Pam Cushenan began her singing career at 3, when she joined her mother and four siblings singing gospel music in a variety of churches in the Washington D.C. area and throughout Tennessee. From there, she went on to sing in an a cappella group, then transitioned into a variety of genres, including rock, blues, folk, and country bands. She also performed on a weekly televised gospel program in Chattanooga when she was 16.
Over the course of her singing career, Pam has lent her voice to the demos of many artists. She has also performed with many bands, including The Hombres, Jim Vest and the Nashville Cats, and The Blues Maniacs.
Having the ability to sing everything from Stevie Nicks to a spot-on Janis Joplin, plus having guitar and piano fingers, Pam adds a range to the Loose Shoes band that makes you beg for more.
Ric Cushenan has been singing and performing for over twenty years. In the mid 80’s, as lead singer with the group Side Step, he traveled through Northeast Ohio, playing in venues from Tommy's River Inn to The Wolf at the Door.
In 1988, Ric wrote and recorded original music for Sun Bay Productions in Clearwater, Florida. Produced at Clockwork Studios in Cleveland Ohio, Ric performed original music for documentaries, including Lotto Fever and Reflections in Time. During this time, Ric also worked as a session singer for Clockwork studios, singing on albums for local artists and performing songs for corporate events.
Since 2001, as one of the lead singers of The LooSe ShoEs Band, Ric has provided his unhinged guitar riffs and smooth, emotional voice to blow the place up. Ric loves to write music and has provided many original songs for the group. One of those songs, "Footprints", was nominated for Song of the Year by The KC Christian Music Association in 2005. On The LooSe ShoEs Band’s latest release, Lost and Found, Ric penned 12 of the album's 13 songs.
Ric Cushenan, one of the founding members of The LooSe ShoEs Band, also writes songs for your special event or occasion. Check out this website at www.musicboxmemories.com
Dana McCarthy has been playing music since 1967 and bass since 1974. Dana has toured extensively and played all types of venues from small clubs to stadiums, opening for bands such as the Dixie Dregs, Mothers Finest, Pablo Cruise, Kansas, LeRoux, and Blue Oyster Cult. Dana has played a variety of styles of music including progressive rock, metal, country, classic rock, and jazz.
In addition to joining The Loose Shoes Band, Dana records with Secret Aging Men, an original jazz/progressive rock instrumental project, and works with The Larry Griffith Band, an R&B/blues/ classic cover band, at several venues in the Atlanta area.
Dana brings a great ear, wonderful harmonies and a large repertoire of songs that will add even more variety to The Loose Shoes Band. Influences are Chris Squire, Stanley Clarke, Greg Lake, John Wetton, Trevor Bolder, Jaco Pastorius, John Entwistle, Larry Graham, and Geddy Lee.
Dana is sponsored by Warwick Music Equipment and uses Warwick bass guitars and amplifiers/speakers. www.warwick.de
Ron Reiss was born in Brooklyn, New York. His first encounter with the drums was at the age of 12; when realizing his grandfather was a well known musician and one the most sought after drummers during the Ziegfeld Follies era and in Broadway Shows. He told Ron at a very young age that he had a natural ability with feel and timing. That’s all he needed to hear!
Ron has been playing drums on and off since he was 14 years old when he got his first cheap drum kit. His parents couldn’t afford a kit any sooner, so the pots, pans and table tops took a beating!
Within six weeks, he was in his first three piece band and never looked back. Years later, when he went out on his own, he moved to Woodstock, New York, meeting and being accepted into the inner circle of the great musicians who lived there at the time. Van Morrison, The Band, Orleans, Jackie Lomax, Martha Valez and even a little jamming with Paul Butterfield. That was a lifetime ago, but never to forget!
He has been intimately involved in much of the Atlanta music scene since moving here in 1993. During this time, he has been behind the kit with several Cover Bands, Corporate Bands, Blues Bands and a couple of Country Bands. Ron is diverse in many styles of music.
In Atlanta, he aided in bringing back the rebirth of the Northside Tavern Jam, hosting with the great Lola about 3 years ago, and in addition has played many Atlanta venues such as Darwins, Peachtree Tavern, The Star Bar, Houcks, Danny’s, Niks, The Tin Roof Cantina, Smiths Olde Bar, Blind Willie’s, and many more, all with a variety of many of Atlanta’s great musicians.
Son of a guitar playing troubled Texas troubadour, and an Irish piano playing dance hall saloon singer, Dave was destined to play and perform wherever live music was needed. Dave Lamar James has had extensive experience in all aspects of the music business including performance, production and education. Dave adds value to any project he becomes involved in, with an emphasis on his World Class abilities as a guitarist & keyboardist. As a music consultant for Deep South Productions in Atlanta GA, Dave performed various duties in Artists Relations, as well as assisting in booking of artists for one of the top production companies in the Deep South. He also performed as a guitarist with country legend Faron Young.
With Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA, Dave performed as a staff guitarist and keyboardist at one of the premiere family entertainment parks in the United States. Dave worked with Curb Records and Artists "Boy Howdy" touring band, performing various shows in the United States, Canada and Japan.
He also worked with the U.S Department of Defense that included 2 tours of Iraq entertaining U.S. Armed Forces in a band format, with additional stops in Bosnia and Kosovo. He was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the State of California for his efforts.
He continues his musical journey with The Loose Shoes Band and looks forward to seeing all of you at future engagements.
Originally from Florida, Al Robinson began playing the trumpet when he was nine. After playing in bands in high school, Al switched to the harmonica as a freshman in college, “to impress the ladies”.
Since moving to Atlanta nine years ago, 'Big Al' has been in one band or another, impressing not just the ladies, but everyone, with the sweet sound and feel that the blues harp gives a song.
He feels right at home with LooSe ShoEs, and his happy to be playing with these accomplished musicians and vocalists.