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Eric Koch, AKA Johnny Rhinestone, has been playing guitar and bass and singing professionally since he was 15 years old in many different groups and styles of music.
Some bands he has played with are Axis, West Coast Connection, Private Life, The 360 Band, Color, ERTH, The KHU, FlashBack, Surreal Time and more. On bass, he has done a clinic with Alan White, Drummer from YES and is on a track with virtuoso guitarist Frank Gamble with guitar also played by Kevin Toler the author of the fusion song called “THE WHEEL”.
HERE ARE TWO TRACKS FROM THE ERTH ALBUM WRITTEN IN THE MID 80;S. MOST OF THE THE BASS PARTS LYRICS AND MELODIES FOR THESE TUNES WERE WRITEN BY ERIC KOCH AND MUSIC AND ARRANGMENT WAS DONE BY JIM KINNEY. GUITAR AND DRUM PARTS WERE WRITTEN BY RICK EASLEY AND MY BROTHER, TED KOCH:
RUN TO ME NOW
As the lead vocalist for ERTH he did several TV appearances including the Stanley Siegul show and performed several big shows including at the Mid Winter Fair in El Centro, a concert venue of 10.000 spectators and opened for Meat Loaf in Concert in Tijuana, Mexico.
After the ERTH band Eric collaborated with Kevin Toler, a very talented guitarist and artist who had worked with Frank Zappa and several other heavy hitters and declared Mr. Koch a worthy lyricist. THE KHU was written in the early 1990’s and again inspired by the music written by Kevin Toler, the lyrics and vocal melodies were written and sung by ERIC KOCH AKA JOHNNY RHINESTONE.
THE KHU 1992
HERE ARE A FEW TUNES FROM THE “KHU FACES OF GOLD ALBUM”:
NO ONE COULD BELIEVE LIKE YOU DO
FACES OF GOLD
THE WHEEL WAS RECORDED IN 1992. THE BASIC TRACKS DRUMS AND BASS AND RYTHM GUITAR WERE RECORDED HERE IN SAN DIEGO WITH KEVIN TOLER ON GUITARS AND SYNTH GUITAR ERIC KOCH ON BASS AND A GOOD FRIEND OF KEVINS ON DRUMS THAT FLEW OUT FROM CHICAGO,CHRIS DOUGLAS. THE TRACK WAS THEN TAKEN TO LA WHERE FUSION GUITARIST FRANK GAMBALI DID SOLO WORK ON THE TUNE AT ANOTHER STUDIO THERE. KEVIN HAD BEEN WORKING ON AN ALBUM COVER FOR FRANK GAMBALI AT THE SAME TIME THAT HE WAS HELPING CREATE AN ALBUM COVER FOR FRANK ZAPPA WHICH BECAME THE COVER TO FRANK ZAPPAS CIVILIZATION III ALBUM. IT WAS DURING THIS CREATIVE TIME THAT THE KHU SONGS WERE WRITTEN AND THE WHEEL AS WELL.
ERIC KOCH/JOHNNY RHINESTONE has recorded several albums and his singing has been heard on radio stations including KCER, KGB, and radio stations in the bay area.
ANOTHER PROJECT WRITTEN ENTIRELY BY ERIC KOCH WAS “LIGHT LINK STATION” WHICH IS A CROSS BETWEEN ELECTRONIC STYLE MUSIC AND SAMPLED INSTRUMENTS. THIS MUSIC WAS WRITTEN ON AN ENSONIQUE ASR10 SAMPLER WORKSTATION.
SPIRIT OF AROS
ERIC KOCH AKA JOHNNY RHINESTONE HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE VACSCENE BAND FOR THE LAST 8 YEARS. THIS IS A POWER TRIO STYLE BAND. ALL OF THE MUSIC IS ORIGINAL MUSIC WRITTEN PRIMARILY BY TIM ORRAHOOD ALTHOUGH MOST OF THE BASS WAS WRITTEN BY ERIC KOCH.
More recently ERIC KOCH/JR played in concert as the bass player for the original power trio “Vacscene” at the 4rth and B venue in San Diego with vocalist Tim Orrahood on guitar and Johnny Mudd Murillo on drums opening for bands such as:
Oingo Boingo … Martha Davis/Motels …Eddie Money….Missing Persons…. Alcatraz…. Lou Graham/Foreigner…. The Tubes Lizy Borden….The Smitherines
VACSCENE IS JOHN MURILLO/DRUMS, TIM ORRAHOOD/LEAD GUITAR AND VOCALS AND ERIC KOCH/JOHNNY RHINESTONE BASS AND BACKING VOCALS:
HIGHWAY OF LOVE
WHERE THE PEOPLE GO
VACSCENE FEATURED IN BOOGIE MAGAZINE
JOHNNY has performed as a lead and backup vocalist, guitar player and Bassist for many different shows locally in the San Diego and Los Angeles area and also represented a local guitar and bass maker called D&H Guitars at their booth at the NAMM show in LA.
TIM ORRAHOOD AND ERIC KOCH/JOHNNY RHINESTONE AT THE NAMM SHOW FOR D&H GUITARS IN 2013
THE MOTHERSHIP BAND CLICK HERE
FLASHBACK CLASSIC ROCK BAND CLICK HERE
THE MOST RECENT PROJECT WRITTEN BY ERIC KOCH IS THE JOHNNY RHINESTONE PROJECT. THE ALBUM IS TITLED “RAMBLIN’ MAN”. THE MUSIC IS DESIGNED FOR DANCING AND FUN AND IS A JIMMY BUFFET MEETS JOHNNY CASH COUNTRY STYLE.
