It’s Just About The Music …..A Few Words With The Forty Nineteens


I enjoy giving time and space to Bands that have been at this for awhile. Great history , maybe its maturity , maybe its having some roots in no bullshit cities like Pittsburgh and Detroit, maybe its because they just want to make great tunes like so many bands that have come before them, regardless of the reason, rank these guys up there with some of my other hometown heroes , The Iron City House Rockers, The Silencers and The Cynics, now that your getting the idea, give a listen and learn a little from guys who know what this is all about…..The Music!

A Few Words With The Forty Nineteens

Hi our name is….
The Forty Nineteens

And our sound might be best described as….

Pop/Roots Rock/Americana

We are……

John Pozza bass/vox

Chuck Gorian guitar

Chris Whelton guitar/keys

Nick Zeigler drums/vox

We are originally from…..

John -Detroit

Nick -Pittsburgh
Chris -Hollis NH
Chuck is the only Californian, an Orange County punk by way of Hemet CA

The first time we met was…..

John and Nick met while playing in The Leonards in ’89, I met John at The Palomino in North Hollywood to get an audition tape, Jerry Lee Lewis was playing. That club rocked!
In those days, we were fortunate enough to play CBGB’s, The Electric Banana in PGH, and others. Fun times.
John, Chris and Chuck met in court….more on that later.

We knew we were going to be a Band when………

When the band started writing material rather than just playing cover songs.

Before starting the band we were employed as…….

Lawyers, I (Nick) am the only non-lawyer though I’ve played one on TV.

I currently work in Set Lighting for TV and movies.

Our craziest gig ever was….

There were several, some included pulled hammies, crutches, and heating pads, but the craziest in a fun sense was opening for The Fleshtones at Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown. It was our first real big show. Those guys are legends to us, and super nice guys. The last real CBGB band that I can think of. John was walking on tables playing bass, Chris wound up wearing a pitcher of beer after he tried to walk on a table that gave way. The people that lost their pitcher were cool about it, they’ve never seen a pitcher fly so far, and bought him a round. Chuck was happy to be out in a movie set western desert town, all he needed was a ten gallon hat. Thank goodness there wasn’t a wagon wheel chandelier in reach, because I am sure he would have tried to swing from it. I had no choice but to watch it all from my drumset.

The first song we wrote was…….

‘Out of Time’ from No Expiration Date

It’s about……

Chris just split from his wife when he penned it, a nod to the Gin Blossoms. We gave it the Forty Nineteens good time treatment, specifically Producer Dave Newton’s Beatles vocal influence. For dealing with such a serious topic, is actually an upbeat tune musically.

What we are currently listening to….

Nick: The Winning Numbers ‘Are Back’

John: Graham Parker and the Rumor ‘Live in SF.’

Chuck: The Clash, ‘Give em Enough Rope’

Chris: Queens of The Stone Age

A few albums we could never part with….

John: The Romantics: National Breakout

Chuck: Dead Kennedy’s: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

Chris: The Allman Bros: Live at Filmore East

Nick: The Specials: The Specials

For fun we like to…..

John: Tends his chickens and garden

Chris: run ironmans

Chuck: run tough mudders

Nick: WWII Marine aviation history.

The one thing we want you to remember while your listening to us……

Our motto: “Everyone needs some time off for good behavior”


new recordings

from us in 2014….

The Forty Nineteens.Com

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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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