The Sidewalk Boys are half folk, half raggy blues, and half crazy adding up to more dirt than came out of the hole. This band of original musicians, each with separate realities, sprang from the first RPM Challenge and have stayed the course through five previously released CDs. Blogging along with the album creation threw another artistic element onto the heap. The goal here, of course, is to end up with a three dimensional junk pile of words and music, complete with all the inspirations and scrapbook images. If a few metaphors are abused here and there or one or two alliterations are held hostage, that’s just the cost of doing music. Metaphors are expendable, and cheap. “Old Sidewalk” Tom Richter has laid down a foundation of folk, from ballads to blues, for the last forty years using only acoustic tools to handcraft his tunes. “Chunkabilly” Brian Goetz lives on the front porch swing all day and sips lemonade while writing songs that can snap you back home in the turn of a phrase. Dave Lemieux is a finely tuned Steinway in the middle of the wilderness. His tunes have the awesome power of passion and simplicity Together they are the Sidewalk Boys, with shovels in hand, playing music that springs from the latest holes dug trying to find their way out of another American ballad.
Sidewalk Tom Richter - Vocals, Guitar, the Tierneycaster "tone 45", Banjo, Harmonica and the SWBs RPM blog.
Brian Goetz "the Chunkman" - Vocals, Guitar, percussion, production, engineering and the concrete floor
Steinway Dave Lemieux - Mandolin, guitar, vocals and Bessy the upright bass
Buster and Rosie - Bones