The Band

Keyboardist Brian James is a two-time inductee to the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame and the former touring keyboardist and Musical Director for the Chi-Lites, Lonnie Brooks, John Lee Hooker, Chico Banks, The Drifters, The Classics IV, the Mike Wheeler Band and a three-time winner of the Chicago Music Awards.

Vocalist/Bassist John Forrest has been a fixture on the Chicago music scene for years. He has added his melodic bass playing and soulful vocals to the Chicago Slim Blues Band, Alliota Haynes & Jerimiah, The Buckinghams, the Mighty Joe Young Blues Band, The Harvey Mandel Machine, the Vanessa Davis Band, Ouray, the Tom Carey Band, and Mr. Meyers. John was also in the original cast of Grease, The Musical.

Veteran Chicago musician, Tom O’Brien, is best known for his guitar work with Chicagos Bad Examples and their kid friendly alter ego Ralph’s World. He has toured nationally and internationally, and has extensive studio experience including session work for Disney Sound. Tom has worked with numerous bands both live and in studio on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and keyboards.

Vocalist/Guitarist Tom Carey is a life-long Eagles fan. Performing solo and with his band, he has recorded a pair of CD’s, The Last Resort and Sugar Moon.  He has toured nationally, sharing stages with the Doobie Brothers, America, Charlie Daniels, Bad Company and Jimmy Buffett – among many others. His songwriting has drawn comparisons to John Hiatt and his soulful ballad Talkin’ About Love received national radio airplay in 2001. Check out his solo releases here.

Tom is also a voiceover artist. His VO page and demo are here.

Vocalist/Drummer Chris “Bean” Weng brings the “Don Henley” voice to the band. Playing drums and singing since the age of 10, Bean has been performing professionally to audiences across the country for over 30 years. He has performed with such acts as the Shadows of Knight (G.L.O.R.I.A.), The Flamingos, Stephen Bishop, Bret Michaels, Looking Glass, JP and the Cats and Ralph Covert (Ralph’s World/The Bad Examples). During his career, he has shared the stage with rock and roll giants like Joe Cocker, Kansas and Slash. Bean has also worked as a vocalist and voice-over artist, appearing in many radio and TV commercials. 

Guitarist Jim Altenbach has been a fixture on the Chicago music scene since the mid 80’s, doing session work and performing with a number of instrumental/prog-rock bands. Adding jazz and country elements to his eclectic playing over the last several years has further enhanced his already impressive versatility.  Jim brings the Telecaster twang to Heartache Tonight as well as another voice on acoustic guitar, allowing the band to accurately reproduce the sounds of the Eagles’ legendary three guitar line-up in tunes like “Hotel California” and “Life In The Fast Lane”.