The Grams / Chuck Schiele

The Grams / Chuck Schiele

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WINNERS! 2007 & 2006 SAN DIEGO MUSIC AWARDS. The Grams start with a compelling mix of east-meets-west aesthetics then add superlative old-school songwriting and vocal harmonies, and pound in the final nail with a prodigious lineup of multifaceted musicians.

Biography

WINNERS! 2007 SAN DIEGO MUSIC AWARDS!!!
WINNERS! 2006 SAN DIEGO MUSIC AWARDS!!!
THE GRAMS are a group of musicians featuring three locally acclaimed vituosos. There's singer/songwriter Chuck Schiele - of whom reviewers are frequently prompted to write that, �when he sings about soul, you know he has one."� And, Craig Yerkes, one of the hottest, most revered lead guitar players in southern California - delivering one gorgeously fierce solo after another. At the age of 14 Guitar Player Magazine was quoted as saying that Craig was playing like a "seasoned pro in jazz, rock, funk and country styles" with no excuses. In San Diego he is undisputably the guitar player's player. Sweet Elise is the exotic beauty who reinvents classical violin by way of experimentation and signal processing. Bart Mendoza of the San Diego Reader and SD Music Matters publications said that she was the defining element in the Grams' sound. The Grams are supported by a stellar rhythm section giving this very edgy acoustic act a rock solid groove.

Together, The Grams begin with a pop, rock, Americana and world music approach to songwriting. Equal parts orchestration/ improvisation. With the overt use of only 2 acoustic guitars - in a variety of virtuosic styles and situations - along with the effects-driven "space" violin, they create a heady blend unique unto themselves. This style is not only melodic, but very, very rhythmic. "Hitting� the guitar is part of the fun in The Grams. Whether they are covering tunes out of context, or writing instrumentals based on ancient Persian themes, or just rockin' out - it all comes together in a way that is unique, interesting and fun.

The Grams have been wowing audiences all over Southern California, playing everywhere. Clubs, festival, coffeehouses, Television, FM Radio, Internet radio, you name it, they're busy. The Grams also recently were featured at a special Halloween show in New York City at the �world-famous� Kenny's Castaways during the Annual Halloween Parade Festival, which takes place in the heart of Greenwich Village.

The Grams were honored to receive a nomination for a San Diego Music Award last year (2005) in the Best Americana Group category even though they'd yet to release their debut CD. Band leader Chuck Schiele had been nominated in 2004 for Best Acoustic Artist. Third time is a charm as this year saw The Grams take home their 2nd SDMA award in a row - in the Best Americana Group category! The artists are nominated by the Awards commitee and foundation members and the voting is open to the public along with the Awards committee so it is an accurate representation of the people's choice as well.
Update: On June 28, 2008 Craig Yerkes, lead guitarist for The Grams was in a fatal automobile accident. Craig will be loved and remembered forever for his humor, kindness and musical brilliance.

Other information....

Both Chuck Schiele & Craig Yerkes contribute as music writers in the San Diego Music Scene.

Chuck Schiele owns and operates Beach Music Mafia - a music booking and promotions service, with his wife Joanna. Beach Music Mafia specializes in exciting unique music events that not only foster a better local culture, a better music environment - but also gives back to it's community. We help to raise LOTS of money and goods that are donated to great causes such as assisting women and children of abuse and helping challenged families, Toys for Tots, etc. http://myspace.com/beachmusicmafia

Chuck Schiele owns and operates StudiOB, a full-service recording studio, in Ocean Beach, California. http://myspace.com/studiob92107cs

Feel free to contact us for bookings, press and more information!
Joanna Schiele: seemack_run@hotmail.com
646.295.4777

Lyrics

LOVE

Written By: CHUCK SCHIELE

Love
(Schiele)

I’ve got a heart of gold on a silver platter
But I’m ore about the former than I am the latter
I’m rying to get richer, but I think I’d rather
Find a Love thats thicker than pancake batter

I gotta chip on my shoulder and a shirt that’s tattered
Over rumors overheard about hearts that shattered
Well they can chit and chatter, baby it don’t matter
My Love for you is thicker than pancake batter.

Thicker than the blood we bleed
It’s all about the Love we need
Bigger than the things we think we need
We need Love we need Love we need Love

You’re like the sun at the day’s high noon
You’re like the dark side of the moon
Come on girl show me what you can do

Thicker than the blood we bleed
It’s all about the Love we need
Bigger than the things we think we need
We need Love we need Love we need Love
Thicker than the blood we bleed
It’s all about the Love we need
Bigger than the things we think we need
We need Love we need Love we need Love

LITTLE DO THEY KNOW

Written By: CHUCK SCHIELE

Little Do They Know
(Schiele)

I know a guy who thinks he’s so bitchen’
Got a dog and a wife - just for kicks - in the kitchen
Little does he know he’s got a whisky bottle baby on the way
He tumbles through the door fashionably late
“I’m awful sorry honey, I had to work late”
Little does she know he’s got his little secretary tucked away

They’ve got one thing in common
Two different points of view
Little do they know they’ve got better things to do
Three strikes coming
Four more lies to tell
Little do they know, Little do they know, Little do they know

I know a girl she thinks she’s so fine
Sits alone getting drunk on strawberry wine
Little does she know that the dreams in her bottle aint real
Yeah, her little rude brother thinks he’s so cool, you know
He stole a buncha matches and burned down the school
Little does he know there’s got to be an easier way

