​PREVIOUS BANDS / MUSICAL PROJECTS  {partial list}

-- NATURE BOY, COCO LANE, SOULBONE, CRASH NELSON, COLLIDE

-- Original CD – "Tom Jones' Drug Store"
-- 3 original songs on the local compilation "Bawdamoor"


GEAR / PREFERENCES
Currently using Electro-Voice and Shure microphones.

{but my loyalties CAN be bought!}

1ST INSTRUMENTS
I knew at an early age I wanted to play music! I got a drum kit at age 6!

After having to move it from the attic to the basement EVERY TIME I wanted to play it,

I learned that drums were NOT for me! I moved to clarinet in the 4th grade.

Then the guitar and bass. It all went south from there.

EARLY MUSIC & INFLUENCES

1st record - Frankenstein by Edgar Winter Group
1st Album - Mothership Connection by Parliament
1st CD - Running in the Family by Level 42
1ST OR BEST CONCERT EXPERIENCE:                                                                                
 
Best concert - Prince, The Time & Vanity 6 at the Civic Center!                                   

The Time absolutely floored me! Prince killed as always.
The list of influences is farr too many. . . Prince, The Time, Stanley Clarke, Richard Pryor, Van Halen, James Brown, Bruce Lee, Parliament/Funkadelic, Marcus Miller, my parents.

BEST GIG MEMORY

Opening for P-Funk at the "Route 52{?} Richmond Music Conference"! Met Garry Shider {1st of a few meetings}. Played to a room of hundreds. ALL of whom partied and cheer

to OUR songs! And played to an online feed of thousands! Great time.

WORST GIG MEMORY 
High school - our band "Technique" played King’s Palace in Catonsville. Opened with Controversy by Prince. Made it to the 1st chorus, then the stage power was cut off,

the DJ played an Al Green song and we were sent on our not-so-merry way!

PATRICK WILKINS - BASS GUITAR

KEVIN BAKER - LEAD GUITAR

"BIG LA"

DOUG WOLFE - DRUMS

"DOUG E. FRESH"

WILL CARTER - LEAD VOCALS

ANDY GRIDLOCK - KEYBOARDS, VOCALS, ANY INSTRUMENT THAT EXISTS - ​"MVP" 

THE BEGINNING

Inspired to play guitar at the age of 13 by listening to local guitar players in Laurel M.D such as Dave Solentano (Check his You Tube Videos --- awesome player) and Marty Friedman (Megadeath), Laurel seemed to have so many great players while I was in growing up, along with learning to play the blues from my brother Mike Baker. I Played in local bands Lofton (with Jeff Reid from SR71 R.I.P my friend

he was one of the most gifted players and ears around), Crash Nelson, Collide, and other projects locally. Played abroad with The Good Guys from Richmond V.A where we opened for the band Living Color overseas.

My biggest influences are in no particular order, Steve Stevens, Randy Rhoads, Ted Nugent,Carlos Santana, Al Dimeola, Chick Corea, Neal Schon, Patti Labelle, Zack Wylde, George Benson, David Sanborn, George Lynch, and many others from all genres. Learning how to play all styles is a key to being a complete guitar player. Of course like all my band mates I love to watch sports and movies,

my love for all things Los Angeles is where the Big L.A comes from, The L.A. Lakers being my favorite sports team, along with my fav movies like the Godfather, Tombstone, Anchorman 1 and 2, Star Wars (Darth Vadar rules!) and so many others.

NOW FOR MY FAVORITE PART --- GEAR!
- Modded early series Fulltone Wah pedal
- Orion Michael Landau custom chorus pedal
-  Boss Tuner
-  Booya Amplification (Exclusively)
-  Custom Audio Amplification (Suhr)
-  Diezel Amplification


SIDE NOTE

Favorite Quote: "The chase is better than the catch"

Favorite Song: "Don't Go Away Mad" (Just Go Away)

Favorite Drink: Jack Daniel's.  Please.  Thank You.  

