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The best kept secret in music


"Check out: Ground Score"

PERSONNEL: Tom Lienhardt (lead guitar, lead vocals); Robert Grunwald (drums, backup vocals); Grahm DePouw (percussion, backup vocals), and Johnathan Dugan (bass, second lead vocals); Mike Katchmark (keyboards, backup vocals)


SOUNDS LIKE: Intense improvisational rock that calls to mind the creativity of Particle, Moe., Phish and Pink Floyd without falling under the sometimes limiting "jam band" umbrella.

ON DOOM AND GLOOM: "I'm really tired of all the negative music that's become popular these days, with bands like Nickelback it seems like something has to be wrong in their lives for them to write a song," Lienhardt said. "That just invites negativity. Music is supposed to be entertaining and I'd rather have my shows feel like a party instead of a funeral."

ON THAT SPECIAL SOUND: Keyboardist Katchmark was almost completely paralyzed in an accident 20 years ago and has limited use of his hands. One-hand chords for any other player require him to use both hands and lead to a lot of singular notes that stand out in the band's compositions, especially on the song "Manual." "We get that sound because Michael can't use his fingers and has to kind of chop at the keys," Lienhardt said. "It makes him a different kind of musician, and people are always amazed to see him play the way he does."

ON LIVE RELEASES: "Fifty percent of what we do is improvised on the spot, and it's hard to get that feeling from a studio record," Lienhardt said. "That's why after our first demo, we've only put out live albums. When I first got turned on to Phish, that was when I first realized the the live experience could be 20 times as amazing as any record you hear, and I've been stuck on that live sound ever since. You either fall on your face or you nail it, and I love that risk."

FOR YOUR EARS: "Bootleg" (a demo recording that became the band's unofficial debut), along with a pair of live records, all available at their shows or Web site.

LOVE YOU LIVE: The band plays Nov. 5 at Churchill's in Flint.



Bootleg (Demo) - Released in Spring of 2004.

Live @ the Hayloft - Released in the Fall of 2004

Opidious - Released in December of 2005 - Available for free download at


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Ground Score was formed in the spring of 2000. A bunch of friends got together and started learning Phish material because of Phish's hiatus.

In 2001 the band Phathead emerged. Phathead was a Phish coverband. They performed a couple of gigs and mostly fooled around.

In 2002 the band switched to a new bassist and dropped one of their guitarists. The band was renamed Ground Score. The guys in Ground Score began writing original tunes as well as expanding their covers to bands that include; Ween, Oysterhead, The Doors, Traffic, Adam Sandler, Moe., Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper and more.

Ground Score worked on material and gigged infrequently thru the fall of 2003. At that time Ground Score launched their own website,

The band then released their first Demo in early 2004. Bootleg, as it was named, was made available for free download at their website. It includes 2 songs that recieved awards and accolades across the internet. Along the Way was voted the #1 song for the Month of October at Mansion on the Hill, a 365 radio station, as well as being Track of the Day at Manual has recieved great reviews and high marks at as well as being our most requested track to play live.

2004 also marked Ground Scores first attempt to gig out regularly. The band reached out across the southeastern MI area and recieved a great response from the local audience. Ground Score also enjoyed a great response from venue owners on their professionalism and how easy they are to work with. Highlights include The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI, The Old Miami in Detroit, MI, and The Hayloft Liquor Stand in Mt Clemens, MI. A live recording of the Hayloft show is also available for free at the website.

Late in 2004 Ground Score added a new percussionist. Grahm Depouw was already practicing with the band for a few months when the rest of the members asked him to come on board as permanent band member.

In 2005 the band started the year by playing in the Emergenza Festival. They also played the Hayloft in Mt. Clemens, The Bling Pig in Ann Arbor, The Roche Bar in Port Huron, and TC Speakeasy's in Ypsilanti. Ground Score has become the house band for Churchills Food and Spirits in Flint and have played shows there since the spring thru the fall.

In December of 2005 Ground Score released a 12 song Live CD that include 8 originals and 4 covers. The CD is called Opidious and is avialable for download at the band Website.

2006 looks to be an exciting year with Gigs, and recording. We are booked full in March and April, including the Monroe Street Fair in Ann Arbor MI. Ground Score is now booking shows for their fall run, August thru November.

Dont miss your oppurtunity to catch Ground Score on the rise!