Lee Roy Parnell is part of a long line of Texas roots-music eclectics and is among the elite few who can be identified as a triple threat. An ace guitarist, as well as a distinctive singer, and hit songwriter, his music runs the gamut of diversity. Combining the influences of Blue-Eyed Soul, Delta Blues, Road House Rock, Southern Boogie, Texas Swing, and Gospel, Parnell’s sound defies conventional classification. He draws from a broad range of musical sources and combines them with seamless dexterity and, unlike many other hard-to-pigeonhole artists, Parnell has enjoyed a run of success on the country and blues charts. He reflects, “I am a writer, guitarist, vocalist & a performer. Every skill set feeds the next. I’ve never been able to separate one from the other. It all starts with the song and when writing I’ve found that nothing is stronger than the truth. It is from that wellspring that my singing and playing are born…performing, too. My goal is to keep it honest and let the listener feel what I’m feeling. No matter our different walks in life I believe that most of us experience similar emotions. I’m tapping into you as much as you are tapping into me.”
From the start of his career through today, Parnell has approached all aspects of his life with a keen sense of protecting his integrity. He offers, “The people I most respect and relate to musically or in life have been people who stood up for what they believe in and stuck to their guns, no matter what. I guess I’m what could be considered a ‘lifer’ and in it for the long haul. I’m still growing and developing with every year, every album, every song. I am what I am because of what I have experienced and survived. What tomorrow brings will be as much a surprise to me as whoever is reading this. Mine has not been a fast nor an easy walk, but I wouldn’t change it. I am who I am today because of every road I’ve traveled. Anybody who knows me well will tell you that.”
The Cleverlys are a one-of-a-kind comedy/music blend coming from the
remote part of the Ozark Mountains, near Cane Spur, Arkansas.
Digger Cleverly, along with his nephews Ricky Lloyd, Sock, DVD and Cub, make up The Cleverlys. They have traveled the globe, if the globe only consisted of the United States, performing at music venues and some of the nation’s largest festivals like Stagecoach, Telluride, CMA Music Fest and even the Grand Ole Opry.
The New York Times wrote, “If Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, and Spinal Tap spawned a litter of puppies, it would be the Cleverlys.”
Don’t be fooled by this faux-family band – they are all accomplished musicians putting their unique bluegrass spin on cover songs from any genre. The Cleverlys’ set list includes genius arrangements of tunes like Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” a medley of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” and Flo Rida’s “Low” that recently went viral on Facebook, with over 11 million views from a local TV appearance.
Rolling Stone Magazine says Digger’s “out-of-date eyeglasses are as thick as his hillbilly accent, but whose comic sensibilities are a hilariously off-kilter hybrid of Homer & Jethro and The Office.”
Straight from the jumping nightclubs of Memphis’ famous Beale Street, it’s Brandon Cunning rocking the great sounds of Memphis. Burning Rockabilly, Sizzling R&B and foot stopping early Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Memphis, Tennessee gave birth to an entirely new genre of music and Brandon Cunning rips through the greatest and most recognizable artists such as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and many more!
But Brandon Cunning isn’t just the hottest act in the land, it’s also a music history lesson in action! An experienced entertainer, radio disc jockey and co-owner of the Memphis based tour company, Rockabilly Rides, Brandon Cunning knows, lives and breathes the Memphis sound, bringing the audience along on a ride they’ll never forget.
The voice, the look, the moves, and the history to back it all up. Brandon Cunning delivers the goods.
Gales picked up the guitar at age four. His older siblings, Eugene, and Manuel (Little Jimmy King), taught him songs and licks when he was young, in the style of Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, B.B. King and others. In 1985, the young Gales began to play at blues competitions with his brother Eugene backing him on bass. Although Gales plays a right-handed guitar “upside-down” (with the bass E string on the bottom), he is not naturally left-handed; he was taught by his brother, who is left-handed, and never second-guessed the untraditional technique.
In late 1990, Eric and Eugene Gales signed with Elektra Records, and together with the drummer, Hubert Crawford released The Eric Gales Band (1991) and Picture of a Thousand Faces (1993). Guitar World magazine’s Reader’s Poll named Eric the “Best New Talent”, in 1991. During this time he had two rock radio hits, “Sign of the Storm” (number 9, U.S. Mainstream Rock) and “Paralyzed” (number 31, U.S. Mainstream Rock) and had spots on television programs such as The Arsenio Hall Show.
In 1994, Gales performed with Carlos Santana at Woodstock ’94. In 1995, Gales teamed up with both of his brothers to record an album, Left Hand Brand (released in 1996), as the Gales Brothers. In 2001 Gales released his album That’s What I Am on MCA Records.
Gales has released the albums Crystal Vision, The Psychedelic Underground,The Story of My Life and Layin’ Down the Blues on the Shrapnel Records label. Relentless (2010) was followed by Transformation (2011) and Live (2012).
