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Prankstar  
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PRANKSTAR is Dave French - Drums & Percussion Adam Headrick - Guitar John McCann - Keys Jason Presley - Guitar Mick Tuminello - Lead Vocals and Bass

New York City’s PRANKSTAR combines ingredients of funk, pop, electric blues, reggae and rock, marrying the pulse of the urban Northeast with the grit of Southwestern honky-tonks, creating a unique and infectious sound. The music has been described by the Village Voice as "a toughened-up Dave Matthews Band", but whatever the comparison, the music is invariably described as funky, and speculative influences are equal parts rock and r&b.

PRANKSTAR first came together in the early years of the 21st century, and is an unlikely marriage of the disparate talents of the band members. The "Oklahoma Electric" - guitarists Jason (JP) Presley and Adam Headrick got their start performing, writing and recording together on the BBQ circuit in their native Oklahoma, and acquired a popular following with their band Certified Fools while at Oklahoma State. Dave French honed his drumming skills playing with numerous bands from the Philadelphia area before hooking up with Adam and JP in New York. After hooking up with Michael (Mick) Tuminello, a longtime singer/songwriter and guitarist who auditioned on a lark for a bass slot in the band, a immediate bond was formed, a guitar ditched, and PRANKSTAR was born.

While climbing the evolutionary ladder of NYC clubs, PRANKSTAR recorded their debut, ONE, which showcases the band's diverse influences in an original mix of funk, rock, blues, and soul - pitting the band's accomplished musicianship against, as one reviewer put it, a "vocal vibe that's as cool as menthol smoke." splendidezine.com says "it's the soft murmur against a tide of funky instrumentals that makes One stand out, recalling the eerie sexuality of 'Strange Brew'".

With the completion of the album, PRANKSTAR has faced a new challenge - the departure of half of the band's blistering guitar team to active duty in the armed forces. Fortunately, with Captain Headrick's (yes, that's Captain) Iraqi sabbatical, the band has been fortunate enough to add keyboardist John McCann, a talented multi-instrumentalist whose background includes cello and drums.

Look for ONE to make its mark, as the band forges onward.
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