BLYTHE GAMBLE AND THE ROLLIN’ DICE is a dynamic blues, rock, singer/songwriter band featuring Blythe Gamble as lead vocalist and song writer, Bill Roberts on guitar, Nathan Meronek on drums, and John Swadley on bass. You’ve already read all about the unstoppable blueswoman herself, now meet the band…
It is the sixth year of our lord on the day of antiquity in the month of mummification and I am born! I was left on the doorstep of a very wealthy family who dropped me off at an orphanage where I ended up being raised! I grew up in a state of morbid curiosity and my teachers suffered my many questions on the meaning of life! Soon after being expelled from my 15th school I discovered the beetles and everything changed! I was absolutely besotted with them! Soon I collected everything I could about them and even managed to get one to my house! But my Foster Dad apon seeing it smashed it with his newspaper and that was the end of my beetle phase! Soon after I discovered the guitar and weedled constantly to be given one for my birthday! But since no one seemed to know when the day of antiquity was I never got one. Instead it fell to me to make my fortune and procure a guitar on my own. But since this is a short bio I shall leave that tale to another day!
John was born and raised on Madison’s west side in a typical middle class family ’till one Sunday night in February of ’64 he witnessed an event that would change his life forever. The next day with shears in hand he made from cardboard his first guitar. But some thing was missing. Sound. A year or so, a used Teisco guitar and a borrowed Silvertone amp, later he joined his first band. But something was missing. Music. So a few lessons and couple hundred blisters later it happened, but something was still missing. People to play to. Years past bands came and went still no people ’till one day in the late ’70’s (after answering an add in the Shopper Stopper) he joined a band and people came. Addiction set in. Since then John has played in numerous bands of many styles from British rock, Punk, Heavy Metal, Polka (yes Polka another Shopper Stopper add), Country, Acoustic Rock, Blues and compelling people to get up and get down for decades. In between bands John has run sound and light for several local bands, earned a degree in recording engineering, and started a small recording studio. Then one day he was asked if he would roll the dice one more time, where he remains today.