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BEACH-HEAD / DRIFTER GOAT
(1989-1992) Baton Rouge, LA USA
Photo by Adrian Merriot
  • Ross Beach – bass, guitar, voice
  • Joel Millet – guitar
  • Jared Millet – keyboard, voice
  • Vikram Khare – guitar (1989-1990)
  • Christina Barnard – drums (1989)
  • Allen Stone – drums (1992)
  • Michael Boone – guitar (1991)
  • Catherine Kolich – violin (1991)
  • SONS OF EARTH
    (1992-1994) Ruston, LA USA
    Photo by Will Westbrook
  • H. Eric Musgrove – guitar, voice
  • Ross Beach – bass, voice
  • SMILIN’ JOE FISSION
    (1993-1994) Ruston, LA USA
  • Scott Spillane – guitar, voice
  • John Fernandes – violin
  • Mike Fuselier – bass
  • Joel Evans – guitar
  • Ross Beach – guitar
  • John D’azzo – drums
  • BUCK PRICE
    (1994-1996) Monroe, LA USA
    Photo by Lee Otis Tugwell
  • George Brown – guitar, voice
  • Ross Beach – bass, voice
  • John Barnes – drums
  • Brandon Harvey – guitar (1995)
  • NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL
    (1994) Ruston, LA USA
    Photo by Ross Beach
  • Jeff Mangum – drums, voice
  • Ross Beach – guitar, voice
  • ALICE’S CHILDREN
    (1994) Monroe, LA USA
    Photo by ???
  • Carole Spann – voice
  • Jennifer Nolan – guitar
  • Patrick Hargon – guitar
  • Ross Beach – bass, voice
  • John Barnes – drums
  • THE GERBILS
    (1994-1995) Ruston, LA USA
    Photo by ???
  • Scott Spillane – guitar, voice
  • Ross Beach – bass, voice
  • Penny Burbank – voice
  • Will Westbrook – guitar
  • John D’azzo – drums
  • THE THIRD EYE / GLAND
    (1994-1995) Monroe, LA USA
    Photo by Betsey Riggins
  • Glenn Kennedy – keyboard
  • Michael Riggins – saxophone
  • Patrick Hargon – guitar
  • George Brown – guitar
  • Carole Spann – flute, voice
  • Ross Beach – bass
  • Bryan Barry – drums (1994)
  • John Barnes – drums
  • Adam Ryland – drums
  • CLAY BEARS
    (1995) Ruston, LA USA
    Photo by ???
  • Scott Spillane – guitar, voice
  • Ross Beach – bass, voice, organ
  • Jeff Mangum – drums, voice, organ
  • Will Westbrook – guitar, organ
  • Etc, etc, etc.
  • GOFIGURE
    (1996) Monroe, LA USA
  • Buddy Barnes – guitar, voice
  • Chris Gill – guitar
  • Ross Beach – bass, voice
  • Brien Dunn – keyboard
  • Ray Best – drums
  • MIDGET AND HAIRS
    (1996) West Monroe, LA USA
    Photo by Ross Beach
  • Paige Dearman – guitar, voice
  • Ross Beach – drums
  • Michel Boulware – keyboard
  • SQUINT
    (1996) Ruston, LA USA
    Photo by Ross Beach
  • Dane Adrian – voice
  • Matt Frederick – guitar
  • Kelly Matson – guitar
  • Ross Beach – bass
  • Nate Stewart – drums
  • BY JUNE
    (1996-1998) Baton Rouge, LA USA
    Photo by Les Strate
  • Ross Beach – guitar, voice
  • Christine Blanchard – piano, guitar, voice
  • Liz Smith – violin, mandolin
  • Allen Stone – drums (1996)
  • Vic Sanchez – bass (1997-1998)
  • Glenn Fields – drums (1997-1998)
  • ORANGE POP CHICKEN
    (1997-1998) Baton Rouge, LA USA
    Photo by Kristy Carpenter
  • Willy Ray – guitar, voice
  • Baby Lovecat – bass, voice
  • Sparkie Hotstream – drums, voice
  • TEDDY BEAR SATAN
    (1998) Baton Rouge, LA USA
    Photo by ???
  • Sparkie Hotstream – guitar, voice
  • Madame Hotstream – drums
  • ROSS BEACH
    & THE SHE-DEVILS

