Linda Gimble Baker
Linda is naturally talented, just like her award-winning fiddler uncle. She brings to the stage a vivaciousness and passion that encompasses all in her presence. Linda is truly a versatile and remarkably talented flutist, percussionist and vocalist. A true musical spiritual-gift in essence!
Bob has been a music fan his entire life although he didn't play until his late 30's. His first love, the blues, compelled him to start playing music and he is having a ball with this project, "Big Money is such a labor of love, the music is unique and the message is of the moment. Our Jams are really compelling and fresh!"
Peter enjoys playing percussion instruments in various forms and styles and his playing for Big Money on "We The People" demonstrates some of the themes he has come to appreciate. The message of the music is important to him, as well, and he endeavors in his professional and personal life to promote a peaceful co-existence with mutual respect for all and recognition of the uniqueness we each possess and bring to the world.
Tiring of trumpet lessons that discouraged improvisation, Matt picked up a guitar when he was fifteen and never looked back. When he is not teaching high school, running rivers, or just genuinely enjoying Colorado, he opens his eyes and ears to jazz, blues, reggae, funk and rock 'n' roll. Matt's major guitar influences include Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Trey Anastasio, John McLaughlin and horn player's Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Matt believes music has many functions, from fostering spiritual transcendence and ecstatic catharsis to raising consciousness and instilling passion.
As a young musician, Rich "cut his teeth" on the blues, playing in clubs around Chicago. Other influences over the years have been Jack Bruce and John Entwhistle. He was a road-musician, touring the South, from South Florida, across Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, to New Orleans, into Missouri, and back to Illinois, when he was 18 - 20. In 1999 he lost the use of his left hand due to neck injury. He is thankful for the ability to play music. Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler and Bruce Cockburn have been influences in his song writing.
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