The Midlife Chryslers were a classic blues & rock side-project featuring members of Michael Stanley & the Resonators, who took on the persona of a “band of musical brothers in search of the perfect roadhouse," with musical influences that include Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Jagger/Richards, John Hiatt, Jimmy Reed, Rufus Thomas, Bill Withers, Ledbelly, Jimmy Rogers, Steve Earle, The Beatles, Sly Stone, and The Temptations. Free from the expectations and constraints of their main musical projects (for example, the Chryslers adamantly played no MSB or Stanley solo material), this group of accomplished musicians was dedicated to performing the classic blues and rock standards that not only have shaped the foundation of rock and roll, but also gets the ladies out onto the dance floor!
Primary members included veteran Cleveland musical icon Michael Stanley, shedding his solo & MSB persona for this excursion into the blues and rock; Eroc Sosinski, bassist/vocalist for Wish You Were Here, Michael Stanley & The Resonators,and countless other Cleveland bands; and Line Level recording artist Marc Lee Shannon, an accomplished blues & slide guitarist/vocalist/songwriter from Akron. Rounding out the Chryslers were longtime MSB drummer Tommy Dobeck and percussionist/vocalist Rodney Psyka, also of The Dynosaurs and Breathless, along with fellow Resonator sax player Paul Christensen, and keyboardists Gary Jones or David Young.
The Midlife Chryslers story:
They're seven musical brothers separated at birth but reunited in 2001 to return to the roadhouses of Northeastern Ohio to rock, play blues, and watch sweaty, undulating women dance in front of them...
The meaning of life? Perhaps not, but definitely a good time!