KEVIN "FRENCHIE" SCIOU
On a Sunday morning in July 2001, a 20-year-old Kevin “Frenchie” Sciou was sleeping on the couch in an Arizona home living room when he was awakened by Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter singing “Storms Never Last.” Not on the record, in the flesh, just a few feet away, with Jessi on the grand piano! Frenchie’s then-front man Shooter Jennings's parents were gently stirring awake a house full of late-night partiers, and then Jessi made breakfast for their guests.
“It was surreal,” recalls Frenchie, who describes posing for a photo while sitting on Buddy Holly’s 1958 Ariel Cyclone motorcycle – a gift to Waylon from the Crickets on his 40th birthday. “Just two months earlier, I had been in L.A. with a backpack and $200, answering ads for ‘guitar player wanted.’”
After a late-night jam session in L.A., Frenchie was approached by Shooter’s drummer Lex Lipsitz, a native of Waco, Texas. Their hard-rock band Stargunn needed a guitarist just like him, Lex told him, so Frenchie went down to their rehearsal space at the corner of Hollywood and Vine to audition on the spot.
“After about 15 minutes, Shooter asked me where I lived, and I told him it was at a youth hostel a few blocks away. He said, ‘Nah, you’re living with us at the band house from now on’ and they took me down to get my stuff.”
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