Psam Michael Frank
Started with classical piano at age 5 continuing with lessons til the age of 17.
In high school Psam played with the band 10 O'Clock Scholar playing everything from
bob dylan to kiss.
In university Psam played keyboards and mandolin with Matthew Good in the band Rochester
Kings. Recording a 4-song demo that never went anywhere but still sit on the shelf
today waiting for that "BIG DEAL."
After earning a mathematics and computer science degree in 1995 from Simon Fraser
University, Psam took a break from the music scene until his brother Tobin recruited
him for his band. The two brothers' venture was to be short lived. Tobin got the
call to join Spirit of the West. It was an offer he couldn't refuse. So Psam decided
see the world aboard the cruiseship the Pacific Princess playing jazz with the Tony
With his wanderlust satisfied, Psam came back home to Vancouver to join the country/
rock band Steelhorse where he spent the next 4 years entertaining in live music
venues throughout Western Canada. In February 2005 Psam was asked to join his current
family, Appaloosa where he now plays keyboards and mandolin and shares the lead
vocals with Chris and Jake in various musical styles from classic country to modern
rock and disco.
Jake Stolz has been playing guitar since he was 6 when he learned from his dad,
Ben. Playing country rock and in his teen years played a couple of garage bands
around the Kelowna area.
In the late 70's Jake made the move from Kelowna to Calgary to join Mike Reno of
Loverboy to play guitar for the rock band Spunk. Together they played mostly one-nighters
honing thier stage show.
After a year Jake went on to play with a number of Calgary area club bands.
During this time he discovered his second love drag racing. Actively pursuing his
passion Jake was a member of the NHRA burning fuel, killing time and smoking rubber.
An activity he still enjoys today with his one-off 810 HP CJ5 Jeep.
Moving to Vancouver in 1989, Jake worked with several club bands around the lower
mainland. In 1991, Jake formed Appaloosa with the original members Henry Crevier,
Basil Watson and Derrick Osborne. After many incarnations, the band has evolved
to its current state. And still rocks today with some of the biggest names in show
business: Brad Paisley, Dwight Yoakum, Pam Tillis, The Late and Great Johnny Cash,
Marty Stuart and many more.
Besides being one of the most solid all-around guitar players in the business, Jake
also sings lead vocals and is an accomplished sound technician often working with
large-scale production companies as a tech and consultant.
Today, Jake and his beautiful wife Jo and their two adorable little girls Mikaela
and Erica live in Sardis, about an hour East of Vancouver.
Appaloosa's drummer, Rick McVicar was born and raised in North Vancouver and presently
resides there today. He can step out of his door onto the banks of the Capilano
River where he is just a couple of minutes from Ambleside Beach and Grouse Mountain
where he does the famous Grouse Grind on an almost obsessive basis. He also loves
to play many sports but most of all squash, and on the squash courts you'll find
him almost every day. Rick was introduced to the drums at the age of 12 by his father
Jim. Jim's influence not only extends to Rick, but also his cousin, Gary Mussatto,
who is Dal Richards drummer, and his nephew, Warren McVicar' who loves to whack
away on the cans when he can break away from his studies at UBC.
Rick was involved with various classical youth orchestras and Top 40 bands in high
school. In his senior year, he got totally immeresed into jazz where he played with
any and every big band and jazz combo that would indulge him. He took lessons from
the best jazz drummers in town and quit his full time job just so he could practice
his drums full time (because 3 hours a day was not enough!) Within a few weeks of
quitting his day job, he got a local top 40 gig playing 6 nights a week with the
Letexier twins. A year later, he was touring in the U.S.A. with a 7 piece show band
for over a year without a break. Shortly after that Rick got a gig on the cruise
ships and was the show drummer on the Love Boat with Princess Cruises where he travelled
the world and got to work with some of the greats including The Bellamy Brothers,
Charlie Pride, and The Jordanaires (Elvis' back-up singers).
Now he's back in his favorite city in the world where he's had the good fortune
of singing and playing with Appaloosa for the past 7 years.
Chris was born in Montreal and moved out west at the age of 5 to Fernie BC, a beautiful
small town in the East Kootenay.
Skiing was the order of fun for a young Chris. Consumed by the thrill of speed he
began skiing competitivly. Unfortunatly a divorce put an enhd to any olympic skiing
dreams, as Chris ended up in...Chilliwack. With little to do in such a flat town
Chris turned inward to music.
His mother was a jazz singer and accompianist; his father a blues guitarist; and
his brother, had several guitars and basses, too. Chris played them all. After graduating
high school Chris took the Capilano College jazz program. Upon completion he set
about making a living playing music, supporting himself in various rock bands until
finding his way to Appaloosa in the fall of 2001. Since then he has been a solid
member on the front line playing bass and sharing lead vocal duties with Psam and
In his off time or on the road between gigs Chris enjoys mountain biking and doesn't
go anywhere without one.
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