Eddie "The Thrill" Carmichael began his music career on drums and later switched to guitar. He was tutored and mentored by Joseph R Miller in the art of live performance and music theory as well. It took no time for him to become a most sought after stage and studio player. In 1977 his band "Mirror" scored a hit song (Give It Up) which soared up the chart to peak at number 16. In the eighties he toured Europe with the vocal group "The Variations" before settling down as a studio musician for numerous local acts like Eric Griffin(Never Stop Productions). Eddie is also an excellent audio tech, so he works double duty on stage. In 1994 the hunger to perform for a live audience once again struck and "Pocket Change" was born.
Otis"Maestro" McCarthy... a native Floridian tutored by Everette"King"Edwards , played first club gig at the ripe old age of 12. By age 16 was a backing musician for George McCrae, Gwen McCrae, Betty Wright and others. Was bandleader and sax player for Carla Thomas(Gee Whiz) and shared the stage with Milt Jackson(Vibes). After four years in the Air Force, he attended University Of South Carolina. While in South Carolina he was also a backing musician for Archie Bell and The Drells, The Platters and more. Joined "The Variations" and it was once again so long Florida; hello Europe, Las Vegas and some really tiny out of the way places.
Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Al"The Rifleman"West picked up bass while serving in the US Navy, and went on to performed at numerous US Naval facilities stateside and abroad, playing R&B and Rock. After the Navy, he studied under So. Florida's Jazz Bass Master, Don Miller. As bassist for local latin funk rock band Playeros, which recorded 3 CDs of original funky, latin, jazzy, rock compositions, Al has performed all over So. Florida - from West Palm Beach and down to the Keys. A few musical highlights includes performing live on several local TV stations, and opening for Santana, Duncan Sheik, Eryka Badu, and David Sanborn during local festivals, such as the Bob Marley Freedom Festival, Miami Music Fest, and West Palm Beach's annual Sunfest concert series.