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The following is the history of American Music Club and Mark Eitzel's personnel and various lineups from 1983 to 2009, and also including guest musicians, studio personnel, touring personnel and side projects. A forever-unfinished list.

American Music Club

Band members

NAME YEARS ACTIVE INSTRUMENT
Mark Eitzel 1983-1995; 2003-2009 vocals, guitars, keyboards
Scott Alexander 1983 guitar
Brad Johnson 1983-1985 bass, keyboards
Greg Bonnell 1983 drums
Vudi 1984-1995; 2003-2011 guitars, vocals, accordion, keyboards
Danny Pearson 1984-1995; 2003-2007 bass, mandolin, guitar, vocals, dulcimer, banjo
Matt Norelli 1984-1987 drums
Tom Mallon 1987-1990 bass, drums
Lisa Davis 1989 bass
Mike Simms 1989-1991 drums
Bruce Kaphan 1989-1995 pedal steel guitar, keyboards, bass, percussion, lap steel, dobro, guitar, dulcimer, tablas
Tim Mooney 1992-1995; 2003-2007 drums
Marc Capelle 2003-2005; 2009-2011 piano, organ, trumpet
Jason Borger 2005-2008 piano, keyboards, trumpet
Sean Hoffman 2007-2008 bass, vocals, guitar
Steve Didelot 2007-2009 drums, percussion, guitar, vocals
Dana Schechter 2008 bass
Jonathan Heine 2008 guitar

Lineup details

YEARS RECORDINGS MEMBER & INSTRUMENT NOTES
1984-1987 The Restless Stranger
Engine
Mark Eitzel - vocals, guitars
Vudi - guitar
Danny Pearson - bass
Matt Norelli - drums
Brad Johnson - keyboards
1987-1989 California Mark Eitzel - vocals, guitars
Vudi - guitar
Danny Pearson - bass
Tom Mallon - drums
1989-1990 United Kingdom Mark Eitzel - vocals, guitars
Vudi - guitar, accordion, vocals
Danny Pearson - guitar, mandolin, vocals
Tom Mallon - bass
Mike Simms - drums
1990-1991 Everclear Mark Eitzel - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Vudi - guitar, accordion, vocals
Danny Pearson - guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, vocals
Bruce Kaphan - pedal steel, keyboards, bass, percussion, lap steel, dobro, guitar, dulcimer
Mike Simms - drums
Bruce Kaphan's first album as an official member
1991-1995 Mercury, San Francisco Mark Eitzel - vocals, guitars
Vudi - guitar, accordion, vocals
Danny Pearson - guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, vocals
Bruce Kaphan - pedal steel, keyboards, bass, percussion, lap steel, dobro, guitar, dulcimer
Tim Mooney - drums
2003-2006 Love Songs For Patriots Mark Eitzel - vocals, guitars
Vudi - guitar, accordion, vocals
Danny Pearson - guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, vocals
Marc Capelle - piano, organ
Tim Mooney - drums
2006-2008 The Golden Age Mark Eitzel - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Vudi - guitar, accordion, keyboards
Sean Hoffman - bass, guitar, vocals
Steve Didelot - drums, percussion, vocals

Guest musicians

NAME CONTRIBUTION PERFORMED ON RELEASED ON YEAR
Dave Scheff drums "Clouds", "Gary's Song", "At My Mercy", "Nightwatchman" Engine 1987
Tim Vaughan drums "Electric Light" Engine 1987
Carla Fabrizio cello Engine 1987
Brian Schindele keyboards "Outside This Bar", "Mom's TV", "Art Of Love", "Asleep" Engine 1987
Bruce Kaphan pedal steel guitar California 1988
Lisa Davis bass "Firefly" California 1988
Bruce Kaphan pedal steel guitar United Kingdom 1989
Charles Gillingham piano United Kingdom 1989
Omewenne backing vocals "Hello Amsterdam" San Francisco 1994
Bill Ortiz trumpet "It's Your Birthday" San Francisco 1994
Jason Borger piano "Ladies And Gentlemen" Love Songs For Patriots 2004
Danny Levin horns The Golden Age 2008
Leyla Akdogan backing vocals "The John Berchman Victory Choir" The Golden Age 2008

