Crossroads Angels, a local acoustic classic rock band, makes its debut Saturday, Nov.16, at 7:30 p.m., at Table on the Green, in Midland Country Club, Pinehurst.
The band may be new to the local scene, but members Patrick Maier, Rudi Anderson, Bob Andrade and Paul Everett are definitely no strangers to the music scene.
Rudi Anderson was born in the mountains of North Carolina, and raised on bluegrass, church harmonies and family reunions steeped in music. High school introduced him to rock, where he absorbed the music of groups like The Allman Brothers Band, elements of which he layered and fused with his own bluegrass experience.
Growing up in San Jose, Calif., Bob Andrade was obsessed with music. His mom, seeing this as a way to keep him off the streets, bravely bought him a set of drums. It worked. Caught up in the British Invasion of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Herman Hermits, he practiced incessantly, emulating and refining every drum stroke. By age 13, he was playing with a band and exploring the influences of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cream, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple.
On the opposite coast, in Maryland, Paul Everett was given the album “Meet The Beatles” by his uncle. His musical journey began, and six months later, at 10, he was in his first band, immersed first in the music of the British Invasion and then in the second wave of American rock bands.
In Oklahoma, a teenage Patrick Maier started playing an old guitar he found in a closet, writing music to accompany favorite psalms. Recognizing his talent, his mom signed him up for guitar lessons. The teacher was exploring jazz at the time and kindled Maier’s interest in that genre. His next strong wave of influence was driven by the music of the British Invasion bands, although he maintained a strong grounding in jazz. The music of Eric Clapton and Larry Coryell further expanded his experience.
Over time, the roads traveled by these four musicians began to converge. Personally, there would be marriages, children, divorces, loss, second marriages, stepchildren, grandchildren and all the accompanying joys, sorrows and responsibilities of life … and, all the time, there was their music.
They all had their share of recognition with various bands and they all shifted priorities as they traveled through life, often times not being able to focus on their music as much as they would have liked.
Fast forward to 2019; all roads converge in the Sandhills of North Carolina. All four musicians are living and working in the area; there is time for music and performing and exploring all that their experience brings.
“Our band rehearsals bring joy and satisfaction; egos definitely come less into play as you get older and you simply enjoy the music,” says Maier.
What is their goal and ambition? “We’d like to become a local musical staple,” says Everett, “playing local music events and venues and recognized as providing great entertainment for the area.”
What would they consider their genre? Andrade comments, “If we had to declare a genre, it would be acoustic, classic rock, covering bands like The Eagles, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel.”
“Our plan is to perform covers and then, over time, expand to include some lesser known artists and some of our own original material” adds Anderson. “We have all written and refined our own material through the years”.
An important grounding factor of their lives is their shared Christianity. The band’s name is not a result of this but does, in fact, come from a song performed by a prior band that Andrade played with. “A very meaningful coincidence,” he adds.
Table On The Green is a long-time staple of the area, with a full dinner menu of American and Thai offerings and a full bar. Dinner is optional, with 6:30 p.m. reservations recommended for this event by calling (910) 295-4118. For more information about the band, call Bob Andrade at (831) 524-1935.