Snake Oil Willie playing at a venue near you

| 29 Sep 2011 | 02:39

The Snake Oil Willie Band was originally formed in 1995 and has played throughout northeastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey. The band’s mission statement is simple: provide a good time to their fans, with a combination of classic rock and country music, mixed with a touch of personality, a dash of professionalism, and a great deal of energy. Although appearing at many different venues, the band is currently rotating through recurring monthly performances at The Mohawk House and Arthur’s St. Moritz in Sparta, Pub 517 in Tranquility, the Boathouse on Swartswood Lake, Allen’s Bar in Sussex and O’Reilly’s Pub in Newton. Check the Web site,, for specific dates and times. The band consists of: Tony Krucinski - drums and vocals Krucinski is the founding member of the band. He started playing music in the early 1960s, listening to the Beatles, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams. Throughout the years he’s played all over the tri-state area, playing music from square dance to rock and roll. He is a Sussex County native and as so, is well known in the area. John Gaechter - guitar and vocals Gaechter started playing guitar at a very young age, initially setting about learning the music of Herman’s Hermits, the Kingston Trio and other popular bands of the day. He has since drawn inspiration from the Allman Brothers to Led Zeppelin. Before joining the Snake Oil Willie Band, Gaechter played with several other local bands, including Blue Emerald, Ice 9, and GTF. Neil Sauerwein - keyboards and vocals Sauerwein comes from a musical family. He studied piano, trumpet and guitar and began playing publicly in elementary school. Neil has been in many local cover bands including Hurricane, a short-lived but renowned Neil Young tribute band. Frank DeBonis - bass guitar and vocals DeBonis’ musical roots date back to the early 1960s. Primarily inspired by (and still a big fan of) the Beatles, in the mid 60s he formed a band called the Camel Hair Crayon, which enjoyed modest local renown across northern New Jersey. They once played a venue hosted by the then popular radio personality Murray the K, opening for Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge.