Truck Driver Bingo
Truck Driver Bingo is a guitar/bass/ drums power trio that plays raw blues and out jazz. While our primary motivation for making this music is to get people to listen, it’s not unusual for them to get up and dance as well. The band consists of Jim Nichols on bass; Hank Cupp on drums; and Frank Galante on vocals and guitar. All three band members are seasoned musicians and are committed to musical excellence and a polished performance. We like making people happy!
Just who are the guys in Truck Driver Bingo?
Hank Cupp has been a drummer since his early teens, through college, and all his adult life. There have been many genres, including Jazz, Big Bands, Blues, Rock and Roll and even Concert and Theater Orchestras. “I just love making music with other people. It feeds my soul. There is nothing like the feeling of being part of a musical ensemble.”
Frank Galante has been singing and playing guitar practically all his life (which means for more decades than he cares to admit). He started his musical journey as a regular player at many of the most happening clubs in New York City and has since performed everywhere from the Great Lakes to the Caribbean, to Amsterdam. When not playing the blues or jazzing out, he performs on classical guitar, lute and Baroque guitar, having studied with some of the world’s most noted performers and teachers. As he says: “Music is my reason for being”.
Jim Nichols, a lifelong resident of west Michigan, has played bass in several local bands through the years, including the Nite Crawlers, Redeye, the Blue Rooster Band and most recently Bad Manners. He enjoys listening to almost any kind of music, as long as it is well done. He has found playing with Truck Driver Bingo a challenging and satisfying experience; his decades of playing rock standards bringing an essential element of groove to the band’s sound. Jim is a true lover of music.
That’s it. Three old guys…still at it. In performance, the band is super tight and operates at an energy level that belies our age. We push out some smokin’ Blues and test the edges of jazz fusion and improvised music. It makes for a dynamic mix in live performance. We have been a regular fixture at the Gull Landing in Pentwater, two years running, and garnered rave reviews after playing Ludrock 2019. It’s time to branch out. You hire us. We’ll get your crowd moving.