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Uncle Shinbone was active on the Central Coast of California throughout the 1990's. The band began their journey as the brain-child of Kevin Dickey under the working name, Agapanthus. With a handful of Dickey's original pop songs the group managed to get a set list together, and was playing to college students at San Luis Obispo's Cal Poly within a few weeks of their inception. Sunny Day's Rain was recorded a short 3 months after the band's meeting and became a local favorite among students, fellow musicians and radio stations in the area. Over the course of the next few years the band played every club, bar and festival in sight, and opened up for several national acts including Mathew Sweet, Widespread Panic and The Mother Hips. When the band finally broke in the fall of 1995, they felt their craftsmanship had grown significantly since they joined forces. They decided to record one last album to document their accomplishments, and with the help of veteran rockers, YES, they recorded Slohemia, which captures their newfound musicianship and twenty-something perspective on life.

Original members included, left to right above, Kevin Dickey (bass), Esteban Chavez (keyboards), Mac Feller (vocals), Jesse Hiller (drums) and Dan Burke (guitar).

Check out this rare live video (34M). Here is an early music video (10M)
 
Slohemia

Uncle Shinbone's second album, Slohemia, was recorded in the studio where the band Yes recorded Keys to Ascension (1996). The keys to the studio came to the band via Kevin Dickey who was engineering the Yes sessions under recording legend Tom Fletcher. When the band broke for the holidays, an offer was extended to Kevin and his friends to use the facility as much as they wanted, and they took full advantage of the opportunity. The material they recorded is a telling encapsulation of early twenty-something angst. It explores the frustration of growing up, troubled relationships and a yearning to be free from the complexities of the world today. This rock and roll CD is filled with angry vocals, screaming guitars, and thundering rhythms. Dark, complicated, rich in tones and full of fury, Slohemia showcase's the bands instrumental prowess and creative production capabilities. A true rock masterpiece.


 
 



Album Extras:
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Album Facts:
Recorded:
December, 1996
Released:
May, 2001
Sunny Day's Rain

This pop-rock album is full of life. The songs on Sunny Day's Rain are high energy and are guaranteed to make you smile. Recorded a short three months after the band joined forces, the material here sounds inspired and professional. Dickey, Burke and Feller all contributed original material to this album, yet the sound is cohesive and follows a style that is reminiscent of the first months they played live together in San Luis Obispo.

Sunny Day's Rain received great response from students, critics and the media, which catapulted the bands visibility from a garage band to a major act on the Central Coast within a few months. After a year and a half of supporting the album, the band redefined their sound and recorded Slohemia as a testament to their passion for music.

This album would not exist without the help of Dean Katari. Dean recorded and mixed this CD on an old Tascam 8 track with two microphones and one multi-processor. An eternity of thanks goes out to him.



 
 



Album Extras:
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Album Facts:
Recorded:
March, 1994
Released:
April, 1994


 



 


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