Jeremy Buck has a secret, and this one is made of dreams.
Buck is all too familiar with the Midwest, so his tour this month should feel like coming home.
Buck grew up in a small town in Indiana. By the age of 9, he was big into sports and playing the alto saxophone. He really wanted to play the drums, but the teachers at his small school didnt want anyone playing the drums.
It wasnt until the honors band he was in at school performed with other schools together. He heard students from another school playing a cool drum beat, and he decided he wanted to play drums.
Buck went home that night still feeling the ambition to play a drum set. So he did what any 9-year-old would do in this situationhe made one.
I had a cardboard box full of clothing and a plastic Hot Wheels carrying case that gave me that low base sound, he said.
Just a few months later, he sold a cow to the local 4-H Fair Auction and received $600 from his grandparents for all his hard work and job well done.
Instead of buying another cow to show, he purchased his first set of drums and has been addicted to playing ever since.
Bucks first time playing for an audience came quickly. When he was in eighth grade, he got the chance to play in a band with other students at their junior high dance. They played songs like Twist and Shout in between the DJs set.
Just that feeling changed me, Buck said. I became more professional in my sophomore year in college.
Buck played baseball on a scholarship to Purdue University. Any time he wasnt in class or pitching, he was playing in the band. An arm injury would later cause him to go more toward music.
Buck started playing his original music about two and a half years ago in Los Angeles. He started with different lineups in his band, and he now has a core group.
Chris Hannah (guitar) just came off the Vans Warped Tour and is now touring with Buck. He met Joel Giest (bass) about two years ago and quickly became friends.
Giest spent a couple of years living in Rockford helping bands like The Pimps and Harmony Riley with their recordings and album engineering.
He also helped produce and engineer Bucks first album, A Secret Made of Dreams, which was released in Hollywood on April 28.
Buck and his band are currently touring the Midwest in hopes of reaching the listener.
Im not concerned about getting a label, Buck said. I just want to reach out to every single person.
The shows he performs are wild, exciting and no doubt entertaining. Buck likes to interact with the crowd and take his shows to another level.
There will be a couple songs Ill be playing the drums and the keyboard at the same time, he said.
Buck plays many different types of shows, including an intimate acoustic guitar set, a trio band including a guitarist, a bassist and Buck on the drums, or a full production with an eight-piece ensemble that allows him to play a variety of instruments.
The original music played at these shows is a giant mixture of musical talent including Johnny Cash, Prince, James Brown, Beck, Frank Zappa, Paul McCartney and Elvis Presley.
His musical inspiration comes from these artists, but one of his favorites is Paul McCartney because of his song- writing ability, incredible career, and the way he carries himself.
When Buck was asked what music meant to him, he went silent for a few minutes before saying everything.
Its a necessity of my life, Buck said. I will not function properly without it.
Jeremy Buck and his band will play at Kryptonite, 308 W. State St., starting at 10:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2. Info: 965-0931 or www.jeremybuck.com.
From the Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2005, issue