Jim "Jimass" Bottoms - Vocals, harmonica, percussion

 

I was raised on the north side of Tulsa so I know a little bit about struggle.i was raised in a working class family with one sister one brother and two hard charging uncles.my grandma and grandpa were straight out of world war two with high standards of living,from growing a garden to saving every last cent they earned to help out the family.i started singing at an early age of three in the bathroom of martins bar b q.through grade school I learned to play trombone and went straight to first seat.after some shuffling to different city's for work my parents ended up in Oklahoma city in 1983 where I was able to buy a drum kit.i met a couple of guys,one was a bass player the other a guitar player and the rock n roll was injected into my life.i sang and played drums for a short while until a folk rock type original trio was born.a couple of music festivals later the trio broke up because food became a need and free music won't fill up the gut.another city move was in the works and off on the road again.in 1988 a powerful rock band was formed in Tulsa ok.named split decision and life was right.a wide range of energy,blues,ballads and all around fun popular music was coming out of five great musicians.i learned a lot of quality's and forged great friendships with good friends.after the breakup of split decision came another few cover bands.one was cross cut saw,another was 3rd degree and then savage young.those three bands tried really hard to be an accurate cover band and did a wide range of blues to grunge.now to current day with John,whom I played with in the first version of split decision,and norm who was in the last version of decision.writing lyrics gives me an escape I guess only because something will pop in my head and I have to get it down.i have stacks and stacks of words.they will never get into a song but the bases of thousands of songs are on paper.PegLeg Pig has been something that has been a dream of us all to be able to get our ideas down in music.it is such a huge satisfaction to hear something you have created put on a cd and listen to it in your car driving down the road.its always a big dream of every musician to be able to share with others what he has created.i am blessed to be at point in life to able to do the music and love every minute of being part of PegLeg Pig.

I was raised on the north side of Tulsa, so I know a little bit about struggle. I was raised in a working-class family with one sister,

one brother and two hard charging uncles. My grandma and grandpa were straight out of World War II with high standards

of living,from growing a garden to saving every last cent they earned to help out the family. I started singing at an early age of three

in the bathroom of Martin's Bar-B-Q. Through grade school I learned to play trombone and went straight to first seat. After some

shuffling to different cities for work my parents ended up in Oklahoma City in 1983, where I was able to buy a drum kit. I met a couple

of guys, one was a bass player, the other a guitar player, and the rock n roll was injected into my life. I sang and played drums for a

short while until a folk rock type original trio was born. A couple of music festivals later, the trio broke up because food became a need

and free music won't fill up the gut. Another city move was in the works and off on the road again. In 1988, a powerful rock band was

formed in Tulsa, OK, named Split Decision and life was right. A wide range of energy, blues, ballads and all around fun popular music

was coming out of five great musicians. I learned a lot of qualities and forged great friendships with good friends. After the breakup of

Split Decision came another few cover bands. One was Cross Cut Saw, another was 3rd Degree and then Savage Young. Those three

bands tried really hard to be an accurate cover band and did a wide range of blues to grunge. Now to current day with John, whom

I played with in the first version of Split Decision,and Norm, who was in the last version of Decision.

Writing lyrics gives me an escape I guess only because something will pop in my head and I have to get it down. I have stacks and

stacks of words. They will never get into a song but the bases of thousands of songs are on paper. PegLeg Pig has been something that

has been a dream of us all to be able to get our ideas down in music. It is such a huge satisfaction to hear something you have created

put on a cd and listen to it in your car driving down the road. It's always a big dream of every musician to be able to share with others

what he has created. I am blessed to be at point in life to able to do the music and love every minute of being part of PegLeg Pig.

John "Music Man" Meena - Lead & Rhythm Guitar

Picked up my first guitar at 27, yeah 27 years old. Prior to that I played sax in middle school but none of the music I listened to had sax in it. Hendrix, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Zep.... no sax. So I just listened for years wishing I could play. Then one day I moved 1000 miles from my home town for a new job. With plenty of time on my hands to practice, I dove in head first. I absorbed as much guitar as I could, practicing 3 or more hours every day, and within a couple years I was playing in a band called Split Decision along with fellow Pegleg Pigster Jimmy Bottoms. Over the next five years, with a short break in the middle, we played almost constant weekend gigs in the Tulsa area. Playing all the Classic Rock anyone could ever want to hear. When I left the band in 1992, Norm stepped into my spot. 

