QuickChester featuring the Flying Oatsmen Album Release Show

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QuickChester featuring the Flying Oatsmen Album Release Show

QuickChester began their musical journey in Asheville, NC in 2012. Lead guitarist, Paul Quick, and rhythm guitarist, Mark Chester, began developing songs written by Chester, as they also explored their mutual interests in other recording artists. Over time they built a lengthy song list consisting of original and cover tunes, and stepped out into the public, playing restaurants and coffee shops around the Asheville area.

Paul Quick began playing guitar at thirteen, and was soon playing in bands, first with “The Epics” in Waco, TX, then later in Baton Rouge, LA, eventually recording with the band “Louisiana” in Memphis, TN at Ardent Studios. Moving to Asheville in the Eighties, he performed guitar and vocals for “The Back Pages,” prior to connecting with Mark. He also currently plays in “The Lost Chord,” a Moody
Blues tribute band.

Mark Chester began playing guitar at age 14, but never performed in a band until 2002 when he joined The Flying Oatsmen (Atlanta, GA) at the age of 45. Taking an interest in percussion, he began playing congas under the tutelage of Count M’Butu (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Derek Trucks Band). Mark moved to Asheville in 2008, working on his guitar skills and song writing. Mark has performed with Col. Bruce Hampton, Rev. Jeff Mosier, and still performs with The Flying Oatsmen to this day.

In 2018, QuickChester began work on their first CD, featuring songs written by Chester, and featuring the guitar stylings of Quick, and the dreamy vocal harmonies of Alicia Knighten. Working with Producer, Russ Wheelock of Bull Creek Studios in Asheville, the sound began to grow beyond folk and soft rock. With the help of wheelock’s ear and imagination, the songs began to morph, exploring the realms of funk, hard rock, and jam. The band also began to grow with the addition of Kate Barber (The Lost Chord) on flute, and Ed Barber on bass guitar. Before long, the recordings began to bubble over with Kate’s distinctive flute stylings.

The CD, “Cocoon,” is scheduled to be released in January of 2019. It features all original songs played by Quick, Chester, Barber and Wheelock, with help from Laura Smith on fiddle and Darren Goot (Flying Oatsmen) on drums. The CD also includes the brilliant slide trombone of Daniel Wytanis (Col. Bruce Hampton, Grut), and saxophone by Chris Suarez (El Donuts). Paul Quick (QuickChester/Lost Chord) - lead guitar and vocals
Mark Chester (QuickChester/Flying Oatsmen) - rhythm guitar and vocals
Kate Barber (QuickChester) - flute and vocals
Russell Brown (Flying Oatsmen) - lead/rhythm guitar
Jerry Sorn (Flying Oatsmen) - lead/rhythm, keyboard
Scott Balun (Flying Oatsmen) - bass guitar
Darren Goot (Flying Oatsmen) - drums and percussion
Nathan Ebanks - (Straw Man) keyboard