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The beginnings of Winter Rose…

By autumn of 2013, Rick had started to sit in with a couple of the local bands and was feeling more than ready for a new musical project of his own. But he wasn’t really too sure how to get started. One day he and his wife were leaving the local supermarket after grabbing a few odds and ends for the weekend when they heard someone call out, “Rick! Mary!”

They turned around and saw Milt Muth coming toward them. Milt was a highly regarded bass player from the old Boulder music scene. Several years back, he and Rick had considered putting a group together, but nothing had ever came of it. More recently, Milt had gone back to Cleveland to care for his aging father, but here he was in Longmont again. The first words out of his mouth that day were to ask whether Rick was still interested in doing something together musically.

Milt said he had hooked back up with Michael Reese, and they were hoping to work with one another. Michael was one of the small group of outstanding guitar players in the area, and had a very impressive track record of his own. Rick said it sounded interesting, so they got in touch with Mike, and he was all for it. They became the Three Amigos, and despite a few false starts, slowly began adding, one by one, the rest of what they needed to form the complete band. In order, they added Andy Sweetser on drums, Bob Schlesinger on keys, and finally Jim Brady to play second lead guitar and help with the lead vocals.

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Rick Roberts started playing guitar at the age of fifteen, hoping to impress the girls at the beach in Clearwater, Florida, where he was born and raised. At the age of nineteen, he left college and hitch-hiked to California, ‘with the dream’ of making it in rock. He got his initial break about a year later, taking Gram Parsons’ spot in The Flying Burrito Brothers, with whom he did two albums, and then went on to do two critically acclaimed solo albums. Winter Rose is the third band he has put together, following Firefall and The Roberts-Meisner Band. In between, he spent time with Stephen Stills’ band, Linda Ronstadt’s band, and A 20th Anniversary Tribute to the Byrds.

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Andy Sweetzer started playing drums in the fifth grade at Manito Elementary School in Oakland, New Jersey. In the seventh grade, he began studying with Ray Des Roches who founded the NJ Percussion Ensemble. While studying with Mr. DesRoches, Andy performed with the NJ Percussion Ensemble as well as the NJ Symphony. He has been hanging out with musicians ever since, and feels quite fortunate to be hanging out with Rick Roberts.

 

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Milt Muth, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, moved to the Philadelphia area to pursue his music career before going to Boulder in 1977, where he became one of the top bass players in the area, with Chris Daniels and the Kings ( the “When You’re Cool” era), Lannie Garrett, “The Rude” and “The Bad Boys”(with Michael Reese) and many recording projects with Winter Rose’s producer, Jim Mason. He is very happy, that along with Rick, they now have Winter Rose.

 

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Michael Reeves’ gifts and his creativity have been recognized over and over. In 1995, he was nominated as “Best Guitarist of the Year” at the prestigious Los Angeles Music Awards for his work on his first solo CD, Dragonflyer. Later the same year, he performed in the Tommy Bolin Tribute Concert and was named an Official Fender Endorsee by Fender Musical Instruments, Inc. In 1996, Michael formed the band F-5 with former Joe Walsh keyboardist, Tommy Stephenson, and Peter Frampton’s former bass player, Stan Sheldon. Their first CD, Dodging the Dream Killers, produced by famed Santana drummer, Michael Shrieve, was nominated by Jazz Central Station as one of the top ten best jazz CDs of the year. Michael has played blues, rock, country, funk and jazz in over seventy bands. He opened for such rock luminaries as Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, John Mellencamp, Huey Lewis, Robben Ford, John Mayall, Alice Cooper and Steve Morse, the multi-talented lead guitarist and founder of the Dixie Dregs and current guitarist with the revived giants of the revived seventies rock scene, Deep Purple. Before long, he was playing with such legends as Keith Emerson, of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Mick Fleetwood, a founding member of Fleetwood Mac, and Mitch Mitchell, the drummer who kept the beat for The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Michael has done extensive work in the studio. He has played on national commercials, feature film scores, Discovery Channel documentaries, ski movie icon Warren Miller’s “Snowriders,” and an upcoming IMAX film. His film credits include; “For Hire,” starring Rob Lowe and Joe Montagna; “Bleeders,” with Rutger Hauer; and “Rainbow,” featuring Dan Akroyd and Bob Hoskins. In each of these films he worked with the highly regarded film composer, Alan Reeves.

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Bob Schlesinger is a pianist, composer and producer whose work covers diverse styles that include jazz, rock, blues, R&B and classical. He has toured the country as keyboardist for singer Hazel Miller. As the on-stage pianist at the Aurora Fox Theater’s production of “Hi Hat Hattie,” the Denver Post called his performance “masterful.” His jazz group has toured the United States and Europe. He writes soundtracks for films, video, commercials and theater, and for two seasons was the composer at the Community College of Denver theater. In 2010, he produced a CD of children’s music about the joys of food, called Dancing in the Kitchen, for singer Joan Langford (www.mymunchbug.com/).

 

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