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The Subcontinentials

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Mike and John Sieger have been in music so long their DNA has quarter and eighth notes in it. They played together in some of the best bands Milwaukee has produced, prominently The R&B Cadets (soul, R&B and swing) and Semi-Twang, who did a well received record for Warner Brothers called "Salty Tears." Try and find it, it was alt country before there was such a thing. As Semi-Twang was winding down, John and Mike hooked up with John Carr. Shortly after that, John and his family moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting, but not without making a mental note about John Carr's skills at the traps. It would be best from now on to refer to John Carr as "Ravi" as in Ravi John Carr, a bad pun, but good enough for us. When the Nashville branch of the Siegers returned to Milwaukee after 6 years, John, Ravi and Mike found themselves a sideman gig in Big Nick and the Cydecos, a cajun outfit that also featured the sterling Kelli Gonzales on vocals. This band gigged all over and new chemical balance was achieved, perhaps the best one yet. The Siegers, who harmonize like only brothers can, had found a sister who had just the right amount of soul (a ton) and taste to make for a fine harmony singing retro-soul band. The Subcontinentals was born! Please check out "This Here's A Groove" for a little taste. It's from their soon-to-be-finished first record, "The Early Years." That work-in-progress is being produced by John in his home studio, Room w/a VU, with the hope of finally getting it done this summer. The three songs available here are all written by John, but the Subs do plenty of of cool covers, from Louis Prima and The Crystals to, believe it or not, Rosemary Clooney. The guiding philosophy behind their choice of covers is this: If Kelli brings it in and wants to sing it, it will work. Hasn't failed yet!

Song List

1.  Baby, It's you                  - The Beatles
2.  Banana Split for my Baby - Louis Prima
3.  Boys                               - The Beatles
4.  Can you Hear Me             - Lee Dorsey
5.  A Fool in Love                  - Ike and Tina
6.  Do Right Woman              - Aretha Franklin
7.  Everybody Loves a Winner - William Bell
8.  Hey Baby                         - Bruce Channel
9.  Hey Baby Que Paso          - Texas Tornados
10. Hot Tamale Baby              - Buckwheat Zydeco
11. It's only Love                     - The Beatles
12. Something's got a Hold on Me - Etta James
13. Just Like a Woman           - Bob Dylan
14. Kingston Town                  - UB40
15.Leave me Kitten Alone        - Little Willie John
16. Knock Me a Kiss              - Louis Jordan
17. Mambo Italiano                 - Rosemary Clooney
18. Mean, Mean Man              - Huey Piano Smith
19. Ring Dang Do                   - Sam the Sham
20. Rivers of Babylon              - The Melodians
21. Sally was a Good Old Girl  - Buck Owens
22. So Glad your Mine            - Al Green
23. Soldier of Love                  - Arther Alexander
24. Sweet Nothin's                  - Brenda Lee
25. This Little Girls Gone Rockin - Ruth Brown
26. Tweedle Dee Dee               - Laverne Baker
27. You Got me Hummin          - Sam and Dave
28. Chapel of Love                    - The Dixie Cups
29. A Friend of Mine          
30. Ring of Fire                        - Johnny Cash
31. Date to Church                   - The Replacements
32. Every once in a while          - Huey Piano Smith & Clowns
33. He hit me (and it felt like a kiss) - The crystals
34. Memphis                           - Chuck Berry

Contact Info

Phone: 414-550-2988 

mail: jim@milwaukeelivebands.com