REGATTA: RAMM Band brings Real American Made Music
WORTHINGTON — Having played in any number of musical formations during his career, Paul Mayasich realized something was happening when he and two other musicians formed the trio they call The RAMM Band.
“We had all known each other, played in different bands together, over a span of years,” he explained. “There would be two of us working in different bands together at different times. Then I was in the process — one band was ending — so I was sort of in limbo, so John and I started to work together, and it felt pretty good. Hye Pockets came to sub a couple of times, and a great chemistry started to happen, so we decided we were going to take that route with these three guys. So it was a band created by substitutions.”
John is John Iden, who plays bass; and Hye Pockets is Donald “Hye Pockets” Robertson, a drummer. Mayasich is a guitarist, and they all three contribute vocals to the group’s sound.
“A lot of people will come up to us and say, ‘I can’t believe you get that sound from just a trio,’” noted Mayasich.
Just as the band evolved from other collaborations, its name came from the music they were playing.
“It came from a song, ‘I’m a Ram,’ that the band does,” Mayasich explained. “It just kind of spawned off of that, and we added another M to it. And we thought it could stand for Real American Made Music.”
So what kind of “American Made Music” does RAMM play?
“We cover a wide range of musical genres,” Mayasich said. “A lot of it is based in ’60s rhythm and blues and soul music, and there’s a blues influence in it. We do a little bit of southern rock-type stuff. Just about everything gets covered through the course of the night — original music and cover songs. The band has one CD out, and we will probably start working on another one toward the fall after a busy summer.”
The original music is generally a collaborative effort.
“Everybody pretty much contributes to the songwriting process,” Mayasich explained. “Pockets and I have pretty much brought some tunes in — I had five CDs out before this band, mostly original music. So we’ll bring an idea in, bring it to the common area of the band, and everybody adds their part, throws ideas around, argues about which one is better, and we come out with what we think is the best idea.”
Mayasich previously played at the Unvarnished Music Festival as a member of the Benderheads.
“That was quite a few years ago,” he said, adding with a laugh. “I had hair on my head back then.”
Mayasich promises that his current band will present a mixture of original and cover music that should be pleasing to the festival crowd.
“We have people come up and say, ‘Play something we know,’ and I’ll usually say to them, ‘When was the first time you heard such and such a song.? There had to be a time when you didn’t know it, had to hear it for a first time.’
“We ask people to come with an open mind. They might hear something they really like, even if they’re not familiar with it. We’ll do two or three songs people will know, then maybe one we wrote or maybe a more obscure-type cover that people might not have heard or from an artist they’re not familiar with.”