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Nick Evans Mowery began playing guitar at the age of 12, inspired by artists such as Steely Dan, Tower of Power, Bob Dylan, Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Nick attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH majoring in music/guitar performance and business. After countless years of performing in rock, blues, country and funk bands, he realized his passion for songwriting and recording. In 1997, he began piecing together a project studio to record his demos. Over the past 12 yrs, Tangent Boy Studio has grown almost as fast as his song catalogue.
Since 2004, Nick Evans Mowery has released (6) albums covering many different styles/genres of music. NEM music has received reviews in numerous publications and has received radio airplay in several different countries around the globe. NEM song "Mite B Rite" was showcased on FOX TV Show THE GOOD GUYS on 07/26/2010. "Mite B Rite" was also showcased in the Disney movie STEP UP-3D (Released 08/06/2010) NEM song "Attitude Strut" was featured on CBS TV show 'THE BIG BANG THEORY' in Dec/2010, FOX TV show 'THE CHICAGO CODE' April/2011 and TNT TV show 'MEMPHIS BEAT' 07/26/2011. NEM currently owns and manages Tangent Boy Productions in Las Vegas, NV which primarily deals with the production and sale of NEM music.
Nick Evans Mowery’s music can be found on most major download sites including: iTunes, Rhapsody, Napster, CDBaby, Yahoo Music, AOL Music, etc…
Nick Evans Mowery is affiliated with: BMI, Crucial Music, RadioDirectX, AMI Entertainment, Las Vegas Blues Society, TAXI
Steven Berk (Piano)
Steven began playing piano and keyboards when he was seven years old. Guitar came into the picture on July 4, 1966, followed by the electric bass and Hammond B3 organ in 1978. He began performing professionally when he was sixteen and did his first professional recording session at 23 with music’s legendary Bill Graham and company out of San Francisco, California. Expanding his performance and recording arsenal with the Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer and Clavinet, plus Arp, Moog, Korg, Roland, Sequential Circuits and Oberheim synthesizers, he finally settled on the Yamaha P-80 digital piano and the Nord Electro2 73-key synthesizer as his instruments of choice. The 1980’s brought about the golden years, working with the band Journey for two years at Fantasy Records (Berkeley, CA) and The Record Plant (Sausalito, CA). His primary duty was assisting keyboardist Jonathan Cain and helping him create various keyboard and synthesizer patches, tones and themes for the “Captured” and “Escape” albums. Due to an illness that temporarily incapacitated Journey bass player Ross Valery, Steven had the good fortune of being on the spot to record the bass tracks for the arcade scene background music that Journey created for the Disney movie, “Tron”. He later connected and recorded with Jackson Browne, and did many recording sessions and performances with members of Santana, the Gregg Allman Band, Eddie Money, the Doobie Brothers and Night Ranger. He has numerous stages he can call home throughout Northern California, with ten years in the spotlight at the notorious Blues clubs of San Francisco’s North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf districts. Two particularly fond memories of his were opening for The Band (Bob Dylan’s original backup band) during their 1980’s reunion tour and performing with Joe Satriani before his climb to stardom.
Adrian (Bass) Barrios is from San Francisco, CA but now lives in Las Vegas, NV. His performing credits include artists such as: John Lee Hooker, Sylvester-Sly Stone, Lenney Willams, Jeff Beck, The Sheets, The Late Great Buddy Miles, Albert King, Elvin Bishop, Van Morrison, Tony Willams, The Coasters (The fake one's from L.V.) and many more. Adrian is a Songwriter, Producer, Bassist and vocalist.
Billy Bilger (Drums)
Billy is originally from Philadelphia, Pa. He started playing in jazz clubs in Philly at 17 years old with a couple of good musicians John and Joe Davis. Billy moved to the West Coast in 1975 and soon started working the casino's in Lake Tahoe. He got an audition with the Ray Anthony Orchestra and became as Ray liked to call him - "The Kid on the Drums" - for 4 years. When Billy moved to Los Angeles he backed up Tom Jones, Rich Little, John Trovolta on Don Kirchner's Rock Concert and many others, however he liked Lake Tahoe so much he couldn't pass up an oppurtunity to audition for a Fredric Apcar show called " Bedazzel" at Harrah's. While performing at Harrah's for the show in the mid to late 80's Billy met Sammy Davis Jr. They became good friends and Billy would sit in and play for Sammy whenever he came to town.
After years in Lake Tahoe Billy moved to Northern California to play with numerous artists however one group would bring him back to Nevada to Las Vegas. Warner Brothers recording artists "The Marcy Brothers" had recorded two albums and had a semi hit with a song called: "Achy Breaky Heart" (which was later recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus) and they needed a drummer. With Billy on the drums the band started getting popular again and they got a date in Las Vegas at the Alladian Super Star Theater as the opeaning act. They started opeaning for big acts all accross the country- Roy Clark, Travis Trit, Merl Haggard.
Billy performs drums on the following albums:
Nick Evans Mowery Stone Cold Touch(2007) Nick Evans Mowery Kept (2009)