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Rainy Day Records: Management & Staff

Richard A. Bridge, Sr. - Founder Emeritus

Richard A. Bridge, Sr. passed away at the way-to-early age of 39, but he is included here as a Founder Emeritus and as an honorary member of the Rainy Day Records management team, because his life, talents and profession serve as the inspiration for the founding of the company. Richard “Dick” Bridge was a professional musician, band director and the owner of a music store for his entire adult career.

Dick Bridge served in the United States Navy during World War II where he was assigned as a Medic, simply because he intended to major in Biology and Pre-Medicine in college. What he witnessed as a wartime Navy Medic forced him to abandon his dream of becoming a doctor, and inspired him to embrace his real passion, music. He returned home to Oklahoma to attend college on the G. I. Bill, courtesy of the U. S. Government.

He graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma with a Degree in Music. He was the only student at SWOSU attending college on an athletic scholarship that was majoring in music, which resulted in a lot of harassment from his fellow athletes and war buddies. While he was in college at SWOSU, he lettered in five sports, including wrestling, and he qualified for the United States Olympic Wrestling Team for the 1948 Olympic Games. Also, during college, he was a two-time Golden Gloves boxing champion, was a member of the university marching band, played trumpet in the university dance band, and served as band director for Burns Flat High School, in nearby Burns Flat, Oklahoma, to help pay his way through college.

Upon graduation, Dick Bridge accepted a job as a music teacher and high school band director in the small town of Waukomis, Oklahoma. The Korean War interrupted his brief teaching career, and he returned to active duty service in the United States Navy, where he assisted in the organization of the first amputee center for disabled amputees at Oak Knoll Naval Base in Oakland, California. He also coached a military wheel-chair basketball team that played exhibition games throughout California, defeating several high school teams. He returned to Oklahoma to discover that his teaching job had been given to someone else. He moved seven miles up the road to Enid, Oklahoma, where he went to work as a salesman for Penner Music Company, a music store owned by now renowned guitar maker and collector Neal Penner. Dick Bridge eventually bought out Neal Penner, so Mr. Penner could go to work as a sales representative for Gibson Guitar Company, and re-opened the music store as Bridge Music Company.

One of his first decisions as the new owner of the music store was to sign up as a dealer for the Baldwin Piano Company, because he loved the tone and quality of their Baldwin Grand Piano. Shortly thereafter, he also signed up as one of the first dealers in the country for a fledgling new company named Fender Electric Instrument Company, because he loved the sound of, and immediately realized the market potential for the company’s newest invention, the Solid Body Electric Guitar, particularly the recently introduced Fender Stratocaster.

During his operation of Bridge Music, he sold instruments, sheet music, music supplies, and vinyl records to many aspiring young musicians from Western and Northwestern Oklahoma, including a child guitar prodigy from Enid named Michael Hedges; a family friend and renowned rodeo cowboy John McEntire, who occasionally frequented the music store with his young granddaughter Reba McEntire; and a talented young musician and songwriter from Western Oklahoma named Jimmy Webb.

Throughout the decade of the 1950’s and into the early 1960’s, Dick Bridge served as the Band Director for Oklahoma’s 45th Infantry Marching Band, and many pictures of Dick Bridge and the band are now included in the 45th Infantry Museum and Hall of Fame located in Oklahoma City. He also served as a Board Member of the Tri-State Music Festival, established by Dr. Milburn Carey in Enid, Oklahoma, which continues to be one of the largest and most respected high school band contests in the country.

Rainy Day Records began business operations in 1996, to commemorate what would have been the 40th Anniversary of Bridge Music Company.

Rainy Day Records, Inc. was incorporated on February 5, 1998, on what would have been Dick Bridge’s 71st Birthday.

Tom Skeeter - Chairman & CEO

Tom Skeeter serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Rainy Day Records, Inc. He also currently serves as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and the majority stockholder of Sound City Entertainment Group, Inc. Tom co-founded Sound City Recording Studios in 1969, and has actively operated that business for the past 40 years.

