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ASPHALT BALLET

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Biography

Southern style rockers ASPHALT BALLET originated after a number of school friends from San Diego wound up in Los Angeles. After playing in rival bands (drummer Mikky Kiner playing in Glam outfit RUBY SLIPPERS for a period, whilst guitarists Julius 'Jay' Ulrich and Danny Clarke had recorded an album with MISTREATED) the musicians united to create ASPHALT BALLET. The exception was vocalist Gary Jeffries, a native of Monroe, Louisiana, who had set out from the deep South with the intention of making it big in California. It would be Jeffries laid back Southern swamp infused vocals that would not only set the band apart from the pack but incite waves of media speculation that ASPHALT BALLET were to be the next breakthrough band.

The group contributed the track 'Unlucky Mr. Lucky' to the 1990 'Pure Rock Search '90. Volume One' compilation album and released a 1991 demo featuring the tracks 'Unlucky Mr. Lucky, 'Blue Movie', 'Hangman Swing', 'Wasted Time' and 'Takin' A Walk' before being signed by Virgin Records. In spite of rave reviews the band were being edged by the powers that be to adopt a Grunge style. This they reluctantly did for their next outing not only changing the musical direction but also undergoing a complete image change.

The second album, a 1993 effort entitled 'Pigs', was recorded in Memphis with producer Greg Edwards and debuted new vocalist Tommy Dean. Previously Dean had fronted the short-lived TOMCATS, a union with erstwhile ICON pairing of guitarist Dan Wexler and drummer Pat Dixon, ex-KING KOBRA guitarist David Michael Phillips plus bassist Tom Rucci.

Unable to come to terms with the new "modern" sound Jeffries had travelled back to Louisiana to raise a child. Before long the call of the stage had tempted him back behind the microphone with local act COUP DE VILLE.

Gary Jeffries returned to Los Angeles in 1998 fronting a group called REGULATORS and touting a CD titled 'Bar & Grill'. The record was produced by Juan Croucier of RATT. The singer's next port of call, taking REGULATORS keyboard player Chris Turbis, would be the traditional steel guitar driven Southern Rock act ALLIGATOR STEW issuing an album in 2001. Both Ulrich and Kiner operate in the Hardcore edged 13A.

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