Band Bio

al·che·my - ˈalkəmē/ noun: alchemy  

The medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find a universal elixir.  

To us music is the universal elixir! R2 Alchemy formed in the fall of 2017 when drummer Gary Basgall and songwriter/guitarist Rick Lally hooked up and decided to try pulling together a band. Rick quickly mentioned and contacted fellow songwriter/guitarist and friend Ronnie Lamendola. Things started to happen. Shortly afterward bass player Jim Chastain was recruited and the foundation of the band was established. So now what do we name the band? Ronnie suggested R2 Alchemy. The R2 representing Ronnie and Rick. Alchemy representing the great chemistry added by our drummer and bassman.  

R2 Alchemy's first performance was to a crowded house at the Fence Stile Vineyard and Winery in Excelsior Springs, Missouri November 11th, 2017. The band is always working towards enhancing our sound, performance and set list. We are also beginning to include a few choice cover songs as well as inclusion of some of Jim Chastain's original songs. Our set list can fill up to 3 hours and we are always looking for good venues and opportunities to perform. 

We like to keep our music upbeat and positive!

R2 Alchemy January 2018 - Fence Stile Vineyard and Winery

R2 Alchemy January 2018 - Fence Stile Vineyard and Winery

Rick Lally - Guitars and vocals

As a Singer/Songwriter Rick has been writing songs for most of his life. He has performed solo or with the band 3 Bricks Shy for the last seven years. He has always worked at recording and writing songs, but it wasn't until his children were all grown up that he began to put more time and focus into his music. He is honored to be a part of the talented musicians involved with R2 Alchemy. He has always imagined what his songs could sound like when it's more than just guitar. R2 Alchemy helps mold each song from a blob of clay into a sculpture. Much of the R2 Alchemy set list includes Rick's songs. You can learn more about Rick at http://RickLally.com

Ronnie Lamendola - Guitars and vocals

Ronnie’s musical influences encompass a wide variety of music genres, from pop, rock, folk, alternative, reggae, R&B to classical material. Ronnie finds great appreciation and listening pleasure of all styles of music. Primarily self-taught on acoustic guitar, Ronnie was raised on the songwriting expertise of legendary artist and bands like Jim Croce, James Taylor, America, Jimmie Spheeris, Firefall, CS&N and Cat Stevens. Ronnie enjoys singing of life’s journey. His favorite contemporaries now include John Butler Trio, Iron and Wine, Jason Mraz, Jason Isbell, Dylan LeBlanc and Half Moon Run. Ronnie performs original material, with lead vocals and rhythmic acoustic 6- and 12-string guitar melodies. The band’s invitation to him was a great occasion to join a KC favorite Rick Lally’s talented and experienced tenure, including instrument aficionados Jim on bass and Gary on drums, providing an even more compelling musical dynamic to the original acoustic compositions by Ronnie Lamendola.

Gary Basgall - Drums

Gary comes from several generations of musicians and has been around music his entire life.  He grew up listening to a variety of music genre's from polkas to big bands, jazz, old and new country to 70's rock music and to just about everything in between.  His interest in drumming began at a very early age when he would ride along with his dad to his Saturday night gigs, sit behind him at his kit and just take it all in.  His formal education in music began in the early 60's and he has never stop learning.  He has played with several different bands spanning from the late 60's to now and considers it a privilege to join the talents of Rick, Ronnie, and Jim in R2 Alchemy.