Motorhome rolls onto Winter Park Pub stage |

Motorhome rolls onto Winter Park Pub stage

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

People are urged to “prepare for a rockin’ good time” as Motorhome rolls into Winter Park with its hard country edge for a free performance at The Pub tonight.

Band members are Matt Thornton (guitar/vocals), Matt Mahern, a.k.a. “P-Mann” (guitar/vocals), Darren Radach (mandolin/vocals), Ben Prytherch (bass), and John Motley (drums). The “Rebel Country” band was recently named the Best Country/Alternative Country/Americana Band by the Fort Collins Music Association. Jeff Schitter, a.k.a. “Candleman,” considers them to be “one of the hottest things going on around these parts.”

Thornton, who always wanted to be a lounge singer and writes most of the band’s songs, got his first guitar when he was 16 “and never put it down,” he said. “Everyone tells you growing up to do what you love and you will be successful, but when doing what you love means traveling around and playing music in bars, they think you’ve lost your mind.”

The guitarist is influenced by everything around him and thinks the most important thing about being an artist is to be true to himself.

Mahern, the other part of the band’s writing team, puts together at least 95 percent of Motorhome’s repertoire. He said he is inspired by “any other musical act that is putting their art out there at 110 percent.” With a music degree, he is also proficient on the piano and has “a working knowledge with most every instrument.”

Music came easy to Radach, who started playing piano at age six before he moved on to drums and guitar. But he always looked at music as a hobby until about age 27, when he said he thought he could take his own music “to another level.” He said he tries to “rock out the mandolin in ways that haven’t been done before” and that he “always appreciated how music can bridge gaps between different people.” He also plays the bouzouki, accordion, guitar, bass, drums and keys.

Prytherch didn’t always want to be a musician ” he got a guitar at the beginning of high school and moved on toward a bass at the end of those formative years. Now full-on into the bass, his heroes include Colin Moulding of XTC, Donald Duck Dunn of Booker T and the MGs (and the house bassist for Stax Records), and Andrew Bodnar of Graham Parker and the Rumour.

“When it comes to playing shows, my purpose is to entertain the audience. If I play well and have fun, I’m happy,” he said.

Motley always wanted to be a musician and has been playing drums since he was 12. He plays with at least a dozen other bands and said he’s looking forward to tonight’s performance. He and the band have a new (second) CD coming out in a few months and they will be making their debut journey to Oregon and Washington later this month.

“We continue to bring our music to as many people as possible, and we hope to continue doing that for as long as possible,” Mahern said.

The nationally touring New Orleans act E.O.E. (Equal Opportunity Employment) is also scheduled to play at the popular Winter Park Pub, starting around 8 p.m. Saturday, July 12; as is Blackdog for the Pub’s Sunday Afternoon Series starting at 4 p.m. Sunday ” both also in the great beer garden venue.