L to R: Major Darst, Jim Busch, Pat Gossan, Terry Davidson, and Pat Hewitt
Pat Gossan: Vocals and Keyboards
Pat Gossan, Vault, Liberty, and Rhino recording artist, was a founding member of Seattleís legendary rock band "The Floating Bridge", which released two albums internationally and co-billed with such artists as the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Greatful Dead, Moody Blues, and B.B. King among others. In the 1970ís, Pat joined Warner Brothers recording artist Doug "The Ragin Cajun" Kershaw, touring nationally which included a performance on the award winning PBS show "Austin City Limits". After moving to the Bay area, Pat joined forces with members of John Lee Hookerís band to form "Two Trains Running", a band that released one album. Upon his return to Seattle in the mid eighties, Pat joined the band "Freddie and the Screamers", playing such venues as the Tacoma Dome with Def Leppard and the Gorge with Greg Allman. The band also recorded four songs for and appeared in TVís Emmy Award winning "Northern Exposure." Pat has been with the Vududes as a songwriter, keyboardist, cofounder and vocalist since 1997.
Pat Hewitt: Guitar
Pat Hewitt has been a member of many notable Seattle bands including The Disciples, Kansas Standard, The Bumps, The Pins, Prairie Creek (with Pat Gossan), No Cheese Please, Wagonwheel Willie and the Five Spokes (with Pat Gossan) and The Rangehoods. Pat has a long history of performing in bands along side Pat Gossan and also performed with Warner Brothers recording artist Doug "The Ragin Cajun" Kershaw doing a stint as the bandís guitarist. Pat has recently performed with singer songwriter Paula Maya and has also become a well respected producer and songwriter. Pat also fills the role of a first call session guitarist for many local musicians for their recording sessions and concert performances. Pat has been a guitarist, singer and cofounder of the Vududes since 1997.
Jim Busch: Drums
Jim Busch has been playing since 1963 when like so many of his peers, he saw the Beatles with Ringo Starr. This watershed event led him to form his first band, the Rivals and he has been playing and collecting drums ever since. He has played and recorded with Northwest legends Rich Dangel, the Sonic's Gerry Roslie and Frank Zappa alum Bobby Sumpner. Before finding a home with Fat Cat, Jim played Rock,R&B and Blues with the Del-Psychics, Major Major, the Palmolives (with Hans Ipsen)and the Dean Reichert Band. Other prominent musicians Jim has played with include pianist David Lanz, Mark Riley, Scotty Harris and Lissa Ramaglia, Pat Hewitt, Isaac Scott, Joe and Jay Johansen, and John Goforth. Jim's laidback,no- nonsense style and deep, funky groove compliment The Vududes rich, soulful sound perfectly. Jim is an original member of the Vududes and has played with group since 1997.
Terry Nelson: Hammond Organ
Terry Nelson has been playing keyboards for over 5 decades beginning classical piano training at the age of 5. At the age of 14 he joined the first rock and roll band in the Skagit Valley area called "The Esquires" and played with them for four years or so until he entered college. The urban experience in Seattle led him to a serious interest in jazz and blues and although he mostly studied in college he began playing professionally again in Bellingham in the late 60's with long time friend Patti Allen and others. He has played with many local jazz & blues artists in the Northwest and cohosted a weekly jam at the La Conner Tavern (his hometown) for several years with Nick Vigarino where many famous area musicians were guest artists. He has become close to many of the area greats such as the late Rich Dangel, Pete Borg, & Kathy MacDonald to mention just a few. He teamed up with Hans Ipsen, Randy Oxford, & Hadi Al-Saadoon a few years ago for about a 2 year stint with Little Bill & the Bluenotes. Terry played with Fat Cat for 4 years and continues to perform with the Vududes in the Seattle area.
Major Darst: Bass
Major is originally from Morton, Illinois but moved to Seattle in 1981. Major has been playing bass since 1971 and has been a member of numerous Seattle bands such as; The Marcia Nikolich Group, Risk, The Tornados, The Boogie Men, Santo Galligher, The Bernoulli Brothers, Major Major, Bluetown, Giant, Black Cat Bone, The Dana Osborn Group, and Fat Cat. Influenced initially by pop groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Major soon developed a taste for jazz and became greatly influenced by jazz greats such as; Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorious, Ron Carter and Paul Chambers. Major has also been particularly influenced by the bass solo stylings of Scott LaFaro and Mark Egan. Major is an original member of the Vududes and has played with group since 1997.