Ill-Gotten Gaines

Ill-Gotten Gaines was formed in 2009 to record a collection of songs written by Andy Gaines. Andy enlisted several musicians for this project: Long time collaborators Matt O'Toole, Nathan Soccorsy, and Andy's brother, Ned Gaines. The recording would take place at Matt O'Toole's house in Seattle, Washington.

The recording process began in July, 2009. Andy recorded his guitar and vocal tracks in one week while Ned came down at the end of that week to record his harmonica tracks. The remainder of the recording process proceeded under the direction of Matt O'Toole, who himself provided drum, percussion, bass guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, and vocal tracks. Nathan Soccorsy provided slide guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and keyboard tracks. Jon Guerrero, the bass player in Andy and Matt's former band, The American Driver, provided bass guitar for a song. Matt also enlisted the help of Sean Wheatley, who provided stand-up bass for a song, and Lou Alexander, who provided fiddle for several songs. The recording process was completed in the Fall of 2009.

The mixing and mastering of the tracks was completed under the direction of Nathan Soccorsy and a final mix was achieved in December, 2009.

At that time, Andy contacted his brother-in-law, Brady Clifton, to possibly help with the artwork for the release. Brady responded with several excellent ideas and designs. The artwork design by Brady was tailored for the release by Matt O'Toole and Dan Egan.

After a 14 year absence, American Driver took the stage on Friday October 14 at the historic Hotel Monte Vista. They were joined by the Shaggin Wagon Acoustic Assault, Badabing and Bosswitch.

American Driver played an hour long set. The set opened with Driver classics “Juan’s Lullaby” and “Four Twenty’s Near” followed by a rousing version of “Lost”. In the middle of “Lost” drummer Matt O’Toole let loose for a mean drum solo assisted by guitarist Andy Gaines on the floor tom. Another Driver classic “NBA Girl” set a mellow mood for the room before the high energy “Trash Can Man”, penned by bassist Jon Guerrero and featuring Guerrero and O’Toole on vocals. The set closed out with “Way Down Below” and the classic Driver song “Speedbump”.

There was a rowdy crowd, including many friends of the band: Peter Harter, Mike Faux, Chris Hoffman, Natalie Bosworth, Cameron Mott, Jason and Merrily Metnick.

American Driver’s set was followed by the Shaggin Wagon Acoustic Assault featuring Sutton Papanikolas and Greg Thurston.

Badabing and Bosswitch closed out the night in spectacular fashion with their mix of funk, heaviness, weirdness, and outright energy.

Thanks to all who came out. A special thanks to Merrily Metnick, Peter Harter and Mike Faux for providing pictures from that night. And a special thanks to Sutton Papanikolas for putting together a great night of music.

Click on the following link to read more about the show.

Ill-Gotten Gaines

American Driver to play with long time friends Shaggin Wagon as well as San Diego acts Bosswitch and Badabing. Show is at the Historic Monte Vista Hotel Cocktail Lounge October 14 at 9:00 PM.


Band Members

Andy Gaines
Ned Gaines
Matt O'Toole
Nathan Soccorsy
Jon Guerrero
Sean Wheatley
Lou Alexander


Record Label

Palatine Records

General Manager

Andy Gaines

Booking Agent

Andy Gaines
Other Seattle Artists
Kenny G
Ashburn Artists