DeWitt-Bath Review

An April Wedding “Thank you” card
Published October 14, 2007
[ From DeWitt-Bath Review ]

Life Support maintains DeWitt’s rock pulse

Staff Writer

DEWITT — “Play Free Bird!”

It is perhaps the most clichéd thing to ever yell at a cover band. But as musician Ricky Nalett
can attest, it happens. A lot.”Each night. Every night,” said Nalett, referring to the popular
rock song by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

It’s just another day for Life Support, the Dewitt-based cover band for whom Nalett
plays keyboard. It seems to be everywhere these days — the DeWitt Ox Roast and the
Car-Cruise-in, to name a couple of events — and despite its fair share of challenges
over its nine-year history, the band doesn’t show signs of slowing down.The key members
of the group consist of Nikki Zeeb Fowler on lead vocals, Nalett on keyboards and vocals,
Gary Pryor on guitar and vocals, and Bobby Gardner on drums and vocals. The quartet
plays at bars and restaurants across the Lansing area, but its primary focus is weddings
and corporate events.The band has made a name for itself because of its flexibility.

“Our musical repertoire is a little bit of everything. We can do a whole entire gig of nothing
but old jazz standards, or a whole entire gig of all rock bands, and everything in between –
Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra to Janis Joplin, Journey,” said Fowler. “One of our fortes we do
that a lot of bands can’t do is if someone requests a song we can almost pull it out…While
a lot of bands do the same 40 songs every night, we are able to adjust on the fly, ”
said Nalett. Usually, if there is a song the band isn’t familiar with, it will at least give it
a shot, said Fowler. “We’ll pretty much try anything. Everybody in the band is a talented
enough player that we can pull things out and sight read and usually pull things off pretty
darn good,” said Fowler. How do they do it? Practice, practice, practice. The members
have over 100 years of combined experience. Nalett and Fowler have been performing
with one another even before the band came together, logging at least a thousand gigs
together. Nalett has been doing music all of his life. He started when he was 15 and has
never looked back.”It’s only difficult because you are self employed to start with. The budget
in Lansing, especially in area bars, has not changed in 20 years. The crowds have become
more complacent. That’s why we gear ourselves more towards the corporate parties, the
weddings, and stuff. You just keep plugging away. You don’t have a choice really.I could work
at McDonald’s, but I lack the necessary skills for that,” he said, laughing.Life Support harbors
no great aspirations to be famous stars.”We would have to be younger and single and at
a point in life where we would be willing to pack up and move to New York and LA or
something and we’re just not. It’s never been my thing. I’ve got the family and the kids.
I don’t desire that kind of lifestyle,” said Fowler.Nalett also runs a recording studio, L.A.
Productions, out of his home in DeWitt. He has recently put out an album of original piano
music called, “Healing Horizons,” a follow-up to his first solo piano recording, “Vermilion
Sunsets.” These, along with Nalett and Fowler’s “Nikki and Ricky Christmas CD” and
“Try It, You’ll Like It,” are available for purchase through the band’s Web site at

More information about the band and upcoming gigs can also be found at the Web site.

Life Support’s brush with fame –
Below is a list of the star names Life Support, either as a band or a member of the band, has either opened for or had an “interesting” brush with fame with:

Black Oak Ark
Grass Roots
Uriah Heep
The Verve Pipe
Melissa Manchester
Faith Hill
Jefferson Starship (with and without Grace Slick)
Florance Henderson
Jefferey Osborne
Roberta Flack
Mitch Ryder
Ronnie Montrose
The Association
Aaron Tippin
Rare Earth (original band)

Some “fun” wedding quotes!

“It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon”

Married couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without talking.
Chinese Proverb

There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.
Martin Luther

Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.
Mark Twain

Successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
German Greer

There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.

The woman cries before the wedding and the man after.
Polish Proverb

Marriage is a three ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, and suffering.

When a woman steals your husband, there is no better revenge than to let her keep him.

The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.
Henry Youngman

One good husband is worth two good wives; for the scarcer things are, the more they are valued.
Benjamin Franklin