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Thank you for listening to Crystal Aire I know the passion we have for our music and how difficult it is getting ourselves heard by others. It's very gratifying when our music inspires others and when a connection is made and listeners respond. Discovering new talent meeting new people and listening to new ideas makes us strong and gets our music heard.
Friends I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has stopped and listened to any of my songs. Crystal Aire was a fantastic band formed in the late 70's that broke up by 1980. All have gone on to create their own projects and bands. Many of us have stayed in touch playing on each others projects. Please enjoy the 3 songs I posted 2 are live and one is a home made recording I created in my living room in 2014. I am still playing guitar and bass guitar. Southside surfer is an example of my guitar playing as I am playing all the instruments except for the drum machine. I have become a born again Christian since my early rock n' roll days and would like to encourage each of you to discover Gods plan for your lives through His son Jesus Christ. Jesus said you must be born again to see the kingdom of heaven. Also Jesus said, "I am the way the truth and the life no one can come to the father except by me." He meant just what he said no one can enter heaven unless they have a personal relationship with God through His son Jesus. Get your bibles and read the gospel of John. Remember we are living in the end times, the last days I believe that we are the generation that will see the return of Jesus. Governments cannot repair the damage that has been done to the world and the nations the world is changing preparing its way for the anti-Christ which will lead to the return of Christ. God bless you all.
Crystal Aire is a story about perfect strangers becoming friends through music. To me it was the synchronicity of friendships made. Here were 5 guys living in a small town of about 70,000 people in the middle of the California dessert during the late 70's. It was one of those rare moments when everything seems to be controlled by destiny something big. It was a magical time of musical discovery pushing the bar to excel. Think of it... what are the odds that 5 unknown musicians (all just happen to be skilled players) find each other while living out in the 'boonies' of the high desert? It was a moment in time when everything intersected perfectly as Crystal Aire became one of the hottest Southern California rock bands in the region. The creative and musical bond was strong, it seemed like there wasn't anything we could not play or write. For 3 years we played hard practiced daily performed concerts, parties, gigs of any kind, any where including an abandoned house in the middle of the desert that was located off of a dirt road in the middle of no where. You know turn left at the rock then right at the large Joshua Cactus Tree. Renting generators to power our equipment we played for a few hundred drunken fans. Ah... those were the days... We enjoyed playing the hits of our day note for note songs from our favorite bands... like Kansas, Styx, Yes, Foreigner, Jeff Beck, Tull, Zeppelin, UK, Beatles and more. Encouraged by the acceptance of our fans we performed and wrote originals in the genre of our musical hero's. Crystal Aire was the definition of high energy progressive rock! We dominated local bands and rocked the High Desert, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. With nothing but our hearts fueling the flames of music... Sadly we went the way, of so many who had gone before us and disbanded. We are still friends and from time to time have played together on individual projects but never again as a band.
Crystal Aire consisted of 2 lead guitarist featuring Jimmy Willis/songwriter, lead vocalist and one of the best solo guitarist- ever. Rivaling the best of today and hails from Red Lands, CA. Mike Harty/songwriter energy driven blazing lead guitar, hails from Los Alamitos, CA. John Maher playing a Rickenbacker bass who easily blended and pounded the air waves with natural ability to improvise with solid and intricate playing hails from Ocean City, Maryland. John Bickham/songwriter one of the best keyboardist/soloist ever, along the lines of Jan Hammer and Rick Wakeman not to mention classical roots, hails from Apple Valley, CA. Finally Robby Gammel- Drummer extraordinaire and percussionist... truly gifted with amazing timing/skills works the high hat and kick like no other. The driving force of Crystal Aire he hails from Shreveport, La. Enjoy these unique live performances- a historical snap shot of rock n' roll during 1978-1980. Listen to Crystal Aire perform one of their original tunes such as 'Storm Trooper' the 'Romp' or 'Closing the Bar' which is what we did a lot back then.