Studio & technical personnel

Producers

YEAR PRODUCER RECORDING
1985 Tom Mallon The Restless Stranger
1987 Tom Mallon Engine
1988 Tom Mallon California
1989 Bruce Kaphan & American Music Club United Kingdom
1991 Tom Mallon Everclear (except "Rise" & "The Dead Part Of You")
Norman Kerner "Rise" & "The Dead Part Of You"
1993 Mitchell Froom Mercury
1994 Joe Chiccarelli & American Music Club San Francisco
2004 Tim Mooney & Mark Eitzel Love Songs For Patriots
2008 Dave Trumfio The Golden Age

Engineers

YEAR NAME ROLE RECORDING
1985 Tom Mallon engineer The Restless Stranger
Aaron Gregory assistant engineer The Restless Stranger
1987 Tom Mallon engineer Engine
Mark Needham engineer "Away Down My Street", "Shut Down", "Art Of Love" (live tracks from the 1998 reissue)
1988 Tom Mallon engineer California
1989 Tom Mallon engineer United Kingdom
Cory Bytof engineer "Never Mind", "Kathleen", "The Hula Maiden"
1991 Joe Chiccarelli mixing engineer Everclear (except "The Confidential Agent" & "What The Pillar Of Salt Held Up")
Bruce Kaphan mixing engineer "The Confidential Agent" & "What The Pillar Of Salt Held Up"
Bruce Kaphan recording engineer Everclear
Tom Carr recording engineer Everclear
Norman Kerner recording engineer "Rise" & "The Dead Part Of You"
Kyle Johnson engineer Everclear
1993 Tchad Blake mixing engineer Mercury
John Paterno assistant engineer Mercury
1994 Bob Clearmountain mixing engineer "It's Your Birthday"
Jim Scott mixing engineer San Francisco (except "It's Your Birthday", "Wish The World Away", "Love Doesn't Belong", "I Just Took My Two Sleeping Pills And Now I'm Like A Bridegroom Standing At The Altar")
Tom Lord-Alge mixing engineer "Wish The World Away"
Tracy Chisholm mixing engineer "Love Doesn't Belong", "I Just Took My Two Sleeping Pills And Now I'm Like A Bridegroom Standing At The Altar"
Randy Wine assistant engineer San Francisco
David Betancourt assistant engineer San Francisco
Ross Yeo assistant engineer San Francisco
Jeff Robinson assistant engineer San Francisco
Christian Jones assistant engineer San Francisco
Eric Flickinger assistant engineer San Francisco
Larry Brewer assistant engineer San Francisco
Nick Benz assistant engineer San Francisco
2004 Tim Mooney recording engineer Love Songs For Patriots
Tim Mooney recording engineer Love Songs For Patriots
Matt Pence mixing engineer Love Songs For Patriots
Matt Pence recording engineer "Song Of The Rats Leaving The Sinking Ship"
2008 Dave Trumfio engineer The Golden Age

Mastering engineers

YEAR NAME RECORDING
1991 Bob Ludwig Everclear
1993 Bob Ludwig Mercury
1994 Bob Ludwig San Francisco
2004 J.J. Golden Love Songs For Patriots
2008 Mark Chalecki The Golden Age

Artwork

YEAR NAME ROLE RECORDING
1985 Bobby Neel Adams photography The Restless Stranger
1987 Jeff Walker design Engine
Pamela Gentile back photo Engine
1988 Bobby Neel Adams photography California
1989 Kathleen Burns photography United Kingdom
Phil Smee typography United Kingdom
1991 Jean Lowe cover painting Everclear, Rise
Frank Wiedemann design Everclear
Frank Wiedemann cover photo & design Rise
Beth Herzhaft band photo Rise
1993 Jeff Gold art direction Mercury
Tom Recchion art direction & design Mercury
Bobby Neel Adams cover & inlay photography Mercury
Ralf Strathmann photography Mercury, Johnny Mathis' Feet
Phil Nicholls band photography Johnny Mathis' Feet
Jean Lowe cover illustration Keep Me Around
Norbert Schoerner photography Keep Me Around
1994 Jean Lowe cover painting San Francisco, Can You Help Me, Wish The World Away
Tom Recchion art direction San Francisco
Stine Schyberg design San Francisco
Raymond Meeks photography San Francisco
1995 Tom Recchion art direction Hello Amsterdam
Gregory Crewdson photography Hello Amsterdam
2004 Bradley Johnson paintings & design Love Songs For Patriots, Home (promo)
Jude Mooney photography Love Songs For Patriots
2005 Bradley Johnson paintings & design A Toast To You
2008 John McCusker design The Golden Age
Maggie Fost design The Golden Age
Mark Holthusen photography The Golden Age
Bradley Johnson artwork Atwater Afternoon
Benjamin Londa design The Everclear Rehearsals Late 1990, The Mercury Band Demos April 1992

