James David Sickles, Craig McAllister and Todd Coop have a couple of things in common. All three are musicians and all three play in the same two bands — Revolution and Lightly Plugged.
The trio came together about eight years ago and formed Revolution. In the beginning, they called themselves Colonel McAllister and the Blue Revolution, but over time the name of the band was shortened to just Revolution.
“I think we all just kind of met through connections; through knowing other people,” said drummer and vocalist McAllister. “I started the group, I guess, in all honesty.”
As Revolution the band members don't play just one genre of music.
“We mix it up,” said guitarist and vocalist Sickles. “Craig, the drummer, can sing George Jones like you wouldn't believe and so we can go from George Jones to ZZ Top. We've got that kind of a mix and in between we might throw in 'Brick House' or something like that.”
When they first got together to form the band, McAllister said they weren't looking to play any particular sound. Instead, they wanted to play “what people wanted to hear.”
“We're a band that likes to cater to the patrons or to the crowd; whatever they want to hear is what we want to play,” he said. “I've always looked at music as entertaining folks and letting them have a good time and hopefully, when they leave at the end of the night they have had a good time. If they've had fun, we've had fun.”
When they are performing as Lightly Plugged the music tends to be more acoustic.
Lightly Plugged can consist of the same five band members who make up Revolution, or just two or three of the band's members. It could even be Sickles by himself, or Sickles and his son, James.
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