We are super excited about our new album titled
This Side of Heaven
Hear some samples below from the new album.
Rick Brandt Keith St John Michael Smith
Lenny Roberto Greg Patnode Brent Barker
New Band Line up for 2022 - This Side of Heaven
Bios in Alphabetical Order
Brent Barker is the guitarist for Desert Dragon, Book of Numbers, I Don’t Know- The Ultimate Ozzy Experience, and St. John. Brent also performs as a solo artist, producing a critically acclaimed instrumental album which also featured Chris Frazier (Steve Vai, Whitesnake, Foreigner) and Brad Lang (Y&T). The album was the only independent release to become the top ten most added to Heavy Metal format radio during it’s release period in the fall of 2018.
Brent’s guitar work on Book of Numbers “Magick” album released in 2021 on Pride and Joy Music has garnered praise throughout Europe including the largest print publication Rock Hard who proclaimed the album contains “Exquisite Guitar Solos”. Powerplay magazine describes the albums “fabulous guitar work”. You can follow Brent Barker at https://www.instagram.com/brentbarkermusic
Rick Brandt is a Los Angeles based musician originally from West Texas. Rick’s unending energy, classical training and eclectic tastes led him to explore other instruments and all genres of music. He has been fortunate enough to tour the entire continental North America many times as well as the rest of the world.
As a studio musician, Rick has recorded hundreds of tracks with some of the best fellow musicians. Rick’s work has won the “best new band” Gospel Music Award in 2003 playing electric guitar with the Gabe Martinez Band. He has filled in for Dan K. Brown (The Fixx) on bass. He has toured with Cy Curnin (singer of The Fixx) on cello.
Rick has also performed/recorded with Souhail Kasper (Grammy nominated Middle Eastern percussionist), Chaka Kahn, Sir Neville Marriner, Willie Nelson and friends, Kalen Chase (Korn, Vimic), Julie Andrews, Jane Monheit, Gary Mallabar (Steve Miller, Eddie Money,etc.), John Williams, and Weird Al Yankovic, just to name a few. One of Rick’s most memorable moments was playing cello on a televised show with Luciano Pavoratti on stage to a sold out crowd of 18,000 people.
In addition to writing commercial music for various tv and film, Rick is currently writing a few books for string quartet arrangements of modern and classic songs which will be published in the near future.
Greg Patnode is a Los Angeles based songwriter/guitar player and founder of the band Desert Dragon. He started playing guitar at an early age. While in several bands on the Sunset Strip he found a sound that people liked and incorporated it into his music. Songs “Save My World” won the award for Best Rock Song and “Darkness Shines” and “Miles Away” both landed on Billboard. Worked with Ron Nevison (Led Zeppelin), James (Jimbo) Barton (UFO, Queensryche), Ralph Patlin (Megadeth, MSG), Wyn Davis (Guns N’ Roses, Dokken) et al. Currentlyin the studio finalizing Desert Dragon’s album#4 titled “THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN”.
Lenny Roberto is a professional, seasoned drummer with a long list of rock credits including having played with Ronnie Montrose, Jack Russell, Doug Aldrich, Gilby Clarke, Nuno Bettencourt, Jeff Scott Soto, Oni Logan, Rowan Robertson, Teddy ‘Zig Zag’ Andreadis. Lenny ability to listen well to his fellow band mates in the heat of a jam and seamlessly drive the train anywhere it wants to go has made Lenny Roberto a favorite call within the west coast rock touring community.
Michael Smith is a Los Angeles based keyboardist whose passion is composing music and songwriting. In his first year of high school he landed the role of pianist in the school jazz band which created extensive opportunities throughout his three years in high school to lead his own band in performing at community functions. After receiving an AS degree in Electronics, he attended the Dick Grove School of Music for two years and completed extensive programs in Composing, Arranging and Film Scoring, studying with the top TV and Film composers working in Los Angeles. This led to working as an independent composer / arranger until his interest and involvement in songwriting eclipsed his composing. Since high school he has been active as a gigging musician accumulating a variety of diverse playing skills.
Keith St John
Desert Dragon vocalist St John is well known in the rock world for his time in Montrose, Lynch Mob, and currently, Kingdom Come, Burning Rain, and the Raiding the Rock Vault production on the Las Vegas strip. St John cowrote and coproduced the This Side of Heaven album with Patnode and Smith and considers this record to be "au natural and straight from the heart."