About Jerry Tremain

Jerry Tremain has always been surrounded by music. Some of his earliest memories are of his Dad writing arrangements for his big band, his sister playing Beatles records and a local garage band blasting In-a-Gadda-da-Vida by Iron Butterfly. He learned to read music in the school band, took music theory, and studied jazz guitar with a graduate of the Berkley College of Music.
While in high school, Jerry played lead and rhythm guitar in the rock band Magic. He and his friends performed 70s rock and funk, at high school dances and bars, including music by Santana, Bad Company and The Sugarhill Gang. Magic later hired management, a booking agent and a road crew and began playing nightclubs, corporate events and fraternity and sorority parties.

After Magic, Jerry played lead guitar in Nighthawk. Nighthawk played a steady weekend schedule of bars, parties, weddings and high school dances. The band featured pop and rock music from the 60s through the 80s including Steppenwolf, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger. The focus was on creating a party atmosphere and making sure the audience had fun. It was in Nighthawk that Jerry began singing lead.

In the late 80s, Jerry worked with several bands, writing original music, in New York City and the surrounding area. During this time he also attended a music business seminar. After moving to Florida, and spending time in the Caribbean, he learned a number of reggae and Jimmy Buffett songs which remain part of his repertoire today.

In Nashville, Jerry performed as a street musician playing the music of Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams and others. Several years later, he added nineties pop and rock to his set list and played on the streets of Charlotte. Before long he was working as a solo act in Charlotte, and the surrounding area, where he resides today.

Since seeing Peter Gabriel live in the mid 80s, Jerry has been fascinated by a musical instrument called a Chapman stick. The Stick has five bass strings and five guitar strings and is played by tapping with both hands. Jerry Tremain now specializes in singing and playing the Chapman Stick.

The Stick allows a musician to play a bass line, rhythm and melody simultaneously. It has a beautiful sound and is ideal for a solo musician. If appropriate to the venue, Jerry can play along with drum loops for the sound of a full band. To hear examples of Jerry’s music please click on the music video links listed later in this profile.


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Song List

Ben E. King
Stand by Me

Bobby McFerrin
Don’t Worry Be Happy

Bob Marley
Single Bed
Waiting in Vain

Buddy Holly
Every Day

Bad Moon Rising
Proud Mary

Chris Murray
California Time

Crosby, Stills and Nash
Southern Cross

Dyer Maker
Led Zeppelin

George Strait
Amarillo by Morning

Go Jimmy Go
The Governor’s Daughter

Grateful Dead
Fire on the Mountain
Scarlet Begonias

Hank Williams

Harry Belafonte
Jamaica Farewell

Jimmy Buffett
Breathe In Breathe Out Move On
Come Monday
He Went to Paris
Silver Wings
Son of a Son of a Sailor
Turn Up the Heat and Chill the Rose

John Mayer
New Light

Looking Glass

Ministry of Silly Ska
Sweet Child of Mine

Reel Big Fish
Take On Me

Sam Cooke
Wonderful World


The Police
Walking on the Moon

The Specials

Yellow Bird

Kingston Town
Red Red Wind

Van Morrison
Brown Eyed Girl

Island in the Sun

Wilson Pickett
Mustang Sally

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