Hasch says they have been able to write a compelling song list to this point that covers a number of different sounds that keep the soul of blues at the center.

Doug Hasch has wanted to get a band together for quite some time. He says that every time he has tried to in the past, it wouldn’t come together. Whether it be because of distance apart or not having the desire to make original music, he wasn’t able to make it work. Starting in 2018, his luck has changed. Toward the end of 2017, Hasch began reaching out to different local musicians to try and pull something together. Piece by piece, he was able to get a full group together and by January, Bonafide was together and writing music. 

The band consists of Hasch on guitar and vocals, Brian Herzog on keyboard and vocals, Paul O’Neal on bass and vocals, and Mike Costello on drums. Hasch says they have been able to write a compelling song list to this point that covers a number of different sounds that keep the soul of blues at the center. He says Costello was the initial influencer on helping him, and eventually the rest of the band, come to terms with this sound. 

Herzog, who has played with Hasch in prior projects, was intrigued by the premise of writing originals, which helped him decide to join. He says that the group aims to create a live atmosphere free of stress that helps to create a more enjoyable playing experience. 

“I thought it sounded like a fun idea and a chance to make some good music,” Herzog said.

One of the key features that the band wants to showcase is its focus on playing only original songs. They hope that, with enough exposure, their songs will become well known in the area and warrant their own requests from the audience. They hope to have an album out within the year and to start playing warm up shows in the Ozark Amphitheatre. 

“We all have a taste of the Amphitheatre through our individual music experiences and want to go back,” Hasch said.  

Herzog says that Hasch’s guitar work on the work they’ve created always ends up having a hint of blues at the center. He says the band tries to balance out each of their flavors into each song.

Hasch sees the band’s blues inspiration as a good base to work with. Because they want to incorporate so many different sounds and elements to the music, he thinks each show will bring something for all kinds of listeners. 

Hasch says that every show they play will bring something original, professional, and fresh. With an intricate weave of slide guitar, keys, harmonica, and more, he says listeners will be entertained. With so many bands around focussing on covers, Hasch says you won't hear anything else like Bonafide on the lake. 

“All of the guys have contributed to this to tweak our sound into something new,” Hasch said. “Putting it all together has taken this to another level.”