lead guitar, backing vocals, mandolin, piano
Greg Antista has a long history with The Lonely Streets guitarist Jessica Kaczmarek. The two met in the early 1990s when Steve Soto was booking bands and Greg was bartending at the fabled Orange County venue, Linda’s Doll Hut. During this period, Greg was touring and recording with Lisa Parker (4Gazm) and John Maurer (Social Distortion) in the high energy punk band Foxy.
“Jessica used to gig regularly at the Doll Hut with the rockabilly combo Russell Scott and the Red Hots,” recalls Antista. “I was always a huge fan of her playing and thought of her immediately when it came time to form The Lonely Streets.”
A fellow native of Southern California, Jessica is a multi-instrumentalist who has an especially all-encompassing command of the guitar, being proficient at Chicago blues, Stax-inspired soul, gypsy jazz, rockabilly, surf and rock.
She is endorsed by Gretsch Guitars (https://www.gretsch.com/guitarist/jessica-kaczmarek/).
“My mother is the reason I play music. She played piano and was a huge fan of the Beatles and the Everly Brothers. She would play their records around the house and sing to them all the time. I remember seeing Elvis Presley strum an acoustic on TV and everything about him was so cool. Later, I saw footage of Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire — literally and figuratively — at Monterey Pop and I’ve been hooked on the instrument ever since.”
Jessica’s depth and breadth of guitar heroes runs wide, taking in everyone from Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf to the Clash and the Jam, Blondie and the Pretenders to Billie Holiday and Otis Redding, Sam Butera and Louis Prima to Antônio Carlos Jobim and Stan Getz. She is primarily self-taught.