Jam Samich is more less a Jamband. We like blues, funk, jazz, rock, reggae, folk, fusion, prog-rock, latin, and metal. We've been known to combine them a time or two. Let's just say Jamband though because that's what we do. Two lead guitarists = fun.
Jam Samich was started as a nameless "hippie" style band about 5 years ago in Chuck's basement. Chuck played with various projects before meeting Mike Conley at a friend's house. Chuck and Mike had a band with "Mindrought" bassist Bill Brown. After about a year of random jamming and stuff we parted ways with Bill and got together with a bass player, and his little bro that played guitar. (Chris and Matt) We wrote a bunch of material and did absolutely nothing with it. After playing a Halloween show (our first gig) we realized that people liked us. Now we started getting serious and that's when Matt had to bail because our evolution was moving way fast and probably not in the direction he hoped. (Matt still Jams and is always going to be a welcomed guest to our shows) The search for a guitarist was on... After auditioning several players that were exactly what we were looking for, we found one that was beyond that. JAMMY JOE STANLEY!!! This guy can melt your face off with his tone alone. He was the key to nonstop rocking. Alas!!! Jam Samich is born!! The freight train starts rolling... All aboard y'all!
We've played a few bars and have some more shows booked. We play at Overtyme Grill and Tap Room most Tuesday nights at their open jams. We played at a WRIF sponsored show at New Way Bar in Ferndale ( got our name mentioned on the WRIF a few times and I'm told they played one of our songs on the air) We just finished a successful show at the Detroiter downtown.
We have a broad range of influences. I'll just combine them: Jimi Hendrix, SRV, Steve Vai, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, Scott Henderson, John Petrucci, 311, P-Funk, Gov't Mule, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tool, Estradasphere, Fantomas, C-Lit, Allman Brothers, Dream Theater, ZAPPA, Ween, Incubus, Mike Patton, Chris Janowski, Johnny Cash, Lenny Kravitz, Henry Rollins, Mike Conley, RHCP, RATM, Galactic, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, SOAD, Infectious Grooves, Tribal Tech, Ani Difranco, Beastie Boys, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Widespread Panic, Moe, Mofro, Ekoostik Hookah, Umphrey's McGee, The Dead, Metallica, Claypool, Buckethead, and Bill Brown
Chuck uses PRS, Fender, Ibanez, and Yamaha guitars... Marshall DSL 100 watt head with Marshall 4x12 slant cab and SHURE mics. (also an assortment of gadgets) Joe uses an Ibanez hollowbody Artstar, PRS, and Hamer guitars through Marshall amp. He also uses SHURE mics. Mike uses a custom Pearl kit from Skeeto Valdez of "The Brother's Groove." Chris uses a 5-string Fender Jazz bass through an Ampeg SVT and cab.