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Up in the Air

by The Great I Am

First off we are songwriters, but man we love to play and we sure can jam. We take our influences from everywhere. From the Allman Brothers to Jimi, to the Black Crowes and Keys, to the sound of the wind, war, and the girl next door. We love what we do!
Genre: Rock: Jam-band
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1. Funky Dame
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2. Orange
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3. Laughin (R.I.P. Big Tony)
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4. Mr Midnite
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5. Sittin' On the Porch
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6. She Got Me
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7. P Princess
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8. Maxanthem
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9. Home
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10. Lullabye
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11. Tj Funk (Turkey Version)
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12. Tj Funk (Instrumental Version)
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13. Time to Go
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
We have paid our dues and been there and done that. Now were paying it forward. Just fighting along hoping to catch our break. So instead of boring you with a grandiose tale of how great and amazing, brooding and deep we are, we will just tell you a little bit about us. Who knows, maybe you'll like us.

KEVIN MACE- Coming from a small town outside of Chicago called Hanover Park, Kevin picked up his acoustic guitar at age 15 and hasn’t put it down since. Influenced by The Grateful Dead, Phish, Dispatch, Dave Matthews, and Jimi Hendrix to name a few Kevin has traveled coast to coast playing his music and sharing the stage with many greats. In 2005 Kevin helped put together the band Liquor Boxx with Patrick and they had some success. Scraping on the tails of success and just scraping by this man has the moan for music and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.

PATRICK CREEDON- Patrick, an Oak Park IL boy, has played all over the country. He lived in the "Big Easy" for awhile as a hired gun sharing the stage at times with Bellafleck, West Bank Mike, Warren Haynes, and Buddy Guy to name a few. Patrick has known Kevin for over a decade and after 3 years on the road, some crazy times, and lots of tears he has not stopped playing. Riding the roller coaster of heaven and hell, its what he does, its just in his blood. He has been in and out of so many bands, writing and creating so many things, searching for the right sound... I think he has finally found it.

GREG VASQUESZ- Hailing out of North Riverside IL, Greg our favorite Jewish guitar player ever, has a sound all his own and it is so sweet. Greg and Patrick have known each other for about 12 years. In high school they were each others friendly competition of who was the towns best guitar player and thanks to this wonderful economy Greg got laid off from his job. And, thanks to this wonderful economy we now have Greg... how sweet it is.

SHAUN "Gotti" CALLOWAY- At 24 years of age bringing up the rhythm section of this band we had to bring the soul and here we got the real west side Shaun Calloway. I don't know how growin' up on the streets could teach bass this well but damn! Sean is more of a gentile giant but boy can this guy play bass. Shaun has been immersed deeply in the Chicago Gospel scene. Shaun just won the Chicago Gospel contest at the United Center and is on his way to nationals in The Big Apple. Shaun and Patrick met playing for previous group and decided to take their Musical relationship to the next level.

JEREMY JOHNSON- Oh my god this brother can play. Hailing from the south side of Chicago this boy is like Buddy Miles on steroids. At 25 years old this kid has already played with Bobby Brown, Tamika Scott, Fel Davis, David Hollister, Jessica Reedy, and Keith Jackson. Some of Jeremy's influences include Dennis Chambers, Teddy Campbell, Dave Weckl, Tony Royster, and Rex Hardy. Patrick and Jeremy have known each other for awhile and Jeremy is the best damn drummer he's ever seen. Growing up playing in the churches really shows. Jeremy has played with some pretty accomplished cats. Now its his time.

That's out story... For now
Instrumentation

Kevin Mace - VOX, Acoustic Guitar
Patrick Creedon - Lead Guitar, Backup Vox
Greg Vasquesz - Lead Guitar, Backup Vox
Jeremy Johnson - Drums
Shaun Callaway - Bass
Discography

"The Great I Am" Take One - Debut, 2012

"The Great I Am" Single - Time To Go, 2012
"The Great I Am" Single - Mr Midnite, 2012
"The Great I Am" Single - Evil Girl, 2012


