Unusual Suspects is a four-piece rock and blues band featuring four-part vocal harmonies. They perform a mix of crowd-pleasing music from artists like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Chris Stapleton, The Eagles, Darius Rucker, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, and more.
The band is made up of veterans of the Seattle and Minneapolis music scenes:
Dave Attix – guitar and vocals
Dave took up guitar in 1975 when he picked up a guitar that was sitting around the house after his sister had stopped taking lessons. He learned some chords and was hooked. He got his first electric a couple of years later, and still has it.
He has played in several bands in Florida, California, Idaho, and here in Washington. Dave plays rhythm, lead, and slide guitar, and sings lead and backing vocals.
Bob Chester – drums and vocals
Bob came to Unusual Suspects by way of Minneapolis. Bob has an impressive background of training (Berklee School of Music Boston) as well as being the “engine” of popular bands in the Midwest. Now he is a Seattle resident, but the Twins still hold his loyalties. Besides just being a hell of a guy, Bob is a hell of a drummer.
Bob adapts to the varied musical styles that the Unusual Suspects’ set list requires with ease. From complicated jazz to rock solid driving rhythms, Bob is fearless and almost perfect, it just gets the job done. He has many different drum kits to choose for a particular gig, from handmade acoustic to fully electronic.
The best surprise of all was when Bob showed us he had a great voice. Bob’s voice adds dimension to our harmonies, not an easy task for a drummer.
Craig Cain – bass and vocals
Craig is a native of the Seattle area, but has played up and down the West coast. He picked up a bass guitar at 18, taught himself to play, and a year later was traveling the Northwest, learning the rules of the road, and never losing sight that life had to be fun. He almost dropped out of music because so many bands courting him counted on volume to cover lack of talent, that bored him. Then he found the guys in Unusual Suspect, the rest is history.
Craig claims that he only plays bass to be able to sing on stage. Well it’s much more then that. He has a melodic style that springs from the moment. He is at home in almost any musical setting, he is asked by many bands to step in, many times without rehearsal, to handle important gigs. His bass is just an extension of his body, playing counter point to the other musicians in Unusual Suspects makes Craig really stand out from other bassists.
Craig has a unique voice, his ability to hear and then harmonize with others, makes his contribution to the band’s quality sound profound. He does sing some lead vocals, but his love is singing harmony. The moments he spends in front of the lights, are his “happy times,” he loves to have others share in these moments.
Warren Payne – guitar, mandolin, and vocals
Warren Payne started his songwriting career when he was twelve, cranking out “hits” to impress his friends. Since then, he has performed from Alaska to Nashville and written over 200 songs.
Warren has performed with his bands and solo in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Arizona, California, Nevada, Nashville and Canada. He also worked in studios in Los Angeles as a bassist and singer.
With his band Alki, he had a regional hit in the ’70s with “Someone Like Me,” a song he wrote and performed on the Warmsong Records single. Two of his songs, “Questions” and “Let Me Go” have been arranged and published for vocal jazz groups by Kysar Publishing with hundreds of performances of each throughout North America.
Warren holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Music degree from Seattle University.