LOU - Bass / ERIC - Keyboards

 Lou -  "The Mad Hatter" has been active in music his entire life. With early influences by  Elvis and the Beatles, Lou is a self-taught musician and prides himself on the ability to listen and learn songs by ear. He has had the pleasure of playing in the Valley with several local groups for over 25 years, and continues to learn and polish his craft while looking forward to a most enjoyable “ride” with Bret Kaiser's “The‘56tees”.






Eric - "The Professor" has been tickeling the ivory's for a long time. Originally from the Midwest, Eric Benson has settled in the West Valley of Phoenix. Eric has been in various bands and musical combinations since the 1970's playing everything from bluegrass to country and jazz. Proficient on keyboard, guitar, bass, fiddle, and saxophone 
 As a musician he just recently climbed aboard for the ride of his life with Bret Kaiser's"The '56tees"  





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The ’56tees bring back to life one of the purest forms of American Roots music and lays it down with style. From blues-tinged, hip-shakin’ rockers like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Shake, Rattle & Roll” to the sultry, starlight ballads of “Love Me” or “Unchained Melody”, Bret’s silky-smooth, powerful vocals make every female swoon and the fellas want to run out and race with their buddies for pinks! The ethereal twang of Archie’s Fender Tele on tunes like, “Sleepwalk” and “Honey Don’t” are reminiscent of Carl Perkins and James Burton. Lou’s’ Solid “Mad” and steady on the Electric & Upright bass have to be seen to be believed! Along with “Smiling Jim” laying down the beat on the skins while Eric, fills out the powerhouse sound on the keys! – Just wait ‘til you see the boys rockin out to the fun-filled tunes of yesteryear “the best of years” – unbelievable! So, put your glad-rags on and grab your best gal or guy – 56tees is Rock & Roll that’s here to stay and they’re gonna blow the roof off the joint!



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