In 2004, he contributed a cover of “May This Be Love” to the album Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix. In 2008, he and other guitarists participated in the touring tribute to Jimi Hendrix, Experience Hendrix. The touring group of musicians included Billy Cox, Eric Johnson, Chris Layton, Doyle Bramhall II, Brad Whitford and Mitch Mitchell (it was the last tour that Mitchell played on).
In the winter of 2010, Gales returned to the touring circuit in Europe with TM Stevens on bass guitar and Keith LeBlanc on drums. The tour was billed as VooDoo Chile and featured works of Jimi Hendrix as well as original material from both Gales and Stevens.
In February 2013, Magna Carta Records released the album Pinnick Gales Pridgen, produced by Mike Varney and featuring Gales on guitar and vocals, Doug Pinnick on bass and vocals, and Thomas Pridgen on drums. The 13-track album featured one cover song, “Sunshine of Your Love”, originally by Cream, one short instrumental based on Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Für Elise”, and the remaining songs written by some combination of Pinnick, Gales, Pridgen, and Varney. The follow-up album, PGP2, was released in July 2014.
In 2017, Gales released his fifteenth studio effort, Middle of the Road, featuring numerous artists, including Gary Clark Jr., Lauryn Hill and others, as well as his own brother and mother. The album became his first to chart on Billboard’s Top Blues Album chart, peaking at No. 4. On May 9, 2019, he won the Blues Music Award for ‘Blues Rock Artist of the Year’. In his acceptance speech, he said he was celebrating three years of sobriety.
Cody Slaughter has been tagged as one of the most talented, young Elvis Tribute Artist’s in the country. Born and raised in Harrison, Arkansas, gateway to the beautiful Ozark Mountains, Cody Slaughter began entertaining at the young age of 13. A true Southern boy, Cody’s true passion for Elvis’ music and memory has directed his career path.
Cody has performed all across the country as well as in many theaters in Branson, MO, such as Tony Roi’s Elvis Experience, Legends In Concert, 50’s At The Hop and The Liverpool Legends as well as in Pigeon Forge, TN where Cody was the featured entertainer at The Tennessee Shindig for over a year at the young age of 17. Cody also appeared on MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16”. Slaughter has been performing at special events, corporate functions, and entertainment venues throughout the United States. His uncanny portrayal of Elvis Presley exhibits his amazing love for who he calls, “the greatest entertainer of all time”.
“My greatest joy is when I am paying tribute to Elvis and his music and trying to keep his spirit alive with his fans” Cody Slaughter June 2010.
Among some of Cody’s most exciting accolades were winning The People’s Choice Award during Elvis Week 2008. In July of 2011, at the Las Vegas Elvis Fest, Cody received The Horizon Award for best new Elvis Tribute Artist. The award was given on the same stage where Elvis made history at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Representing Tupelo, Mississippi (Home of Elvis’ Birthplace) Cody was named the ‘Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist’ by Elvis Presley Enterprises’ in Memphis TN during Elvis Tribute Week 2011’.
Cody then took on the roll of Elvis Presley in the national tour of the Tony award winning hit theatrical production ‘The Million Dollar Quartet’. Cody has just been nominated as best featured actor in a musical for his role. For his 3rd straight year Cody stared in the Elvis Birthday Tribute Tour honoring Elvis 78th Birthday throughout January of 2013. In February Cody appeared as the musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS television at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. Both Elvis and Cody were both the same age when they appeared on that very stage.
Cody Slaughter, the 24 year old singing sensation, has the raw talent and passion that Elvis himself exhibited when he first started. Excited fans have crowned Cody the new ‘Price of Rock and Roll’. Visit https://www.codyrayslaughter.com/
The Zyndall Raney Band, was created from the members of the “Jeannie & The Guys” Band after the untimely passing of Jeannie Hendrix, the Bands drummer and Namesake, earlier this year. These members bring years of on-stage experience to a new level and hope to continue the tradition of “Jeannie & The Guys” in providing quality entertainment.
Zyndall Raney, a veteran keyboard player and vocalist, who inherited his father Wayne Raney’s musical talent and his legendary recording studio. Raney grew up in the music business and is the owner and president of the Raney Recording Studio. He has provided piano and vocal support on numerous recording sessions for artists whose records he has produced at Raney Studios. He is also an experienced recording engineer.
(Wayne Raney of Arkansas was a nationally known country music star and harmonica player best known for recording and touring with the Delmore Brothers and for his radio programs that were broadcast on powerful stations in the 1930s and 1940s.)
Doug Greeno, who has played in Jackson County night spots since the 1950s, is a featured vocalist with the Zyndall Raney Band. Greeno was a member of the King’s Four, a band that played at Bob King’s Capri Club in Swifton in the 1960s. He worked with Sonny Burgess and the Sun Rhythm section on a Smithsonian documentary about rock’s roots.
Other members include Marcus Grady, lead guitar and vocals; Bill Lewis, bass guitar, and Donna Lewis, vocals; Mike Gio, drums; and vocalist Bill Davis who dresses as a popular 1950s Memphis rock-and-roller.
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