Bio Info:

David Clarke - guitar, vocals

David began his musical quest on the ukelele at age 3. He started clarinet in the 5th grade, and got serious with the guitar at age 12. At 13 he was performing gigs, and played in the pit band for Waterville Opera House' production of "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris." He did a four year stint with the Air Force Band, playing in rock and jazz ensembles in Mississippi, touring the southern coast; The Philippines, touring Japan, Korea, Okinawa, Guam and Hawaii; and at Travis Air Force Base in California. He moved back to Maine in 1986, opening up David's Music, a local retail store where he taught music lessons and performed in local bands. He started a band called DC-3, which won the Belfast Bay Festival Battle of the Bands three years running. Over the next 25 years he has played with such bands as Faceplant, Tonto Lavec, The Willy Kelly Band, The Hemmens, The Bel-Isle Trio/Quintet, and The Elevator Pilots. He completed his Bachelors in Music Education from UMA and UMO in 1995. He is currently still performing with Sistalicious, Three Button Deluxe, Bel-Isle, The Novel Jazz Septet and Jump City Social Club with Anna Roman.

Ezra Rugg - bass, vocals

Ezra Rugg formed the group Antigravity in 1995, a favorite on college campuses and clubs throughout New England that features Ezra's unique fusion of jazz and funk original compositions. He studied acoustic bass with New York session player Ben Street, electric bass with local legend Glen Dubois, Afro-Cuban percussion with Al Delgado, and drums with Steve Grover. As a recording engineer, Ezra has produced albums with local groups Tree By Leaf, Shawn Mercer, the Straight Up Jazz Trio, and New Shades Of Blue. He also produces jingles for local radio. Ezra has been frequently featured on Friday Night Jazz with host Rich Tozier on MPBN radio.

Bill Batty - drums, vocals

It was in the backseat of a green Nash station wagon that Bill Batty heard the tune that that set the chart for his musical career. The name of the tune is lost to memory, but the snap of the snare drum still rings in Rhythm's head. So when 5th grade rolled around, it was a Majestic snare drum in Black Diamond Pearl and a set of 5a Pro-Mark sticks that got the nod.

By 7th grade, Rhythm was playing clubs in his first professional band. "The Family Tradition" was an award winning country band made up of all extended family. In fact, due to his age in the clubs, leader and cousin Cappy Elwell agreed to be a legal guardian--just in case.

High school came next and Rhythm was playing with bands Rival (complete with now Nashville studio cat Kevin Teel) and Rosevelt Franklin and the Bus Drivers. But it was pick-up bandmate Kevin Dowling (from the band Father Dowling and the Mysteries) that gave him the nickname Billy Rhythm. It stuck.

In college, he played with mid-coast Maine rockers "The Draw," as well as country/rock styled "Shadow" and rock and rollers "Straight Shake." Around 1994, Billy Rhythm became the first call drummer for Maine bluesman Blind Albert. He still sits on the throne for most of Blind Al's gigs. He also plays Christian blues/rock with "Mac Economy and the Exchange," in his own Jazz combo "The Uptown Rhythm Kings," and with jump swing & rockabilly band called "Three Button Deluxe."
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