Christopher Cash and the Brilliant Deductions
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Christopher Cash and the Brilliant Deductions

Fallbrook, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | INDIE

Fallbrook, CA | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2017
Band Alternative Adult Contemporary




"Christopher Cash"

Christopher Cash


By Bart Mendoza

With a name like Christopher Cash Perkins, incorporating as it does the sur-names of two of the founding fathers of rock music, the standard is always going to be high when it comes to both musicianship and songwriting. His first album, 2005’s Hollywood Mirage , hinted at what was possible. Invisible delivers.

As might be expected of an artist who cites watching the "Ed Sullivan Show" on February 9th, 1964 as a key influence, Invisible is a pleasing mix of sixties-era pop rock with country and folk overtones. The album wears its influences on its sleeves with a sound somewhere between the Smithereens at their hit-making best, a Chris Hillman jam, or Richard Thompson in his pop prime. Cash is backed by an excellent band that features bassist Bill Maine; guitarist Mark Schmidt; and drummer Kevin Walker; with Barry Hovis contributing keyboards; and an all-star group of backing vocalists, including producer Jeff Berkley, Catheryn Beeks, Bill Coomes, and Barbara Nesbitt.

Invisible kicks off with its strongest track "Morning Star." Any disc that opens with radio static and sitar is going to grab your attention, and this song does just that. Beatle-esque without being obvious, "Morning Star" has hooks a mile long, capturing the musical innocence of a sixties pop hit, but with a modern edge, particularly noticeable in the layered harmony vocals before the choruses.

The title track is also a winner. A mid-tempo ringing guitar riff adorns a melancholy melody line that would sit comfortable in a collection of Townshend demos. Also interesting is "Tangled in Wire," which mixes angular new wave sounding keyboards with a more traditional rock sound. It’s am ear-catching aural experiment and clearly shows that Cash isn’t afraid to take chances with his music.

Indeed, Berkley and Cash must be commended for Invisible’s warm, lush production. Case in point, "Houdini Knew." A great title to be sure, and it has nice hooks. But where many performers might be happy to have your basic guitars, bass, drums and overdubbed vocals, for Cash this is just a starting point. Percussion, synthesized strings, spoken-word parts, electronic, and more are blended in, complete with counter melodies. The arrangements really bring out the best in these songs.

Even with excellent production, songwriting, and playing, the secret weapon here is the diversity in song and sounds. Cash has his foot in a lot of musical stylings, so Invisible will appeal to a broad spectrum of music listeners, particularly country, power-pop, singer-songwriter, and indie fans. All will find an excellent album worth investigating. Invisible manages to maintain a high standard from start to finish and shows that Cash really knows his way around a melody. Once you hear these songs, you’ll want to hear them again and again.

You can get your own copy at

- San Diego Troubadour - Oct 08


Cash has just released a second album titled “Invisible”. This time he has teamed up with local San Diego favorite Jeff Berkley to produce the album. Using the same veteran players that have accompanied him in clubs across Southern California since 2005, the result is a sparkling, yet rootsy blend of guitars and classic keyboards providing the foundation for some great stories of metaphorical transparency reminiscent of bands like Counting Crows, and Tom Petty.

Hollywood Mirage (2005)
Invisible (2007)



Christopher Cash and The Brilliant Deductions are an original band from Fallbrook, California. We have come together to exercise our creative muscles, have fun, and make some great music together.

Our influences include The Beatles, Tom Petty, Guess Who, Jellyfish, Eric Clapton, Oasis, and much more.  If it sparkles, jangles, has a tight arrangement, clever lyrics, good singing and strong hook, we like it.  If it has at least one guy in it with an English accent… even better!

Christopher Cash has been performing in bands since childhood, as have all of his bandmates.  Since moving to the San Diego area in late Nineties, he has released two albums: Hollywood Mirage in 2005, and Invisible in 2008.  Cash moved to Fallbrook in 2013 and took a brief hiatus from music to build himself a recording studio called Sonic-Rocket.

In 2017, Cash put the finishing touches on the studio and dove head first back into the music scene.  He recruited some of the area’s top musicians from among his closest friends.  First to become a member of the group was Shea Thompson.  Shea, primarily a guitarist and singer/songwriter in his own right agreed to take on Keyboards for the band.  Shea is also principal recording engineer for the band having honed those skills being Chief Engineer at Sonic-Rocket.  Next to join the band was long time pal John Saccoman.  John is a fantastic bassist, and really fun and funny guy. By day he fixes complex medical equipment and by night enjoys wine, and song. Next to become a member was lead guitarist Jan Bugaiski.  Jan is also a fine songwriter who is up for Grammy consideration. He placed an ad on Craigslist as a “classically trained guitarist whose influences were The Beatles, Oasis, etc.” Cash jumped on the opportunity to have him audition for the band.  On the first night, Jan laid down the lead guitar parts for “One Way Ride” which would turn out to be the group’s first Single.  Last to join the party was Dick Winter.  Dick is the perfect drummer for the group.  He has all the style and simplicity of Ringo Starr, and is more than capable of stretching out into more complex rhythms.  Dick can stick to a click-track like glue and always plays exactlywhat the song needs.

Christopher Cash is the principal songwriter, bringing rough material to the group for their approval.  Those that get the thumbs down never see the light of day, those that get the thumbs up get the full attention of the entire group.  Everyone in the band contributes to the arrangements, and together we tweak, twist and tinker with the material until it meets our collective approval.  The guys are brilliant in every way!  They are able to quickly deduce what the song needs to take it to the next level, thus the name:  Brilliant Deductions.