The music I was most influenced by at an early age covered a wide range from the Beatles to the Animals to Ray Charles and more. Being that I was born and raised in Louisiana and New Orleans, the blues always played a big part in my musical development. In 1972 I arrived on Long Island and soon after helped form the Stanton Anderson Band. Initially we did many covers but through the years the band developed its own unique sound and became one of the areas top original acts playing all the biggest local venues as well as the Nassau Coliseum with the Marshall Tucker Band and the Allman Brothers Band. The Allman Brothers have always been a strong influence for me, having seen them many times in the early days back at the New Orleans Warehouse and having covered them with Stanton Anderson. Its a blast to be playing these songs again and it gives me a chance to stretch out both vocally and with the blues harp as well!
Ed Amantia - lead guitar
I first picked up a guitar late in 1972, six months after seeing Led Zeppelin at the Nassau Coliseum. Listening to Jimmy Page live is what first inspired me to learn to play. Other guitarists I was influenced by in the seventies include Brian May, Ritchie Blackmore, Johnny Winter as well as Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. In later years I discovered great players like Peter Green and Mike Bloomfield and my passion for the Allman Brothers Band grew tremendously as well. Seven Turns gives me the opportunity to explore the dual lead guitar harmonies that made ABB famous!... I also have a passion for the tools of the trade. I enjoy buying and selling guitars, amps, speakers, etc. and with this band I try my best to capture the tone and feel of the originals... Eat a peach!
Frank Notarbartolo - lead and slide guitar
I started teaching myself guitar during my last year of High School in 1979 during Southern Rock's "peak". Back then, those bands from the south could fill arenas like the Nassau Coliseum and Madison Square Garden. I would play along with my vinyl LPs of The Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Charlie Daniels Band, and The Outlaws. All of these bands influenced my playing, but the biggest inspiration by far for me picking up the guitar in the first place, was Dickey Betts. There was nothing better than Dickey's ramblin' western-swing/bluegrass-fiddle approach to the guitar. The first time I heard 'Jessica', I was hooked. As far as Slide Guitar goes, I've been studying/playing slide for almost 10 years now. With Seven Turns, I try to play in tribute to Duane. I have quite a few live bootlegs with great slide performances from Duane, so I have plenty to tap from to keep learning. It's amazing how each time I listen to one of Duane's performances, I pick up some new detail that I missed previously. My latest 'favorite' musician is Derek Trucks with The Derek Trucks Band. There are very few musicians that move me the way Derek does. Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas are in the same realm as well. Other favorites of mine: AK & Union Station, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, The Beatles, Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, Larry Carlton, Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia, The Kings: BB, Freddie, and Albert, Steve Morse, Eric Johnson, Hendrix, Page, SRV, David Gilmore, Brian May, Miles, Coltrane, my favorite tribute band is The Fab Faux.
As far back as I can remember, the sound of a Les Paul played through a tube amp did something for me. I picked up the guitar when I was about fourteen. My taste in music ranged from Zeppelin, Aerosmith, and The Eagles to The Allmans, Skynyrd and Tucker. Although I love most guitar oriented music, I've always been a sucker for good ol blues based classic rock. In the 80 's I played with an all-originals rock band called the Craze. In the 90's I hooked up with a classic rock cover band called Wrek. I hooked up with Frank about eight years ago. He had a vision of a band that would play mainly Allmans tunes, one thing led to another and all the peices came together. It's been a real treat!
studying guitar when I was 14 with a jazz fanatic who teaches now at Five
Towns college named Pete Rogine. He turned me on to jazz greats like Wes Montgomery,
Grant Green, Kenny Burelle, Joe Pass, Bucky Pizzarelli and blues artists like
Albert King and BB King. Although I love Clapton, Hendrix, Santana, Jimmy
Page and all the guitar greats of the 60's and 70's, no performers appeal
to my jazz tastes in combination with blues, rock and country the way the
Allman Brothers Band does. I was enraptured by the arrangments they put together
since the first time I heard them and have always aspired to play in a band
that could emulate their style.
I picked up the bass guitar when reggae became popular in the early 70's and enjoyed it so much I never put it down. There always seemed to be too many guitar players and not enough good bass players. Which brings me to Seven Turns today. Performing music I've always loved with friends I've known for too many years to count is a nice place to be. I enjoy trying to be true to the original sound and style of Berry Oakley and the other bassists who've followed over the years while injecting some of my own improvisations here and there. May the road go on forever.
Kevin Rymer - keyboards
I've been performing in live bands since 1972 and was first introduced to the Hammond organ at age 16. I've been playing one ever since. Some of the players that influenced me include John Lord, Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Tom Coster and Gregg Allman to name a few. The first band I was in was Albatross and ironically we played a good amount of Allman Brothers. I've never lost interest in either playing or listening to this style of music.
I've also played with various blues bands around the island and still perform frequently with the Hitman Blues Band. ( www.hitmanbluesband.com ).... There is no sound as beautiful as the real Hammond Organ. It has been with us over sixty years and will be for many years to come.
- percussion and backing vocals
The music that moves me is of the STRAIGHT AHEAD JAZZ and BLUES variety. My favorite jazz drummers playing today: Brian Blade, Billy Martin, Herlin Riley, Stanton Moore, Lewis Nash, Gregory Hutchinson and Bill Stewart. Rock drummers who’ve influenced me over the years: Ringo, Dino Danelli, Bonham, Jim Capaldi, Stewart Copeland, Steve Jordan and Jim Keltner. Favorite drummers who rock and play jazz: Steve Gadd, Billy Cobham and Bill Bruford.
Blues harp players who play(ed) like I’d like to play: Little Walter, James Cotton, John Mayall, Paul Butterfield, John Hammond, William Clarke and Billy Branch.
Early Seventies: Played drums in L.I. Blues-rock Bands ‘Crutch’ and ‘Abbey Grange’
Early Eighties: Played percussion in the unplugged ‘Dream City Rhythm’
Nineties: Played blues harp and percussion in ‘The Hideaway Blues Band’
Last Musical Project before ‘Seven Turns’: Founded and played drums in the band ‘Jazzmix’
Neil Cicione - drums
I was born and raised in Huntington NY and have been drumming since the age of ten. I briefly studied with Long Island's own Jeff Indyke and Bobby Rondinelli in the 1980's, but other than that I'm mostly self-taught.
My musical influences have come from bands such as the Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Santana, Mountain, Rush and Grand Funk Railroad. I have been performing since I was 15 years old and bring all my musical experiences and influences to any prooject I'm iinvolved in.
When I am drumming on stage with Seven Turns I revel in the opportunity to respectfully pay tribute to the Allman Brothers Band's southern rock-blues-jazz-country live performances that have been part of all of our lives for decades.