QUOTE :  "Be like water my friend, be like water" Bruce Lee. {condensed}

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ABOUT

Andy was originally a trumpet player, who went to college to study music theory for a long, long time, refusing to leave until they gave him a degree to prove that he was there. Then he went in the Army for a few years where as a military musician, he played TAPS (the most important gig EVER!) a LOT. After that, he moved to Maryland to teach music and to go back to school to study jazz. Along the way, he learned to do some singing, and play guitar and keyboards, all skills he honed while being the front man for “None the Wiser”. His favorite music is “everything”  He has watched “The Big Lebowski” at least fourteen times, feels sttrongly that Jeff Lynne belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and can recite the script from “The Godfather” upon request.


GEAR

- Nord Stage 2 (the red one, which he is currently obsessed with) 

- Yamaha M08 Synths

- Digitech Live Pro Vocal Processor. 

- All 3 tied together in one big MIDI configuration no one but him understands

- Various trumpets, french horns, and essentially every instrument

GROWING UP

Or is it Dougie Fresh? I don't know, the band gave me the name.  Either way, I grew up in a small country town in Pennsylvania where there wasn't much to do except work on a farm and watch cars rust.  I made a few attempts at various activities and sports but sadly, due to my (at the time) tall and lanky body with an unproportionate sized head, I sucked at most of them.  By the time I picked up the drums at age 11, it dawned on me that everything else was irrelevant. The drums consumed me from that point forward.  By the time I was 12, my dad gave me my first gig at a local speak easy. Learning the ropes playing songs by artists such as Waylon, Cash, Haggard and Hank Williams, I frequented the stages of illegal bars, bull roasts, VFWs, clubs, parties.. anywhere I could play.  To this day I will still play anywhere or anytime I can. I've played in a shit ton of cover bands but who wants to hear about them? That's why I'm in this band.  I am proud however of an original rock band I've been in for 5 years now.  I'm just a naturally loud, hard hitting drummer with Rock N' Roll deep routed in my heart.


INFLUENCES

Everything.  Literally.  GNR, Crue, Mudvayne, Waylon, Pantera, Pink, Snoop, Kravitz, Elvis, Slipknot, Madonna, Merle Haggard....

If you get stuck in a musical rut you stop growing.  Drummers? Tommy Lee, Ben Sesar, Rich Redmond, Buddy Rich, Tony Royster JR... that list goes on too.  But my biggest influence was the drummer in my dad's band when I  was a kid, Joe Torbert.  I remember being 4, asking him to play Wipeout. When I learned to play I mimicked his every move. Still do.  Thanks Joe.   


GEAR

I don't know.  Everything.  I have Pearl, DW, Ludwig and Mapex drums.  They all serve their purpose.  The only 2 things I use exclusively are Vic Firth sticks (if another company offered me a lifetime of free sticks I would still say no and buy Vic Firth) and Zildjian cymbals.  I've only broke 1 in over 22 years.  I also use Shure In Ears because I'm going deaf from years of playing drums.  

​BIO'S  - "THE DIRT"

ABOUT

Born in Baltimore, I first started playing gospel music at the age of 12 years old through my teen years . I was and still am influenced by many musicians from local to national acts (too many to name).

I love learning and listening to many styles of music from R&B, Rock, Blues, Funk, Country  and Jazz.  A few of my favorite early gig memories are the many churches and schools that I played in my teen years. I stopped playing for about 15 years until I met Kevin Baker in a music store in 1999. We started a Blues/Rock band called Urban Rose. Other fun projects followed as the years rolled by.

I joined Thunderball April of 2012 and I am still enjoying myself.


One of my favorite quotes: I try to do good in the world not out of fear for hell or reward of heaven, but because it feels better not to be an asshole.


GEAR

- Marcus Miller Fender Jazz Bass

- AMPEG SVT 7 Pro Series Bass Amp Head

- Mark Bass 4x10 and 2x10 Cabinets