Since 1970, Tom has also served as President and Co-Founder of Carman Productions, Inc. which provides personal management services for musicians and entertainers. Carman Productions has also previously been active in television production; including two specials for Showtime, "Live and Kickin' " starring Rick Springfield and "Star Spangled Country Party" starring Alabama, Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams, Jr. Carman Productions also served as the Executive Producer for the Universal Studios motion picture "Hard to Hold". Tom Skeeter and Carman Productions recently completed the production of an independent film entitled "Backstage Pass", which is notable as the first Rock & Roll Horror Film ever produced, and is scheduled for release later this year.

Tom Skeeter's previous business experience includes several years in sales and management with the National Cash Register Company and as Vice-President of the Daniel Boone Corporation, a holding company located in Charleston, West Virginia. Tom graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 1956. He has previously served on the Executive Committee of the "Society of Yeager Scholars" at Marshall University, which is a Scholarship Program named for U.S. Air Force Brigadier General (Ret.) Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager, who is a native of Lincoln County, West Virginia.

Tom is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), which is the music industry organization and governing body responsible for the annual selection and presentation of the Grammy Awards. He has also previously served on the Advisory Board of a Los Angeles area bank.

Richard A. Bridge, Jr. - President & Chief Operating Officer

Richard Bridge serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Rainy Day Records, Inc. He has served in that capacity since 1998. He oversees all of the various business functions of the company, including all Day to Day Operations, Artist A & R and Production Decisions, Artist Marketing and Promotion, Music Publishing, General Corporate Budgeting, Specific Recording Project Budgeting, Financial Analysis and Forecasting, and all Short Term and Long Term Strategic Planning.

Richard previously worked in the securities and investment industry, beginning in 1978, and his investment experience includes private and public venture capital financing, as well as Private Placements and Public Offerings of debt and equity securities. He has received investment management training from Bache, Halsey, Stuart, Shields; Merrill Lynch; and Shearson Lehman Hutton. His previous work experience includes retail brokerage, institutional trading, strategic investing, and he has received training in all aspects of investment banking and venture capital financing.

How does Richard's previous business experience apply to the music industry? Well, legendary music industry executive Danny Goldberg has said that record labels are the venture capital firms of the music business. They provide the risk capital and expertise necessary to produce and promote a new recording artist, and they share in the profits from that partnership with the artist in return for providing the necessary start-up capital. Richard's previous training and experience in the investment and securities industry provides him with unusual expertise and gives him a unique perspective as an executive in the music industry.

Richard graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Advertising and Marketing. He attended graduate school at the University of Tulsa from 1977 to 1978 to study Finance and Economics. He is a Life Loyal member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Richard is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), which is the music industry organization and governing body responsible for the annual selection and presentation of the Grammy Awards.

Dusty Wakeman - Director of Production and A & R

Over the past thirty years, Dusty Wakeman has amassed more than 100 production and engineering credits, working with artists as diverse as Dwight Yoakam, Bachelor Number One, Jim Lauderdale, Lucinda Williams and Buck Owens. An accomplished bass player who's recorded and toured with Michelle Shocked, Jim Lauderdale and Rosie Flores, Dusty's deep personal commitment to make GOOD MUSIC has given him the sensitivity and talent that allows him to transcend genre.

After 16 years of owning and operating Mad Dog Studios in Venice, California; in 1996, Dusty relocated the studio to a 6000 square foot complex in Burbank. Because he has the advantage of being a working musician, producer and engineer, he brings a unique sensitivity to owning and operating a recording facility. "The more records you make, the more you know," Wakeman explains. "The secret is never to take the recording process for granted, to always pay attention to what is best for the client's project and to create an environment for the artist to achieve their own creative and artistic vision."

To the Texas-Born producer/engineer/musician, it's getting to the heart of the music that's important, which is part of what has brought such a diverse group of artists to him. From these experiences, Dusty has been able to further develop his craft, resulting in the recording of two Grammy Award winners including the 1987 Best Country Vocal Collaboration, Roy Orbison/k.d. lang duet of "Crying," and Dwight Yoakam's 1993 Best Country Male Vocal Performance of "Ain't That Lonely Yet".

