Greg Percy

    I grew up in a semi musical household….Mom and brother played piano, little brother was a drummer…I played piano for a while but was very frustrated reading music…I thought “Why should I read music when I can already play music by just listening to it…” I had a good ear, but drove my piano teacher nuts…Eventually I got a beater guitar then moved onto a lovely fender Mustang bass and I was hooked…Took lessons for a bit but the reading thing got in the way again…It was easier just to listen and play…

    I started playing with a neighbor guitar player named Steve Beaupre-who I would later form a band with…FIrst time together I played “Crossroads” with him without ever even hearing the song, but I knew the blues stuff well enough that I figured it out.  Eventually we formed a couple of bands “Straight City” and then “Spanky”  We played local clubs in the late 70s/early 80s  . Most of us worked at Headliners in Madison, so we got to play there a lot and opened a few times for bands like The Producers when they came through town…

    My gear management began there….I had 2 1972 american Precision Basses-which I sold for $240 a piece while in college (needed the money)…Eventually bought a Gibson Thunderbird 1976 bicentennial version which got stolen (now worth $$$$)…could have bought a decent car for what those are worth today…

    Got married and stopped playing for awhile then answered a craigslist add for the yet to be named Retro Specz once my kids had started moving away…Loving playing with the Retros-fun folks-fun music.