Soul to Soul has been
entertaining audiences in the Houston area for
over 10 years. Versatility and excellence are their hallmarks. They are
outstanding musicians and their synergy is unparalleled. Come to a live
performance and experience music that feels good -- Soul to Soul.
Lee -- Guitar, Vocals
Alan's signature guitar style
combines the best aspects of lead and
rhythm simultaneously with mood altering techniques that make something
truly special of every note. Alan's simplicity, even on
lightening fast solo runs, amazes audiences. His intensely
moving passages pierce deep, soar high, or rock hard effortlessly.
Secondly, Alan is a singer whose vocal textures connect to the musical
message in such a meaningful manner that audiences are compelled to
listen. At times romantic, at times playful, at times
dejected or wounded, Alan focuses on the feeling that transcends words.
Last, but not least, Alan is a songwriter. When Alan performs
his original material, it competes on an equal basis with the popular
covers he plays; yet the tunes are fresh with a sincere and unique
perspective from his own life experiences.
Alan Lee, a veteran of the Austin and Houston music scene, has over 30
years of experience in rock, blues, soul, funk, and country
genres. His driving guitar rhythms, lead vocals, and unique
songwriting style are the force behind the Soul to Soul sound!
Bands: Gayle and the Hurricanes, All Most Mad, Southern
Heritage, Soul to Soul, Martha White and the Lightly Crusted Dough
Boys, Sweet Mama Cotton, and many more. Alan also hosts jam
sessions at Twin Oaks Tavern, The Sunset Grill, and Lynn's
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Paul -- Bass, Vocals
in 1964, Rik Paul saw the Beatles play on the Ed Sullivan Show
and said, "I want to do that!"
Rik started playing guitar and piano in 1964.
He added saxophone in 1969, and then bass in 1972.
Rik's first professional gig was playing guitar in a
recording session in 1969. In the mid-eighties, Rik toured
with the Band of Fire playing alto sax and keyboards. Band of
Fire was led by Marion Booker, the original drummer for the George
In addition to his skills as a multi-instrumentalist, Rik has a
reputation as one of the finest sound engineers and electronic
technicians in the Houston area.
As an engineer at Rockefellers, he worked with John McLaughlin, Neville
Brothers, Edgar Winter with Leon Russell, and many others. He also
worked as an engineer at Wunsche Brothers for artists such as Clint
Black ("he was unknown and we paid him 20 bucks a
night"), Delbert McClinton, Jerry Jeff Walker,
Shake Russell Band featuring Rusty Burns, Bert Wills, and many more.
Rik was the US MIDI keyboard technician for Jean Michelle
Jarre’s “Rendez-vous Houston” music/laser
extravaganza in Downtown Houston, specializing in the “Laser
Harp” and midi marimba. Is there anything this man
Rik joined Soul to Soul in 2011, filling the large shoes of Charles
"Neckbone" Murphy, who passed away June 14, 2011. Those are
hard shoes to fill, and Rik does it very well. He can get
down with the funk and groove with the blues!
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-- Keyboards, Vocals
Gayle took a few piano lessons when she was a little girl, but she is
mostly self-taught When her extremely small church needed a
piano player, she took over and played for the congregation and was the
church pianist for several years. Later as a teenager, I
played piano and organ for a traveling tent revival evangelist.
in 1989, Pearl Murray (Pearl Murray and the Jewels) ran an ad
in the neighborhood paper “The Leader”. It read “Piano Player needed
for night club singer." Gayle played an old upright
out of tune piano and did a some harmony vocals for Pearl at “The
Cotton Club” on Ella Blvd. In the Heights.
Pearl Murray became Gayle's mentor and inspiration. Gayle
says, "Pearl turned me on to blues music. I leaned to play a lot of
Bessie Smith tunes for her. But I really love female artists like
Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, Bonnie Raitt, Koko Taylor,
Etta James, female vocalist with lots of passion in their delivery."
After leaving the Jewels, Gayle was featured in the Ms. D. Meaner band.
Then in the early 1990’s she formed Gayle and the
Hurricanes, along with Alan
Lee, Jim Rinke, Mark
Stokes and Don Pennington.
that time, Gayle re-married, had a baby girl and decided to stay home and be a
mom for a while.
A few years later, Gayle played
keyboards and sang with various local groups such as The
Brothers Band, Rod Woodson, Jeff Griffith and The
Taste of Texas Band,
and Tommy Buck and Stampede.
Gayle said, "I was playing keyboard for Jeff Griffith and the
Taste of Texas band. They had won the “93Q Country Band of the Year”
contest shortly before I was hired by them. To fulfill the contest
requirements, the band had to perform at several events the radio
station sponsored, one being the Houston city annual “Fourth Of July
Freedom Fest” concert on Buffalo Bayou. We were the local country band
on the bill. Attendance that day was estimated at around 200,000 for
the outdoor event. We followed the rock band Steppenwolf
and Foghat followed us. The evening headliner was country
singer Rick Trevino. I got his autograph."
Wow! What a gig!
In 2012, Gayle reunited with her old bandmates Alan Lee and Jim Rinke
and joined Soul To Soul. She adds a whole other dimension to
the band. Gayle's powerful and emotional vocal style thrills
audiences everywhere she goes. She makes the blues really
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"Scooter" Griffiths -- Drums
Scott has been playing in the Houston area since the 80's and before.
He played in various bands with bassist Frank Brown.
In the 90's Scott played witth a band called The Kiljoys.
Michael "Red Dog" Redmond left the band he was playing in to
join the Kiljoys. Some years later, Scott became the drummer
for Red Dog and the Fleas. Scott joined Soul to Soul in 2012.
His influences include Shannon Brown, Ana Popovic, The Rod Brothers
Band, REO Speedwagon, Joe Bonamassa, Eric Clapton and others.
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Jim Rinke -- Saxophones, Flute,
Clarinet, Percussion, Vocals
numerous jazz, rock, blues, country, and gospel bands since 1972. He
has studied with jazz greats including Bob Montgomery, Clark Terry,
Gary Foster, Dave Leibman, and Jamey Aebersold. Until 1983 Jim played
in the Kansas City area and in various road bands. He has been in the
Houston/Galveston area ever since, playing with many local bands
including Salty Dog, 1900 Storm, Gayle and the Hurricanes, The
Kingpins, Soul to Soul, and Martha White.
Jim has recorded with major artists such as Israel Houghton, Gary
Oliver, and Joe Pace and has played shows with Kevin Mahogany, Dianne
Reeves and others. His influences include Wilton Felder, Stanley
Turrentine, Grover Washington Jr., David Sanborn, Michael Brecker, John
Coltrane, and Charlie Parker.
Jim enjoys a wide variety of different styles and plays what the style
calls for. He can honk Texas blues, rock out, play soothing smooth
jazz, or emulate country fiddle parts, and all with a large dose of
soul. He plays directly from his heart.
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