“The Bet”

The side of Same Side Booth Sitters started for one reason and one reason only…to win a bet!

On January 5 2013, while watching the Cincinnati Bengals lose an embarrassing first round playoff game to San Diego, we got far too drunk for our own good and somehow came up with this crowning achievement of a bet: If we can write a 3 song country ep and sell 1200 copies within 3 months of the album release date, our dear friend David Congrove Jr. MUST get a tattoo of Nicholas Cage (becoming Ghost Rider) tattooed on his upper inner thigh!

This is the tattoo:

Nicholas Cage Tattoo

Same Side Booth Sitters Tattoo

In a moment of drunken brilliance, I grabbed a bar napkin and wrote out the details of the bet with a crayon and had it signed by 3 witnesses:

Same Side Booth Sitters Contract

Written in crayon on a bar napkin

[Translated: “If I can write a country album that sells 1200 copies, David Congrove Jr. must tattoo Nicholas Cage and Ghostrider on his upper inner thigh (location subject to change)(Must be at least 5 inches tall) (Must be sold in 3 months from album release) – signed Jeff Gehlert, David Congrove, Jon Avila]

This is Dave:


Dave is a stand-up dude with a heart of gold, but has one MAJOR flaw…his passionate, un-dying love for the film Ghost Rider!  In case you’ve never seen it, Ghost Rider makes No Holds Barred look like Citizen Kane!

Dave assumed the album would never see the light of day since Jeff was generally not a fan of country music……Dave was wrong!  Jeff’s writing partner and musical muse, Nick Myers, had been dying to write a country album and already had drafts for several tracks. Nick and Jeff came together in their studio in downtown Columbus, Ohio and pumped out a 3 track epic (I’m using the word epic very loosely.)  It’s gritty and unapologetic…like John Wayne in “The Searchers” or Lucas Barton in “The Wizard”.

After releasing the 3 track EP, they decided a full album was a must.  The next 2 years were busy as the duo spent the majority of the time composing music for films, commercials, and other artists…but in January 2017, they released their debut LP titled “Weathered Past”.


“Weathered Past” – Debut LP from Same Side Booth Sitters (released January 2017)

This album has been described as, “an infectious, melodic hybrid of Country, Rock, Pop, and Delta Blues.”


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