NAME: J. Peter Yakel
BAND AFFILIATION: The Flood Road Boys with Chris
Schultz, Pete Murphy, Tom King
INSTRUMENT: Acoustic guitar
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Well, it was “Billion Dollar Babies” by Alice Cooper. I didn’t buy it, but I did swipe it from my brother, who was into Alice, Zeppelin and southern rock bands. My art teacher in elementary school was something of a cool ’60s hippie and used to let students bring in music to play while working on projects. I remember bringing that record into class and spinning up “Billion Dollar Babies” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy”. There were quizzical looks from many parts of the classroom. Those tunes really set the mood for plaster casting, clay shaping and spot welding.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Johnny Cash, sometime around 1969 or so. I believe it was at Saratoga Race Track, where they would put on events like that on occasion. I went with my parents, who both enjoyed music by artists like Cash and Hank Williams.