By Terry Baylor
For The Daily Item
— Last year a group of guys involved in local music began planning a Bee Gee’s tribute band. They called themselves the BeeGeezers. Things went well for a while but then they lost their “Robin Gibb” character. That’s when things came to a screeching halt.
They began looking but had little luck. Believe it or not, the resolution to the problem was to use a female vocalist to fill the void. Since their reformation and name change, the band has been striving to work out the orchestrations and vocal inflections that would make them sound like the real Bee Gees.
This new configuration seems to be hitting the chords just right. To sound like the Bee Gees, you have to be able to harmonize just right.
Just a few weeks ago the newly-formed band had its debut show in Catawissa. “We had a good turnout and a really great response from the audience,” said Joe Gaughan, one of the band’s original members.
The new name of the band is BeeGeez USA. The members are: Bob Gift, Ken Gift, Deb Troutman, Carl Chimi, Richard Rupert (owner of Green Valley Recording Studio) and Gaughan.
Gaughan is the man behind Catawissa’s summertime Music In The Park and is the steam behind the yearly Battle of the Bands event, also in Catawissa. Additionally, he plays with a number of other bands and musicians. He would often play and write with the late Ed Rhoades — they were friends and collaborators in the labor of love that is music.
Gaughan also plays keyboards in the local hard rock band White Witch, as well as for Monster Track Super Group (MTSG) which is a rock ballad cover band.
His band mates in MTSG are Jeremy Hummel, former drummer for Breaking Benjamin; Bret Alexander of the Badlees; Jeff Pittinger of White Witch fame; Jimmy Lovcik and Tony Harlan — all heavy hitters in the local music scene.
You don’t hear of any other Bee Gees tribute band playing anywhere in this area so if you are a fan, get out to the park — Knoebel’s Amusement Park (in the band shell) in Elysburg — and see them. The last show of the season is Sept. 22. Admission is free.
For more information visit www.knoebels.com.