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Johnny Pierre - Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Golstein - Bass
Dave Filloramo - Lead Guitar
in New York, the American blues band, Biscuit Kings, have
been active on the Long Island music scene for the past 25 years. Johnny
Pierre's past credits include a 10 year stint as the lead singer of the
popular Long Island band, the Freelance Vandals, opening shows for such
luminaries as John Hiatt, Dr. John,
Paul Butterfield & Rick Danko, Dave
Mason and NRBQ.
Jeff Goldstein has appeared as a member of the Dead/Tuna Band, Mighty Young Fish, FNA Band and Volunteers as well as working a wide variety of recording sessions over the years.
Recently, the band added lead guitarist, Dave Filloramo, to the mix.
The band released their debut album, HAMBONES & TROMBONES in 2011
Self Biography by Johnny Pierre
I guess you could say that I was born to be a musician. My earliest musical memories began in New Orleans where I lived for several years in the early sixties. I clearly remember being engaged by the earthy sounds of Professor Longhair and Fats Domino. My perceptions of music were never the same after living in New Orleans; the sounds and rhythms of that city have stayed within me my entire life.
After falling under the spell of the British Invasion in the mid-sixties,
I started singing in some local rock & roll bands. My first paid gigs took
place while I was a teenage Army brat living in France back in 1966. It was
during this period of my life that I started writing my own songs as well.
From 1970 to 1974, I attended The University of Dayton in Ohio. While there,
my friend Billy Cairns and I assembled a rock combo named the Freelance
By 1977, I moved to the Long Island area of New York where I became involved in launching a new version of the Freelance Vandals. This band proved to be quite popular on the Long Island music scene and for the next seven years we performed in a wide variety of venues; opening up for such artists as John Hiatt, Dr. John and NRBQ.
During this period of my career, my work as the band's lead singer/frontman received accolades in such trade publications as Variety, The Hollywood Press and Creem Magazine. The band released several vinyl record projects during this period; a double 45 rpm collection known as The Dogpak (Dog Records, 1978) and a live album, Yer Money Or Yer Ears (Gunga Din Records, 1984) before disbanding in 1985. In 1996, the Freelance Vandals staged a reunion tour to promote the release of
the studio anthology, Songs That Never Made Us Famous (FV Productions, 1996).
Over the next decade, I ended up working in numerous bands such as the Mighty Young Fish, Cornbread Boys and the Helpless Bovines. By the late 90's, I began concentrating on songwriting and composing soundtracks for several films.
In 1995, I started working with Jeff Goldstein in an Americana Blues band named the BISCUIT KINGS. The band released it's debut album, Hambones & Trombones, in 2011. The album received positive reviews and extensive airplay on American blues radio stations in the US and in Europe.
My latest album release is Prayers Before Sleeping, This album is a collection of Americana blues songs about dreams and how they inhabit and enhance our realities.
In many ways, I feel the process of recording music itself is as intimate and real as our dreams. Some of the highlights from the album include "King of the Dead Sea",
a song inspired by the upcoming Presidential election and "Song for Levon", a tribute to the late great Levon Helm. Prayers Before Sleeping official release is on Aug. 16th Digital Downloads are available @ ITunes, CD Baby & Amazon Compact Discs are available for secure online purchase in my online store
Thanks for listening to the music, Johnny Pierre