Originally launched by singer and guitarist Charlie Schmidt and his long-time collaborator, Ben Trout, the Joint Chiefs drive a musical freight train through kaleidoscopes of sound. Jan Van Voorst keeps the beat and Scott Elliot supplies the bass, Ben Trout serves up the mandolin and Brian Patrick pours on the electric guitar, Darren Whitney slays the saxophone and Charlie Schmidt keeps it all moving down the tracks.
Schooled in the classics, from Slim Harpo to Wilco (and what’s beyond and in-between), they have a sound all their own. They may not be young, but they’re hot! And with two centuries of combined musical experience and a roster of talented friends (Ladies and Gentlemen, Kristel Hayes!) they set a high bar for entertainment.