The First Time Four
The members of The First Time Four are Gerald Dowd, Steve Frisbie, LIam Davis, and Scott Stevenson. In addition to making their own music, they have played with the likes of Mavis Staples, Robbie Fulks, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and many other Chicago artists, and have several Grammy nominations under their belts. The band's versatility, musicianship, and unique song arrangements paired with the stories are a huge part of the success of the First Time series.
Liam Davis is a Grammy-nominated producer, composer and performer. He currently tours the US of A with Justin Roberts and The Not Ready For Naptime Players. Back home in Chicago, Davis plays shows solo or with his band, The Contestants.
Steve Frisbie has earned his reputation as one of Chicago's finest singers. His performances with Chicago powerhouse Tributosaurus are marked by his soulful dynamism, dancing between gentle ballads and soaring vocal calisthenics with skill and passion. But it's the shining songs and incomparable harmonies of his band Frisbie that had critics around the country heaping praise on their albums The Subversive Sounds of Love and New Debut.
Grammy Award-losing drummer/singer Gerald Dowd has recorded and/or performed with Robbie Fulks, Justin Roberts, Mavis Staples, Chris Mills, George Jones, Nora O'Connor, Kelly Hogan, Lush Budgett, and many others. He has toured extensively in the US and Europe, playing world-class stages such as the Grand Ole Opry, Symphony Space, London's Borderline and the Pritzker Pavilion at Millenium Park. Go, BoSox.
Scott Stevenson (keyboards) performs locally with Electric Dirt, Everybody Says Yes, Blue Hour, Holy Hour House Band, and Robbie Fulks. He also serves as accompanist for St. Charles Singers, and is part of the group’s Mozart Journey, a multi-year presentation of all the sacred choral works of WA Mozart.
Stevenson's latest orchestral composition, Three Scottish Dances, was premiered by the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra at Chicago's Symphony Center in March 2015.
Stevenson’s work as a singer/songwriter can be heard on his 2010 release Perpetual Calendar. He also plays accordion on four recordings by the strange-country group Dick Smith: Swill, Smoke Damage, Woozy, and Glad Tidins: Christmas Gouger Vol. 1.