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               GARY ZAK: BAND LEADER, BASS & VOCALS

   MATT MESSENGER: DRUMS & VOCALS

                                PAPA G: GUITAR, HARP & VOCALS

 
 
                                         
 
 
 
 
 
 

GARY ZAKProfessional music career began while attending Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 1976...

1976-1980 played bass with Smooth Talkin' & also Tri-Passage a blues-rock band

1981-1982 played bass with Tundra, classic rock, Cleveland, OH

1983-1986 played bass & trombone with R-Factor, classic rock & originals, Cleveland, OH

1986-1989 played bass with The Blue Hearts, blues, Cleveland,OH

2000-2002 formed the Outback Blues Band with George Rogers on Keyboards,  Salome, AZ

2008-2010 re-formed the Outback Blues Band with George Rogers who retired from the band in 2009. During this time, the band progressed

through several members, culminating today in a brilliant and talented line-up of professional blues musicians that now make up The OUTBACKS of Phoenix, AZ.

Favorite Music Styles & Artists: Classic Blues, British Invasion, Power Pop late 60's to early 70's.  Cream, Blind Faith, Clapton, Springsteen, Raspberries, Badfinger, Nilsson, Chicago, & T. Rex.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MATT MESSENGER: Mad Matt Maggott, a dynamic drummer with lead and backup vocals from New York City to the Arizona valley.  Matt has shared the stage with greats such as Twisted Sister, Molly Hatchet, The Outlaws and many more.  Remembered mostly for his contributions to Megaforce Records Recording Artists "Tortured Dog" and providing the beat for the New York City Madame of blues, Lex Grey.

 




 







 
 
 
 
 
 
 



GEOFF 'PAPA G' GIHLE: With influences from the early 60's Chicago Style Blues combined with the rockin' sounds of Clapton, Hendrix, Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughn and more, his band, The Krimson Chord created a unique style of music sure to captivate an audience of any age with a contagious charisma guaranteed to keep bringing them back for more.  He won the Arizona Blues Showdown 2010 with his band and they participated in the 27th Annual International Blues Challenge 2011 in Memphis.  Papa G now brings all this tremendous talent and more to The Outbacks.  

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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