Bonedaddy Band to put on a party to celebrate release of CD

August 14, 2003|by KATE COLEMAN

Everybody in The Bonedaddy Band has a nickname.

There's "Bonedaddy" himself, Paul Markuski, lead singer and harmonica player.

There's vocalist "Miss" Justine Hall; trumpeters "Screamin'" Mark Nichols and Bob "Mr. Excitement" Frushour; Karl "the Kooler" Kohler on baritone saxophone and vocals; Jim "Dr./Professor" Norton, tenor and alto sax; Michael "Kink" Joy on keyboards and vocals; "Smokin'" Joe Berger, guitar and vocals; drummer Doug "The Thug" Tepper; and Andy "Jerry Garcia" Chrisler on bass and vocals.

"In the blues thing, everybody always had a nickname," Markuski says. There's B.B. "Blues Boy" King, Leadbelly, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.

The Bonedaddy Band will be doing its "blues thing" Saturday, Aug. 16, at a release party for "You Can't Play the Blues (In An Air-Conditioned Room)," the 10-year-old, 10-member band's first CD.


The collection's 13 cuts are covers, all arranged by Kohler, who by day is assistant manager of Hagerstown Light Department.

There's the title song and others - all of which made it to the album because there's something in each that band members found humorous, Kohler says. The next collection will include original tunes.

The members, who range in age from 29 to 52, do more than play and sing. There's "The Smokin' Section Horns," and there are dance moves.

Markuski doesn't sound like what you might expect a guy who's been an insurance agent for 29 years to sound like, but then he's been singing the blues since he was 16.

The Bonedaddy Band played at an early Western Maryland Blues Fest and was part of the 2003 kickoff in the Potomac Street parking lot.

Bars - big enough to accommodate a 10-piece ensemble - are the band's usual venues. They play the Creekside Inn about four times a year, even though it's air conditioned.

If you go

The Bonedaddy Band
CD Release Party

9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16

Creekside Inn
1225 Security Road

$5 cover charge

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