'The Independent Music Show Magazine' July 2019 - Page 20

Brian Drake

Brian was a Rock and Roll convert from somewhere around the age of 7. When other kids were drawing pictures of

Army guys, cars, cowboys and Indians, and space ships and flying saucers, Brian was drawing pictures of Elvis

Presley, Ricky Nelson, guitars, drum sets, and amplifiers while singing along to every song on the radio. At age

12, along with the rest of America, he saw The Beatles on Ed Sullivan and it was obvious immediately things

would never be the same.

The seemingly never-ending stream of British groups of cool guys playing cool music and drawing the adoration of

screaming girls at every turn fired his imagination and has never let go. His first performance on a stage was at age 13 for

a high school "fashion show" where he played drums in Ike and The Islanders. Shortly thereafter he got his first guitar from a mail-order catalog. He wrote his first song on a Sears Silvertone arch-top at age 14 and never looked back.

A fixture in the indie/alt Minneapolis music scene since the early 80's, Brian previously fronted, recorded with, and toured with Idiot Savant, The Fontanas, 60 Cycle Hum, and The Hard Left.

Scott Hreha

Scott Hreha began playing guitar as an 8th grader in the 1980's in Racine, Wisconsin, but soon switched to bass when

opportunities to hold down the bottom end in a rock-n-roll band and the high school jazz ensemble presented

themselves. After relocating to the Twin Cities in the early 1990's, he has played with numerous bands ranging in

styles from straight-ahead rock (The Red Flags, The Unreasonables) to experimental improvisation (Incinarator). In addition to playing music, he has also dabbled in music writing and radio programming.

Ben Kaplan

Born and raised in Baltimore, Ben Kaplan played in various local and regional bands. While playing the area clubs he

worked with future Windham Hill guitar star Michael Hedges, and backed fiddle legend Vassar Clements. As a session

musician and engineer at Blue Seas recording studio he worked with Lovin’ Spoonful bassist Steve Boone, Little Feat leader Lowell George, British rocker Robert Palmer, guitar legends Link Wray and Roy Buchanan, and Verdine White

of Earth, Wind, and Fire. Since relocating to the Twin Cities in the early 1980's he has played with artists ranging

from Mississippi blues legend Jessie Mae Hemphill to Rock’n’Roll Hall of Famer Chuck Berry.

Brad McLemore

A native Texan, Brad McLemore spent a decade working as a sideman for fellow Texas artists such as Sara Hickman

and Soul Food Café, touring the country and performing with Hickman on Austin City Limits and The Tonight Show.

Just before relocating north to Minneapolis, McLemore shifted his focus from working primarily with singer/

songwriters and focused on writing songs, playing solo acoustic shows, and fronting an electric trio to perform his

original music. With songs that search the soul for love, justice, and peace of mind, his songs blend Americana styles

and the best of country, folk, and blues into earthy tunes that feature emotionally dynamic guitar. He is excited to bring his songwriting and love of guitar interplay to The April Fools.

Terri Owens

Since the early 1980's, Terri Owens has toured and recorded extensively with Minneapolis-based bands like The

Babysitters, The Flamin' Oh's, Tetes Noires, and Sonicbouquet. She has also lent her talents to numerous recordings as

a session musician for Twin Cities labels, including Blackberry Way and Twin/Tone offshoot Medium Cool. Terri brings

her wealth of experience and infectious enthusiasm to The April Fools as a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and mandolin

player—greatly expanding the band’s overall sound in the process.

The Independent Music Show + A BlackBerry Way Records Presentation


'The April Fools'

The April Fools began as a studio project for singer/songwriter Brian Drake, who intended to record a batch of his songs with help from a wide network of players to flesh out the tunes. Guitar, bass, and drums would be augmented by horn players, strings, woodwinds, keyboards, vocalists, and more depending on the specific song. The songs themselves spanned a broad spectrum—rock to straight-up country to alt-country/Americana to blue-eyed soul to Brit-pop to folk to 70's AM radio and more.

Finding a cohesive thread with which to bring together those diverse genres, they began recording sessions for what would become their debut album. Released in April 2015, The April Fools garnered airplay on more than 100 radio stations across the U.S.

Fast-forward to December 2017. After releasing their second album Colorwheel, guitarist Clay Williams chose to exit the band. The three

remaining members carried on with the addition of Minneapolis veteran

Terri Owens (Tete Noires, The Flamin' Oh's, and others) and Dallas transplant Brad McLemore (Sara Hickman).

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the new April Fools!