Quills found the guitar at age 12, and it saved his life. His professional career began with excursions into the blues, and the ‘Jam-Band’ scene of Amherst and Boston in the early 80s. Then, it was original rock, with ‘Haven Moses’, in Portland, Maine in the 80s. Fast-forward…to Slygo Road! After thirty-nine years of blues, cover bands, power trios and mind-expanding jams, Slygo Road is a perfect blend of fat and lean, mean and clean, funk and clunk. Simplicity, sincerity and soul…like you dream about…Quills is home at last!
Eric is one of the go-to trombone players on the Portland music scene, having played with pretty much every band in town with a horn line. You may have seen him with El Malo, Primo Cubano, Raging Brass Horns, The Fogcutters and too many more to list. Like Dan, Eric has an edge, and likes to push outside of traditional horn line boundaries as a strong soloist with a style that’s his own.
In Slygo Road Eric gets to highlight his sophisticated song-writing skill and vocal ability.
Ed's never met an instrument that he didn't like. He's a bass player by trade and has been playing blues and R&B since the late 80's with the bands Freaks of Nature, The X-men, Ahab's Other Leg, KNOB, the on-going originals band Slackasaurus and of course Slygo Road. It’s often said that the bass guitar is the link between rhythm and melody but we think Ed — with his endless positive energy — is the link between rhythm, melody and fun!
Dan's the engine of Slygo Road. His infectious enthusiasm gets people on their feet and his sometimes-soulful, always-smoking sax brings new life to old rock and blues classics. If you're lucky you might catch him whip out his clarinet to Dixie things up once in a while (as long as he’s not also playing keyboards). Dan is also a talented song writer with a flair for heavy-hitting blues tunes with tight and unconventional horn lines.
We call him "Shank". He got his nickname "Shank" from a notorious Portland-area BBQ guru who went by "Uncle Billy" (long story, but worth it). Shank played classic and southern rock throughout high school and college and then played the Long Island “showcase club” circuit in the mid 1980s with the original band Wacked. In 1998 he played several tracks on Boston jazz guitarist, Bob Johnson’s CD Musings. Before Slygo Road emerged, he played in the Portland-based bands The Laxatones and Mama Rules. His first priority is laying down a solid groove that the rest of the band can play around with.
Brian joined SlygoRoad in the fall of 2011, bringing his love of prog rock and jazz chord structures to add depth and dimension to our originals. He's also a solid vocalist and song writer with a tendency toward rock-anthemesque arrangements that take the band on some wild rides. Brian’s a mighty road warrior who joins us when he’s able to make the trek from his current home in Plymouth, NH.