ďIíve always loved music, especially
singing and harmonies.Ē
Lou began singing at a young age.
He would accompany his mother who taught
him to sing harmony.
He picked up the guitar
13 & is now an accomplished
guitarist. Lou met George Rangel who showed him another
side of the
music industry. Lou has shared the stage
with many national acts and
performed at many notable venues.
Grew up in
Fresno Calif. is a Leo or Tiger in the Chinese calendar.
are Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton. Vocal influences
Doobie Brothers, Crosby Stills and Nash, Tower of
Power. Started playing
professionally at 20. Lives in Simi Valley, Ca.
Some of Deez's Interests are:
VEGAS!!! playing drums, vacations, family
snowboarding, the beach / lake and whatever other
fun I can manage
to get into.
Deez is into anybody who's down for a good
I'd like to meet the guy who invented beer (so
I can give him a hug)
His musical tastes are:
Tupac, Bad Religion,
Sublime, Social D, Pepper, Allman
Bros, Transplants, Rise Against,
80's MUSIC RULES Offspring, 311, Authority Zero,
Marley, The Who, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led
I've been involved in music for as long as I can
remember. I've had the
music bug since an early age and I feel the need to play
I've made friends in all walks of life all over the world and
have had the
sharing stages with some amazing artists. Many are
names you may
not recognize and many are names everyone knows'
Though I wear many hats as a producer, recording engineer, promoter
and event coordinator what I really love is performing live with Aspen
Picked up my first guitar at the age of twelve and "I'm still
learning to play it".
Grew up in Redondo Beach, Calif.
live in Thousand Oaks Calif. USA
Keyboards and Vocals
Yes, that is I on keys in the band
After several years of soul
searching and realizing that time waits for no
one I gave it my all and have the
fortunate opportunity to add the grout to
the bands breath of fresh air sound.
It has been a fast and fun
ride working with the group and not to mention
the great venues we have played and
artists met along the way. Hmm only
have to ask myself why didnít I do
Other mentionable credits to my
endeavors are vocals and keyboard in the
laugh-n-roll sound of NogginBlast
featuring comedian Bruce Baum,
drummer Burleigh Drummond from
Ambrosia, sax player Scott Page from
Pink Floyd, guitar and writer George Rangel
originating member of Aspen
Bass Guitar and
the early years, Aspen found itself without a bass player so George
and Lou found themselves alternating between guitar and bass. The one
day Frank showed up with Brandon Herring who played the Aspen
music as if he had been there the bands inception.
Brandon performed with Aspen for many years and truly gave the band
the bass polish that it needed and the only Brandon could bring to the
Though Brandon has moved on is raising a family and running a
business he occasionaly will perform Aspen when it works out.
is also recorded on a couple songs on the Aspen Blue Skies CD.
Drums and Percussion
Though not a founding member it can be said that Rich was there in
very beginning and was the first Aspen drummer George and Rich
met and had been recording some of George's songs which ended
on the Aspen Blue Skies CD before Aspen was even conceived.
Rich is the first drummer to record what became Aspen songs and has
gone on to record and perform with many artist. He can also heard in
many movie soundtracks as he has his own sound production
good of a drummer and percussionist as anyone could wish for.
Drums and Percussion
Frank joined Aspen at the very
beginning stages, when Aspen first began
performing live. As things
started coming together and the band started
to get out there the 1st year,
Frank was always the go to guy for drums.
On some occasions both Frank & Rich would play
together and it was
The first year Aspen took a road trip, Frank
was the drummer that came
along and helped make it happen. Frank has
continued to perform with
Aspen when his schedule permits and on
occasion he and Deez perform
together and look out!
Guitar Flute and Vocals
As Aspen founding member
Zamora Rodrigues had moved on to other
things Lou and George found
themselves carrying the vocals but only
being a duo. Along comes Cheryl
and not only filled the 3rd vocal void
but also added an acoustic
guitar and a much needed element which
was the flute.
An accomplished guitar player,
vocalist and flautist, Cheryl rounded out
the Aspen vocal sound and added a
unique flavor to the band for a
number of years with her guitar
playing and flute.
In the beginning when Aspen was
still settling in Albert Shotwell was
Aspen's go to bass player.Well
that continued for a number of years.
Actually, Albert was the go to
guy for many of the bands in the area.
This is a guy who loved to play
and could always be counted on to
show up at the rehearsals and
Than you add to that the fact
that he was one of the coolest people you
could ever meet and what can you