Videographers

YEAR NAME ROLE VIDEO
1987 Tim Boxell director "Electric Light"
1991 Andrew Linsk director "Rise"
1993 Pedro Romhanyi director "Johnny Mathis' Feet"
1994 Matt Amato director "Can You Help Me"
B. Haymer-Coleman producer "Can You Help Me"
Adam Bernstein director "Wish The World Away"
2008 Jon Ramos director "All The Lost Souls Welcome You To San Francisco"
Jessica Petelle-Slagle producer "All The Lost Souls Welcome You To San Francisco"
Sara Cline producer "All The Lost Souls Welcome You To San Francisco"

Mark Eitzel

Studio & guest musicians

NAME INSTRUMENT PERFORMED ON YEAR
Danny Pearson mandolin, drums, electric upright bass 60 Watt Silver Lining 1996
Simone White drums 60 Watt Silver Lining 1996
Danny Pearson mandolin, drums, electric upright bass 60 Watt Silver Lining 1996
Bruce Kaphan organ, bass, piano, pedal steel guitar 60 Watt Silver Lining 1996
Mark Isham trumpet 60 Watt Silver Lining 1996
Barrett Martin drums, acoustic bass, marimba, vibraphone, tabla, congas, tambourine West 1997
Scott McCaughey electric bass, organ, piano, slide guitar West 1997
Skerik vibraphone, organ, baritone saxophone West 1997
Steve Berlin piano "Helium" 1997
Steve Berlin fuzz bass "Old Photographs" 1997
Mike McCready guitar "Fresh Screwdriver" 1997
James McNew bass "Goodbye"
"Queen Of No One"
"Cold Light Of Day"
"Go Away"
1998
Steve Shelley drums "Goodbye"
"Queen Of No One"
"Cold Light Of Day"
"Go Away"
1998
Kid Congo Powers guitar "If I Had A Gun"
"Goodbye"
"Cold Light Of Day"
1998
Arion Salazar bass "The Boy With The Hammer In The Paper Bag" 2001
Joe Gore guitar "The Boy With The Hammer In The Paper Bag" 2001
Jim Bogios percussion "The Boy With The Hammer In The Paper Bag"
"Can You See?"
"Christian Science Reading Room"
2001
Jim Bogios drums "Can You See?"
"Christian Science Reading Room"
"Without You"
2001
Marc Capelle piano "The Boy With The Hammer In The Paper Bag" 2001
Marc Capelle trumpet, keyboards, horn arrangement "Can You See?"
"Without You"
2001
Marc Capelle organ "Shine"
"Steve I Always Knew"
"The Global Sweep Of Human History"
"Proclaim Your Joy"
Eitzel Superhits International
2001
Pete Straus bass "Can You See?"
"Without You"
2001
Beth Custer bass clarinet "Can You See?"
"Without You"
2001
Mike Creswell drum programming "Can You See?" 2001
Kristin Sobditch backing vocals "Can You See?" 2001
Kristin Sobditch Wurlitzer "Can You See?"
"The Global Sweep Of Human History"
"Proclaim Your Joy"
Eitzel Superhits International
2001
Kristin Sobditch electric piano "Shine"
"Steve I Always Knew"
2001
Kristin Sobditch keyboards "Bitterness" 2001
Brian Gregory bass "Sleep" 2001
Vudi programming "Steve I Always Knew" 2001
Vudi guitar "The Global Sweep Of Human History"
"Proclaim Your Joy"
Eitzel Superhits International
2001
Carroll Ashby trombone "Without You" 2001
Eric Gebow drums "Shine"
"Steve I Always Knew"
"The Global Sweep Of Human History"
Eitzel Superhits International
2001
Justin Meldal-Johnson bass "Snowbird"
"Help Me Make It Through The Night"
"Gentle On My Mind"
"Move On Up"
"I'll Be Seeing You"
2002
Peter Straus bass "Ain't No Sunshine"
"Rehearsals For Retirement"
2002
Joey Waronker drums "Snowbird"
"Help Me Make It Through The Night"
"Gentle On My Mind"
"Move On Up"
"I'll Be Seeing You"
2002
Larry Mullins drums "Ain't No Sunshine"
"Rehearsals For Retirement"
2002
Björn Olsson guitar "Snowbird"
"Help Me Make It Through The Night"
"Gentle On My Mind"
"Move On Up"
"I'll Be Seeing You"
2002
Nate Walcott horns "Move On Up" 2002
Ethan Johns mandolin, guitar, shaker "Snowbird"
"Help Me Make It Through The Night"
"Gentle On My Mind"
"Move On Up"
"I'll Be Seeing You"
2002
Marc Capelle organ, piano "Snowbird"
