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Interview:
The Silver Bullet Band 2007
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Don Brewer, drums — On his third stint in the Silver Bullet Band, moonlighting from his regular gig leading Grand Funk Railroad. Seger calls Brewer “the great wall” of the group, and it’s his need to get back to Grand Funk on March 15 that’s put an end date on the “Face the Promise” tour.

Jim “Moose” Brown, guitar and keyboards

— A first-time Silver Bullet who’s based in Nashville but hails from Dearborn. He co-wrote the chart-topping Jimmy Buffett/Alan Jackson duet “It’s Five o’Clock Somewhere,” which won a Grammy Award for best country song in 2004. His credits also include Hank Williams Jr., Phil Vassar, Brad Paisley, Darryl Worley and Steven Seagal.

Chris Campbell, bass

— A core Silver Bullet Band member since 1974 and the arranger of the instrumental bridge that fuses “Travelin’ Man” and “Beautiful Loser” in concert.

Mark Chatfi eld, guitar

— The Las Vegas-based musician was a member of the hard rock group the Godz before recording on Seger’s “Like a Rock” album in 1986. He was part of the Silver Bullet Band in 1983 and 1996 and also operates the Cowtown Guitars shop in Sin City.

Laura Creamer, vocals

— The Detroit native and graduate of Oak Park High School has been in the Silver Bullet Band since 1977. She’s also worked with Thomas Dolby, Kid Rock, Neil Young, Barry Manilow, Bruce Hornsby, Van Morrison and Billy Joel.

Craig Frost, keyboards

— The former Grand Funk keyboardist has been with the Silver Bullet Band since 1978 and co-wrote a pair of songs with Seger for 1986’s “Like a Rock” album.

Motor City Horns

— Trumpeters Bob Jensen and Mark Byerly, saxophonist Keith Kaminski and trombonist John Rutherford, the four Detroit-based members of this eight-piece collective, mark the fi rst time Seger has toured with a full horn section. Their collective credits include Justin Timberlake, the Verve Pipe, Yo-Yo Ma, Johnnie Bassett & the Blues Insurgents and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Shaun Murphy, vocals

— The Detroit native started out singing with the Wilson Mower Pursuit and, under the nickname Stoney, recorded an album with Meat Loaf (a co-star in a Detroit production of “Hair”) in 1971 for Motown’s Rare Earth label. Murphy has been a Silver Bullet since the mid-’70s and is a member of Little Feat. She’s also sung for Eric Clapton, Alice Cooper, the Rockets and Michael Bolton.

Barbara Payton, vocals — A Silver Bullet rookie, Payton has been a fixture on the Detroit rock scene since moving here from Port Huron in 1993. She’s released two albums, “Walk on Water” and “Enjoy the View,” and hopes to put out her third in 2007.

Alto Reed, saxophone

— The Silver Bullet Band’s chief visual foil has been recording with Seger since 1974 and jamming with him before that. He released a solo album, “Cool Breeze,” in 1997 and scored the film version of Jeff Daniel’s “Escanaba in Da Moonlight” in 2000.

Kurt Wolak, keyboards

— Craig Frost’s longtime keyboard tech who sits in on occasional songs that require Jim “Moose” Brown to play guitar but still need two keyboards.

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