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Ted Mentry and The Planets
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The Planets is the brainchild of two legendary Colorado musicians and songwriters, Ted Mentry and Helen Allison Hawkins. In 2001, shortly after Mentry released his third personal full length solo album, Hawkins contacted him to play some dates as lead guitarist for her own group, The Allison Hawkins Band, for which she was the lead singer and driving force. After a year of playing an exhausting schedule of Colorado clubs, bars, parties and concerts, Mentry and Hawkins formed another musical ensemble that could either play the club circuit doing cover tunes honoring the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton, Jonny Lang, Sonia Dada, Little Feat, Neville Brothers and others, or, more importantly, an entire show based on original work already proven by Mentry’s skills as an artist, writer and producer and new works collaborated with Hawkins.

The result is The Planets, a six (sometimes seven or eight) piece outfit that completed its’ first original, full length CD in July of 2006, entitled:
It Is What It Is.

The album is a brilliant collection of rock, blues, ballads and movements that typify all of the melodic strengths of the genre with the backbeat of a band that has proven itself in each of the arenas that it has explored. It has already been described as “Annie Lennox meets Pink Floyd with Dire Straits as the backup band.” Available online and in stores July 4th, 2006.

Some of the musicians who lent their creative talents to this project were Rebecca Folsom, Mark Oblinger (Firefall), Darren and Dawn Kramer (DKO), Ed Edwards, Chuck Smith and Bill Miner (Cactus Jack).

The current touring band features Ted Mentry on lead guitar, Allison Hawkins on lead vocals and Colorado’s finest veteran backing musicians, Steve Johnson- keys, guitars and vocals, Kenny Hoffman-drums, percussion and vocals, Geno Sirokman-bass and vocals.

A new album is expected out in the fall of 2009.

Why this name?
We were called Blues Planet Project for several years, but it was too wordy and we were not much of a blues band anyway, so we just shortened it.
Do you play live?
This is our schedule page currently:

http://www.planetsmusic.com/schedule.html
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The quality sucks, in my opinion. Too squashed.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Sure, if the deal were right and the people were authentic.
Band History:
(See above)
Your influences?
Beatles, Pink Floyd, Motown, and of course Joe Bonamassa
Favorite spot?
Southern Italy, Spain and the Rocky Mountains
Equipment used:
PRS, Divided By Thirteen, Baker Guitars, Collings, Taylor, Heritage, Tone Tubby, Celestion.
Anything else...?
I'll think of something......
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