Born in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, Craig Clark started singing Gospel music at the young age of five. Listening to the sounds of The Mighty Clouds of Joy and The Gospel Keynotes, Craig started his musical journey singing at churches around his hometown area.
Since moving from Pennsylvania to Minnesota in the late eighties, Craig has been spreading his soulful sound throughout the state and beyond. Adding his self-taught compelling guitar style to his already dynamic vocals; Craig has constructed a style of his own.
Performing with Big Brother and The Holding Company, The Mississippi Mass Choir with Reverand James Cleveland, Jimmie Van Zant, Big John Dickerson, and playing at the Broken Spoke in Sturgis, South Dakota, are a few of Craig's fondest music memories. Influenced by the the likes of Sam Cook, Bobby Bland, Robert Cray and Buddy Guy, Craig Clark has proven to be a strong force in the musical community, leaving audiences talking long after hearing him perform.
Vocals & Guitar
Bass & Vocals
Eric’s musical skills and talents were nurtured by a musical family from a very young age. He credit’s his desire to be a bass player to his uncle Maynard Meyer. He was given his first bass at age 11 and the journey began.
His reputation as a twin cities bass player started with “The Dog Pound Blues Band” when he was just fifteen years old. At the age of 18, Eric began his professional career heading out on the road with the David Collin Bryant Band right after he graduated from high school.
In his 30 year musical career, Eric has shared the stage with such greats as: Lady Blues, Claudette King, and Jimi “Primetime” Smith as well as many other great musicians. The Pete Kavanaugh Group, the Daily Grind, and the Kurt Jorgensen Band are among the many previous bands he has played with. Eric Meyer’s bass playing has been described as awesome and creative and his nickname is “The Machine”.
Projects: Eric Meyer and the Great Northern Rhythm Section, the Dee Miller Band, the Pete K group, and Phil Kitze
Patrick Hulme has been playing drums and singing since he was 7 years old. He grew up in a musical family and received private drum instruction throughout his schooling. He studied music for two years at the University of Minnesota. Since then he has been a fixture on the Twin Cities music scene, performing in a wide variety of styles including Blues, R&B, Jazz, Rock & Roll and Country. He has played throughout the mid-west with many outstanding local and national musicians. He’s shared the stage with John Beach, Big John Dickerson, The Fabulous Barking Ducks, Cornbread Harris, Jordu, Mick McCormick & Scooter Trash, Jim Ouska, Ross William Perry, The Slim Hippos, The Everett Smithson Band, and Big Walter Smith & the Groove Merchants. He’s also played with guitar greats Richard Lloyd and Jimmy Thackery. Patrick specializes in Blues, R&B and Jazz, and his passion for these styles has been the driving force in his career. His influences include Albert Collins, Miles Davis, Al Foster, Dr. John, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, BB King, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding.
Ed Melberg started playing in bands in 1999, his reason; college math class. The student that sat next to Ed, asked him if he wanted to start a band and so Cover This! was born. Although Ed had taken piano lessons as a child, he quickly realized those lessons were not enough to be a successful musician. When Melberg was told that nearly every band from the 60’s and 70’s had a Hammond organ, he swiftly decided that is what he wanted. Ed always plays a Hammond and even hauls the original bench to his gigs!
Over Melberg’s musical career he has played in bands such as SNS Band, Two Dollar Night, Papa Nut, The Shuffle Cats, Curtis and the Kicks, Red Neck Hippies, Lounge Kings, The Rumble Cats, Sam Kuusisto Band, Any Who, Bump and Sweat, Blue Soul and Cover This!. Ed has also had the opportunity to play with many other excellent musicians in the Twin Cities as a fill-in or sitting-in on a song or two. Currently, Ed Melberg is playing with the Craig Clark Band and fills in for the Nick Dinius Band and Southern Express.
Melberg shares that he has had many memorable music events that help shape him. He played at the BB King’s Club in Memphis, Tennessee during the Road to Memphis Challenge; making it to the semi-finals. Playing at Moondance is a gig that Ed thinks back on fondly. He also reminisces about the Talent Contest that he played in for the Zoo Run.
When Melberg is asked about his influences, he says it is challenging to limit it to just a few. After some thought, he is able to narrow it down to Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Jon Lord (Deep Purple), Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, Santana, and Jimi Hendrix. Listen closely to Ed Melberg’s playing style and hear how these talent musicians have impacted him.