Michael has bee a mainstay on the Eugene music scene in various guises for 30-
plus years. He’s traveled internationally backing artists, as well as playing styles
of music from Country to Rock to Jazz, Folk, and Rhythm and Blues.
He’s also spent some time, along with Ray Brassfield, working with the great
drummer Donny Osbourne (Mel Torme). He’s worked in video and radio
production and as a session musician on numerous albums by local artists.
Ray played his first bass gig in 1968 at a bar in Junction City appropriately named “The
Junction House”. Since then he has been performing at a variety of venues, including
bars, taverns, churches, coffee houses and restaurants.
In the early 70’s, he played at The Renaissance Faire, which is now known as The
Oregon Country Fair, with a locally popular group, Magpie. They helped usher in the
use of amplified music which was pretty much organic/acoustic prior to that time.
He has performed with different groups at The Jamboree held in Sweet Home, Oregon.,
as well as numerous county fairs.
He is somewhat stylistically diverse, having played country, rock, blues, jazz, folk, and
he continues to explore musical opportunities.
Randy “Gage” Kiesling—
Started playing drums and singing professionally in 1964 at the age of 15, and has
played in various types of bands doing, blues, rock, country, swing and jazz.
Started doing road gigs in the early 70’s, playing all over Oregon, Washington,
California, Idaho and Montana. He played with Tex Williams when he toured Oregon in
the late 70’s, along with the Eugene band Mithrandir in the same time period. He’s
worked with Bobby James & Buddy Fite, from Portland. Retiring from the road in the
late 80’s, he’s continued to play locally (western Oregon) for the last three decades.
Randy, Ray, & Michael have all worked together with Paul Cotton, from the band Poco.