"Ain't No Sunshine"
"Rehearsals For Retirement"
"Help Me Make It Through The Night"
"Gentle On My Mind"
"Move On Up"
"I'll Be Seeing You"
2002
Manolis Famellos acoustic guitar The Ugly American 2003
Dimitri Basslam bass The Ugly American 2003
Manos Pirovolakis clarinet The Ugly American 2003
Panos Tolios drums The Ugly American 2003
Spiros Hatzikonstantinov electric guitar The Ugly American 2003
Manolis Karantis mandolin The Ugly American 2003
Kiriakos Gouventas violin The Ugly American 2003
Elissavet Spanov backing vocals The Ugly American 2003
Nic Macri bass "Ladies And Gentlemen"
"Patriot's Heart"
"Home"
"Hippy Boots"
"Apology"
"Job To Do"
"Home" (Matador Demo)
2005
Eric Gebow drums "Ladies And Gentlemen"
"Patriot's Heart"
"Home"
"Hippy Boots"
"Apology"
"Job To Do"
2005
Dave Vandervelde drums "Bookstore" 2005
Jay Bennett Wurlitzer, harmonica "Bookstore" 2005
Jay Bennett organ, guitar "Ladies And Gentlemen"
"Patriot's Heart"
"Home"
"Hippy Boots"
"Apology"
"Job To Do"
2005
Franz Nicolay accordion "The Blood On My Hands"
"Remember"
2009
Dave Douglas drums "The Blood On My Hands"
"The White Of Gold"
2009
Marc Capelle piano "The Blood On My Hands" 2009
Sheldon Gomberg bass "I Love You But You're Dead"
"All My Love"
"Oh Mercy"
2012
Pete Thomas drums "I Love You But You're Dead"
"All My Love"
"Why Are You With Me"
2012
Vudi guitar "I Love You But You're Dead" 2012
Danny Frankel kokiriko "I Love You But You're Dead" 2012
Fred Bows strings "The Bill Is Due"
"Nowhere To Run"
2012
David Piltch bass "All My Love" 2012
Ben Peeler lap steel guitar "All My Love" 2012
Larry Goldings piano "All My Love"
"Why Are You With Me"
"Lament For Bobo The Clown"
"You're Waiting"
2012
Jon Langmead drums "Oh Mercy"
"Lament For Bobo The Clown"
2012
Zak Rae piano "Costume Characters Face Dangers In The Workplace"
"We All Have To Find Our Own Way Out"
2012
Alexandro Perkins backing vocals "Why Are You With Me" 2012
Jerry Minchin backing vocals "Why Are You With Me" 2012
Penelope Fortier backing vocals "Costume Characters Face Dangers In The Workplace" 2012
Samantha Grace bells "Robs Your Grave" 2013
Samantha Grace piano "I Missed You"
"I Hope We Can"
"To Live"
"It's Alright"
"Numbers"
"Hells Angels"
"Last 10 Years"
"Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes"
"Lemme Hear The Music"
2013
Samantha Grace Wurlitzer "The Road" 2013
Pipit Sinfonietta strings "I Hope We Can"
"It's Alright"
"Hells Angels"
"Last 10 Years"
"Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes"
2013
Steve Mandarino choir "Robs Your Grave" 2013
Steve Mandarino keyboards "The Road"
"I Missed You"
"Robs Your Grave"
"Numbers"
2013
Jon Langmead drums "I Missed You"
"Last 10 Years"
"Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes"
2013
Leslie Chancey drums "I Hope We Can"
"You Know No One's There"
"It's Alright"
"Numbers"
"Hells Angels"
"Lemme Hear The Music"
2013
Pasteur Miller bass "It's Alright"
"Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes"
2013
Pasteur Miller drums "Robs Your Grave" 2013
Pasteur Miller electric guitar "I Missed You"
"You Know No One's There"
2013
Pasteur Miller keyboards "I Hope We Can"
"Hells Angels"
"To Live"
"Last 10 Years"
2013
Pasteur Miller piano "The Road" 2013
Pasteur Miller Wurlitzer "Lemme Hear The Music" 2013
Heull Matchet keyboards (bass pedals) "You Know No One's There"
"Numbers"
2013
Steve Mandarino keyboards "The Road"
"I Missed You"
"Robs Your Grave"
"Numbers"
2013
Tanya Mellotte backing vocals "Hey Mr Ferryman" 2017
Mako Sakamoto drums "Hey Mr Ferryman" 2017
Bernard Butler guitar, bass, percussion, drums, piano "Hey Mr Ferryman" 2017
Marc Capelle piano "Copenhagen 2009" 2017

