Western Exposure, Brian Price (left), Hamilton Mays, Jerry Gleason, Jim Reinking, Michael Anderson)

WESTERN EXPOSURE is a side project for the band Hot Club Eugene, in response to a request from Fred Crafts for a Western swing band for the Christmas Radio Redux show, “A Cowboy Christmas.” All of the players have, at some point in their careers, played the music of Bob Wills, Spade Cooley, The Light Crust Doughboys & other artists in that genre, and have a genuine fondness for it.

Western Exposure consists of:

            Michael Anderson (guitar), a mainstay on the Eugene music scene for 30-plus years, has traveled internationally, backing artists and playing diverse styles of music from country to rock to jazz, folk, and rhythm and blues. He has performed with drummer Donny Osbourne (of Mel Torme) and Paul Cotton (of Poco). 

            Jerry Gleason (guitar), a fixture on the Eugene music scene since 1975, is a jazz guitarist, steel guitarist and bassist fluent in musical styles ranging from modern jazz to blues, Western Swing, Brazilian and Hawaiian. He also plays with The Eugene Hard Bop Collective, Bossanaire and Olekona.

            Brian Price (violin), a performer for more than 50 years, was classically trained. He has performed or recorded with David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Janis Ian, Hot Tuna, Heartsfield, Old and in the Way, Zoot Horn Rollo, Mason Williams, Babes and Boyz, Laura Kemp, Dopplegang, SpiritFarm, LaZoo and The Emerald City Jazz Kings. ·            Hamilton Mays (bass) has performed with many bands, currently including the Fresh Ham jazz trio and the Wednesday Jazz Station jam. Formerly he was a member of Geo4, the Poodle Creek Pickers and Ritmo de la Noche, and has played with many others including Barbara Dzuro, Joanne Broh and Gerry Rempel.

            Jim Reinking (drums) is an accomplished musician with a degree from the University of Oregon who has played with Don Latarski and currently with Bossanaire, Sympatico, FAB productions, and other area bands in an impressive array of styles. He teaches music at Marist High School.