivals and tent meetings all across the south.   He started his first group at sixteen – a Paul Revere and the Raiders tribute band.   Travis served 6 years in the US Army; he was stationed in Europe where he performed with the soul and funk band Smoke, which eventually became the back up band for the famous R&B group The Manhattans (“Let’s Just Kiss and Say Goodbye”) during their 1978 European tour. Upon leaving the armed forces, Europe, and Smoke, Travis made his way to Sonora California.  There, he started several groups -among them, Yukon, Too Close for Comfort,  The Sonora All Star Rock Rhythm and Blues Revue and Travis Jones and the New Frontier.  He has also spent considerable time in live theater productions - most notably, Lost Highway-  the Legend and Music of Hank Williams, where he played the part of Hank Williams and was Musical Director. Jesus Christ Superstar, Vocal Director and played the part of Jesus.  Pump Boys and Dinettes, 3 Penny Opera, The Miss Firecracker Contest, Smoke on the Mountain, and The Grapes of Wrath where he composed an original musical score.

During his time in California, he has performed with a wide array of artists. He’s shared the stage with Asleep at the Wheel and Waylon Jennings – Night Ranger and the Doobie Brothers - John Hartford and Levon Helm, just to name a few.  Travis has been the opening act (with Houston Jones) for Rodney Crowell, Michael Martin Murphy, Maria Muldaur, The Infamous Stringdusters and The Green Cards.   He has recorded with various artists, as well as releasing two self titled albums – “Lost Highway, The Legendary Music of Hank Williams” and “Dance All Night” – along with seven CD releases with Houston Jones.

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HENRY SALVIA
Keyboards, Lead and Background Vocals, Percussion

 

Henry Salvia was born a dim-witted but honest child in the Cagolugo section of Detroit. As a child, he threatened his parents with becoming a drummer until he discovered that the piano was larger and heavier, so naturally he began to play it. After a long and undistinguished career performing in luxurious hotels and corner dives throughout the Metropolitan area, he decided to move to Los Angeles to expand his opportunities, and wound up in San Francisco. Several years of playing rock and Top 40 in Detroit was ideal training for his role in the Billy Band, who played both kinds of music (country and western). After being replaced by a pedal steel guitar (though no one in the Billy Band played it, it looked better on stage than Henry), he moved to a roots rock band called the Hurricanes, where he was surprised to discover his wife singing for the band. So, he married her. It seemed the honorable thing to do. 

All of this experience playing rock and country made him the logical selection as the piano player for the Johnny Nocturne band, who specialize in R&B, soul, and jazz. Henry's frenetic yet lyrical style (described by bandleader John Firmin as "a cross between Carmen Cavallero and Cecil Taylor") is featured on several of their albums. Henry has had the honor of working with such artists as Bo Diddley, Rickie Lee Jones,  Johnny Colla (of Huey Lewis and the News), Big Jay McNeeley,  Jessica Mitford, Tommy Ridgely, Al Kooper, Peter Coyote, Big Lou the Accordion Princess, Jan Fanucci, and (his favorite) Johnny Adams.  He has been a member of Houston Jones since 2005. 

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PETER TUCKER
Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals

 

Rolling Stone Magazine described Peter as "one of the most creative percussionists to emerge in rock music."  Originally from Massachusetts, Peter's eclectic pro career began in the early 60's working with the Boston-based band The Monks featuring Brad Delp (who later became lead singer for the rock group Boston.)  Peter also recorded in New York with Tim Hardin and worked with Richie Havens, Austin Delone, Grungy O'Muck and others.  Peter has also worked with the ground-breaking rock band Guns and Butter, recording two albums on Atlantic Records.  Later, on the West Coast, Peter played with the R&B band Pacific Gas and Electric and with Declan Mulligan and The Beau Brummels, with whom he put out the Vince Welnick-produced single, "Back To Life."  Peter has continued to play folk, jazz, country, blues and rock with many Bay Area Bands such as Large and in the Way, The Ray Price Club, Celtic Scandal, The Ron Price Band, The Lost River Band, The Gary Gates Band, Dallas Wayne, and most recently, The Waybacks, The Cowlicks, and of course, Houston Jones.  Peter is a session drummer too, in many Bay Area recording studios, and especially for local music entrepreneur Kathi Goldmark where he has recorded with Warren Zevon, Skunk Baxter and authors Amy Tan, Steven King, and Norman Mailer.

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JOSHUA ZUCKER
Upright and Electric Bass, Background Vocals, Percussion

 

Born and raised in Bloomfield, CT,  Joshua studied classical composition, jazz performance and ethnomusicology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, before moving west in 1994. A seasoned upright and electric bassist/vocalist comfortable with most any musical genre, Joshua co-founded the Zucker Family Band and works or has worked with The Rowan Brothers, Peter Rowan, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Houston Jones, Dear John Love Renee featuring Renee Harcourt of Blame Sally, The Go To Hell Man Clan, Stevie Coyle, Cormack & Ross featuring Tom Ross, Jerry Hannan, Tony Perez & Second Hand Smoke, Cole Tate, Crowsong featuring Randy Clark, Kenni & Co., Caren Armstrong, David Gans, David Thom, David Phillips, Garrin Benfield, Dore Coller, Tim Weed, Andrew Freeman and countless others.