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Big Truth

Laurie Richardson – Keyboard, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals, & Harmonies
Laurie Richardson, a professional vocalist, keyboardist, and guitarist; began her career at the age of 17 performing all over Southern California. At first playing weddings and private parties with her brothers, then joining a band that included members of Steppenwolf; performing at such venues as the Troubadour, Magic Mountain, and Universal Studios. Later, she also worked as a keyboardist and backup singer with members of The Knack. After a break to raise her two children, Laurie started performing again in 2009 in Old Town Temecula. Not only was Laurie classically trained on piano with The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto; she was also a member of the American Federation of Musicians. Her influences are (strangely enough) Fleetwood Mac, Patsy Cline, Barbara Mandrell, Carole King, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, and Adele.

Lisa Jane Long – Lead Vocals, Harmonica, Tambourine, Maracas, Guiro

A powerhouse performer, Lisa began her stage career as an actress in high school, starring in musical plays and then attending Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts. Here she worked in every aspect of theatre including costume, stage, props and lighting design.  Mostly she excelled in live theatrical performances, starring in musicals such as Sweeny Todd, Little Shop of Horrors, South Pacific,and Funny Girl where she gained her early experience and vocal chops she still uses to this day.

With her 30 years of stage experience, Lisa yearned to utilize her stage confidence to develop her own unique rock & roll persona. Over the past several years Lisa’s stage performance, presence and unique style give Big Truth its originality and identity.

Andy Long – Acoustic & Electric Guitar & Vocals

Andy began his music career on Alto Saxophone at the age of 12 where learned to read music and perform in his middle school marching band and singing in choir. Receiving his first guitar for Christmas by his parents 3 years later he ventured into other musical styles including blues, jazz, country and rock and roll. Andy has written and performed dozens of country, blues, funk and rock inspired originals and toured with the infamous band, “Sons of the South” for 7 years.

Andy has shared the stage and opened for greats such as Greg Allman, Kansas, Bonnie Raitt as well as John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. His love of all different styles of music, tasteful slide playing, hybrid and finger picked riffs with his raw enthusiastic energy adds a dynamic and versatility to his energetic performances.

Josh Birkhimer – Drums, Percussion
Josh has enjoyed a career as an in-demand drummer/percussionist nationally and internationally for over 30 years.  His versatility to play Jazz, Rock, Country, Latin, and everything in-between has kept him working on the biggest stages with some of the biggest names in the business.

A summer college job playing in the Country Show at Busch Gardens prompted Josh’s decision to move to Nashville.  He set his sights on Music City, and within a few months, started touring with major artists.  He has had the pleasure of working with artists such as Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Big & Rich, Jo Dee Messina, Jim Lauderdale, Lionel Cartwright, Tim Watson, Jo-El Sonnier, Andy Griggs, Earl Thomas Conley, and Eddy Raven.  Some Nashville highlights include performing on the Grand Ol’ Opry and in front of tens of thousands of people at the CMA Festival.  He has also enjoyed working with Record Producers Tony Brown and Paul Worley, Recording Engineer Chuck Ainlay, and Music Video Producers Deaton/Flanigan.

In the summer of 2018, Josh made the huge decision to leave Nashville for Southern California.  After over 20 years on non-stop performing, it was time to pursue new goals.  Now residing in Temecula California, he is excited to take the drum throne with The Big Truth!

JD Pinckney – Bassist
JD Pinckney was exposed to music constantly throughout his life. Both his father, a cellist and his mother, a harpist were members of the prestigious Saint Louis Symphony. He began his musical career on the cello at the tender age of seven and switched to bass when he was 14. He played in the University City High School Orchestra and also the Jazz Band. He has studied at music at Washington University in St. Louis, and privately with Henry Loew, the principal bassist with the Saint Louis Symphony. He attended the Musicians Institute of Technology in Hollywood, CA where he studied with Gary Willis, Steve Bailey, Jeff Berlin, Alexis Sklarevski, Tim Bogert and many other phenomenal bassists.

JD spent much of the 80’s and 90’s gigging and touring with various rock, R&B and jazz acts. He has toured with Chaka Kahn, Gary Walker, Ollie Ali Wilson of the Temptations, Johnny Graham of Earth Wind and Fire, Krystol, Pleasure Mask, Bibianna, Casual Sax, and many other acts. JD has shared the bill with the likes of War, Morris Day and the Time, Confunkshun, The Jets, just to name a few.