meet the band
Bass, Lead Guitar & Drums
Mike Christian is the guitar playing drummer who is often found performing alongside Susan with a bass in his hand when the two are performing as a duo. In addition to being a true multi-instrumentalist, Mike also produced and engineered GFR's newest CD release, True North, and co-wrote several of the songs. Mike is also known for the broad spectrum of sounds that he coaxes out of his one-of a-kind suitcase drum kit (also known as the drum-sicle, drum-set-on-a-stick and 'WTF' is that?) and his pocket-sized, rubber-stringed Ashbory bass.
When it comes to pinning down a style and genre, singer/songwriter Susan Schwartz-Christian isn't easy to classify. With a big voice that's deeply rooted in old school country, you might expect honky-tonk inspired tales of love and loss. But there's an edge and a sense of sophistication that quickly become apparent as the stories and melodies in Susan's finely-crafted songs reveal themselves. By combining these elements, Susan has developed a songwriting style that is unique, compelling and that transcends what listeners expect from those who wear the singer/songwriter moniker.
Vocals, Guitar, Flute & Banjo
Lead Guitar, Bass, Uke & Melodica
Frank Doris is a guy who knows how to take a good song to the next level with beautifully melodic touches and the ability to bring on the burn when needed. A guitar player since the year after the Summer of Love, Frank has played in a variety of bands and diverse situations, including an opening slot for Duran Duran on their first-ever U.S. tour. Frank's musical influences include Roy Orbison, Les Paul, Blue Öyster Cult, Kraftwerk, Roy Buchanan, Gary Wilson, Frank Zappa, Neil Young, Thelonious Monk, Love, the Kinks, Roxy Music, Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan, Dionne Warwick, James Brown, Merle Haggard and Shonen Knife (he also has a disproportionate affection for off-the-wall 1960s and 1970s pop).
Bill Resvanis is the man with more groove than a box of Motown platters and a knack for playing what just feels right. He's the guy who manages to pull together all of the band's musical elements while also taking the audience along for the ride. As an accomplished percussionist who has been playing for more than 45 years, Bill has graced hundreds of stages. Career highlights include gigs with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, The Shirelles, The Classics, Ben E King and at the 1964 Worlds Fair. Bill's influences include Hal Blaine, Ringo, Louie Bellson, Art Blakey and Jim Keltner.