Born: Port Chester, NY
Raised: Greenwich, CT
Bass influences: Duck Dunn, Geddy Lee, James Jamerson, Lee Sklar, Pino Palladino
Songwriter influences: Dan Fogelberg, The Eagles, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt
Performance history: Leslie Costa, The Newcomers, The Short Bus, Al DiMarco Band,
Fast Fingers, Bonehedz, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Bruce Willis
Leslie's comments on Chris: Chris has always delivered a smooth groove and played in the right pocket for the song. I always joke with people about how ridiculously similar he and I are in our opinions of music and life in general. When working together for a long time, we very often have the same thoughts and comments while developing a song. His bass lines are always melodic and well thought out. He is my right-hand man, and I trust his insight on all matters. I value Chris as both a friend and a long-time musical partner.
Final Comment: Chris and I both share a passion for fast, expensive, sports cars and cool guitars.
Vocal, Percussion &
Born: Cold Spring, NY
Raised: Shrub Oak, NY
Vocal influences: Ann Wilson of Heart, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt
Songwriter influences: Patty Larkin, Melissa Etheridge, Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac
Performance history: Leslie Costa, Milk & various cover bands in the Midwest and South
Leslie's comments on Mary: Mary has had a huge effect on my life since the first night I met her back in November of 1990. She and I have a signature vocal blend that my fans have always identified with. Her harmonies create a lot depth and emotion, and they add character to the poetic delivery of my songs. I've always played my new material for her before anyone else because we've shared that stage of the creative process with each other right from the beginning. I really trust her feedback to gauge if the tune is up to standard. Mary's passion and humor have made her an integral part of my life and music.
Final Comment: The fastest way to Mary's heart is chocolate.
Born: Mt. Vernon, NY
Raised: Mohegan Lake, NY
Guitar Influences: Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Keef, Robben Ford, Chet
Songwriter influences:Lennon & McCartney, Van Morrison, Dylan (both of
Performance history: Leslie Costa, Breakaway, The Newcomers, Davy Jones of
the Monkees, Gary U.S. Bonds
Leslie's comments on Rory: Ever since the beginning, Rory has always heard a song the same way I intended it to be. Since I'm a guitar player, I am very picky with what guitarist I play with. Not only has Rory always delivered great parts and great sounds, but he's always humble about it which makes him so great to work with. I am thrilled he is back playing music in this band.
Final Comment: Rory always has the coolest instruments and gear to use on stage or in the studio.
Born: Pittsburg, PA
Raised: Bloomington, Indiana & Greenwich, Connecticut
Drummer influences: Jack Dejonet, Elvis Jones, Tony Williams, Ringo Starr
Songwriter influences: Joni Mitchell, Carol King, Lennon & McCartney
Performance history: Duke Robillard, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Sue Foley, Debbie Davies, Leslie Costa
Leslie's comments on Stuart: Stuey's drumming style established the backbone of the band when we first started out in 1990. His hard-hitting style and perception of what the songs need has always grounded the band as a whole. Stuey is the only musician that I've ever played with that asks me for the lyrics when I introduce a new song so that he can read them and get what the story is all about. Aside from being a true gentleman, he is the definition of "team player". He always goes the extra to make things happenčno questions asked. We're all thrilled to have Stuey back in the lineup.
Final Comment: I call the area behind Stuey's drumset "the deli"....That's where you'll find a variety of snacks all layed out for feed intake throughout the show.