THE PROJECT WAS INSPIRED AFTER ERIC ORGANIZED AN 11 PIECE BAND FOR COUNTRY ROCK ARTIST CANDICE GRAHAM. CANDICE HAD MADE A RECORD THAT WAS RECORDED IN NASHVILLE BY BILLY FRANZ WHO IS A BASS PLAYER AND PRODUCER ENGINEER THAT WORKS OUT OF NASHVILLE. THE ALBUM USED SOME HEAVY HITTERS SUCH AS PRINCE BACK UP SINGERS ETC. THE PRO-TOOLS FILES FROM THIS PROJECT WERE GIVEN TO ERIC WHO USED THESE FILES TO ORGANIZE A BAND TO COVER WHAT HAD BEEN RECORDED IN ORDER FOR CANDICE TO HAVE A CD RELEASE SHOW AT THE BELLY UP VENUE IN SOLANA BEACH CA. THE BAND THAT HE ORGANIZED WAS FANTASTIC AND USED LOCAL PLAYERS MARK KNOWEL ON KEYS, DAVID BROWN ON DRUMS, SKELPIN ON VIOLIN, DOUG MEYER ON PEDAL STEEL, TIM ORRAHOOD ELECTRIC GUITAR, JOHNNY RHINESTONE BASS,
ALL MUSIC PLAYED AND WRITTEN AND RECORDED BY ERIC KOCH/JOHNNY RHINESTONE….
DANCE WITH ME
MAN ON A STEEL HORSE
KEEP ON DANCING
IT WILL COME AROUND
JOHNNY is fluent in Spanish and is able to perform a number of songs in Spanish as well as a large repertoire of cameo acoustic guitar entertainment including covers of James Taylor, John Denver, John Meyer, Eric Clapton and various classical and finger style tunes. His has played acoustic guitar and sung at Stellas Italian restaurant in La Jolla and at Bully’s East steak house in La Jolla CA and at Maria Marias restaurant owned by Carlos Santana in San Diego.
Currently he playing bass for:
“Flashback Classic Rock Band” Flashback
“Theo and the Zydeco Patrol” Zydeco Patrol
“The Lovealot Group” Wilovealot Group
“Flashback Classic Rock Band” Flashback
“Bound South, an Allman Brothers Tribute”
“Vacscene” originals power trio VACSCENE BAND
“Blue Rocket blues band” organized by Barry Farrar BLUE Rockit
of Jazz 88 radio here in San Diego.
Eric Koch AKA Johnny Rhinestone is a strong organizational and creative force for most any musical situation with experience in song writing/recording production and booking and management as well.
Please feel free to reach him to discuss any shows or work you have available.
Phone 619 674-3375
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A MESSAGE FROM JOHNNY….
I WANT TO THANK MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO INSPIRE ME AND GIVE ME THE SPARK AND ENERGY TO SEEK OUT NEW MUSICAL SITUATIONS AND HELP KEEP THE SPIRIT OF LIVE MUSIC GOING AND ALIVE!
FRANCISCO ELORZA, RAMON AVILA, MANUEL ABDO AND SINGER SONGWRITER RILEY NEAL WHOM I’VE KNOWN FOR MANY YEARS! THESE ARE THE PLAYERS OF THE BOUND SOUTH BAND.
RILEY NEAL MY FLASHBACK SINGER, TOM FORBIS MY FLASHBACK DRUMMER AND RICK EASLY MY FLASHBACK AND ERTH GUITARIST WHOM I’VE KNOWN AND PLAYED GIGS WITH FOR MANY MANY YEARS!
MY NEW FRIEND SAMMY WHO IS A VERY TALENTED KEYBORADIST AND ALL AROUND EXCELLENT AND HONEST GUY.
LEE BROWN WHOM I’VE KNOWN FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS AND LYNDEN WIMPIE MY BAND MATES IN THE LOVEALOT GROUP AND THEO AND CJ HUTCHINS AND PAT KINGSLAND AND ESPECIALLY JOE BRADATICH WHO HAVE BEEN MY FRIENDS AND GIG PARTNERS FOR MORE THAN A YEAR NOW!
JOHHNY MUDD AND HIS WIFE RUTH MURILLO WHO HAS MORE ENERGY THAN ANY ONE IN THE WORLD….VACSCENE!!!!
SHERI SALIMONE THE HOST OF THE YEARLY SHERISTOCK WHO BUILT THIS WEBSITE AND KNOWS SO MUCH ABOUT THE LOCAL SCENE AND IS ALWAYS AN INSPIRATION TO TALK TO.
MARK CROCKER MY MANAGER IN DISGUISE.
SUPER GROUPIE AND DEAR FRIEND ADRIANA RENOLDS!
DAVE GRIFFITH THE MAN ON THE SCENE!
TIM ORRAHOOD WHO IS ALWAYS PUSHING THE ENVELOPE OF LIVE MUSIC ON LINE AND EVERYWHERE!
JERRY THE SUPER CREATIVE RODIE MAN!
MARIO MURILLO THE WORLDS MOST AVID CONCERT GOER EVER!
MY SON SEAN WHO IS A VERY TALENTED AND INTELLIGENT GUY THAT I CAN ALWAYS GET AN ACCURATE GOOD OPINION ABOUT THINGS FROM ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO MUSIC!
MY LADY AT HOME MICHELE WHO ALWAYS SUPPORTS ME IN MY MUSIC AND HOLDS DOWN THE FORT SO I ALWAYS HAVE A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO COME HOME TO!
AND MY DAD WHO HAS A NEVER ENDING SPIRIT FOR ADVENTURE AND EXPLORATION AND STILL KICKING STRONG AFTER 85 YEARS!
AND MY MOM WHO WAS ONE OF THE BEST NICEST CARING PEOPLE THAT THIS WORLD HAS KNOWN, GOD REST HER SOUL.