I’m Russ Sanders, I was as the band called us one of ‘the Sheffield Lads’ who toured around with the band on their visits to the UK, I now build websites, take photos and do other things like work, eat, sleep and tell crap jokes! I also collect stuff being a bloke and that includes colorblind stuff!
The Colorblind James Experience were :
- James Charles Cuminale, ‘Chuck’ , ‘Colorblind James’
- Phil Marshall
- Ken Frank
- Dave McIntyre
- Joe “The Bone” Columbo
- Jim McAveney
- Rita Coulter
- Mark Cuminale
- Gary Holt
- Charles Jaffe
- John Ebert
- Tommy Tromontana
- Kevin McDevitt
- Gene Tighe
- Thad Iorizzo
- Dan O’donnel
- Dave Fischer
- Scott Young
- G. Elwyn Meixner
- Bernie Haveron
- Carl Gedt
- Ian Cranna
- Bob Miller
- Lou Alano
- Ethan Lyons
A History Lesson Taken From Wikipedia :
The Colorblind James Experience began life as Colorblind James & The White Caps. While primarily based around the original songs of Chuck Cuminale, a.k.a. Colorblind James, the band also featured original songs by lead guitarist G. Elwyn Meixner. Rounding out the line-up were Rush Tattered, née Russell Tarby, on lead vocals, Kevin McDevitt on drums and Terry O’Neill on bass. The band was formed in Oswego, NY, the Port City, and christened the White Caps in homage to both Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps as well as the ubiquitous white caps of Lake Ontario. It was an immediate hit drawing a large and loyal following to the Market House Music Hall located on Oswego’s legendary Water Street. The songs were mostly executed in a fast and frantic two-beat style propelled by Kevin McDevitt’s manic and ferocious drumming.
1980-1984: From Oswego to San Francisco, San Francisco to Rochester
In the summer of 1980, after enjoying two years of unparalleled success in their hometown, Chuck looked west to San Francisco as the ‘next step’ for the band. Inviting the entire band to join him, he was surprised to find only Kevin was eager to make the trip. He recruited Phil Marshall to take over on guitar and Gene Tighe to play bass. In the fall of 1980, the four members caravaned west with Phil and Kevin arriving the day after Thanksgiving. During the band’s time in San Francisco, Gene was eventually replaced by Oswego native Thad Iorizzo who was in turn replaced by Dave Fisher. The band released one 45rpm record, Talk To Me b/w Kojak Chair to little critical or commercial success. In the summer of 1984, the band dissolved and Chuck and his wife moved back east to Rochester, NY. Guitarist Phil Marshall rejoined the band a few months later. In Rochester, the band included former White Caps guitarist G. Elwyn, bassist Bernie Heveron (an alumnus of Personal Effects) and Jim McAvaney on drums. The band scraped together enough money to press 1000 copies of its debut self-titled LP in 1987. Chuck sent one copy abroad and specifically to BBC radio’s John Peel. The song “Considering a Move to Memphis” made Mr. Peel’s year end Festive Fifty list.
1987: Record contract (Fundamental/Red Rhino)
The band was signed to Fundamental records in the U.S. and its sister company, Red Rhino, in the U.K. Prior to touring, G. Elwyn left the band, followed shortly by Bernie Heveron. Auditions were held and Chuck, Jimmy and Phil were soon joined by David McIntire on clarinet/sax, John Ebert on trombone and Ken Frank on bass.
1988-1990: Fame in the UK: the touring years
On October 17, 1988 the band landed at Heathrow airport ready to embark on what would be the first of three European tours. The band followed up its debut LP with Why Should I Stand Up?, which was released on Cooking Vinyl in the UK and Capitol subsidiary Gold Castle in the States. The all-acoustic album Strange Sounds From the Basement was released only in the UK and found the band working under the name Colorblind James and the Death Valley Boys, though they were subsequently dropped by Cooking Vinyl and Gold Castle.
1991-1993: American success eludes the band
The release of Solid! Behind The Times on the U.S. folk label Red House found the band without a UK label for the first time. While Red House pinned their hopes on the CD’s success, the band was not in a position to tour the States extensively since the time between 1991 and 1993 found many long-time members leaving the band.
1993-2001: The post-touring years
The release of I Could Be Your Guide found Chuck and Jim joined by Gary Holt on bass, Tommy Tramontana on guitar, “Brother” Charles Jaffe on keyboards, Rita Coulter on vocals, and Ethan Lyons on saxophone. That CD was followed by the final studio CD, titled Call Of The Wild. Chuck Cuminale unexpectedly died of an arhythmia in July 2001. On July 8, 2008, a tribute to Chuck and his music was performed by an ensemble composed of musicians who had played with various incarnations of the band, as well as Chuck’s son Mark on guitar. The performance was recorded for WXXI’s OnStage.