    (1998-2000) Baton Rouge, LA USA
    Photo by Kristy Carpenter
  • Ross Beach – guitar, voice
  • The Countess – bass, voice
  • Pinky – drums (1998-1999)
  • Rob Payer – drums (1999-2000)
  • SPOTTY KNICKERS
    (1999) Baton Rouge, LA USA
  • Rob Payer – guitar, bass, drums, voice
  • David Hinson – guitar, drums, voice
  • Ross Beach – guitar, bass, drums, voice
  • Teresa Bergen – guitar, bass
  • Hollywood White – percussion
  • THE SPACECATS
    (2000) Portland, OR USA
    Photo by camera timer
  • Vivien Lyon – voice
  • Natalie Jacobs – voice, guitar
  • Madame Hotstream – drums
  • Ross Beach – guitar
  • ROSS AND THE HELLPETS
    (2000-????) Portland, OR USA
    Photo by Kirk Linder
  • Ross Beach – guitar, voice, kazoo
  • The Countess Von Hellpet – bass, voice
  • C. Baker – drums
  • Audrey Grettie – keyboards, voice (2000-2001)
  • THE TUFTEES
    (2004) Portland, OR USA
  • Jack Tuftee – guitar, voice
  • Casey Tuftee – bass, voice
  • Cloister Maximus III, Esq. – drums
  • Ross Beach – guitar
  • THE ECHO PRINCIPLE
    (2013) Portland, OR USA
  • David Straub – drums and percussion
  • Endi Clark – dance and movement
  • Jacob Soto – drums and percussion
  • Jay Lieber – violin
  • Myrrh Larsen – keyboards
  • Ross Beach – bass
  • Shelley Frederick – dance and movement
  • Stashia Cabral – dance and movement
  •  

    Were you in a band with me at some point and I’ve forgotten all about it? Refresh my memory.

    Note: I only count musical ensembles that had at least one public performance or that made a recording. If I played in your living room and we talked about having a band, but never did, then that doesn’t count.

    Possibly due to the relatively large number of bands in this list, I’ve occasionally been characterized as a “band hopper”. In my defense, here are summaries of how my association with certain bands came to an end.

  • Beach-Head/Drifter Goat: Everyone went to college in different places. Band dissolved.
  • Sons of Earth: Eric quit after almost two years. Band dissolved.
  • Smilin’ Joe Fission: Band reorganized into The Gerbils.
  • Buck Price: George quit after almost two years. Band dissolved.
  • Neutral Milk Hotel: I was a temporary sideman.
  • Alice’s Children: Disorganization resulting from mismanagement. Death of key personnel.
  • The Gerbils: Band moved out of state while I finished college.
  • The Third Eye/Gland: I eventually rotated out of the revolving cast. I take credit for this one.
  • Clay Bears: Jeff moved away from Ruston for, like, the 25th time.
  • GoFigure: Okay. This one I did quit.
  • Midget & Hairs: I was a temporary sideman.
  • Squint: I was sitting in for a couple of months while Timmy had a broken hand.
  • By June: My doing again. I ended this project in order to start up a rock project.
  • Teddy Bear Satan: Never technically broke up. We just play very rarely.
  • Ross Beach & the She-Devils: Key personnel moved out of state. Band dissolved.
  • Spotty Knickers: A one-show Beatles tribute band.
  • Spacecats: A one-show Robyn Hitchcock tribute band.
  • So, to be fair, I only hopped away from three of these bands. The rest were temporary by design or situations beyond my control. Not too shabby for a 14 year stretch of time, don’t you think?
    Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking with it. -Ross

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