Named after the landmark 1970 album by Michael Nesmith and the First National Band, Loose Salute was formed in the summer of 2004 by guitarist Mick Lawless. His concept of the band was to pay homage to Nesmith's compositions and to honor the timeless music of the Monkees and their fantastic stable of legendary songwriters.
Covering the entire gamut of the Monkees experience, Loose Salute runs their live show as a “showcase,” playing both the hits that made up the Pop Phenomenon and some very “deep cuts” from the Monkees’ albums. These songs transcend the boundaries of Rock, Country and Psychedelic music that made up the fabric of late 1960s culture.
By also including many solo numbers from Michael Nesmith’s vast musical catalog into their live set, Loose Salute makes the Nez-heads very happy, and hopes to enlighten the less-informed regarding the compositions that Rolling Stone magazine once called ”the greatest music never heard” and that have made “Papa Nez” a cult legend.
A stable of seasoned professionals, the musicians in Loose Salute play in a “Roots Americana” style with a little something for everyone.
Guitarist Extraordinaire Tom Yates has forgotten more about music than most guitarists ever knew. Tom can take you from Clapton to Duane Eddy to Hendrix and back again, all in the course of one song! With his Magical Tele, you’ll think you’re hearing Red Rhodes on those Nez songs even though you don’t see a pedal-steel anywhere. Great harmony singer, too.
Bass-guitarist Pete Zolli knows what his job is: Hold down the bottom of the music, and make it FEEL GOOD. And he takes that seriously. Sure, bassists don’t get the girls, but they provide the crucial glue that welds the guitars to the drums and makes the music tight and good. Pete does that (and throws in a cool lick here and there, too), and is the third ingredient in the fine Loose Salute harmony blend.