Dusty is a former member of the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), which is the music industry organization and governing body responsible for the annual selection and presentation of the Grammy Awards.

Joe Johnston - Director of Marketing & Publishing Administration

Joe Johnston helped invent the McDonald’s Happy Meal. That was only one highlight in an advertising career that also helped introduce the Egg McMuffin and Quarter Pounder. Joe led Haggar Slacks into sports coats, suits, and young men’s and women’s apparel. He helped Whataburger introduce breakfast and desert, and he helped Taco Villa become the first Mexican fast food chain to serve breakfast. He has also worked with B. F. Goodrich Tires, Southwest Airlines, Hoover Appliances, KitchenAid Appliances, Braniff Airlines, the Terex division of General Motors, Pizza Hut, and Purina Mills.

Joe headed the team chosen by Stan Richards to transform his internationally known design studio into an Ad Agency. Then, Joe left to open his own agency, which became the most creative award-winning agency in Dallas, and consistently lead his clients to double-digit gains in sales. His work has appeared in the Communication Arts Annual, and hangs in the Advertising Hall of Fame. With all his awards, Joe says the hardest one to win was the Effy, awarded for marketing efficiency by the American Marketing Association. As a journalist, Joe has written speeches, press releases, and technical and training manuals. He’s been published in the Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, Texas Monthly, the Southwest Times Record, and countless newsletters.

In the 1980’s, Joe changed careers and moved to Nashville to work as a staff songwriter for Ed and Patsy Bruce, and soon became manager of the publishing company. Then, his production skills came to the fore on dozens of albums by stars like Mark Chesnutt, Kathy Mattea, Alabama, Restless Heart, and the soundtrack albums for the movies Eight Seconds and Something To Talk About. He earned a reputation as one of Music Row’s most passionate A & R Representatives with hits like Alabama’s smash Cheap Seats, and the title track on Restless Heart’s album entitled Matters of the Heart, while he worked at various jobs in A & R and Production for Capitol Records Nashville, MCA Records, Decca Records, Mercury Records, and Warner Music. During his tenure, Joe was associated with projects that resulted in sales of fifteen million units.

As a Songwriter, Joe wrote Honestly, which was selected to be included on the Multi-Platinum debut album release entitled Blue by Curb Records sensation LeAnn Rimes. Other songs that Joe has written have been included in Mark Chesnutt’s Platinum selling album entitled Almost Goodbye, in the Gold selling album Eight Seconds motion picture soundtrack, and in the Emmy Award winning TV shows All My Children, Hope & Faith, J.A.G. and West Wing. Joe also wrote Go Tell, a Grammy nominated Christmas favorite originally recorded by The Martins. Joe’s song entitled Count Your Blessing won the Dove Award for Country Song of The Year, and it has been recorded dozens of times.

His Gospel songs have appeared in six of the Gold and Platinum selling Bill Gaither Homecoming videos, as well as in various songbooks. Joe also co-wrote the title song of The Martins’ album entitled Windows. Other recording artists who have recorded his Gospel songs include Lordsong, Brian Free & Assurance, Karen Peck, The Cumberland Quartet, The Southern Brothers, Paid In Full, SoulReal and Gina Vera. Joe co-wrote, produced the music, and provided the voices for a line of toys. He has helped secure recording contract offers for up-and-coming artists, and he continues to be involved in artist development projects, while managing two music publishing companies. Joe has taught songwriting seminars in Canada and across the United States, served on the Nashville Songwriters Association International legislative committee, and coordinated their Thirty-Minute Mentor program.

Joe Johnston currently owns Joe Johnston Arts located in Nashville, where he writes songs, produces albums, and continues to manage several music publishing catalogs. Joe graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Advertising and Marketing. He is a Life Loyal member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He was a member of the Gamma Delta Chapter of Sigma Chi at Oklahoma State University, along with Richard Bridge and Rick Hesser. Joe serves as an outside marketing consultant for Rainy Day Records, and he is also in charge of the administration of publishing, where he coordinates all song pitching and song placement functions for the Rainy Day Records family of recording artists.

