According to Bazooka

  • Genres
  • Americana Pop
  • Bluegrass
  • Folk
  • Retro Folk-Pop
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Folk/Bluegrass ★
    • SAMMIES 2018 Nominee★ Folk/Bluegrass ★
  • Musicians
    • Don Johnston — drums, percussion
    • Jamie Knapp — upright bass, vocals
    • René Martucci — accordion, vocals
    • Richard Urbino — guitar, vocals
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Q & A

How do you describe your music to people?



Tell us about how the band formed.


René: Richard and I are married and have played in bands together for years. We are always working on music and looking for places to perform. We both craved an outlet for our original music. We wanted to play folk instruments in a non-traditional way. So Richard started on bouzouki, then acoustic guitar and archtop guitar. I wanted to play accordion rather than a keyboard. We hooked up with Jamie after we kept admiring her bass playing each time we heard her. Don and Richard had their first band together in high school, so it's really cool that he wanted to work together on this project.

Tell us about your best gig in Sac.


We recently did a show just outside of Sac in Davis that was a blast! We played with Dirty Cello for the Thursday Live concert series at Odd Fellows Hall. The show was packed, the audience was enthusiastic and both bands complemented each other's style. It was a fun night!

What artist or band are you a little embarrassed to love, and why?


We really are not embarrassed and like all kinds of music and styles.

What's next for the band?


We are finishing recording our new album for release in April. We'll be doing shows to promote the album and making a video. We'll be writing more songs.

What's the story behind the band name?


According to Bazooka started as a pun for accordion and bouzouki. Richard started on bouzouki and switched to guitar. Bazooka also has a connection to Bazooka bubble gum. We like the Americana and pop-culture imagery associated with the old Bazooka bubble gum and the little comics that were in the wrapper.

What's your favorite local artist/group?


David Houston. We are huge fans!

Who are your biggest influences?


1960s pop bands, summer of love and British invasion bands.

Who first inspired you to play music?


The Beatles started us off initially. Our influences include 1960s folk-pop, Americana and British Invasion bands. We like the sound of The Birds and R.E.M.

Words to live by?


Make time for creativity.

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