Nominated for: BEST Local Bands
This is the condensed version of the story of Echo Grove as seen through the eyes of me…Johnnie. I am writing this story for this page because Paul put a link leading here so someone had to do it. I am not a storyteller or a writer, but who gives a shit? So here is the story of those four lovable mop tops from Cleveland, Ohio… Echo Grove. It all began in the latter part of 1977. Actually, it began in 1973 or so when Bobby Malinky and I used to think we were musicians playing to the stereo in his parent's basement. He would beat on his lone snare while I would put a dehumidifier (my amp) next to me and strum his three-stringed acoustic. It's funny how things never change; I had to borrow his guitar. That was the true beginning of this whole mess, but at the time it was just an 8 and 9 year old doing what all children do at that age. Back to 1977- I wanted to start a band. Playing the bass was going to be my thing, but a friend of mine had the money first so I had to pick the guitar. So a bass player and guitar player were on the search for a drummer and another guitarist. "I know a drummer" I thought, "he lives in another part of town, but who cares…we have parents". My family moved from where I knew Bobby two years previously, but I had talked to him once or twice in that time. I called him up and told him what my plans were. He said he would want to do it and to add insult to injury he knew of a kid at school that was taking guitar lessons and he would ask him if he wanted to join up. Well… that was the beginning of the whole thing. Black Velvet was the name, taken off a box that I was kicking down the street one day. Ron was the bass player and the kid that Bobby knew from school was John Atzberger. We were musically inept and resorted to writing our own music which was a good thing because it forced us to work on songs to make them sound like something. That forced habit was to play a major role in this band thing for years to come. Within the first year of the band a guitar player was added because… well I can't think of a reason, but I'm sure that at the time there was one. His name was, and still is, Paul Fresty. Eventually Ron was out of the band due to circumstances I don't quite remember (He had to leave for dinner one day and never came back - Paul), but it did happen and the Stonehenge line-up became what it was to be, for the most part, until the first phase of the band was over 8 years later.
Do you love Echo Grove? Be the first to vote for them!