L to R: John Orr, Lynn Perdzock, Bob Farley, Don Winegar Jr
Flanking Lynn and me are John Orr on bass and Don Winegar Jr on drum set, making up the rhythm section for some of our shows. We’re proud to have them on hand for Aug. 19’s gig at Clifton Opera House, which promises to be one of our best shows yet.
John and I met playing music in church in Dayton almost ten years ago. A few years after that, after Lynn and I formed Raggedy Edge, I asked in an offhand way if John would want to play bass for us, and he said, “Sure.” Or something to that effect. He’s a solid player, and a sometime choir singer, so from time to time we get him up to the mic to add to the vocals.
Known as the serious member of the group, John has a nice collection of bass guitars, including a Hofner violin-shaped one like the one Paul McCartney plays (John shares Paul’s birthday). With Raggedy Edge, he usually plays his acoustic Fender, and that is a good sound.
We met Don just this year at the open mic held on Tuesdays at the Wilmington Pike Applebees in Sugarcreek Township (Centerville or Bellbrook, depending on which direction you come from). We immediately noticed his tasteful ability to play for the song, whether it was on shakers or on a full set.
One night at Applebees I heard him play his brushes on the djembe, and something told me that was the sound we wanted for Raggedy Edge. We’ve been working on it for over a month now, and we’re all super-pleased with the result. Plus, it just looks cool.
Besides the full range of percussion, Don also sings and plays guitars.
Now that we’ve worked up this pretty darn good show for Clifton, we are psyched to take it elsewhere, so cross your fingers for us for that. And we’ll see you Saturday?