Genres:Pop Rock, Pop - Adult Contemporary, Specialty - Promo Music, Rock - Roots Rock, Rock - Pop Rock, Rock - Hard Rock/Classic, Rock - Alternative Rock, RnB - Classic/Soul
Common Ground was forged with love in the fiery depths of the Commercial Music Program at McLennan Community College in Waco, TX. Phil Wilson (drums) and Steven Rosas (guitar) met in the late 1980s and formed the band 1990 while attending the program… it was rock at first sight, and the band was born. The catalyst for Common Ground’s sound can be attributed to the addition of Bill Hunter on silky lead vocals & rhythm guitar, and Chuck Williams on meat-and-potatoes bass guitar. Both members also attended the Music Program and the combination of influences helped give the band’s sound a broader range of textures without sacrificing the energy and smells their fans have come to expect.
Inspired by artists like Foo Fighters, Toadies, and Jellyfish… a duo of all-original, independent recordings were released: Mostly on Mondays (1996) and Fragile (1999). Both projects were recorded at Direct Resonance Recording Studio; a semi-pro studio owned and operated by Steven. These releases gained the group a moderate but rabid following throughout the Central Texas area, and ovulating females everywhere were in clear and present danger. With their third CD, Take 3 (2004), their songwriting style and recording techniques matured into what has become their signature sound: strong radio-ready hooks with hypnotic guitars, power drums, throbbing bass, and a healthy dose of distortion.
In addition to three all-original CDs, several singles and a few videos Common Ground has also found success in licensing their music for TV, radio and advertising world-wide. Their music has been used for many placements including, "Gene Simmons Family Jewels", "My Crazy Addiction", "90210", CBS Sports (NCAA Games), Red Bull Media House, Lockheed Martin, Marc Jacobs Int'l, Success Magazine, "5 Questions with Ryan Miller" (VH1), The Science Channel, Superbike Magazine, TV Broadcast in Austria and Great Britain, TV Commercial in France and a TV/Radio commercial for the North Carolina Lottery...just to name a few. Common Ground spent years on the road playing live while honing their songwriting craft.
The band’s material can also be heard on several internet radio stations, hundreds of podcasts and can be downloaded at dozens of digital download websites such as Apple iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, Wal Mart, Napster, MSN, Spotify, lastFM and more. Common Ground CD’s and other merchandise can be purchased at local music stores, live performances, CDBaby.com and via the band’s website at www.TexasRockBand.com