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Acoustic Axis - Musician Bios



Brian Lantz - 6, 12 & nylon string guitars, vocals, synthesizer, mandolin and harmonica
Brian started his musical career playing the drums in 1970 and played his first paid gig by the age of 14. Eventually switching to guitar, Brian has been playing professionally on a regular basis since 1977. Through the years, Brian has played with numerous bands in a variety of settings that include hard rock power trios, jazz for cocktail parties, and dance bandsfor night clubs, weddings and proms. Past bands include Driver, Sequence, Skyband and Killer Whale. Most notably as a member of long established Delaware horn band Whale from 1985 to 2000, Brian has opened for such performers as Dave Mason, The Guess Who, Average White Band and Tower of Power. Brian founded Acoustic Axis with fellow musician, Rick Reader.


Dave Adcock - vocals and percussion
Dave has been playing the drums since about 1970 with his first professional performance taking place in Louisville, Ky in 1975 with a band led by his infamous and crazy Uncle Henry. Dave's additional experiences include many performances throughout his Newark High School years including those in the Mobile Alabama Jazz Festival, and competitions in Montreal, Canada. Dave has played with many area rock bands throughout the late '70s and early '80s including Red, Matrix, Civilian, and Gossamer Wings. He then joined popular Delaware horn band Whale in June of 1984 playing countless clubs, proms, weddings, and private parties eventually opening for The Guess Who, Gary US Bonds, Tower of Power, The Spinners, Dave Mason, and Average White Band. He remained their drummer throughout their transition in 1999 to a 3-piece power trio known as Killer Whale which continued performing through mid-2006. Dave then became the third member of Acoustic Axis providing vocals and percussion via his LP congas, and has been performing with them ever since. Dave also is enjoying being back on the kit in a 5-member, Wilmington-area tribute band called "TVC15 - A Tribute to David Bowie" which debuted in December 2012. More info about that band is available at their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tvc15band


Rick Reader - vocals, guitar, and bass
Rick got an old acoustic guitar from his cousin when he was 12 and learned to play chords from a book his Dad got him from the library. His parents then gave him a “ Jet Black” Airline electric guitar for Christmas from the Montgomery Wards catalog and formed his first band, “The Outer Limits”, in 8th grade and played a couple of Junior High dances. He was 14 when he put together his next band called “The Avengers" (Funny how they sound like old TV shows), made a PA system from old radio and TV speakers, and played at Junior High dances and a few jobs at the University of Delaware. His next band was the "Midnight Blues" in high school. They actually had a keyboard player and a real bass player and did a few dances at local schools. He was then in a trio called “The Urge” when he went to college in North Carolina and played at dances, coffee houses and a pizza joint. At art school in York, PA, he joined a progressive rock band called "Apocalypse" and played at dances, opened for “Ralph” (who ever they were) at York College, and various other night clubs in the area. Then things started getting serious when he joined a full time horn band from Philly called “Nightlife”. They played all over the tri-state area and opened for “The Trammps” (you know “Disco Inferno”). He also performed in two more full-time rock cover bands called “Outlet” and “Sequence”. Sequence was a very successful band playing almost all the Delaware clubs, a lot of jobs in PA and NJ, and beach gigs in Cape May and Rehoboth. He also played a brief stint with the “Sky Band”. His next band was “Still Kickin” with some old members from “Outlet” who played a few local club gigs which was a lot of fun. But the most fun of all is with “Acoustic Axis”, an acoustic trio that is really taking off in the acoustic venue. And its easy on the ears.