Fanny

Fanny’s music career started earlier than most. She started it by helping carry her father Fran’s horns to the car as he prepared to go to a gig. Her dad was a very accomplished saxophonist who played and recorded with big band legend, Woody Herman. Her older brother, Bill Resch, is a well known jazz musician. Bill’s wife, Pam, is also a world class concert pianist. It’s pretty clear that music is more than just a passing interest in her family.

Fanny grew up in San Jose, California. In her early teens, she got vocal training from legendary vocal teacher, Professor Gus Leese, at San Jose State University. Her teacher was impressed enough to arrange for her to sing during college football half-time shows. Though small in size, she impressed everyone with her big voice.

Growing up near San Franciso in the late sixties and early seventies, she was around the bay area music that was a cornerstone for rock and roll in that era. Lesser known, were the growing influences of the blues. Fanny sang with Freddy King, Bonnie Bramlett, and several local performers that went on to gain national recognition.

When you hear Fanny’s soulful voice, you’ll understand why her influences were, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, The Neville Brothers, Chrissy Hind, Aretha Franklin and Coco Taylor.

Dan

Dan grew up in the Lynnwood area. He started playing guitar in the sixth grade, at the age of twelve. He picked up an old Stella acoustic guitar that he found in the house. After playing it for a while, he made a deal with his parents that if teacher Marvin Strum told them that he was doing him homework, he could get an electric guitar.

Dan’s first influences were television show tunes, like The Twilight Zone, Bonanza and Get Smart. From there, he moved to surf music like the Ventures. Soon, the blues based guitarist like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck started to become popular on the music scene. Dan followed along that same path. He started taking guitar lessons from Bobby Glad, who was the guitarist on the Hollywood Argyles hit, “Alley Oop”. On of Dan’s early influences was Traffic, with Stevie Winwood and Dave Mason.

His older brother was living in Boston and was becoming deeply influenced by the growing 60’s blues music. His brother gave him the album “The Life and Adventures of Al Kooper and Michael Bloomfield.” At the same time, a friend gave him John Mayal’s “Beano” album, which featured Eric Clapton. That started a love of music that he carries with him to this day.

Dan started at the age of 14 and played in bands until he began working full-time at Boeing. Then, in the mid seventies, he started playing again, when he met his wife Fanny, who is the lead singer of Go Ask Alice.

Dan enjoying riding bicycles competitively and for fun. He can often be seen riding his bike to work. He’s also likes to ride in bicycle marathons, including the STP (Seattle to Portland). He also continues to take guitar lessons to learn as much as he can about the nuts and bolts of music. As he says, “I just love the smell of old guitars and hot tolex.”

Steve C

Steve is Seattle born and raised. He began playing guitar during the British invasion of the ‘60’s, so like the rest of Go Ask Alice, he grew up playing the music he loves. After playing in bands in high school, Steve pretty much turned to the acoustic side of things until his kids were raised, and then it was time to return to his roots in rock and roll. Since then he has done original music with Paul Porter and the Asylum, and covers with Cease and Desist and Saucy Jack.

Steve’s Influences were the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert Collins and Elvis (you guess which one).

Beyond music, Steve likes boating, skiing, classic cars and warm tropical beaches (who doesn’t?). He also designs and builds tube guitar amplifiers.

Main Instruments: Stephens Telecaster, Heritage H-535 and H-140CM, and Fender American Standard Stratocaster.

Amps: Fender Blues DeVille, Traynor YCV-40, Tweed Deluxe clone, Frankenstein (original design, 30W Tube Head – creamy blend of tweed and blackface architecture)

Ed

Almost thirty five years ago, three teenaged friends sat in a garage in Renton playing guitars. It didn’t take long before they were playing complete songs, and thoughts of a rock and roll band emerged. If only they had a bass guitarist? Ed was the chosen one, to fill that void. Using a cheap replica Hofner bass and borrowing a spare amplifier input, his career began. Ed’s best friends, Steve Holman and Tim Reed tutored him along, in those early years. It didn’t take long until he was able to listen to records and work out his own parts.

The early influences of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grand Funk, James Gang and Bad Company, Ed began to develop his own style of play. A drummer friend of his, Hans Holm, had shared what he’d learned in another band. He told Ed of the never ending work he put in with the bass player in the band to create a solid foundation for the rest of the band. Ed took those words to heart, and he worked hard to adapt his playing to the style of the drummer.

Ed credits the work of Leland Sklar as a major influence. Leland’s work with the greats of rock and his ability to adapt his playing to any style of music, made him a great role model. Leland has appeared on thousands of recordings. He is one of the music industries most sought after studio bass guitarists.

Never making it to the national spotlight hasn’t stopped him from continuing his love of music. Playing music for family, friends and soon to be friends, has kept him going over the years. It’s not about money, it’s about the joy that music brings.

Steve L

Sadly, Steve passed away on October 3, 2010 from natural causes. Beyond all else, Steve was a friend who's brief stay in Go Ask Alice made a big impact on us all. Steve's biography will remain on this website in tribute. Please take the time to read his biography. These are but a few Steve's many accomplishments as a person and a player. He will be missed.

Steve began playing drums at the age of 13, when he formed his first band with 3 friends from school. Since two of them already had guitars and the other had a bass, it was decided that he would become the drummer. At the time, it seemed a reasonable way to choose a lifelong career path. The band’s first paying gigs followed soon after, at the insistence of the guitarist’s father who mentored, booked, and chauffeured the band as they played Boy’s Clubs, schools, skating rinks, and pretty much anywhere else that would hire them.

One band followed another and by the age of nineteen Steve was in a full-time band, working the bar circuit throughout the northwest and playing 5-7 nights a week, every week for the next seven years. While the menu was mostly hard rock, there was a detour of several months in a country band that had a “house” gig that they kept for years. Tired of traveling, and observing the collapse of the bar scene that had supported him for many years, Steve transitioned into the role of “weekend warrior” and played with a diverse collection of bands which focused on everything from jazz fusion to blues.

One day in the late ‘80s, Steve’s neighbor, a bassist, came over to ask if he was interested in playing with his band, which had just lost its drummer. The neighbor was (and is) Ed Calder and thus began a 15-year tenure with Nitespell which, after Ed’s departure, became The Pink Torpedos (sic). Those bands played 15-20 weekends a year at local clubs and gained a loyal following. (There is a CD of the band’s originals which is available on iTunes.)

In about ’95, he was approached by Eric Wilson (previously of Mondo Vita, one of the more-successful local bands in the ‘80s) to join Travis Shredd and the Good Ol’ Homeboys, a band that created a new category of music: Country Metal Rap. The band eventually released 3 CDs (available on iTunes) and managed to get airplay on over two dozen radio stations around the country, creating an avid fan base which included a number of celebrities and other accomplished musicians, including Weird Al Yankovic and his band.

Most recently, Steve has kept busy with Go Ask Alice (reuniting with Ed Calder), a couple of other bands, and a number of recording and one-off performance projects. One of the other bands has recently enlisted the services of the lead guitarist in that first band, formed at the age of 13. It really is some sort of circle.

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