Paula Bocciardi, the founder of Three Hour Tour, has loved rock and
roll since she first heard Neil Diamond's "Cherry Cherry" back in 1966. She
started playing drums a few years ago when her brother bought her drum lessons as a
birthday gift. Her teacher, Bob Frediani of Drum World in San Francisco, turned out to be
the coolest and nicest human being on the planet. Unfortunately, Paula frittered away much
of her time yakking to Bob.
She started Three Hour Tour in 1991, having a vision of an
all-women band that appreciated the roots of rock and roll. She's also been writing
for Drum! magazine for about
Paula plays an el-cheapo
Pearl Export kit with Zildjian cymbals, a Sabian hi-hat, and a gorgeous
black nickel-plated Steve Ferrone snare drum with 24k-gold-plated hoops and
lugs. She still doesn't know how to do a simple roll, but on the plus side,
she doesn't make horrible "drummer" faces
while she plays.
Julie "Snooky" Riffle
Julie Riffle grew up in Thurmont, Maryland, and consequently is unable to
pronounce the word "rinse." [She says "rinz."] The quietest member of
the group, she also is the only one to have ever been arrested. (A couple of times, for
civil disobedience - kind of a left-wing commie pinko do-gooder abby hoffman kind of
thing.) Julie plays two Fender Strats and a butterscotch Fender Telecaster (because that's
what Keith [Richards, you idiot!] plays). Now living back
in Maryland, she joins the band for occasional jams and gigs. She also has a regal onstage presence.
Terry Alvey hails originally from Washington, D.C.,
but thankfully found her way to the West Coast after playing in a series of
bands back East, all of which included the word "Beer" in their names. A
guitar virtuoso (as evident in the photo), she decided to forego that career
and pick up the vocal mike instead. Which is a bonus for the band
because she's so darned cute.
Jean duSablon comes from the
Midwest, we think, but her origins are somewhat of a mystery. She was
discovered playing bass under a freeway overpass (see photo at left), and
the rest is history.
Diana hails from the great state of Maine, where she sang
professionally in a bunch of different bands until she heard that Three Hour Tour was
looking for a singer. Weary of those wacky border guards strip-searching the band
every time they crossed into Canada for a gig, she decided to throw it all away and flee
to California. For a while she disappeared from the music scene, resurfacing only
occasionally to sing Rastafarian tunes in local BART subways. Now she sells real
estate, and although you'd think she'd be rich, obviously she hasn't done well enough
financially to even buy a decent pair of shorts (see photo at left). We
don't know too much else about her, except that she seems to spend a lot of time in
traffic school. She's also a really great singer.
"Low-Mike" Munsch (rhythm guitar)
Dina Munsch is an ex-New Yorker who makes a living as a video
editor for KTVU. She's also won two local Emmy awards for news features.
And her film Breaking the Glass: The American Basketball League
1996-1998 has been shown a number of times in film festivals and at
Dina scared the hell out of all of us by launching into
"Purple Haze" the minute she first came over to rehearse. After we were
revived with smelling salts, we scrambled frantically for earplugs while she played
vicious air drums all by herself.
The woman can do anything.
Char Sachson has been playing guitar since the age of 15
and is a rabid fan of the Indigo Girls. She's also a fan (although not
rising to the level of "rabid") of the Counting Crows, Train, the
Stones, Jimmy Buffett, Barenaked Ladies, Jackson Browne, Simon &
Garfunkel, Def Leppard, Sheryl Crow, Michelle Shocked, and Jason Mraz.
has just discovered Fountains of Wayne and likes them a lot. [Gad,
is she just going to go on forever? -- Ed.] Up
until recently, when she purchased her new midnight wine Telecaster, she
was acoustic all the way (even venturing into some classical guitar just
for ducks). She
grew up in southern California, a block from the Sherman Oaks Galleria (of
Moon Unit Zappa fame -- gag us totally....) Now she works as an
attorney in the same building where Paula works, although no one knew that when she
answered the ad. Oh, and she had her appendix out
a few years ago.