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Sweeter Road

Muskegon – (From the 80’s) They was the house band at the Landmark tavern in Muskegon for a couple years. The last heard about Tom Udell, he’s was working for the Volkswagen dealer in Muskegon.

Band Members:

  • Tom Udell (Lead vocals)
  • Doug
  • Clyde

One Response to Sweeter Road

  1. Mark Laatz says:

    I found a story written by Tom about Sweeter Road.

    Hey! Tom here. I started foolin’ with music at 16 or 17 with some school friends, Smoke on the water, Montrose tunes , stuff like that. We loved it raucous and loud, doin’ house parties and such. After high school I took 15 weeks of classical guitar lessons at Muskegon Community College from a then student at GVSU Mr Joel Yaggie. It was great! As he was showing me etudes and baroque style, I was showing him Robin Trower licks. (He gave me an A). I then got together with a great drummer I worked with named Dan Johnivan. We in turn got together with another guitar player and a bass player named Rex Bailie. The other guy left the room for a while and Rex , Dan and I jammed and it felt great, so we started a 3 piece we called The Sweeter Road Band cuz we were practicing near there.That band was together for several years and I worked with several other musicians who matriculated through Sweeter Road. Clyde Crawford, Brad Fox, Dave Fuller, The late great drummer Tommy Engeman and others who were at the ready to play. Rex went off to LA and became almost famous then came back to Michigan to work for some Eastern Michigan recording studios.During the Sweeter Road days, Clyde and I got together with Doug the bass player and Eric Sheggrud. These 2 had been in a band called the Automatics. I decided to take time off from music and took acting lessons through Blue Lake Fine Arts.I didn’t act but I got restless for my Music. Doug had stayed in touch and when I made rumblings about music, he gathered Eric up to reform The Automatics. We auditioned a few guitar players but when another original Automatic member, Mike King, heard of this he wanted to be a part. Mike was in and out for several years but we had a nearly 20 year run playing most of the bars in West Michigan and beyond.We had the great opportunity to play with many other fantastic musicians such as Scott Nesbitt, Steve Arnouts, Rick Anderson, Jack Klunder and many others! We played one of the first Summer Celebration gigs before the pavillion was built. We opened for Mitch Ryder and Kansas at festivals.I then took time to raise 2 wonderful kids and built a house near Lake Michigan. Uh-oh! Igot the music Jones again
    Hey! Tom here. I started foolin’ with music at 16 or 17 with some school friends, Smoke on the water, Montrose tunes , stuff like that. We loved it raucous and loud, doin’ house parties and such. After high school I took 15 weeks of classical guitar lessons at Muskegon Community College from a then student at GVSU Mr Joel Yaggie. It was great! As he was showing me etudes and baroque style, I was showing him Robin Trower licks. (He gave me an A). I then got together with a great drummer I worked with named Dan Johnivan. We in turn got together with another guitar player and a bass player named Rex Bailie. The other guy left the room for a while and Rex , Dan and I jammed and it felt great, so we started a 3 piece we called The Sweeter Road Band cuz we were practicing near there.That band was together for several years and I worked with several other musicians who matriculated through Sweeter Road. Clyde Crawford, Brad Fox, Dave Fuller, The late great drummer Tommy Engeman and others who were at the ready to play. Rex went off to LA and became almost famous then came back to Michigan to work for some Eastern Michigan recording studios.During the Sweeter Road days, Clyde and I got together with Doug the bass player and Eric Sheggrud. These 2 had been in a band called the Automatics. I decided to take time off from music and took acting lessons through Blue Lake Fine Arts.I didn’t act but I got restless for my Music. Doug had stayed in touch and when I made rumblings about music, he gathered Eric up to reform The Automatics. We auditioned a few guitar players but when another original Automatic member, Mike King, heard of this he wanted to be a part. Mike was in and out for several years but we had a nearly 20 year run playing most of the bars in West Michigan and beyond.We had the great opportunity to play with many other fantastic musicians such as Scott Nesbitt, Steve Arnouts, Rick Anderson, Jack Klunder and many others! We played one of the first Summer Celebration gigs before the pavillion was built. We opened for Mitch Ryder and Kansas at festivals.I then took time to raise 2 wonderful kids and built a house near Lake Michigan. Uh-oh! Igot the music Jones again

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