Who's who - A portrait of a person who is part of your community

By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
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Name: Vic Yeakle Occupation: Musician (retired truck mechanic) Age: 62 Family: Wife Barbara, daughters Sheila and Leisha City of residence: Newcastle. How would you describe yourself? “I like doing the radio show, playing music…entertainment. I like putting music together, and I write a little bit.” How did you get started in music? “I probably got my first guitar when I was about 14. It only had three strings on it, and I hammered away on those and drove everyone nuts until I got a full set and could play a chord. I built a guitar in woodshop in high school.” Were you able to continue building guitars? “Right out of high school I worked for the Mosrite Guitar Company. They supplied guitars to a lot of the surf bands in the ’60s. I painted a double-neck guitar for Joe Maphis.” Do you still build guitars? “I have a line of guitars called VictorY Guitars. They’re unique in that you turn them on and play them. They have an amplifier built in and all kinds of sound effects and distortion. This particular model has been five years in production. There’s a lot of technology that’s gone in them.” What made you build guitars with amplifiers and speakers in them? “At bluegrass events, the banjos are always so loud you can’t hear the guitars play. I’m still working to make them lighter. The neck is maple, but the body is fiberglass.” Are you in a band? “I’ve been in a band for 20 years or so, called Country Nuggets. We recently did a show for the Shriners Hospital, but I’m going more single shows.” How would you describe your music? “Country, country rock and some later rock. Good dance music, toe-tappin’ kind of thing. Nothing past the ’70s.” Where do you play? “I have a Fourth of July show to do in Cool. I have another one coming up at Auburn Lake Trails. I’ve done a lot of work with the Shriners. They do a really good job, and they’re a worthy cause. I also play at Old Town Pizza in Auburn and maybe if all goes well, in Lincoln, too. They give me a pizza and a pitcher of beer. Eating pizza, drinking beer and playing music. You can’t beat that.” What radio show are you on? “I’m on once a month at 9 a.m. Sunday morning. Sometimes I’m on as Loyce Smallwood’s guest, and sometimes I do it by myself. It’s on KAHI 950 AM. Do you do private events as well? “Yes. I do weddings and any place people get together and have a good time. I can come in and do a show pretty economically. I usually just charge $35 per hour with a two-hour minimum. They can call me at 645-1031.”