JackRabbit Slims, a name taken from a restaurant in the dance contest scene from Pulp Fiction, is a rock, R&B and dance band. Based on the North Shore of Boston its members include Greg Hoyt and Carolyn Crowley (lead vocals), Chris Bednar (bass guitar, keyboards & vocals) Jim Stavropoulos (guitar & vocals), Dave Pashayan (guitar, bass & vocals) and Phil Dussault (drums & percussion). The band's early classic rock, blues and R&B style of music found them immediate success in 2001 playing the local club scene around the North Shore. Songs performed by the band have shown a variety of influences, and as such the band is considered to transcend the genre barrier. Playing a broad mix of music from Aerosmith, Foo Fighters and Led Zeppelin to Janis Joplin, Joss Stone and K.C. and the Sunshine Band drove the band to popularity being invited to play local music festivals, private parties, corporate functions in addition to the ski circuit in New England.
Formation and early years
The bands origin started with Phil and Jim and informal jam sessions, music projects and various band members. In 2000, Dave joined the band and split guitar and backing vocal duties with Jim. After the departure of their founding bassist, Bill Crowley, Chris Bednar joined to round out the lineup for gig commitments and a mini tour of New England in 2005.
Musical style and influences
The band's sound is considered a blending of hard rock, R&B and dance party music from the 70s to the10s. The two guitar tandem combined with keyboards and vocal harmonies allows JackRabbit Slims to stretch the boundaries of a general business cover band. If they weren’t playing the bar and club circuit they’d become a “Not Your Average” wedding band playing the same diverse set list of music that crowds love to dance to and guys like to listen to while watching the girls dance.
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