My biggest guitar influence has always been Ritchie Blackmore, that is, he's the one that made me want to play guitar. While I do take a lot from Blackmore into my playing style I've also learned a ton from Robin Trower, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Joe Bonamassa and Texas blues master Bugs Henderson, among many others. 

I took a long hiatus from guitar while raising my family, playing more piano than anything, until my oldest son expressed an interest in guitar. I pulled out the old strat and showed him the basics. That got me interested again and I haven't put it down yet. Shortly afterwards, Jimmy called and asked if I'd be interested in contributing to what has become Pegleg Pig.

This has been a great experience for me. It has given me the opportunity to get back into playing and allowed me to express my musical ideas and rekindle my friendship with Jimmy. And though Norm and I both played guitar in Split Decision, we never did it together. This has been our opportunity to get to know each other, play, write, and record some kick ass music. And hey, CD speaks for itself.

Stormin' Norm Morrow - Vocals, lead/rhythm/slide/steel/acoustic guitars, mandolin, keyboards, bass guitar, drum programming, engineer, producer, publisher.

Born 24 Jan 1956, and every day thereafter. Third generation American-Irish with a full Celt mix, French,

German, Cherokee. Most proud of the Irish. Most proud.

Began playing guitar at age 11. Traveled through all the different genres to get where I am today.

Played in quite a few bands. Most never got past rehearsal. Best band experience was with a local Tulsa

band, Split Decision. I've been fortunate to have met a lot of good musicians in all levels of the music scene,

and I've learned from each one. The most important thing I've learned is a sense of humility.

Pegleg Pig, for me, is THE MOST SATISFYING project I've ever been involved in. Jim and John are top-notch

people who know their stuff and have solid musical instinct to go with that knowledge. Since I've had to learn

the DAW technology from scratch, I have to hand it to them for being patient with me in relation to the

occasional gaff(Don't push THAT button). The Pig gives me a chance to express and challenge myself in ways

that are hard to find in most band environments.

I've never been as good as I wanted to be, and I never will be.- Stormin' Norm

Steve "Wild Man" Taylor - Vocals, bass guitar

 


My father introduced me to music. He was an excellent jazz keyboard and sax player which helped fund himself through several colleges. I first learned about music by playing my Dad’s Hammond organ at a very early age. I really started getting into music at the age of 15. I picked up a bass guitar that my Dad had and started playing with it and decided that was the instrument for me. My early influences were Steppenwolf, Cream, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Yes, Led Zeppelin, Kansas, Mountain, ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughn, just to name a few. In 1976 I bought my first bass amp. It was a solid state amp, with a dual 15 inch cabinet with a wraparound horn design made by Sunn. The first band I ever was in had no name and consisted of a group of guys that just wanted to jam. The first song I ever played with the band was Mississippi Queen by Mountain. I was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I have been a hard worker all of my life, starting with a paper route at 13 years of age. I had my first real job at 15. I got hired by fibbing about my age and worked as a grinder at a steel factory. I also worked as a chrome plater and at a galvanizing plant, roofing, construction, fencing, glass and sales before finally joining the Air Force in 1978. As an airman I played in a band just for fun. I had a blast playing with a drummer that became named “Space” and a guitar player that looked like Jimi Hendrix, but was named Freddy. I put the bass down after doing five years in the military and moved back to Tulsa, Oklahoma. My interest went another direction. I got into the martial arts for quite some time and earned a black belt in Kang Duk Won and Kenpo styles of karate studying under the instruction of Dr. Roger Greene. I started leaning away from it when my bones started yelling at me. I picked up the bass again and bought an 8/10 cabinet with an all tube 400 watt head which is quite heavy but definitely gets the job done. I started playing with Jim and Norm in 1995. I played around town in most of the bands that Jim mentioned in his bio. Then after suffering a few years of health problems, Jim and Norm came to me and asked if I would be interested in playing bass in a project they were already into. They were pumping out a lot of original material with John. I said that my chops were down but could get them back, and replied with a resounding “Hell yes I’m interested!” Then we became Pegleg Pig! All of the members have patiently waited for me to recover from my surgeries of which I am very grateful. Pegleg Pig has been a very rewarding experience in my life. I like to play through my old G&L and Carvin basses and am looking forward to continue to create the best music that I can with these guys.

Steve “Wildman” Taylor 


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