Music on Main: Ed Bridges and Ryan Neaveill (w/ video)

Music on Main: Ed Bridges and Ryan Neaveill (w/ video)

Want to play in our lobby? Email Jim Rossow at jrossow@news-gazette.com and we'll book it.

This week in music in The News-Gazette lobby: Singer Ed Bridges and guitarist Ryan Neaveill. The duo played classics from years past, and Bridges answered questions from staff writer Paul Wood:

How did you and Ryan get together?

He's my voice coach, and a singer himself. Today, he's on guitar.

I understand you had a band way back in 1968.

I've always wanted to perform again sometime. Well, raising two daughters and working a demanding job did not allow time for that. But I am now retired, and at the young age of 67, I am performing again.

Tell us about your old band.

I was born and raised on Hickory Street in Champaign and started a band named C.W. Moss and the Barrel Gang. He was a character in the movie "Bonnie and Clyde," so we adopted that name, inserting the name Barrel instead of (Clyde) Barrow, and dressed in gangster-style clothing — the spats-and-pinstripe-suits thing. I was the drummer, and we had two horn players and guitars. I was a senior, a member of the first graduating class at Centennial, and our band was certainly a hit. We played lots of sock hops after football and basketball games in the gym, and it was a total gas.

What do you like to listen to?

Some of my favorite songs are "Chances Are" and "Misty" by Johnny Mathis. And I am a huge fan of Roy Orbison. I adore the voice of Patsy Cline. Gene Pitney and his song "Town Without Pity" and the Four Tops song "Ask The Lonely" are a few more of many from these artists that I love. These are also songs I do.

What kind of songs do the two of you like to perform together?

Ryan and I have put together what we think is an entertaining number of songs. We do some Johnny Mathis, Gene Pitney, Patsy Cline, Gordon Lightfoot, Roy Orbison and more.

What did you pick for our lobby?

"Summertime" by Gershwin, "Little Sister" by Elvis and "On Broadway" by the Drifters.

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