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Stan Konig

Been playing music from a very early age. Mom was very religious and dragged me off to church (usually kicking & screaming) every Sunday. Got lots exposure to gospel music back then. There was a nightclub behind our place that used to bring in the early Motown acts every weekend. Used to sneak out of the house late at night and hang around the stage door to listen to the music and meet the musicians. Folks like the Supremes, Martha Reeves, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smoky Robinson, The Funk Brothers and so on. Saw the Supremes there a week before they appeared on Ed Sullivan. They never came back after that!

Mom used to take me to shows and had a knack for weaseling her way backstage. I recall at a very young age, sitting on Louis Armstrong's knee in his dressing room at the Kinsmen Auditorium in Chatham, Ontario. Also got to meet Johnny Cash along with Carl Perkins, June Carter and the Tennesee Three. I was probably about 9 or 10 years old then. Lots of acts from Detroit came through our town and performed at the Rondeau Paviliion out on the shore of Lake Erie. Folks like Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Bob Seeger, Teagarden & Vanwinkel, MC5, The Stooges, The J.Geils Band, Parliament/Funkadelic with George Clinton and Bootsy Collins and many others.

Left home at a very young age (around 15 or 16) to play music on the road. It was easier than going to school and trying to fit in. Could sleep until the crack of noon and play music all night and get payed for it. At that time, I was making better dough than my friends who ended up working in factory jobs. Spent the better part of fifteen years bouncing around Eastern Canada and the Eastern US, as well as Holland, Germany and Belgium playing music and doing live sound gigs...

Approaching the age of 30, I figured I needed to get my ass back to school so I chose to attend the Northern Alberta Institiute of Technology. Got my diploma in Electronics Engineering with the hope that I could somehow return to the music biz and apply my newly acquired skills there. Ended up starting a small business with a friend from NAIT renting out PA systems as well as my own business repairing electronic music gear. Had a shop in the back of the local Long & McQuade store on the Ho Chi Min Trail in Edmonton and did live sound at the Sidetrack Cafe for a while. The Sidetrack gig was good. Met lots of good poeple, some of who I still keep in touch with to this day. Manager was an asshole though!

Currently, I am working from home in my project studio, Roots Cellar Studio. Everything you hear on this page was done in the Roots Cellar. Also, I'm currently working for the Legislative Assembly Office at the Alberta Legislature, looking after their broadcast facility. Have completed two CD's thus far and am working on a third. Am planning a triple CD release party sometime later this year, so stay tuned for details.

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