Players in the Sofa Kings Band

You can hire The Sofa Kings for any kind of party. We play high-energy, upbeat rock with roots in blues and funk.

Don
John G.
Carolyn
Duke Rushmore
Kevin Janet

Don "Wah-Wah" Williams, of Montague, sings and plays guitar in the Sofa Kings. He has co-written the funk song "Can't Get Enough of You, Baby" and dabbles in jazz in his spare time and sings with a blue-eyed soulfulness. Don works in the wine industry, making the rounds to restaurants and stores to make sure they have the best stuff on the shelves.

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John Graiff, of Northampton, plays rhythm guitar and mandolin and is the heartbeat of the band. John has co-written a number of songs that the band performs, including "Rain on a Sunny Day" and is forever buying and selling electric guitars in a life quest to find the perfect instrument. John is a freelance editor and now works at WGBY public television.

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Carolyn Bailey, of Shelburne Falls, plays bass. Carolyn has worked with a number of bands in the Valley area and any day now, the band hopes to get her singing. Any day now. Really. Carolyn works in the social service sector, caring for some of our most vulnerable populations. She really pushes us to learn songs to get people dancing on the floor.

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Bob Scalzo, also known as Duke Rushmore, lives in Northampton and pounds the drums with precision, grace and power. Bob is also a prolific writer of lyrics and has co-written such Sofa Kings songs as "Flickin' the Switch " and "When Push Comes to Shove." Bob works at the Bay State Medical Center in a new job overseeing the cancer center there.

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Kevin Hodgson sings and plays saxophone and keyboards in the band. Along with other members, Kevin, of Leeds, writes songs for the band to perform in various styles. Some of his songs include "Innocent Boy" and "Gravitational Pull," which was co-written with John. Kevin also teaches writing to sixth graders and also turns out stories, poems and plays on a regular basis.

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Janet Grunwald is the most recent addition to The Sofa Kings. She is a native of Long Island who happily transplanted to the Valley at the dawn of the New Millenium. She has spent 14 years singing with rock/pop cover band "Shindig" in New York. Since moving to Northampton, she has played eclectically acoustic (or is that acoustically eclectic?) local gigs with "JD and the Harmony Horde." Janet is a high school English teacher by day. She has a long history of writing poetry strictly for educational purposes, but she is thinking of diving into the lyric pool one of these days.

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