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Rick Crayne Bio

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Bass Guitar, Vocals

Years of dedication and hard work have distinguished Brian Smolar as one of the most respected and sought after bass players in the Chicagoland area and Midwest. At the tender age of nine, inspired by watching reruns of The Monkees, Brian picked up his first guitar. "They looked like they were always having fun. So I thought Hey, why not?"

Honing his skills through a succession of bands, Brian progressed from being a high school hero to a regional rock idol with international recording act "Joker". Brian did a good share of the composing and arranging for the hard rock combo. His powerful original songs helped in securing Joker a record deal with BMG/Zoo Entertainment. In the late 90s Brian fronted his own band "The Situation".

Influenced musically by a plethora of Singer/Songwriter/Bass players such as Paul McCartney, Peter Cetera, Sting, Geddy Lee, Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten, Brian is comfortable playing everything from jazz to pop to heavy metal. Diversity and dexterity has made Brian a popular session player in the Chicagoland area.

Brian Smolar