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
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.
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 !