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We are an original band from Fallbrook, California who have come together
to exercise our creative muscles, have fun, and make some great music together.
Our influences include The Beatles,
Tom Petty, Guess Who, Jellyfish, Eric Clapton, Oasis, and
much more. If it sparkles, jangles, has a tight arrangement,
clever lyrics, good singing, and strong hook, we like it.
If it has at least one guy in it with an English accent...even
Christopher Cash has been performing in bands since childhood, as have all
of his bandmates. Since moving to the San Diego area in late Nineties, he
has released two albums: Hollywood Mirage in 2005, and Invisible in 2008.
Cash moved to Fallbrook in 2013 and took a brief hiatus from music to
build himself a recording studio called Sonic-Rocket. In 2017, he put the
finishing touches on the studio and dove head first back into the music
In Fall 2017 Cash recruited
some of the San Diego area's top musicians to play in his
new band The Brilliant Deductions. First to become a member
was Shea Thompson. Shea is primarily a guitarist and singer/songwriter
but agreed to take on Keyboards for the band. He is also
our principal recording engineer having honed those skills
at Sonic-Rocket. Next to join the band was long time pal
John Saccoman. John is a fantastic bassist, and really fun
and funny guy. By day he fixes complex medical equipment
and by night enjoys wine, and song. He has an impressive
collection of bass guitars and knows how to use them. Next
to become a member was lead guitarist Jan Bugaiski. Jan
is also a fine songwriter who has been up for Grammy consideration.
He is an extremely talented and versatile guitarist. Cash
jumped on the opportunity to have him in the band. On the
first night with the group, Jan laid down the lead guitar
parts for 'One Way Ride' which would turn out to be the
group's first Single. Last to join the party was drummer
Dick Winter. Dick is the perfect time keeper for the group.
He has all the style and simplicity of Ringo Starr, and
is more than capable of stretching out into more complex
rhythms. Dick can stick to a click-track like glue and always
plays exactly what the song needs.
Cash brings rough material to the group for their approval. Songs that
get the thumbs down never see the light of day, those that get the thumbs
up get the full attention of the entire group. Everyone in the band
contributes to the arrangements, and together, we tweak, twist and tinker
with the material until it meets our collective approval. The guys are
brilliant in every way! They are able to quickly deduce what the song
needs to take it to the next level, thus the name: Brilliant Deductions.
Born in Pasadena, California in the late fifties, Cash grew up along side
rock music. As a boy, he watched The Beatles perform on Ed Sullivan and
joined the ranks of their countless fans throughout the turbulent Sixties.
Inspired by artists like David Bowie, Neal Young, and Lou Reed, he began
playing guitar and writing songs in the early Seventies.
After a string of copy bands to develop his performance skills, Cash
joined forces with singer/songwriter William Loveless to form an acoustic
duo called Akimbo. Freshly out of high school, Akimbo grew amplifiers,
added drums and ultimately evolved into The Privates.
The Privates enjoyed considerable success during the Eighties playing
along side bands such as The Motels, The Plugz, and The Suburban Lawns at
many of the popular Los Angeles venues of the day. The Privates signed a
deal with a well known production company but fame and fortune never
materialized. Buckling under the strain, The Privates broke up as their
demo tape was being shopped and before the promise of a European tour
could be fulfilled. As it turns out, this too was serendipitous. Dreams of
rock stardom were replaced by more profitable endeavors ultimately
providing Cash the resources to pursue his art on his own terms.
During the Nineties, Cash played in various original groups including The
Intelligence, Gadflies, and Wobblewire but career and family were his
central focus. In 2004, Cash met producer Joe Ongie and asked him to work
with him on his debut album titled Hollywood Mirage.
In 2008 Cash released his second album Invisible with the band he had been
playing since late in 2006. San Diego producer Jeff Berkley did a nice
job helping him make an album he is very proud of.
Since 2014, Cash has devoted a good deal of his time to his professional
recording studio Sonic-Rocket.com
In 2017 Cash formed The Brilliant Deductions, this time with long time pal
John Saccoman on bass and backing vocals, friend and Chief Engineer at the
Rocket Shea Thompson on keyboards and backing vocals. The incredible Jan
Bugaiski plays lead guitar and the amazing Dick Winter is on drums.