Joe has produced albums for Rainy Day Records recording artists, and he also serves as a songwriter, recording consultant and songwriting advisor. When a Hook needs to be fixed, a Chorus needs to be cured from an unknown illness, or a song needs to be saved from itself, or its songwriter, Joe is the person that Rainy Day Records relies on.

Rick Hesser - Senior Advisor for Artist Development & Marketing

Richard "Rick" Hesser graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. He is a Life Loyal member of Sigma Chi fraternity. Rick has over 30 years of business experience, primarily in the Securities Industry, but also in Marketing, Management and Administration. Rick serves as an outside consultant for Rainy Day Records, most specifically for artist development and marketing, but also for wholesale and retail product distribution.

Frank Myers - Producer and Recording Engineer

Frank Myers began his career as a performing musician, singer and songwriter. He first worked as a Producer and Recording Engineer at the recording studios for the legendary DECCA Records, in the early 1970's. He has amassed a long list of production and engineering credits over the past 35 years, and he continues to serve as a Recording Consultant, Producer and Recording Engineer for Rainy Day Records. Frank lives on his family farm, just outside of Montgomery, Alabama, where he also records and produces in his own recording studio.

Lizanne Knott and Glenn Barratt - A & R Repesentatives

Lizanne Knott is a gifted and talented Singer/Songwriter located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lizanne and her husband, Grammy Award winning Producer/Engineer Glenn Barratt, operate Morningstar Studios located in Spring House, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Lizanne and Glenn serve as A & R Representatives for Rainy Day Records, covering Pennsylvania and the surrounding area, most specifically Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, two cities that continue to be extremely fertile ground for bright young talent. Glenn Barratt previously served on the Board of Governors and is 2nd Vice President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), which is the music industry organization and governing body responsible for the annual selection and presentation of the Grammy Awards. Singer/Songwriter Lizanne Knott is also a recording artist for Rainy Day Records.

Johni Walker - A & R Representative

Johni Walker is a Drummer, Percussionist, and Musician located in Oklahoma City, and he has been a working and performing musician for more than 25 years. He was previously the drummer for Rainy Day Recording Artists, the "Sons of Servants" from Dallas, Texas. Johni serves as an A & R Representative for Rainy Day Records; covering Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico.

Steph Jaynes - A & R Representative

Steph Jaynes recently graduated from Oklahoma City University (OCU) with a degree in Entertainment Business. OCU has a storied reputation as one of the finest Music and Performing Arts Programs in the country, and is one of the few universities in the United States that offers a degree in Entertainment Business. Steph serves as an A & R Representative for Rainy Day Records; covering Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and Southern California, most specifically Los Angeles.

Dana McGovern - A & R Representative

Dana McGovern is an Independent Businessman and "Music Aficionado" located in Port Charlotte, Florida. He serves as an A & R Representative for Rainy Day Records; covering Southern Florida, most specifically Miami, and Puerto Rico. Dana is a native of Calais, Maine.

Damien Rockne - Graphic Artist and A & R Representative

Damien Rockne is a Singer/Songwriter, Musician, Music Producer and Recording Engineer located in Orlando, Florida. Damien currently works as a Graphic Artist and also serves as an A & R Representative for Rainy Day Records, covering Northern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Damien is the great-grandson of legendary college football coach, Knute Rockne.

London Bridge - College Intern and A & R Representative

London Bridge recently completed her sophomore year at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), located in Edmond, Oklahoma. She serves as an Intern for Rainy Day Records. London Bridge is Richard Bridge's niece.

Brian Kelley - College Intern and A & R Representative

Brian Kelley is a Junior at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in accounting. Brian plans to attend law school after graduation, with the intent of working in the field of entertainment law. Brian currently serves as an Intern for Rainy Day Records. He will also participate in the Summer Internship Program at the office in Los Angeles.