Eddie StClair has been writing songs and performing since 1984. He is inspired by Tom Petty, John Fogerty, Randy Stonehill, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles and John Cougar Melloncamp. He sings, plays guitar and harmonica. He has performed with a variety of groups including "Upside" 1993 , the "WannaBeatles" 2003, "Eddie's October" 2005 and now 2B40. He released a CD in 1996 entitled "Same Old Change" and then the 2B40 CD "Thursdays" in 2012. Eddie has also been featured on cable television: Armstrong Cable on the show, "Dirty Dog Live".
Sharon began playing guitar in the late 80s. She surprised Eddie (dating at the time) with a rendition of "Blackbird" by the Beatles. Later on in life, Sharon took up the bass guitar and mandolin in support of the newly formed 2B40 band in the summer of 2007. Sharon and Eddie formed the band 2B40 after they both turned 40 following a particularly inspiring road trip to see Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers . The band has also included Carolyn Longo on lead guitar and Derek Stewart on percussion. The also appeared on the bands recording, Thursdays.
The band typically performs a variety of well know cover songs like
- Brown Eyed Girl
- Eight Days a Week
- Proud Mary
- Learning to Fly
- Folsom Prison Blues
As well as a original songs that range from story telling folk ballads to rock-a -billy swing numbers and even some jazz and blues songs. Eddie has also penned some crowd favorites that tickle the funny bone with subjects like
- bad breath kissing great aunties
- hill billy infidelity
- male pattern baldness
- caffine addiction
- last calls for bar room love
"Our philosophy is pretty simple. Life is sometimes complicated and if you let it, it can get you down. So we try and create some moments in time when we can relax with good folks, enjoy good music and laugh a little."
“Some of these tracks took me back to a time when James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett ruled the FM airwaves, and others kept drummin’ on the steering wheel”, Bill Carey, bass player
“The songs have GREAT PERSONALITY and while I liked it allot the first time through; it gets even better and better with each listen! I can't wait to hear it all and see you perform some of the songs live!!” Neal Williams, guitar player, singer, songwriter.
“How exciting! 2B40's new CD is a fun mix of folk and acoustic! So proud to say 2B40 is a special part of Franklin's performing arts community. Everyone should order their copy today!” Ronnie Beith, Franklin Events Coordinator.
In addition to the local performances, the band has also has some exposure beyond Venango County. Eddie and the CD were featured on the Marty O Show radio program. The Marty O Show can be heard on WYFN 94.9 FM Albany NY and is syndicated around the country to Chicago, Detroit, Florida, Raleigh NC, Houston, Los Angeles, Denver and New York City.