They’ve got one thing in common
Two different points of view
Little do they know they’ve got better things to do
Three strikes coming
Four more lies to tell
Little do they know, Little do they know, Little do they know

HEADS ABOVE WATER

Written By: CHUCK SCHIELE

Heads Above Water
(Schiele)

Cindy Lee got herself a forty cent raise
Singing protest songs in the LA haze
She likes to see things change tryin’ to keep her head above water
When Christopher ordered his cinnamon swirl
He was sweet for the waitress - she was sweet for the girls
But, she’s his at breakfast trying to keep her head above water

Everyone I know is trying to do their thing
Everyone I know is dreaming the same dreams
Everyone I know is trying to find a better song to sing
Everyone I know just keeps on trying
To keep their heads above water

This here’s a story ‘bout a man named “Jed”
Yeah, he’s doing what he can to keep the family fed
He always said “y’gotta keep your head above water”
Jeffery takes heart in the road he knows well
Pulls up in a truck with some stories to tell
He’s workin’ miracles tryin’ to keep his head above water

Everyone I know’s just trying to do their thing
Everyone I know is dreaming the same dreams
Everyone I know is trying to find a better song to sing
Everyone I know just keeps on trying
To keep their heads above water

Michael said a prayer shaking hands with the Pope
Dropped out of the church and gave the rest of us hope
By taking faith in himself trying to keep his head above water
Most everyone I know is afraid of the Queen
They look both ways before they’re seen
In certain company trying to keep their heads above water
Yeah, but I got a woman who stands by her man
Through the thick and the thin of taking a stand
It our faith in the plan that keeps our heads above water

Everyone I know’s just trying to do their thing
Everyone I know is dreaming the same dreams
Everyone I know is trying to find a better song to sing
Everyone I know just keeps on trying
To keep their heads above water

BIG DANGEROUS

Written By: CRAIG YERKES / CHUCK SCHIELE

Big Dangerous
(Yerkes, Schiele)

It’s a real big thing
I feel the sweet familiar sting
I’m feeling something amourous
It’s big
And its dangerous

It’s a real big thing
I’m feeling love supreme
Baby, I’ve got a plan for us
It’s big
And its dangerous

It’s a real big thing
This whole wide world’s a circus ring
Let’s get spontaneous
Cuz, it’s big
And its dangerous

THE SECRET

Written By: CHARLES SCHIELE

I've found the thing that makes me sing
About everything
I've stopped my wandering
I've stopped my wandering for you
You gave the sound within my heart
That one that wouldn't start
That sound within my heart, that sound within my heart is you!
How come it took so long
For me to find it
I've got The Secret
I'm gonna keep it
Our love rolls on and on
A Love Phenomenon
I've got The Secret
I'm gonna keep it!
I've got the thing that makes me laugh
Along that cloudy path
Even if it rains I laugh
Even if it rains I laugh with you
How come it took so long
For me to find it
I've got The Secret
I'm gonna keep it
Our love rolls on and on
A Love Phenomenon
I've got The Secret
I'm gonna keep it!

Discography

The Grams are scheduled for their "Love Factory" CD release at Anthology (San Diego's premier world-class venue), San Diego, April 16, 2008.

The Grams, released self-titled debut in March 2006
Several tracks from the Grams debut CD can be heard on various radio stations in San Diego, Japan, New York.
Grams recordings are also being circulated on a variety of compilations CDs, as well. In the meantime

Compilations and prior works:

- Staring at the Sun Vol 6, 2008 - Track: "Love"

- Staring at the Sun, Vol 5, 2007 - Track: "Sixteen Seconds

- 102.1 KPRI San Diego Music Compilation - Track: "Daymaker

- Chuck: The Gandhi Method, 2004 - album: "Hi"

- Chuck: Chuck Schiele & the Mysterious Ways, 2002 - Album: self-titled

- SanDiego.com Christmas Compilation, 2007 - Track: "Merry Christmas, Baby!"

- KYXY San Diego Christmas Compilation, 2006 - Track: "Merry Christmas, Baby!"

- Enough Said - Compilation featuring solo acoustic guitar, 2000 - Track: "Dorothy"

- San Diego Music Awards Compilation CD, 2003 - Track: "Dorothy"

Cameo's on other artists:

- vocal harmony arranger and performer: CD: Christopher Dale, "Pick Me Up."

- performing vocalist: Sven-Erik Seahom, CD "Upload"

- producer: Podunk Nowhere self-titled debut CD

- producer: Johnny Different CD, "Growin Up

- percussionist: Christopher Cash CD

Set List

The Grams play original and cover music.

Original Gram Music

Perfume
Little Do They Know
Via Katalin
Heads Above Water
Cinderella
Yummy
Big Dangerous
Love
Goin Down
Poor Little Rich Girl
Joujouka
One Thing to Say
Sixteen Seconds
Hey Little Girl
Daymaker
Saudade
You
The Secret
Dorothy
Via Katalin
and more...

Cover music

Thank You (led zeppelin)
The Way (fastball)
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (paul simon)
Watching the Detectives (elvis costello)
Dim (dada)
Crabbuckit (k-os)
Five O'Clock World/I Feel Free (the vogues/cream)
Mary Jane's Last Dance (tom petty)
Star of Bethlehem (neil young)
Pride & Joy (stevie ray vaughan)
Good Riddance (green day)
What Its Like (everlast)
The Man's Too Strong (dire straits)
Folsom Prison Blues (johnny cash)
and song from our favorite San Diego artists.
and more.