|Glenn M. Taylor, guitar, keyboards, vocals *|
Christopher Bolger, guitar, bass, vocals *
Ben Asher, bass, vocals *
Joe Alexander, guitar, vocals
Bob Cianci, drums, vocals
Ray Longchamp, guitar, mandolin, vocals
Peter Scance, bass, guitar, vocals
Chris Roselle, guitar, harmonica, vocals
|Al Egizi, guitar, vocals|
Russ Crapella, guitar, vocals
Dave Hirschberg, drums, vocals
Joe Coghlan, drums, guitar, vocals
Michael Muro, guitars, vocals
Jeff Guenther, guitar, bass, vocals
Cliff Doenges, guitar, mandolin, percussion
|Keith Theall, bass, vocals|
Gary Evans, keyboards, harmonica, guitar, vocals
Jerry DeLisio, saxophone(s), flute, vocals
Brian Wiley, bass, vocals
Don Guinta, drums, vocals
Paul 'Swami' Simeone, keyboards, accordion, vocals
Scott Calvert, saxophone(s), woodwinds, vocals
Adam Egizi, bass, ukulele, vocals
Andrei Koribanics, drums, vocals
Mike Garner, bass, vocals
Rhonda Grindell, drums, vocals
* Indicates original Kootz / OMJ band-member; (see history)
Russ Crapella - guitar, vocals
'Young Russell' started playing guitar in the 60's... Not unlike most aspiring, young-lad rockers of the era, his earliest influences were found in the playing-styles of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Jimmy Page, Carlos Santana and Terry Kath.
"Russ-Plus" as he is currently (and 'affectionately') referred-to by his 'Brother-Kootz', is a true 'veteran' of the "New Jersey Band Scene", having come-up in the early-'70's, playing in most-every kind of band he could 'pick' his way into; Rock, Blues and Top 40, not to mention several original-projects in the NYC club-scene. His home-base club at the time was the beloved (and late) 'Mother's' on Route 23, in Wayne... where (to quote Joni-M), they've now 'paved paradise and put up a (commuter) parking lot'!
Russ continued his "Rock-'n-Roll-Hyper-activity" with several bands that played 'on the circuit' in the Greenwood Lake 'rage' of the late-70's (when 'majority-age' was only 18!)... At the same time he was typically performing 255 one-nighters a year and traversed the eastern seaboard from Florida to New Hampshire on a regular basis!
Russ has also been a sought-after session-guitar-man, whose studio work has been a component of many songs, scores and jingles heard on national and local radio & TV.
These days Russ finds himself performing the music he loves with the Kootz in an assortment of band-line-ups. He and his family are proud (and lifelong) residents of Totowa and he is a master electronics and guitar/amplifier 'tech' by day. Russ actually first met most of his 'Kootz-cohorts' while repairing their gear for several years, prior to coming-aboard... Once the band realized that he could "pick 'em" just as well as he could "fix 'em"... He was drafted into the 'Noble Order of Kootz-Brethren"
C'mon and catch 'Russ-Plus', wailin' on a Kootz-gig, soon!