It all began in the summer of 1990 when three Seattle-area musicians, Randy, Bryan and George, got together to have some fun playing acoustic guitars and singing songs. Since they shared a special interest in The Beatles, that's where they focused their efforts. They half-jokingly called themselves The Nowhere Men.
The Final 4
In 1992 the group added a drummer and started using electric guitars while taking turns on bass. And in 1993, after Randy and the drummer left the group, Bryan and George held auditions to find a “real bass player” who could also sing lead vocals. Rick was the perfect fit and in early 1994. A couple months later Derek joined the group as their drummer and all the pieces were in place.
Every band needs to cut their teeth somewhere and for The Nowhere Men that place was Doc Maynard’s in Pioneer Square. Three hour shows that started at 9:30pm and ended at 1:30am allowed the band to develop and hone its “Beatles Tribute” sound. In 1998 the band performed a three hour show for over 5,000 people at the world renowned New Years Eve celebration at the Space Needle.
Since those early years, The Nowhere Men have enjoyed great regional popularity, performing on television and radio. They've also entertained with legends like The Turtles, The Kingsmen, and have been featured on KZOK’s Breakfast With The Beatles and KBSG Beatle’s Cruises. Although they typically only play in the Seattle-Metro area they have played gigs from Vancouver, BC to Los Angeles.
The group decided early on that they wouldn't try to physically impersonate The Beatles, but rather to concentrate on how to deliver the total sound in a live format within the context of a foursome. This has become the group's challenge and motivation. Their audiences enjoy the interpretations of all the Beatle stages and the creativity involved in performing complex arrangements like "Sgt. Pepper" and "Abbey Road.”
It's not a wrap?
In 2005 the band played a farewell show, intending to wrap it up after 15 great years, but the pure enjoyment of the music and the fun of sharing the experience with an audience brought them out of “retirement.” Their goal is still the same as it was when they started in 1990 – to create a live musical experience that comes as close as possible to "The Beatles" unforgettable sound.