The Jam Bones Band

About the Band

The Jam Bones were founded by Rich Walikis back in the summer of 2003. The original band had CR Stewart on drums as well a slew of average local bassists. The debut Sammy-Nominated "CD Shake and Bake" was released but the trio desperately needed better talent on the bottom end. Rich finally discovered Drew Hall, a New York City monster on Bass who now resided in Syracuse, and was immediately brought into the Jam Bones early in 2006. Hall was a 'dynamic and inspirational' 5-string player who helped propel the trio upwards. By 2007, the group was playing large venues, corporate parties, festivals and more. The group released their second highly acclaimed and Sammy Nominated CD "New Recipe" in 2008 which included Tom Witkowski on keyboards who occasionally played with the group on selected events.

In 2009, the band peaked playing over 110 shows, some with added percussionist Bob Stenger and Witkowski. The band, severely burnt out from an exhausting schedule, dealt with the loss of Hall, who relocated to southern Pennsylvania in early 2010 due to an employment change. Carl Castagna and Jerome Parton filled bass duties after Hall, and in 2012, original member and music co-writer Stewart left due to health issues. Rich then recruited drummer Jeff Cline, who had sat in with the band a number of times in prior years, and the band carried on. However, in the summer of 2016, Rich put the band on hiatus due to serious health issues of his own. The band resurfaced in late 2016 for a few more months and Rich decided to temporarily disband the group while more health related issues were addressed.

By fall of 2017, Rich recuperated, regrouped, and reinvigorated the Jam Bones by bringing in accomplished 5-string bassist Ralph Vito into the mix. The current lineup of Rich, Jeff, and Ralph is arguably the strongest talent this band has seen since its inception - so be prepared for a new musical renaissance and experience. Carry on, Jam Bones!