The newest member of the band to hold down the low down, Jim Dill has been playing bass since the tender age of 16. A good friend loaned him his bass, then had to fight tooth and nail to get it back!
Always a fan of good, solid foundation, Jim cut his musical teeth with some of the crazy prog rock of the 70's and 80's. And his musical influences came from some of those bass greats like Geddy Lee, Chris Squire, Tony Levin and of course Buffalo's own Billy Sheehan.
As a music major at Buff State (back in the day) and jazz ensemble performer, Jim played with a variety of local groups and also performed in UB theater productions of The Who's "Tommy" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" as well as an original show titled "Working Class Hero", the story of John Lennon's life as told through his music. No he didn't play that one as a southpaw.
As life sometimes gets in the way of Rock and Roll, Jim took a long break from the music scene to get married and have kids. But there was always an aching to get back into doing what he loved. So about 6 years ago he decided to get back in the saddle and got in touch with some old friends to reform the group Mist, an original rock/blues project that he had been in back in (date deleted for fear it will make him look old). After doing some recording with Mist he branched out, and joined the group PUSH, and then Rock Bottom, both local cover bands.
Continuing to search for musical outlets, the boys from 9 Lives called up in a bind for a bassist to fill in for their ailing low ender. The chemistry was great! And seeing as there was an opportunity to join these two excellent musicians and expand his musical repertoire, the decision was made to join 9 Lives.
Now if he can manage to not spontaneously combust due to all the smokin' hot music this band is putting out, there will be a new musical voice added to 9 Lives for a long time to come.