Don Short was a founding member and a singer/songwriter for The Heats (previously The Heaters), the groundbreaking Seattle band that released the album "Have An Idea" in 1980 and the live album "Burnin' Live" in 1982. Their song, "In Your Town", written by Short and produced by Ann Wilson of Heart, became an MTV video running through the spring and summer of 1982.
Bourgoin joined Short in The Heats, playing drums for the band from early 1982 until their break up on New Years Eve in 1983. A musical bond, as well as a lifelong friendship was formed; when the two added Mark Mosholder on bass, a new band, as well as another lifelong friendship, was formed; That six-piece band, Avalon, performed throughout the Seattle area from 1984-1988. The band drew interest from several major record labels, including Ahmet Ertegun's Atlantic Records, who funded production of an eighteen song demo at Seattle's London Bridge Studios. In '88, Avalon stripped down to four members and became Luna Park. When Rick moved to L.A. in 1990, they continued as Living Out Loud. The band broke up in '91, though Don, Rick and Mark remained close friends.
While Mark and Rick continued to play music in various bands throughout the Northwest, California, Colorado and Texas, Don took a hiatus from writing and performing music. Happily, after twelve years, Don picked up his guitar and began writing songs again, reuniting with Mark and Rick to form Random Manor.
In their first eighteen months Random Manor has played the Concerts at St. Michelle Winery and Concerts at Marymoor opening for The Doobie Brothers, and the Plaza Stage at The Gorge Ampitheater opening for both Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers shows in August of 2008.
The addition of the Belaire brothers; Ronnie (guitars/mandolin/backing vocals) and Mark (keyboards/harmonica/backing vocals) solidified the line up as a five piece, playing the Triple Door, Moore Theater and Showbox venues in Seattle.
Don Short - Guitar, lead vocals, songwriter
Mark Mosholder - Bass, backing vocals
Rick Bourgoin - Drums and percussion
Ronnie Belaire- Guitars, mandolin, backing vocals
Mark Belaire - Keyboards, harmonica, backing vocals
Our new album, Big Dog Run, released in May of 2011, contains eleven songs recorded over nearly two years. Produced by Don Short and Rick Bourgoin, engineered by Rick Bourgoin (except all drum tracks and title track Big Dog Run; engineered by Tom Pfaeffle), mixed by Tom Hall, mastered by Rick Fisher at RFI/CD Mastering in Seattle.
August 2008 Self-titled 6-song EP: Produced and mixed by Tom Pfaeffle at The Tank Studios with the humble assistance of the band. Studio time at The Tank is booked for June and July of 2009 for our next record.
"All About Now" featured on KMTT 103.7 The Mountain's "King of the Mountain" local music showcase in October 2008.
RawRip Review - August 2008
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"Random Manor have fun making music. I’ve never met them, so, how could I know? It’s just so bloody ..."Random Manor have fun making music. I’ve never met them, so, how could I know? It’s just so bloody obvious from the way they sound, is all. A three piece from Seattle and friends for as long as any of them cares to remember, this bunch are so supremely talented (seriously, the musical dexterity on show here is close to staggering) that the chance of working with them alone was enough to coax head honcho Don Short out of what had previously been a 12 year hiatus from music. No wonder they sound so happy – craftsmanship like Don’s and the word ‘hiatus’ should be kept very far apart from each other at all times."
Sets consist of the following songs, in no particular order, and are subject to change as more great songs come down the pike...
All About Now
Just Like Sunshine
Long Way Back
Wild Golden Blue
Gone By The Wayside
Along For The Ride
For A While
All The Way To Love
On A Dream Again
Big Dog Run
Race Is On
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