Rough Draft is: Gerry Cote - Guitar/Vocals, Eddy K - Bass/Vocals,
Chad Rager - Drums/Vocals.
Rough Draft is unique blend of 3 distinctly different individuals who collectively bring you authentic classic rock music second to none.
Chad Rager on Drums brings his experience in rock, funk fusion and jazz, and is capable of combining technical prowess and sensitive musicality with an intense enthusiasm to create the quality of performance for which he has become so well known.
Eddy K on Bass, has studied privately and at Musician Institute in California. He has played rock, jazz, country blues and original hybrids in trios to orchestras.
Gerry Cote on Guitar, is all about late 60's to early 70's Classic Rock. He can't get enough of Les Paul guitars and Marshall amps. Playing all his life, age has not slowed him down one bit!
All three guys share the vocals each having their own voice. We all grew up in the 60's and 70's and present a nice array of originals and classic rock standards. These guys bring “Classic Rock To Move Your Soul”, both on stage and recordings. Stand back and watch the Runaway Freight Train come and get you!
------------------------ -------- Ed Chad Gerry -----------------------------------
I grew up listening to Cream, Hendrix, Trower, Jeff Beck, Humble Pie, The Who, Free, Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top. In the 80’s and 90’s I was really into Christian Rock Bands, everything from Phil Keaggy to the Resurrection Band and in between. My most favorite current artists are Gov’t Mule, Joe Bonamassa and the Glenn Kaiser Band. Of course, I still listen to all of the above and more. I also love electric blues.
As you might have guessed, if it has Les Pauls and Marshall Stacks, I like it! I never really played much guitar when I was younger, I always had a job and seemed to be working. I started seriously playing guitar and writing songs in 1977, after moving to LA from New Hampshire. After a little stint (more like an attempt) at acting in Los Angeles, I met this girl named Mary Jean Andersen and we got married in 1982. In 1985 we moved to the Chicago Suburbs and started our family and a small Real Estate Appraisal Business.
Now that all of our 4 kids are grown and married with numerous grandchildren, I work less and play music more!! Hence - ROUGH DRAFT. After God and Family, I live for Rough Draft. (PS Gibson and Marshall do not endorse me, but they should!)
Eddy K’s Story
I have been playing 5/6 of my life. I believe Leo Fender was an alien. How else can you explain his vision. I've studied privately and at MIT in CA. Played rock, jazz, country blues and original hybrids in trios to orchestras. Getting variety of tones timbre to fit the music is my way of having a good time. A variety of strings ,amps, instruments and technique are what you will hear with RDR. I like to make things vibrate. GREAT FUN! Influences- McCartney, Kaye, Fielder, Entwhistle, Squire, Rocco, A. Johnson, P. Jackson, Jaco, Clarke, Miller, Wooten and etc etc etc long as they groove! We have a lot of FUN in RDR making this music. Enjoy! (I also like Hamburgers)
Chad’s drumming is energetic, fluent and eclectic. Even during the most demanding passages, Chad Rager, with his diverse grounding in rock, funk fusion and jazz, is capable of combining technical prowess and sensitive musicality with an intense enthusiasm to create the quality of performance for which he has become so well known.
Chad has traversed the United States with a succession of groups, playing everything from top 40 to jazz, big band and fusion. The experience gained was invaluable and accounts for the impressive versatility he now possesses.
He has performed and recorded with top artists such as pop-vocalist Deniece Williams, jazzman Charles Earland and pianist Roger WIlliams. The depth and scope of Chad’s talents are best put to the test through the original works created by his previous bands. The “Chad Rager Groove” released 2 CDs on Strokeland Records, 21st Century Groove and Groovin' Hard. Currently Chad brings his amazing drum chops and soulful voice to Rough Draft Rocks.
Chad is also endorsed by Sabian Cymbals, Maxwell Drums, Trick Drums, Humes & Berg Cases, Aquarian Drumheads and Vic Firth Sticks.