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Jim Ziegler -

Vocals / Guitar

James E Ziegler is known as "Zig", though he is one of four. Jim knows 10,000 songs from years of playing Hotel Bars, where requests can be anything of the last 100 years. You never know what he's going to pull out of that top hat. When the hat comes out, all bets are off.
Zig is steeped in Rock and Roll. He has a large record collection and a jukebox in his dining room. He even painted his ceilings black so he would feel at home. Zig plays Gibson, Godin and Fender guitars exclusively.
Vocals / Guitar

James E Ziegler is known as "Zig", though he is one of four. Jim knows 10,000 songs from years of playing Hotel Bars, where requests can be anything of the last 100 years. You never know what he's going to pull out of that top hat. When the hat comes out, all bets are off.
Zig is steeped in Rock and Roll. He has a large record collection and a jukebox in his dining room. He even painted his ceilings black so he would feel at home. Zig plays Gibson, Godin and Fender guitars exclusively.

Roses are red, violets are blueVocals / Guitar

James E Ziegler is known as "Zig", though he is one of four. Jim knows 10,000 songs from years of playing Hotel Bars, where requests can be anything of the last 100 years. You never know what he's going to pull out of that top hat. When the hat comes out, all bets are off.
Zig is steeped in Rock and Roll. He has a large record collection and a jukebox in his dining room. He even painted his ceilings black so he would feel at home. Zig plays Gibson, Godin and Fender guitars exclusively.
Vocals / Guitar

James E Ziegler is known as "Zig", though he is one of four. Jim knows 10,000 songs from years of playing Hotel Bars, where requests can be anything of the last 100 years. You never know what he's going to pull out of that top hat. When the hat comes out, all bets are off.
Zig is steeped in Rock and Roll. He has a large record collection and a jukebox in his dining room. He even painted his ceilings black so he would feel at home. Zig plays Gibson, Godin and Fender guitars exclusively.

Jim Downing -

Keyboards / Vocals

Jim Downing has been playing so long that he has forgotten things that he never even learned to begin with. Still, he plays better than people twice his age; though they are dead.
He studied piano and music theory from age six, studied horn and taught himself to play guitar, bass, banjo, harmonica, and flute. He also studied the pangolin. He also attempts to sing and write songs.
He’s been playing around Tulsa some would say far too long and is a self-appointed know-it-all about Rock And Roll. He has written music columns for five local monthlies and done other freelance writing. He is writing a book about true stories of a life in music entitled Road Years, and is also to blame for The Zig Gazette.
He recorded with The Jimi Hendrix Experience; overdubbing organ on Foxy Lady at home in Bixby in 1989.
He has a black Chow named Otis Redding and what seems like hundreds of grandchildren.
Downing joined up with Jim Ziegler to re-form The Zigs in 2002.

Michael 'Mad Dawg' Johnson -

Bass

Was named Maddog for the way he used to drive off-road vehicles…for that matter, the way he drove on the road.
Was born in a log cabin in Illinois…made his first guitar out of a split rail.
Is of Swedish descent, hence likes tall Scandinavian blondes.
Used to play bagpipes in a country band. Which country? Scotland, of course.
Is credited for telling a few LA musicians what a shuffle is. They call them “Fatbacks”?
Actually, he was a piano student in youth and brass player that toured many states as well as 9 European countries with a world-class concert/marching band. They did allow a few woodwinds into their little group.
Has worked with many of Tulsa’s musicians in some sort of way either as a sit-in player at a jam or in a group. Far too many to recall.
Refuses to pay more than $20.00 dollars to play.
That’s All Folks!

Bill Raffensperger -

Bass

Bill is best known as the bassist in J. J. Cale’s touring band. He has played with Cale since they were young men.
Bill is one of the first wave of Tulsa rockers. He started out playing locally with Cale, David Gates, Leon Russell, Chuck Blackwell, Rocky Frisco, Jimmy Karstein, Junior Markham, Gene Crose, and everyone of importance. He has since toured the world.
He knows thousands of songs from the Rolling Stones to Gershwin. He also has a million funny and often incriminating stories to tell.
Cale and his band, Karstein, Frisco, and Bill, played Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival in Dallas in 2004 and Clapton sat in with them. The festival is available on DVD. Bill also appears and is interviewed in the movie To Tulsa And Back: On Tour With J. J. Cale.

Scott Mariner -

Drums