In Good Company-Live!
Nick Riley A true bouzouki stylist who has traveled the country extensively with quite a few Greek bands, Nick has dedicated himself to this mesmerizing instrument called the bouzouki. Much of Nick\'s career has been linked to the well-known Nisiotes of Pittsburgh. Anyone who has ever heard Nick knows of his speed, agility and exciting presentation. He is truly a key player in the \'Greek Scene\' Jim \'Tzim\' Gregorakis The band\'s bassist also doubles on the bouzouki and keeps the tsiftetelli\'s rhythm white hot with his Toumbeleki (doumbek). Jim has been playing and singing professionally for over thirty years and comes from a musical family. His father and his three brothers entertained thousands for many years in the nationally known \'Adelphia Grigoraki\'. And before him, his grandfather traveled the Grecian Isles playing the Lyra in the nisiotika style. Jim\'s association with his musical partners gives him a wonderful feeling of satisfaction that makes each engagement a treat. Costa Mastros Emanating from Steubenville, Ohio, Costa has been the icing on the cake of several successful bands. The most recent of these groups was \'Seismos\', from the Ohio Valley. Costa\'s command of the rhythm guitar adds the finishing touches to The \'Company\'s\' music. The sweet sounds of his guitar are the perfect complement to both modern and traditional Greek Music. Costa\'s talent goes beyond the guitar. He is a fine drummer and percussionist and moves to the instrument that best completes the sound. Steve Lemonakis Few bands have the luxury of a drummer as versatile and talented as Steve. With over thirty years of professional experience and a Masters degree in music education from Duquesne University, Steve can excite the biggest of wallflowers and make them want to dance. His hard-driving rhythms combine with the rest of the band to form a style of music that gets everyone moving. Oh, and did we mention that Steve is an accomplished clarinetist who specializes in the nisiotiko style? John Nychis Throughout the late seventies and eighties, the Grecian Lads took the country by storm. Anyone who followed them either live or on disc knew them to be a driving force in Greek music. John\'s vocal stylings will be recognized immediately upon hearing him. He was the \'trademark\' player and lead vocalist that many grew to love. His inimitable keyboard interpretations of Greek classics set him apart from the rest. And his \'old world\' violin playing brings people back to the days when wonderful memories were created. As a member of The Greek Company, John brings his many years of experience and abundant talent to this delightful orchestra. This CD is dedicated to those people who work tirelessly to perpetuate our Greek heritage by keeping the flame alive in America. Without this "Greek pride" our strong sense of ethnicity would soon fade. We would also like to thank our dedicated fans who have supported The Greek Company throughout the years. The list would go on and on. We thank our spouses, significant others and families for their love and support. A very special thank you goes to Jimmy Antoniou whose loyal friendship, dedication to the art and energetic desirehas been and continues to be an inspiration to all of us. Last but certainly not least, we thank all musicians, both past and present who have inspired us to learn about, passionately perform and carry on the legacy of Greece.