avatar
GREAT Degenerates
United States, North Carolina, Asheville

About GREAT Degenerates

GREAT Degenerates is a different kind of acoustic band, playing music you'd mostly expect to hear from a rock/fusion/alternative band, using only acoustic instruments, which gives the band its' unique vibe.

Whether playing original songs or unusual covers that are rarely heard these days, improvisation is at the heart of this band, as is getting audience involved and singing along with songs they ... read more

Members

Rod Kight and Joel Schantz

Joel and Rod play electric music with Hard Rocket, and teamed up with Mick to make unusual acoustic music, encompassing pop, r&b, reggae, soul, jazz, funk, rock, and most everything in between. Rod and Joel write songs and play acoustic bass. Joel is also a singer with his own distinct style, and Rod records audio and video for the band, which Mick edits and mixes.

Rod Kight and Joel Schantz

Audio Engineer Guitarist Songwriter Vocalist
Joel and Rod play electric music with Hard Rocket, and teamed up with Mick to make unusual acoustic music, encompassing pop, r&b, reggae, soul, jazz, funk, rock, and most everything in between.

Rod...

Mick Lee

Born and raised in NYC, I've lived and played music in many countries around the world. I lived in London for many years, where I was fortunate to befriend and make music with some of the world's finest musicians. My first pro gig was with Graham Bond, in whose band Jack Bruce and Ginger Baler also began their careers. He was my first real mentor, along with Chris Wood of Traffic, who introduced me to Paul Kossoff of Free, Mitch Mitchell of Jimi Hendrix's band, Lemmy, Ric Grech of Blind Faith, Mick Taylor, Steve Winwood and ,many other world class players. I learned my craft as a singer, guitarist and writer by playing with these amazing musicians, and I'll always be grateful, deep in their debt. Wherever I've lived, from London to Scotland, Burlington, Vermont to Bend, Oregon, New Orleans and now Asheville, North Carolina, I've been very fortunate to hook up with amazing musicians. Just lucky that way, I guess! Making music with Rod and Joel in GREAT Degenerates is a pure pleasure, and I love every minute. We're a very eclectic acoustic band, playing a blend of our own songs, and covers from soul, r&b, jazz, reggae, funk and rock. We never play a song the same way twice, being all about improvisation, which means it's always interesting !

Mick Lee

Audio Engineer Guitarist Keyboardist Vocalist Songwriter
Born and raised in NYC, I've lived and played music in many countries around the world. I lived in London for many years, where I was fortunate to befriend and make music with some of the world's fine...

About GREAT Degenerates

GREAT Degenerates is a different kind of acoustic band, playing music you'd mostly expect to hear from a rock/fusion/alternative band, using only acoustic instruments, which gives the band its' unique vibe.

Whether playing original songs or unusual covers that are rarely heard these days, improvisation is at the heart of this band, as is getting audience involved and singing along with songs they know.

GREAT Degenerates has no Merchandise yet.

Hello All Degenerates !
Right now, we're offering a signed manuscript of Mick Lee's book
'Undiscovered Dinosaur ~ Adventures With Rock Legends of the 60's 70's & 80"s'
with stories about Sting, touring with the Moody Blues, playing with Sheryl Crow in a hotel room, hangin' with Gladys Knight and the Pips, plus a bunch of other stories of encounters and adventures with many Rock and Soul legends
PLUS 2 CD's of Mick's music and a DVD of live cuts by Great Degenerates and True Blue krewe ~ all this for just TEN bucks!
Available at link and order Blues Becomes You Special Package
or email micksongs@link

Read more

Ladies and Gents ~

For almost twenty years,I earned a living as a singer/songwriter and musician. I played most every kind of venue, from dive bars in Vermont to Wembley Arena in London. I was fortunate to make music with some of the best in the world, some famous, some infamous and some who were unknown outside their local area., but who were still world class musicians..

I've written a book about my adventures with musicians like Chris Wood of Traffic, Paul Kossoff of Free, Sting,,Mich Taylor, Taj Mahal, and a host of others. To get your free copy of the e-book manuscript, just click on YouTube and leave a comment that includes your email and/ or N1M address.

To get an added bonus of my most recent album, in your comment, include the name of the band we were opening for on their European tour when we recorded this. Happy trails to you !!

Read more

Yo DG's ~
The only mystery about this soundcheck video is how I managed to luck out in the small town of Bend OR, meeting Rich Taelour. Andy Armer, Jeff Ingraham and some other world class musicians. Same happened in London and Findhorn, Scotland, Burlington VT and here in Asheille NC with Rod and Joel. Always been lucky that way.

YouTube

What say you ?

All da bestest to ya,
Mickey

Read more

Good Day music lovers !!
There's a new song on our page, and if you'd like a free download, it's attached here,
We're joined on this one by my friend Jeff Pevar, a GREAT guy. He's toured and/or recorded with CSNY, Ray Charles, James Taylor, Joe Cocker, Phil Lesh and Rickie Lee Jones, among others. I appreciate Peeves for playing bass and percussion on our song.

As many of you know, I've been very fortunate to play with amazing musicians, some famous, some infamous, and some that few people have ever heard of, but are amazing players. I've written a memoir about my adventures as a musician, and you may enjoy reading it if you're into the music of people like Sting, Sheryl Crow, Traffic, the Beatles, Gladys Knight, the Moody Blues and Taj Mahal.

I'll send a free copy of the book to the first three people who message me the name of their favorite song on my youtube page link

The book is available (also as an e-book) at link

A Very Merry Crimble to you and yours !
Mick

Read more

Hey Y'all ~ My book 'Undiscovered Dinosaur, Adventures with Rock Legends of the 60's 70's and 80's is now available as a paperback or e-book on Amazon at the link below, where you can also read a selection for free. Some of the musicians I worked with include Sting, Taj Mahal, The Moody Blues and many more. If you buy the book, I'll also send you mp3's of some of the music. An excerpt of a radio interview with Sting is attached.
link

Read more
GREAT Degenerates has no Events yet.
657925
657926
657927
657928
657929
657930
657932
657934
657965
903397
997224
1013069
:blush: :scream: :smirk: :smiley: :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes: :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: :rage: :disappointed: :sob: :kissing_heart: :wink: :pensive: :confounded: :flushed: :relaxed: :mask: :heart: :broken_heart: :expressionless: :sweat: :weary: :triumph: :cry: :sleepy:

#title

#text

#title

#text


Please wait. Verifying...