Jim Christaldi - Guitar & Vocals
Jim has been on the scene here in the Philly area for a very long time. Over the years you may have seen him playing with such bands as Easy Wind, The James Higley Band, The John Alexander Band, The Chase, Johnny "O" and the Classic Dogs of Love and many others. Jim has been in mostly cover bands, but in many of them they would also delve into their own original tunes too. Jim has played many roles in the bands over the years from guitar, keyboards, singer and more. He has now gone back to his true love and focuses on guitar and vocals in this band. Some of Jim's biggest musical Influences would be The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Zappa, Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dylan and many, many more.
Greg Baxter - Bass Guitar & Vocals
Greg too has been on the Philly scene for a long time. Greg played with some area bands, but has spent a great deal of his time simply honing his craft and recording. Greg is a true multi-instrumentalist with a gift for recording some very fine music! As good as Greg is, on a wide array of instruments, his true love is the bass and that shines through when you hear him play. Greg has a diverse love of music that spans many decades and he incorporates this love into his own unique sound. From his early love of the Grateful Dead, The Beatles and the Kinks to his more current appreciation of bands such as Beck, the Flaming Lips, Weezer and Cracker, Greg is a well rounded musician.e
Doc Bionic - Keyboards & Vocals
Born on the south side of Chicago and raised "somewhere in the swamps of Jersey", Doc has been pounding the keys in his self-taught manner for over 50 years. Moving to Pennsylvania after college, he spent a few years in the 80's on the Lancaster Redneck Mennonite scene, sharing the stage with such Country luminaries as Dave Dudley, Johnny Rodriguez and the Forrester Sisters. In the 90's he won a Grammy Award for best keyboardist three years in a row. He would have won a fourth, but Grandpa made her stop giving them out. In 2012, he joined up with THIS ragtag bunch of scrappy musical underdogs. Due to numerous health issues, he is now more metal than flesh, but is undeterred.
His musical influences include Johnnie Johnson, Ray Manzarek, Jon Lord, Bill Payne and, of course, Larry Ferrari. His motto is "Play every gig as if it were your last, because some day it will be."
Tim Downey - Drums & Vocals
Tim Downey has been a drummer and percussionist for over 40 years. He studied percussion all through school and was a music minor in college. Over the years he has performed with a wide range of diverse musical groups, including: jazz combos, marching bands, orchestras, drum corps, pit orchestras, blues bands, percussion ensembles, big bands, brass bands, wedding bands, and of course, rock bands. He can now add the Walking Dead Band to that list and is thrilled to be working with the other talented musicians in the group.
He lives in Delco with his wife (also a percussionist), his kids (one percussionist and two “black sheep”), a Scottish Terrier, and an entire houseful of drums and percussion instruments. When not performing with the Walking Dead, you can find him playing with the Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds, the Rose Tree Pops Orchestra, the Delaware County Symphony, in the pit orchestra for a musical, or anywhere else someone needs him to hit things.
Mike Kinsley - Guitar & Vocals
Mike’s earliest musical memories were spinning 45’s on his GE Show’N Tell record player, then learning to use his parents’ big boy phonograph while raiding their Beatles & Motown albums. Fast forward to age 13 when he picked up his first guitar, and it wasn’t long before his burgeoning love for blues, funk, & jazz had a creative outlet, leading to high school garage jams & college bar bands. The past few years had seen Mike cut back on gig life to focus on his career as an architect while raising two musically-inclined kids in Media, his trusty stable of guitars always nearby to pen a song or join in the occasional “dad-jam”. Recently he’s rededicated himself to honing his chops and excited to be part of the Walking Dead.