Vancouver based musician Kevin W. Nickel aka "K -TEL VINYL" was lucky enough to have been born into a musical family. His father was a musical arranger and performer
for a popular local television show, and his mother was a popular singer in the church choir. As a result, his childhood was filled with music.
He started taking piano lessons at the tender age of five, and on April 3rd,1961 became a member of the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers Association, Student Performers Guild.
As a classical pianist he competed at various international competitions, including the prestigious Kiwanis International Music Festival where he placed second among a field of thirty two fine young pianists. The scholarships he won helped pay for more lessons with his teacher and mentor, Edward J. Parker. At the age of fourteen he heard the "Beatles" for the first time and a life long love affair with the guitar began. By the time he was eighteen he was playing guitar with several popular bands around town and touring extensively across Canada. In 1982 Kevin moved to Nashville Tennessee at the invitation of a Nashville band called Wheeler Steeler. He toured extensively throughout the Southern United States and Europe with them while honing his skills. In Hollywood he played on the nationally syndicated radio program "The Dr. Demento Show" with "Weird Al Yankovic". In Toronto he played on Canada AM. He was the musical director for 50's rockabilly star Buddy Knox for two years; He is also a popular studio musician and over the years he has recorded everything from classical to rock and roll. In 1998 Kevin received a Degree in Criminology and a Diploma in Music Theory and Composition from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.Kevin is currently living in White Rock BC, and making music with Raised On Vinyl
Born in a brothel to a one legged whore with a club foot, Dean Brown aka "PAULIE VINYL" knew he had to find a way out. The accordion was not the answer. He tried the guitar, but his Mother kept stealing it for a crutch. So the obvious next choice was Hammond and piano. Self-taught (except for
lessons on Saturdays) he soon mastered a blues scale and beat it to death. This opened the door to play with various Top 40 cover bands where he learned how to pack, unload, setup,
tear-down and then re- load all types of musical equipment. This proved to be a very worthwhile experience. Soon he was employed as a Stage Manager/Tech’ (roadie) which was where the real money was.
Paulie met Linyl Vinyl at an early age in high school. Linyl was beginning his 3rd year of grade 8 when Paulie arrived. Linyl married Paulie’s mom and fashioned her a new leg from an old saxophone - not the best solution, but Paulie got his guitar back. (I love you, Dad).
Fast forward to present day. Paulie finds himself sitting in his garage with 6 other Vinyls, each with a story of their own, and each a very accomplished musician. A great bunch of guys that make great sounds to share with all.
10 years of touring western Canada playing keys in top 40 cover bands. All that setting up and tearing down gear finally paid off and led to 10 years of touring as stage manager/tech for
more successful bands who paid real money - BTO, Ginger (formerly The Grapes of Wrath), Dire Straights, Kiss / Econoline Crush, Sarah McLachlan, Crash Test Dummies and others. For
some reason, decided to get a haircut and got a job. After adapting to ‘normal’ life the voice said “build it and they will come”. It was built and now surrounded by a great bunch of talented guys in Raised On Vinyl,making music and having fun!
John McCreath aka "FINYL VINYL" as a young kid, was surrounded at home with music. His Mom playing piano and brother playing guitar. His Dad was into Jazz music and took John to see Gene Krupa and later Buddy Rich. Both artists had a big influence on John.
Drummer Mike Soloski (Bruce Cockburn, Alannah Myles) was teaching in the local music store and John’s parents got John in for lessons with Mike. Things just took off from there.
John played in the Toronto circuit for many years. Some of the notable people he played with are Stephen Ambrose Band (The Lincolns), Nathanial Peterson (Savoy Brown,Rick Derringer), Joe Mavety (Mary Anne Faithful, Stanley Clarke) James Gray (Blue Rodeo). He moved to Calgary to play in 1982 then back to Toronto until moving to Vancouver in 1993.
Over the years John has done lots of road work and numerous recording sessions for T.V., Radio and Album work. Having the opportunity to work with some great engineers, Pat Glover (BTO, Paul Rodgers, Headpins), Wayne Lorenz (Boys Brigade, Daniel Lanois), Rob Bailey (Alice Cooper, Coverdale - Page, Queensryche).
Also John was hired to be in a music video with international recording artist Jazzy B.
Recently when he is not playing with "The Blue Voodoo" blues band he has been playing with guitarist Jimmy D Lane (son of the late great Jimmy Rogers). Also Blues Hall of Fame great Kal David (from John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers) and Lauri Bono ( Etta James , Bette Midler). He now has found his true home with Raised On Vinyl
Born in Winnipeg and raised in Victoria, guitarist Darren Northcott aka “NOTORIOUS VINYL” grew up with a father in Radio and a house filled 24/7 with the sounds of R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz and Pop. Initially performing with metal bands “Arioch” and “Havoc”, a conversation with the great jazz guitarist Herb Ellis inspired a move to Vancouver where he studied under Ihor Kukurudza (Skywalk) and composed music for CBC Television, Radio, Theatre and Dance troupes. For nearly 20 years, he’s sang and played with the classic rock quartet “Good Question”, as well as the R&B show band “Rose Darling” and “Midnight Hour”, performing at Community events, Festivals and Corporate gigs for organizations like the Rick Hansen Foundation, BC Ferries and Molson’s. He is extremely happy to be playing with Raised On Vinyl
Jim Widdifield aka "VINNIE VINYL" began playing piano at a very early age and even taught piano in his later teens. Unfortunately due to business constraints, Jim was away from playing for many years but his love for music never died. After an over 20 year absence he got together with some like-minded friends, who all had been touring musicians and formed the group The Compound Blues Band where he stayed for almost 15 years. Because of a change in the musical directions of some of the members, part of the group moved off to become the Cooler Kings and Jim and fellow keyboardist Bill Brooks who was, at that time, the keyboard player for The Ocean Park Wailers combined to play with both bands. Jim has also been fortunate to be playing for The Crackerjacks featuring David Wills ( Stonebolt), Randy Oxford ( 2018 Washington State Performer of the Year) and Geeta Das ( Adele and Kanye West). Jim spends half his year living and playing in Palm Springs where he has had the great fortune to sit in with such greats as Kal David and Lauri Bono ( John Mayall, Johnny Rivers, Etta James), Deanna Bogart, and Bob Gross ( Albert King and Delanie Bramlett). Whether it is Blues, R & B , jazz or even Country and Western, Jim is up for it. He dedicates all his music to his late son who passed in 2013. Playing with Raised On Vinyl is such a treat for him as all the members are so creative and talented and also keep him in a constant state of belly-aching laughter. What a great bunch of guys!