Studio & technical personnel

Producers

YEAR PRODUCER RECORDING
1991 Ben Melnick Take Courage
1997 Peter Buck (co-producer) West
2001 Jason Carmer "Can You See?"
"Christian Science Reading Room" (co-producer)
"Without You"
2002 Brian Paulson (co-producer) Music For Courage And Confidence
2002 Johan Kugelberg (co-producer) Music For Courage And Confidence
2003 Manolis Famellos The Ugly American
2012 Sheldon Gomberg Don't Be A Stranger
2017 Bernard Butler Hey Mr Ferryman

Engineers

YEAR NAME ROLE RECORDING
1991 Ben Melnick engineer Take Courage
Jeffrey Zipper recording engineer Songs Of Love Live
Paul Riley mixing engineer Songs Of Love Live
1996 Mark Needham engineer 60 Watt Silver Lining
1997 Ed Brooks engineer West
David Fisher assistant engineer West
Floyd Reitsma assistant engineer West
John Burton assistant engineer West
1998 Bryan Martin engineer Caught In A Trap (except 10 & 11)
Tom Clapp engineer "Atico 18", "Sun Smog Seahorse"
2001 Alex Oropeza mixing engineer The Invisible Man
Christopher Davidson mixing engineer The Invisible Man
Kevin Ink engineer Eitzel Superhits International
2002 Brian Paulson recording & mixing engineer Music For Courage And Confidence
Ethan Johns recording engineer Music For Courage And Confidence
Kevin Ink recording engineer Music For Courage And Confidence
2003 Manolis Famellos engineer The Ugly American
Andreas Vaitoudis mixing engineer The Ugly American
2005 Jay Bennett engineer Demos Before Love Songs
Dave Vandervelde recording engineer Demos Before Love Songs
2009 Monte Vallier engineer Klamath
2012 Sheldon Gomberg engineer Don't Be A Stranger
Bill Mims engineer Don't Be A Stranger
Jason Gossman engineer Don't Be A Stranger
Ron Macleod engineer Don't Be A Stranger
2013 Sheldon Gomberg recording engineer "Last 10 Years" (partly)
2017 Bernard Butler engineer Hey Mr Ferryman

Mastering engineers

YEAR NAME RECORDING
1997 Scott Hull West
1998 Scott Hull Caught In A Trap
2002 Gavin Lurssen Music For Courage And Confidence
2003 Giannis Ioannidis The Ugly American
2009 Mike Wells Klamath
2012 Reuben Cohen Don't Be A Stranger
2017 Mike Lipton Hey Mr Ferryman
2017 Benjamin Londa Copenhagen 2009

Artwork

YEAR NAME ROLE RECORDING
1991 Bradley Johnson artwork Take Courage
Michael Krage design Songs Of Love Live
Piers Allardyce photography Songs Of Love Live
1996 Tom Recchion art direction & design 60 Watt Silver Lining
Robert Maxwell photography 60 Watt Silver Lining
1997 Tom Recchion design West
Matt Coonrod design West
Bobby Neel Adams photography West
Minette Lew photography West
Mark Eitzel photography West
2002 Chuck Hermes design Music For Courage And Confidence
Johnny Buzzerio photography Music For Courage And Confidence
2007 David Stringer artwork Ten Years Of Tears
2017 Benjamin Londa design Copenhagen 2009