with host, Eric Sandstrom presents
Todd Coyle and Don Oehser
Hello, all, I’m Todd Coyle.
I’ve been playing the guitar since I was about 10 years old and have been gigging around West Virginia’s eastern panhandle for about 25 years. I’ve, also, had the pleasure of playing in the Bahamas, Los Angeles, Texas and several other points north and south in this great land of ours. I’ve hosted or co-hosted some 1,300 or so open mic nights over the course of 16 years. Most notably “The Tuesday Open Mic Night” at the Meck (13 years or so) in beautiful downtown Shepherdstown, WV.
I’ve played in folk, blues, pop, country and rock bands as both guitarist and bassist. In the studio, I also play keyboards and just about anything with strings.
Now that I’ve reached my mid 40’s (shudder to think) I’m concentrating on songwriting and, though I still do the band thing, my first love is and always has been songwriting.
Is this all he does, you ask?…No, I also work a day job for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, a really great non-profit organization (go to the links page and find out more).
I don’t want to tell you too much on this first page, so come on in and make yourself at home and find out more about me and what I do and where I’ve been and what I can sell you.
Love and Peace to all
Dan Oesher is a professional guitarist/singer/songwriter for over 35 years, mostly in the DC and Boston areas. Grew up in Falls Church, Va where teenage jam sessions in his mother’s basement often included Tom Principato, Michael Maye, and Pete Kennedy. Living in the DC area, he had early exposure to Roy Buchanan and Danny Gatton (including a couple of jams w/ Danny & Fat Boys at the “Haycock Hilton”). Was a founding member of DC psycho-billy crazies Evan Johns and the H-Bombs. Two of his songs were performed by Chicken Legs – a band which included Catfish, Dixie Ballin, Freebo, and Paul Barrere & Richie Hayward (of Little Feat). Has played with bluesmen Catfish Hodge, J.B. Hutto, Phil Wiggins, and Tom Principato; Jan Zukowski and Pete Ragusa (of The Nighthawks); DC roots-rock icon Billy Hancock; boogie-woogie piano man Daryl Davis; Les Thompson (of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band); saxophonists Ron Holloway, Bruce Swaim, Don Lerman, Tom Monroe, and Ron Diehl; trumpeters Vince McCool and Scott Holbrook; drummers Brooks Tegler (in countless situations including The Brooks Tegler Orch.), Barry Hart, Dave Elliott, and Andy Hamburger; bassists Steve Wolf, Wade Matthews, John Perry, Rico Petrocelli, Tom Guidera, Ralph Gordon, and John Previti; guitarists Jim Stephanson, Dave Chapell, and Jimmy Thackery; pedal steel players Tommy Hannum, Bruce Bouton.
Besides fronting his own bands and doing solo work, he is accompanist for the incredible vocal trio Moonstruck (known as The Corsettes when doing ’40’s swing music), plays with Todd Coyle & The Handsome Sonic Bongo Band, jazz/swing band Night and Day, The Lisa Lafferty Band, plus extensive free-lance work playing guitar and bass with a variety of artists.
PERSONAL NOTE: In December 2002, I had an accident in which I lost the ends of my two middle fingers at the third knuckle. After a period of depression and rehabilitation, I “re-learned” to play with just my index and pinky fingers. Through the exhaustive efforts of my wife, Laura, and the generous donations of family and friends (especially the people of Shepherdstown, WV), I was able to make several visits to the brilliant and incredibly giving Robert Lipshutz of The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, who managed to fabricate an “extension” prosthetic for my ring finger, which, although I can’t use it for “soloing”, allows me to at least make partial chords. While this experience closed some doors, it did open some others. I discovered dozens of open tunings, including the indescribably beautiful world of Hawaiian slack-key (thank you, Keola and Dancing Cat). Having recently been introduced to saz/baglama in Goreme (Cappadocia, Turkey), I am now learning this delicious and versatile instrument, delving deeper into Hawaiian music, oh yeah, and trying to learn pedal steel, several lap steel tunings, and clarinet……Peace