Louie A vila In 1967, after a family gathering , Uncle Tony let me borrow his acoustic guitar. I plucked on the strings and worked out the song "When a man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge … It felt great to hear the sound of both my voice and the guitar together. At age 14 I joined up with some guys in Visalia who truly became my inspiration for music. The name of the group was "Randy Haynes and the Window Panes" and we played all the high school dances and party's we could dish up, most of the time playing for free. The members were Randy Haynes (obviously a killer lead guitar player), Morley Merriss (unbeknownst then to be my best man 10 years later and who played a Guild hollow body which kicked booty), and one of my best friends and brother Robert (even today an extraordinary drummer in his own right, who has a twenty-something year old son Lance who teaches music , yes drums, in Northern California).
Sneeky Pete came on the heals of several other bands after I had moved to Northern California. It was my first real experience with guys who loved to ride the edge and create their "own" music. I will never forget the heavy drum beat of Steve DeRosa, with his "hamburger" banging out the electric drum sounds of the 70's. And for Augie Hernandez and his Latin style of rhythm and lead guitar; Johnny Lester for eclectic style and smooth humor during performances; and to Mark Wortman for giving me the inspiration to continue to harmonize to perfection, even when the chips were down.
I want to thank Scott for allowing me to participate on the CD (he could have chosen any bass player he wanted). The studio work was an experience I'll never forget. I most of all I want to thanks my wife Evelyn for her undying support through hours of practices, late nights, and at times heavy turmoil. To my beloved daughters, Jillian and Amanda, I hope they can continue the love and appreciation for music for generations to come.