Introduction

Wookie Garcia is a San Diego original band playing their own brand of great American rock and roll.  The songs feature memorable melodies paired with thoughtful lyrics, and have been compared with the work of the Gin Blossoms.  Imagine a combination of the roots feel of Son Volt, paired with the pop sensibility of Tommy Keene, and you'll have some idea of this band's sound.  The band is made up of guitarist Kyle Ince, a veteran of SD bands Usual Suspects and Hatfield Rain, vocalist Brian Sharkey, also from Usual Suspects, drummer Jason Sumner-LaRussa, from Haywire, and bassist Mark Tucker, also from Usual Suspects and Hatfield Rain..

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Our CD Release: Songs from Ray's Garage

On December 4, 2012 the band released their first album, Songs from Ray's Garage, produced by Patrick Espinosa and engineered by John Hendrickson. It is available on CD and download from the band's website, www.wookiegarcia.com.  Click the links to learn more about the songs themselves, and to see all the lyrics and musician credits

The San Diego Troubadour magazine reviewed SFRG in its May 2013 issue.  Here's some of what they had to say: "excellent debut;" "they sound as competent and sonically rich as (Tom Petty and) the Heartbreakers;" and "the songs pack some hard-earned wisdom that usually only comes with having been around the block a few times."  Please click on the quotes to read the entire article.

Live Shows

The band has been playing San Diego clubs since January 2009 to a steadily growing following. Live, Wookie Garcia offers up a punchy combination of new original songs and rarely heard gems from such artists as Richard Thompson, Stan Ridgway and Tom Waits. The band also has a sizeable songbook of Usual Suspects' songs to draw from. Here is a recent setlist, a stage plot, and a video providing a look at what this band can do live:

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