Here we’ll be featuring interviews from working keyboard players, telling their stories about how they do what they do. If you’re interested in being featured, please drop me a line! I’d love to hear from you.


John Clark Live Rig Rundown


Several months ago, I caught up with my friend John Clark who plays keyboards with Band of Gold, a wedding band based out of Lawrenceville, Georgia. John is a piano teacher, songwriter, and an accomplished performer. He very graciously gave us a detailed breakdown of his live rig after a gig.

Find out more about John on his website:

and be sure to check out his original music on SoundCloud at:


Almost Elton John


Craig A. Meyer has been playing the part of Almost Elton John since 2009. Together with The Rocket Band, Meyer travels the country and the world performing an Elton John tribute show than covers everything from “Daniel” and “Tiny Dancer” to “Pinball Wizard” and “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding”. We caught up with Meyer as he joined forces with veteran Broadway actor Donnie Kehr (“Jersey Boys”), where they put together their “Piano Men” show, a tribute to Elton John’s and Billy Joel’s famed musical collaboration. They performed a New Year’s Eve double-header at the beautiful Aurora Theatre in Aurora, Illinois, in 2013.

Interview with Craig A. Meyer and Donnie Kehr

For more info on Almost Elton John:

Almost Elton John

Facebook page

Donnie Kehr’s homepage


Home Studio Tour by Pat Strawser

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Check out some photos and a video tour of my home studio!


Fred Schendel


Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Fred is half of the creative force behind the symphonic progressive rock band, Glass Hammer. Founded in 1992 with Steve Babb, Glass Hammer has released thirteen studio albums, and several live albums and DVDs, and is slated for a new release in 2014. He currently resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where works as a studio engineer at Sound Resources studio.

Fred Schendel Interview

More info:

Glass Hammer Homepage

Fred’s entry on Discogs


Pat Strawser

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Born and raised in Athens, Georgia, I work in the Athens/Atlanta area as a freelance musician, composer, and graphic designer. I specialize in playing live keyboards and synth, as well as graphic design for print media. In 1993, I was a founding member of instrumental progressive rock band, Volaré. For the last several years I’ve worked with a variety of groups in the Athens/Atlanta area, including an Elton John tribute band (Almost Elton John), and other cover bands and original acts.

I am currently enrolled in a Master’s program at UGA studying Instructional Design.

Pat Strawser Interview

More info:

Volaré’s Homepage



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