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Name: Chad Earley-harmonica/lead vocals

Hometown: Eaton Rapids, MI

Musical history:  Chad began playing trombone in 6th grade Jazz band.

His first band was in high school, a four piece; "Smoking John".

He was also in a duet with guitarist Steve Cowles, entitled "Project Mercury".

   Chad has been with Crosstown mojo about one year, and has been

playing harmonica about 4 years.   Chad plays Lee Oscar harmonicas,

with a Hohner Special 20's a close second.


Influences: Junior Wells, Carey Bell, Billy Branch, Sugar Blue,

James Cotton, Sonny Boy Williamson, John Popper, Willie Dixon,

Huey Lewis, Charlie Parker, Koko Taylor, Stevie Ray Vaughn,

Robert Johnson, Phish, Pearl Jam, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones,

Miles Davis,  and Busta Rhymes.




Name: Joe Marchenia-guitars

Hometown: Warren, MI

Musical history:  Joe, who is graduating from CMU in December

2000, with double majors in History and Social Studies, plans on

becoming a teacher.

   He has been performing in a musical setting since he was a young lad. 

His first instrument was the piano.


Influences:  Freddie King, B.B. King, and Albert King (the 3 wisemen)

Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Robin Ford, Carlos Santana,

Buddy Guy, T-Bone Walker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock.




Name: Sara Potter-drummer/percussionist

Hometown: Flint, MI

Musical history:  Sara, is a Music Education major at CMU,

graduating in May 2000.   She plays percussion, piano, and a little

guitar and trumpet.   She has been involved in various percussion

ensembles, including the CMU Percussion Ensemble.

   Sara has been in several bands, including:

"Free Will" (1992-1994)

"Riley Cat Blues Tribe" (1998-1999)

"Riff Kitchen" (1999)

"Crosstown mojo" (1999-present)




Name: J.T. Ross

Hometown: Fairview, MI

Musical history:  Early influences were mostly Gospel and Bluegrass,

J.T. started playing the piano, and the saxaphone in his early teens.

He switched to guitar at age 16, and started playing bass at 22 years old.