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Vegas Vic Valdez

Do You Hear What I Hear?
As a person that has wandered the halls of the live music business for quite some time, I have always been surrounded by friends and acquaintances that are either directly involved in the music business or know somebody that is. That being said, I always get demos handed to me or always hear people saying “Dude, you should totally check my buddy’s band out! They’re really good”. Shortly afterwards, I’m either handed a demo and/or web-site. I proceed to listen with as much of an open mind as possible. I always try to listen to these demos and EPKs all the way through and for the most part, there will be one or two tracks that I find decent but don’t bother listening to again and other times, I don’t listen to that particular artist ever again. On rare occasion, I will find two or three tracks that will stick with me but don’t really stand out in my music library. In extremely rare incidents, I will find a band that makes me stop whatever the hell it is that I’m doing and my reaction is “THESE GUYS ARE F*@KING AMAZING!!!”. Then I tell myself “Well, this is just one track, I’m pretty sure the whole album can’t be this good...” and for the first time in a long time, I was proven wrong by a new band out of Chicago that calls themselves “The Great I Am”.
From the very first measure on the first track to their video montage with the band covering Jimi Hendrix’s “Bold as Love” in the background, all of the music on their sonicbids EPK was exhilarating! This hard-to-find combination of precise, professional grade musical talent combined with some of the best songwriting that I have ever encountered have won me over as a life-long fan. So much so that I was willing to write this in-depth review of their first album “Up In The Air”.
The first track “Funky Dame” opens up with a Chili Peppers type feel where the lead singer sings about a trouble making girl who knows she’s got it going on and can pretty much get away with murder if she wants to. It’s complimented with a Trey Anastasio style guitar part toward the end making this track both catchy and to some extents, hypnotizing. The rhythm section on this song is phenomenal and holds a tight groove. The second track “Orange” starts out with a Tom Petty/Blind Melon like feel. The lyrics tell the story of a dope addict that is trying to find his way and even though death is knocking, it’s not his time and hope is still at hand. After a bridge that features an Abraham Laboriel style bass solo it breaks into a bluesy Skynrd/Satriani style guitar solo that brings the song together nicely. Track three: “Mr. Midnight” holds a very special part in my heart. Other than “Bold As Love”, it is the only other song that I have heard plenty of times before when some of the band members were in a band known as Liquor Boxx. Considering that I personally cover this song quite a bit, I didn’t expect anything out of the ordinary but once again, this band’s great talent has made this version, my favorite version of the song. They have brought it to life in a way that actually makes you want to dance to the song, something I never considered before when I listened to this song in other versions.
“Laughing” is a southern/Dixie rock style song that has an all-around good feel to it. The song seems to be written as a reflection of living the party life and including all of the pain that comes with it and that it’s not an easy road to take. Though in public there is a lot of laughter, behind closed doors, there are moments of difficulty and strife. It’s definitely a song to cruise to on a good ride through the country. Speaking of country, I’m a huge country music fan and one of the songs that really appealed to my ear was “Porch”. It has that Jason Aldean/Tim McGraw/Eric Church feel that makes you wanna kick back, and have a relaxed good old time. Great Skynrd/Allman Brothers style guitar work towards the end. “Little Emily” is another song that appeals to my country/rock roots. The beginning has an awesome Brad Paisley/Alan Jackson style intro. It’s a playful tune that tells the story of a wandering girl that charms her way into men’s hearts by telling them what they want to hear and then leaves without a trace after she’s gotten what she’s wanted from them. Musically, the song has an all-around good southern feel to it flowing into an Allman influenced jam. I will go as far as to say that this is one of my favorite songs of the year.

If I had to pick one track on this band’s sonicbids’ EPK that captures the true essence of their phenomenal talent and ability to make you feel like you’re at a live show then their “3 Song Medley” is exactly that! This song could definitely be called a jam band fan’s wet dream. From the first measure, all the way to the last note, this track is nothing short of legendary musicianship. I will go as far as to say this song is what would happen if, in an ideal world, Phish and Frank Zappa combined forces. The precision and finesse of the rhythm section and phenomenal arrangement skills in this track showcase this band’s unique talent and ability to make you feel you are lucky to be one of the first to hear their work. Every time I hear this track I can’t help but acknowledge that my eardrums are in the presence of greatness.
“Lullaby” is a musical, dream-like seascape of sound that is both hypnotizing and elaborate. This is a very relaxing track that showcases this band’s ability to amaze their listeners with talent that is way beyond the reach of most local acts. Their incorporation of Lennon’s “Imagine” is complemented by a Zelda-like/vintage video-game dream-land sound. Is there anything this band can’t do!? After a great talent showcase, the track that follows snapped me out of dream-land and reminded me of the fact that this band can still rock with the best of them in their track “Turkey Jerky”. This reminded me of a souped up/instrumental version of Gugun Blues Shelter’s “Funky Chicken”. Could the poultry-related titles be a coincidence? I don’t know. But what I do know is that the rhythm section’s precision in this track and the band’s funky roots are amazing. Some of the best drum and bass work I have ever heard.
The last track on the music section of the EPK is a calm acoustic song called “Time to Go”. This song has a great campfire style feel to it and is the icing on a perfect musical cake. On the “video” section of the band’s EPK, they feature a montage introducing every band member with the band’s version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Bold as Love”. Very few bands can do this song the justice that GIA have done in their rendition. Pat Creedon and Greg Vazquez at their best!!!
For those that haven’t taken the time to listen to this very well put together EPK, I urge you to make some time out of your busy day to enjoy this and you will be glad you did. As far as this band goes, I will proudly put them on the “top-shelf” section of local talent. Now that I have heard this album, I cannot imagine my music library complete without this band’s music. They join the ranks of local acts such as “Doxi”, “The Blue Moon Review”, and David Bowling in the fact that they are professional caliber musicians with the ability and talent to take them to the top. And unlike other acts mentioned, they might just be the band to do it. I am honored to have shared the stage with some of their band members and even more honored to be among the first to listen to the first of hopefully many albums from this band. KEEP THE MUSE ALIVE!!!
-“Vegas” Vic Valdez
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