Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Accordion Member Since: 1979; Founder
Though he considered being an astronomer when he was little and later earned two degrees in art, Carl always wanted to be a musician. He started playing the piano in first or second grade and claims his musical hero was Mrs. Phillips, the pianist at the church he attended when he was a kid. Carl started Brave Combo in 1979 after a stint as a DJ in a country and western club. He has played in a number of other bands, including Rasputin and the Monks, and Pucker.
When asked about his penchant for polka, Carl writes that it is The Ultimate Truth. "It's like fireworks and it's a life-supporting thing," he says in an interview with Noah Adams. Brave Combo's listeners haven't always appreciated polka music, however. "One time we were playing and some people in the audience said 'No more polkas!' and Tim Walsh, our first sax player, said, 'Hey Carl, they're yelling for more polkas!' I hated to tell him the truth," Carl says.
Carl Finch - Guitar, Keyboard, Accordion, Vocals
Jeffrey Barnes - Woodwinds, Saxophone, Vocals
Danny O'Brien - Trumpet, Vocals
Alan Emert - Drums
Little Jack Melody - Bass Guitar
Ginny Mac - Accordion
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