Ted Kraut guitarist, first appeared on the L.A. music scene at the ripe old age of sixteen performing at venues across Southern California. Ted became a founding member of Geffen recording artist Half-way Home, a band who played to packed houses across the southland, including The Troubadour, The Country Club and Madam Wongs. After graduating high school, Ted left the band to pursue his musical education at The Musicians Institute, where he studied with Jazz luminaries Joe Pass, Joe Diorio and Ron Eschette, as well as a host of other great guitarists.
Upon graduation, Ted joined the hit 60's garage psychedelic Band The Music Machine best know for their hit song "Talk Talk" and performed at major venues around the west coast.The Music Machine was named one of top 100 guitar bands of all time by Guitar World Magazine. Later, Ted became the lead guitar player for Terry Stafford, best known for penning the Country hit "Amarillo by Morning" for George Strait and having a #2 Billboard hit on his own with "Suspicion". Ted then co-founded a band, Radio I-Ching, and immediately went into the studio to record. The group's first album, "Emo s Choice," was released in 1994 to a very warm response, launching the band into 5 years of non-stop touring throughout the U.S. "Emos Choice" received national air-play and charted next to major label acts such as Radio Head, Dave Matthews, and Sound Garden. The group's follow up album, "Sigh," was equally popular landing two cuts with Columbia Tri-Star for use on the popular late 90's T.V. show "Party of Five." The "Sigh" album also hit the charts becoming the #7 most added record in the country on December 7, 1998 according to C.M.J. New Music Report.
Ted has a new album set for release with his new band The Mars Hall. The Mars Hall 'Planet Ted" album is the culmination of a writing partnership between Ted Kraut and Marshall Thompson that began four years ago. The album has definite Wilco meets Pink Floyd vibe to it.
Marshall and Ted have know each other since the early nineties playing on different gigs together. The two first recorded together in 1995. The band members include Katrina Leigh bass and vocals and Bo Werman Drums.
The Mars Hall is no stranger to the rigors of the road. Marshall Thompson has spent much of the last year and a half touring with RCA recording artist JEM. JEM has been featured on KCRW's (Morning Becomes Eclectic) and has sold over a 500,000 records world wide. As a member of JEM Marshall has opened up for Dave Matthews and Trey Anastasio. As the Leader and principal songwriter of Radio I-Ching Ted Kraut toured all over the U.S. logging 150 shows a year. The band played major festivals such as High Sierra Music Festival and has been billed with top touring acts such as Moe, Mother Hips and The String Cheese Incident. Radio I-Ching regularly packed clubs In L.A..
Bo Werner recorded and toured all over the world with Yngwie Malmsteen.
Katrina Leigh bass player producer extrordinaire is a Boulder, CO transplant that played with the 9 piece dance
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