2010 - Band
Two Sioux City musicians, Johnnie Bolin and John Bartle formed a band in Des Moines called “The Penetrators.” Both had moved back to Iowa after living and performing in New York City and as far away as.
The band moved to Minneapolis and signed with the Arthur Alexander Agency and was playing full time. Bartle met guitar playing singer Rob Forest , who was with the “Cavaliers” and later snatched Max Padilla, singer and bassist, from “Headstone.” The group DVC was completed with the addition of songwriter, manager, CBS representative Eric Holtze. It was Holtze who landed them a record deal with Japanese-American label ALFA.
DVC in Latin stands for Deligentis Vis Cellirita or, in English: accuracy, power and speed.
The band recorded two albums at Triad Studios in Des Moines with Tommy Tucker engineering. The first LP was on regular rotation on several stations throughout the country and ended up selling more than 40,000 copies in the end.
The band toured extensively with such bands as Molly Hatchet, Little Feat, Survivor and Edgar Winter. They played New York City with Def Leppard and Blackfoot at the Palladium. Both DVC LPs featured Johnnie’s brother Tommy Bolin’s songs “Teaser” and “Post Toastee.” All of the other songs were composed by Bartle, Forest and Holtze.
The label folded before the second album was released. However since it had been recorded and mixed independently, it will be released this summer, 2010. Bartle and Bolin returned to Sioux City and, in 1994, released the record “Some Like It Cold,” with their a new band on the Antipreneur label.
Currently Bartle and Bolin are playing dates in the five-state area with the Bartle and Bolin Blues Band. Bartle continues producing and also fine art oil painting. Bolin is still recording and touring with Jim Dandy’s Black Oak Arkansas. He is involved with the world's only rock orchestra “Rockestra” in Sioux City and playing with Tommy Bolin tribute bands.
Max Padilla has been doing some playing with violinist Robby Steinheart from the band “ Kansas .” Rob Forest is a pro bowler and occasionally plays with a Beatles tribute band. All four members of the band feel honored to be inducted into the IRRMA Hall of Fame with the Class of 2010.