AMERICAN IDOL's Bo Bice Signs on as Producer of The Ventures Documentary
Musician Bo Bice agreed last week to become producer of the long awaited documentary about The Ventures, the instrumental rock band that influenced Elton John to Blondie and Peter Frampton to George Harrison. Bice, who has his own record label Sugar Money and is lead singer of the legendary Blood Sweat & Tears, was an AMERICAN IDOL runner up in the fourth season. About The Ventures, he says: "They are single handedly responsible for so many bands who came after them. Without The Ventures, there would be no Aerosmith, Supertramp, The Who, Boston, Steely Dan, The Beach Boys, etc. The creative guitar sounds and totally original compositions have inspired musicians from every genre for generations. People are still using the tools that The Ventures gave us in sound productions, engineering, recording to this day. The popularity of the band is a cult status in the music business and if you're in the industry you've used techniques, stole sounds and copied production templates from The Ventures both purposefully and subliminally at some point and time in your career."Bice will produce the film along with director Staci Layne Wilson, daughter of The Ventures co-founder Don Wilson, and producers Tim Wilson, Evan Hesse and Tony Fenton. Fans will be key to funding the full-length film at IndieGoGo/TheVenturesMovie. Studio South Holdings, with offices in Charlotte and Los Angeles, is a film and virtual reality management company and will coordinate production and financing of the documentary. CEO of Studio South, Bert Hesse says that adding Bice to the team will add critical musical expertise. "To have such a great musical talent like Bo will enhance the overall viewer experience for our audience."