The Ric Toole Band
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The Ric Toole Band

Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF

Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
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"Ric To Band of the week"

If you like rock, you'll go for the way the Ric Toole Band does it with a Southern accent."As long as it's rock 'n' roll, I like it," says Toole. "I was reared on country and fell in love with it."Toole's originals mix the drive of rock with the heartfelt feeling of country music.

The Ric Toole Band is paced by Toole's top-notch guitar work, which landed him a summer gig touring with the Outlaws two years ago. In live sets, the Toole band includes songs by AC/DC and Black Sabbath, sung by bassist Chris Dinan. Drummer Jimmy "Daweed" Wieder joins in for the group's trademark three-part harmonies.

"I've played guitar since I was 4 years old. It's all I ever wanted to do," says Toole. He moved between eastern Pennsylvania and Jacksonville, Fla., before settling in the Lehigh Valley in the 1990s.

He and Dinan have been together for 11 years in the Valley, playing as Cottonmouth. The group changed their name after Toole's stint with the Outlaws.

The band hopes to release its first CD, "From The Edge," in a few months. The CD, recorded at Dan's House Studio in Center Valley, was produced by the late Hughie Thomasson, guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Outlaws. A second CD, to be called "A Long Time Gone," is also in the works.

Toole does many gigs in smaller towns outside the Lehigh Valley, and in local fire halls and rod and gun clubs.

"There's not a big market for Southern rock in the Lehigh Valley," he says. Or at least until more people in the Valley hear this band.

Dave Howell

Music: Southern rock

Band members: Ric Toole, guitar and vocals; Jimmy "Daweed" Wieder, drums and vocals; Chris Dinan, bass and vocals.

Performing: 10 p.m. Saturday, Riverside Barr and Grille, 5801 N. Delaware Drive, Easton, 610-258-1008, $5 cover; 4-8 p.m. July 18, Sand Bar, Split Rock Resort, 1 Lake Drive, Lake Harmony, $1 admission to resort, 570-722-9111 or 800-255-7625.

- By Dave Howell, Special to The Morning Call - Freelance


Discography

Ric Toole with" Ahab" in "Adam Hersh Aqua Boogy"
WLVR FM Lehigh University-RTB Originals"Baying at the Moon" "Blue Sunshin"
WMVH Muhlenburg College radio-RTB Originals "Rollin on", "Jack Black Blues"

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Born in Montgomery Alabama, raised in Jacksonville Florida the birthplace of Southern Rock, Ric Toole is a true Southern Rocker. Coming from a musical family, he began playing guitar at age 4 and performed in bands at age 10.
Along the way he’s played in bands such as “Jacksonville” with Jimmy Van Zant and “Ahab” with former members of Atlantic recording artists “The Hatters”. Ric has been mentored by legendary Southern Rock guitar greats; the late Allen Collins (of “Lynyrd Skynyrd” fame) and the late Hughie Thomasson (of “The Outlaws” and “Lynyrd Skynyrd” fame).
In 2005 Hughie Thomasson produced the “Ric Toole Bands” (unreleased) “From the Edge” CD. In 2006 Hughie invited Ric to play with “The Outlaws” as their 3rd guitarist for their summer tour. During this time drummer Jimmy Wieder and steel guitarist Jimmy Kidd were invited to work with Ric on “The Ric Toole Band”. Vocalist Chris Keating and Bassist/vocalist Gary Hahn both joined the band in 2009 helping to round out the vocal range needed to achieve the signature harmonies in the “Ric Toole Band”. They perform Southern Rock and Classic Rock music ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Led Zeppelin or you could say from Hank Williams to Black Sabbath! You never know… they are constantly working on new music as well as originals. You never see the same show twice! They have a wide range of vocal styles from the Southern Rock growl of Ric, to the crisp birdlike voice of Gary Hahn, to the wide range raspy rock and roll voice of Chris Keating. This enables the band to do just about anything and their musical expertise grasps the nuances of the music in keeping with the true spirit of the artists they cover. THEY’LL KICK YOUR ASS!