In addition to music, Cash is an accomplished woodworker, artist and holds
down a full time job working for a reputable high tech company as a
technical support manager.
Shea started working on music when he was about 10 years old, jumping into
his first Digital Audio Workstation, Fruity Loops (before the cereal brand
sued the company over the trademark and they officially renamed themselves
FL Studio). Officially, his father assisted him in recording his first
album when he was 9 (it was an hour-long relaxation tape). Ever since
then, he has had a rather serious addiction to recording audio, mixing
audio, and producing music for artists as well as himself. He has worked
closely with his father, Dr Jeffrey Thompson, who is a successful musician
himself; having produced over 100 albums for relaxation and musical
therapy. He runs his own sound therapy clinic in Carlsbad, CA seeing
patients who travel all over the world for his state-of-the-art methods he
Shea actually began on the piano
when he was 8 years old, and trained classically until the
age of 16 where he finally stepped away from his lessons
and picked up a guitar. Things changed for him after that...
He received his first microphone and recording interface
when he was 13 and began to record his own songs (rather
than crafting them purely with midi and samples in FL Studio),
and started diving into the world of microphones.
Over the next decade he would
spend an unhealthy amount of time each day writing music,
recording music, and producing music to earn his mastery
over its ways... all the while honing his skills on his
newly found instrument; the guitar. It's only been a recent
resurgence of inspiration that he has reconnected with his
roots in piano, and boy has he dove right back into it.
Shea has worked at a number
of recording studios including Spooky Cat, Pinstripe Studios,
CNR, and Soapbox Multimedia. He is the recording engineer
for the Brilliant Deductions and is responsible in no small
part for the fine quality of our recordings. He's held positions
such as Assistant Engineer, Director of Sound, and Chief
Engineer at more than one studio. You'll be hard pressed
to find another engineer who cares more about your music
and how to make it sound the best it can be.
When not in the studio, Shea enjoys hiking, drinking coffee, photography,
writing music, and studying his craft.
John first appeared in Cash's world when he needed a bowling
partner. He embraced the 'don't really need to bowl well'
ethics of our team. John is a very fun and funny guy. He
has a long background in music, performing with countless
artists in LA and Phoenix.
John has a vast collection of
bass guitars and knows how to play them all extremely well.
He has a 'stop 'em in their tracks' vocal style and is very
helpful in the studio with his arrangement advice.
About five minutes into your first encounter with John, it will come as no
surprise that he used to be a stand up comedian. Don't let his goofy, fun
loving demeanor fool you. John is smart as a whip and extremely creative.
John also enjoys electronics, graphic novels, wine and song.
Born Jan Bugaiski (pronounced 'Yan') in Manchester, England from
Polish-Italian parents, he picked up a guitar at age 5 and by age 8 was
considered a child prodigy. Classically trained, Jan played lead guitar in
bands from age 14 up. He joined the heavy rock band Osmium in Manchester
and wrote over 20 songs and recorded 4 of them by age 16 with this band.
They played a number of gigs in England.
Jan studied music at university and became a music in education and guitar
teacher. He continued to play in musicals and local bars with a violinist,
and played in 101 Guitars composition by Rhys Chtham in London.
He continued to play, write
and record in a number of of original and cover including
The Grease Boys, The New Majoobas and Fuel on the Fire.
Jan is currently playing lead guitar in Christopher Cash
and the Brilliant Deductions, The Martincoughlin Band and
in an acoustic duet with 'The Voice' artist Jackie Foster.
We first encountered Mr. Winter when we placed an ad in Craigslist looking
for a drummer with British Invasion influences. Among many other
projects, Dick plays in an excellent recording project of that style
called Orbis Max.
Dick really floored us at his first audition. He is the perfect
combination of simplicity and flare. Somehow he knows exactly what a song
needs and plays accordingly. It is nearly impossible to believe that not
so long ago, he had his shoulder replaced. Drumming served as both mental
stimulation and physical therapy.
For recording, Dick always nails
it. He can play to a click track extremely well and has
such an easy going, 'let's do our best' outlook that it
makes things feel fun and easy. Dick plays at his local
church and often volunteers for charity events.
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