The Gowanus All-Stars is comprised of 6 veterans of NYC's Alt. Country/Americana/Roots-Rock scene brought together by singer Spike Priggen to play an open-ended Monday night residency at Brooklyn's The Rock Shop (249 Fourth Avenue Brooklyn, NY). They'll be playing Honky-Tonk, Country-Rock and other Cosmic American Musics every Monday from 8-11 starting June 11th. Link.
Spike Priggen (guitar/vocals) is a singer, songwriter and recording artist based in Upstate NY. All Music Guide described his most recent CD There's No Sound In Flutes as "beautifully crafted pop-rock, gorgeous on every level" & "some of the prettier country-rock style love songs that this reviewer has heard since Gene Clark left this planet". Priggen has recorded or played live with Malcolm Ross, Dumptruck, Will Rigby, The Liquor Giants, Jenifer Jackson, The Pussywillows, The Schramms, Russ Tolman and The Streams. He has produced/engineered recordings by Mark Mulcahy, The Mad Scene, Peter Salett & The Caroline Know.
Jay Sherman-Godfrey (guitar/vocals) is the proprietor of Able Mobile Recording Lab, a studio and location recording service based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He is perhaps best known for his work producing and playing guitar on Laura Cantrell's debut CD, Not The Tremblin' Kind, and its follow-up, When The Roses Bloom Again. He has also worked with They Might Be Giants, Amy Rigby, Michael Moore, Eric Ambel, Michael Shelley, Tandy, and Mojo Nixon, as well as co-founding the seminal NYC country-rock band World Famous Blue Jays.
Chris Erikson (guitar/vocals) grew up in New Haven, CT, where he met Spike Priggen in the 9th grade, when Spike was sitting on a friend's lawn with a guitar, singing the Who's Substitute. Since then he's gone on to play guitar with Matt Keating, Florence Dore, Tandy, Charlie Chesterman, Will Rigby's Unmentionables, Jay Sherman-Godfrey, Scott McClatchy, Spike Priggen and numerous others. And he's just released his own debut CD, "Lost Track of the Time."
Mark Spencer (steel guitar/vocals) plays pedal steel and keyboards in the band Son Volt. He has recorded and toured with Blood Oranges, Kelly Willis, Wanda Jackson, Aimee Mann, Lisa Loeb, Cheri Knight, Laura Cantrell, Clare Burson, Amy Allison, Amy Rigby, Tammy Faye Starlite, Jay Farrar, Freedy Johnston and Spike Priggen. He also is the owner/operator of Tape Kitchen recording studios, a stone's throw from both The Rock Shop and the Gowanus Canal, his inspiration in giving name to this new supergroup.
C.P. "Charly" Roth (bass) is a multi-instrumentalist/composer based in NYC. He's played keyboards with Ozzy Osbourne, Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter, Suzanne Vega, Garland Jeffreys, Lenny Kaye & John Giorno, bass with Blessid Union of Souls & The Sic Fucks, and currently drums with The Liza Colby Sound, Low Society and Denis Leary. He's also the underscore composer for Bert & Ernie's Great Adventures.
Nancy Polstein (drums) has toured, recorded or played live with Cheri Knight, The Silos, The Friggs, Palmyra Delran, Star City, Will Rigby, Spike Priggen, Jay Sherman-Godfrey, The Wirebirds, The Pillcrushers, The Bedsit Poets, The Y’all Stars and Paula Carino. Nancy wishes she never had to wash the hand that Levon Helm once kissed.