Bodhi Shrugs started with Graham Day and Elan Laporte, we began playing together in 1995. Our debut album “Wherever We Roam”, released on August 2, 2014, is the one you’re not going to mind getting stuck in your CD player.
While throwing off any expected notions of ratings-assured pop formula, we embraced the diversity of many styles to create a rock-based album that reminds you of your favorite playlist. We write what we like to hear, and what we like to play, that’s it. The two of us played and sang everything on the album, with the exception of the drum tracks. For the drums we brought in session and touring veteran Mike Stevens who also engineered and mastered the album at his Lost Monkey Studio location.
In January of this year we were happy to add veteran bass player Luke Shedd. While working on some other creative endeavors with Luke, Elan started talking to him about Bodhi Shrugs, and the rest is history in the making.
We like electric guitars and blues solos, acoustic guitars and harmonica solos, melodic piano and strings, fat horn riffs and funky bass lines, foot stomping rhythms and delicate percussion highlights, soaring lead vocals and great stories for lyrics, and above all it has to make you want to move, and make you feel something, and that’s all on this album. There are songs about bad decisions and good ones, loss and redemption, everyone seems to have a different favorite. We come by our love for music honestly:
Oh, by the way, if you wonder where the name Bodhi Shrugs comes from, we really do want you to ask…
Looking forward to seeing you down the road, Bodhi Shrugs August 12, 2015.
Graham Day: Vocals, Harmonica, Keyboards
I am from a family where after dinner jam sessions and four part harmony in the car were regular occurrences. It was after leaving home I realized that not everybody had the same musical experiences. I have made music part of my day to day life ever since.
My mother taught me my first chords on her guitar before I was 10 and I’ve been playing ever since. It’s been over thirty years now and I still love playing every day.
Lucas Shedd: Bass
I have been playing music since I was 9 years old, my influences vary broadly from roots reggae to rock to house music.
Joe Messina: Drums
Born, raised, living and breathing rock and funk from New Orleans. Transplanted years ago in search of California gold.
Paul Caccamo: Keyboards
We are proud to announce the newest member of the band, Paul professional pianist and keyboard player.
Elan and Graham met at Club Med Turks and Caicos in 1995 and formed Bodhi Shrugs shortly after. The first song we wrote together was Did You Mean, the first track on “Wherever We Roam”. From 1995 we performed a blend of originals, top 40, rock and blues in hotels and clubs in the Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, the U.S., Mexico and Canada. After 19 years together through 5 different countries and 1000+ shows we have a new album, families and a place to call home. Our travels can be heard on “Wherever We Roam”.