Steve Schillinger: Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Some of Steve's earliest memories are bouncing back and forth on the couch while his father played America records and his mother spun The Beatles. Twenty-five-ish years later, while working for four months in St. Louis, Steve borrowed his friend Tom Berger's guitar and asked him to show off some chords. The rest is history. As BSG's primary songwriter, Steve cites those early records, along with artists like Big Star and Ryan Adams and REM and The Jayhawks and The Grays and Sloan and The Connells and The Tragically Hip, as the templates for his compositions. A love for both stoner metal and prog rock creep to the surface every now and then. Steve has two self-produced solo records that you can ask him about.
Steve is a right-thinking musician: he likes his guitars American his amps British. So that means primarily Gibson and Taylor guitars and Orange amplifers. Though he does have a Fender Pro Junior for tiny little gigs and an Italia Rimini 12-string for when he wants to sound like Roger McGuinn. And he has a Rickenbacker now.
When not pretending to be a rock star, Steve works for an organization providing interactive patient care solutions to hospitals all across the United States. He and his wife live in Springfield, VA.
Tom Soha: Lead Guitar
As the "old guy" of the band, Tom saw the light when he watched The Hollies play Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress in 1972 on TV. The lead intro was the coolest sound he ever heard. His first band was called Night Sky which covered 70's rock. At this time, Tom was taking lessons at Tom Rizzo music studios from Glenn Cummings who was in Cabo Frio, a touring progressive jazz band based in Rochester, NY. Glenn was responsible for introducing Tom to Eric Clapton who continues to be an influence. Another major influence is Tom Scholz. This explains Tom's passion for his cherry red Gibson 335 and his gold Les Pauls. Other influences are Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, & The Black Crowes. You can hear these influences in the songs he writes.
Whenever Tom is Rochester, N.Y. He always finds time to shop at The House of Guitars.
Tom lives in Centreville, VA and works as a consultant to C-Suite executives.
Jed Prentice: Drums
Jed has loved music for as long as he can remember. His mother had a large collection of folk records and played an old Gibson acoustic guitar, but The Beatles were what moved him. Listening to Ringo inspired him to play drums, first by banging on whatever was around the house, then on a toy drum set, and finally the real thing when he was 10. Jed has played in many DC area bands over the years, notably Outer Body Llama and Elizabeth. He also enjoys playing guitar and bass (the old Gibson is his now; Mom rocks a Martin).
Jed has many musical influences and loves all kinds of music, and has probably stolen something from nearly every drummer he has ever heard. John Bonham, Ringo, Buddy Rich, Neil Peart, Mitch Mitchell, and Stewart Copeland were big contributors to Jed's drumming education. He prefers vintage Ludwig drums and often gigs with the Ludwig Supraphonic 400 snare his parents bought for him when he joined the school band in 5th grade.
In real life Jed is a software developer at a DC startup. He lives in Takoma Park, MD with his wife, 2 kids, and 2 dogs. He is also an avid mountain biker and enjoys spending time out in the woods.
Mike "Pink" Pinkerton: Bass
Mike was hooked early on music, spinning The Beatles and Beach Boys on vinyl, but it wasn't until high school when he discovered The Who and began a life-long amazing journey. Shortly after, he picked up the guitar which led to some songwriting (and maybe a few leaps and windmills), but everyone and their dog played guitar so he turned to the bass. Other influences include The Black Crowes, Jimi Hendrix, REM, and U2. Mike's basses are a mix of Fenders, Gibsons, and Warwicks, but the bass amps are always Ampeg.
As much as Mike's life was shaped by The Who, it was also shaped by Apple computers. His first Mac arrived in 1985 and he's been writing software for them ever since. Currently he leads Chrome's iOS team, capping a 20-year career of creating web browsers for Apple products.
Mike and his girlfriend live in Ashburn, VA with a love for all animals (especially dogs and goats) and a cat, who thinks she's a goat.