The independent admiration of great musicianship and vocals is what drove Bad Candy to be formed in Colorado back in 2008 playing the classic songs from the 60’s & 70’s.
The band consists of Mark Yoakam, guitar, vocals, Jeff Golden guitar, vocals, Rick Pappano bass, vocals and Chris Stongle drums, percussion, vocals.
Honoring their music heroes like the Eagles, James Taylor, the Beatles, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Eric Clapton, Mayer Hawthorne, Nickel Creek, and amazing vocal bands are who inspired them to perform the classic songs they grew up with. They are accomplished musicians as individuals, but as a group the magic and cohesiveness draws the audience in.
What began as an incredibly talented acoustic music group, Bad Candy stood out from all the rest with their “bad” ass vocals. In 2019, the “baddest” version of themselves emerged adding drummer and vocalist, Chris Stongle to the mix.
Rick, Mark, Jeff and Chris have over 50 years combined experience in the music industry. A truly versatile group in all genres of musical styles with vocals and harmonies that sets them apart.
It is the passion for good music that drives Bad Candy to bring you the best experience in music with intricate harmonies and complex musicianship, playing classic rock, bluegrass, country, blues, and R&B.
Rick grew up Indiana and was hooked as many us were when the Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan show. He got his first guitar when he turned ten and was in a band soon after. He switched to bass since he was told he was the tallest and most bass players are? He learned his chops listening to everything from the Allman Brothers to Tower of Power. Moving to Colorado in the 70’s is what really exposed him to gigging every week in funk bands to country in the Urban Cowboy days. Rick and his bands have opened up for Orleans, Loretta Lynn, The Bellamy Brothers and many more. He prides himself on just playing what is necessary for the song and locking the best groove and pocket with the band.
Jeff started playing guitar as a youngster and all the older guys would say “you’re a great guitar player, especially for your age”. Now that he’s been playing for over fifty years people are saying it again, “you’re a great guitar player, especially for your age”. Jeff is a Denver native and has played with many popular and successful bands and some of the best musicians in the country. An extremely versatile guitarist, Jeff has played nearly every style of music over the years and has been honored with multiple awards from the Colorado country music community. The award that is most special to him is the one from his family. That is the Lifetime Achievement Award for NOT playing the accordion in the house (or anywhere else).
Mark has been playing guitar since he was ten years old. Growing up in southern California, Mark was exposed to music at an early age by his Mother who is a classical musician. Mark, like many of his contemporaries, sights the Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan show as a major turning point in his life. "From there on I knew what I wanted to do." Joining his first band at twelve to play school dances. In highschool, he was playing six nights a week in clubs. Many band gigs followed, along with session work. In 1999, after the decline of session work and live work in Los Angeles, Mark moved to Colorado not really knowing if there was a music scene or not. It was not long before he was once again picking up live work around town. Considered a world class musician, when Mark shows up he comes to play.
Chris has been one of the most highly requested “First Call” Drummers for both studio and stage for many of Colorado’s top, legendary bands and artists for the past 40 years because of his diverse skill playing all styles of music. A few recognizable artists who he’s played with include Hazel Miller, Chris Daniels and the Kings, Big Head Todd, Richie Furay, John McCuen & Jimmy Ibbotsen from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jim Ratts & Runaway Express, Timothy P, Baxter Black, Jon Chandler, Flash Cadillac and the list goes on. In 2017, Chris had the once in a lifetime opportunity to play with some of the top music artists in music business which included Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Joe Walsh, John Oates, Richie Furay, Kenny Passerelli, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, JohnnySwim, Michael Martin Murphy, and the one and only Garth Brooks. The concert was performed to a sold-out crowd of over 20,000 at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater and can be experienced currently on AXS TV....it’s called Rocky Mountain Way. It’s an honor to play in Bad Candy with Rick, Mark & Jeff! These gentlemen are amazing musicians and friends! It’s a rare opportunity to have both in a situation like this and I would say that I am truly blessed!