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Sons of Champlin

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The Sons’ first studio album in 28 years, “Hip Li’l Dreams”, was released by Dig Music on August 23, 2005, to great reviews. This was a labor of love and includes great guest artists such as Tom Johnston, Bobby Kimball, Will Champlin, Tamara Champlin, Steve Madaio, Billy Ward, Carmen Grillo, and Bruce Gaitsch.
In 2007, Acadia Records released a compilation of three Sons’ Ariola albums: “The Sons of Champlin”, “Circle Filled With Love” and “Loving Is Why”. The title of this two-CD set is “The Ariola Years”. Carmen Grillo, formerly of Tower of Power, took over the guitar/vocal slot left open when Tal left to join up with Creedence Clearwater Revisited.
Between October of 2007 and February of 2010, the Sons were on hiatus, due to scheduling conflicts. However, in March of 2010 they toured the West Coast again, to rave reviews. Bobby Vega replaced David Schallock on bass for a short time, and Bill Champlin’s wife, Tamara, was added as a featured vocalist. In 2012, Tim Cain, the original sax player and the band’s first real arranger, re-joined the Sons after 35 years. He sings some of the tunes he wrote for the band on the first two albums. He pairs up with Jeff Lewis on trumpet, occasionally joined by Doug Rowan on bari and tenor sax. Dick Mithun, a longtime friend of the Sons and the producer of one of the band’s CD’s, is the bass player.
In July 2014 the band’s long time drummer, James Preston, passed away after a long battle with cancer. The band chose to keep going with drummer Alan Hertz. Alan fit right in and made the gig his own. In September 2014, the Sons performed a sold-out concert in Northern CA, with Carmen Grillo, Terry Haggerty and Bill Champlin on guitars.
Recently, many of the Sons’ commercially released records were re-mastered into an amazing two-CD compilation.


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