The Warsaw Falcons were formed in 1981, performing originals and covers of rockabilly, Texas R & B and traditional country. The original band consisted of David Rhodes Brown on guitar and lead vocals, Donna Moxness on keyboards and vocals, Kevin Ross on drums, Tom Schneider on saxophone and Mark Hoffman on bass. They played primarily at Chapter 13 in Mount Adams, Cincinnati. In 1983 Kevin was replaced with the wildly popular and unpredictable Doug Wagner on drums, and Steve Green took over the keyboards and backup vocals. This group recorded their first vinyl 45: ‘Skinny Ankle Bone’ with ‘I Fall Apart’, on the flip side.
David took a short hiatus to Texas in search of music knowledge, returning in 1985 to continue ‘The Warsaw Falcons’ with former drummer Doug Wagner and new bassist John Schmidt. The 3 piece version of the Falcons was the longest running and possibly the most popular, playing to sold out crowds at Dollar Bill’s, Bogart’s, Sudsy Malone’s, The Balcony, Coco’s and Top Cat’s.
The band was on hiatus between 1990-1995, reforming with the addition of Bobby Keys (Rolling Stones) on sax, playing regionally and locally. In the same year, the Falcons recorded their first CD, ‘Right It On The Rock Wall’, an all original roots rock album featuring David, Jim Casto on drums, John Schmidt on bass, George Cunningham on guitar and recorded at Ultra Suede Studio in Cincinnati with John Curly.
The Warsaw Falcons were brought together again in 2001 with David, Mark Leshner (drums), Peter Baer (bass), Boss Hogg (tenor sax) and Ricky Howell (harmonica) playing out for a couple of years and recording 2 Eps in 2003, ‘Ask Me About My New Lick’ and ‘All American Muse’. This band was in the process of tabling a recording deal with Boardwalk Records (a Virgin Record imprint) when the twin towers went down in New York city, and in the resulting financial downturn the company went out of business. However, long time popular bar owner Bobby Kramer (Mr. Pitiful’s) was quoted, “David Rhodes Brown is the only musician I know who can remake himself 7 times in his own hometown!”
2014 marked band leader David’s 50th anniversary in the music business inspiring local music Diva Kelly Thomas to put together a roast for the local music icon. This triggered the most recent reformation of the original Warsaw Falcons Trio; David, John and Doug. They have been playing out ever since, bringing old fans out of the woodwork and creating new fans with every show.
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The Village Voice