Meet the Performers
101st Airborne Division Band
Located in the Heart of the South, we are the 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagle" US Army Band. It is our privilege and honor to serve as professional soldier musicians, to deploy overseas along with our fellow soldiers instilling pride, esprit, and upholding our fine military tradition. We serve as musical ambassadors to foster morale and goodwill amongst our troops, coalition forces, as well as our community. Dating back over 230 years to the Revolutionary War, band members have always been an important part of the U.S. Army. The Army Band's mission concerns troop morale first and foremost. With assignments around the world, whether deployed or in garrison, Bandsmen offer a unique role in the military serving as a bridge between civilians and service-members. In garrison, we remind citizens of the Army's past: those that fell for their country and those that brought the country to a new era. As deployed bandsmen, our mission is to help our fellow service-members relax for a few hours, to remember how it feels to be home, and hopefully to enjoy an evening with live music performed by professional musicians!
Andy Brasher Band
After returning to Kentucky, Andy released his first full length original album, “Crows and Buzzards” in 2007. Locally and even back in Nashville, the album was received well and now the demand for Andy to play his original music at shows had outweighed the requests for cover material. “Crows and Buzzards” began to sell online across the country and even overseas. As the music spread, requests came in for a tour. In the time following the release of “Crows and Buzzards”, Andy made his way along the east coast and throughout the south playing bars, dives, campgrounds, festivals, coffee houses and street corners. In 2009, Andy and friend Dustin Bogue recorded ten of their songs and made an album and formed Brasher/Bogue. Brasher/Bogue started as a duet, but became a five piece band and started their touring career on Kenny Chesney's 2011 “Goin Coastal” tour. Years later, Brasher/Bogue has produced three albums of material, played large festivals and venues all over the U.S., and supported many top name national acts. In 2015, Andy refocused on a solo career, taking some time off from Brasher/Bogue and putting together a new incarnation of the Andy Brasher Band to play favorites from the Brasher/Bogue catalog as well as old and new Andy Brasher songs. Andy's songs have been featured in film and media productions. Andy's songs can also be heard on terrestrial, satellite and internet radio stations all across the US. With Brasher/Bogue and solo, Andy has performed concerts in support of many national acts including, Kid Rock, Kenny Chesney, Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels Band and more... Andy has headlined shows all over the US and even internationally. Andy is a frequent guest at many songwriter festivals here in the US, including the Frank Brown International Songwriter's Fest and Key West Songwriter's Fest.
- 2007- “Crows and Buzzards” - Andy Brasher
- 2009- “The Brasher/Bogue Project” - Brasher/Bogue
- 2010- “Last of Our Kind” - Andy Brasher
- 2012- “By God: Part One” -Brasher/Bogue
- 2012- “By God” Part Two” -Brasher/Bogue
Arnie & Eleanor
Two California ex-patriots who grew up in the time of Rock and Roll, the Bop, the Vietnam War, Flower Children and Folk Songs. Eleanor is a retired Registered Nurse who moved to Kentucky in 2000 to be near her daughter and granddaughters. Arnie is a retired School Administrator who moved here in 2010 after the loss of his beloved wife of 39 years to be near his daughter, son in-law and two grandchildren. They met one night through mutual music lovers and soon discovered a common love for telling tales through song. Their songs are sometimes familiar and representative of those we all know and love. Some are representative of the turbulent 1960’s and 1970’s The majority are original words and melodies that express current and universal viewpoints to celebrate the adventure of life and to protest the ever-present failings and injustices of the human condition in the hopes that, through music, thoughtful contemplation can bring forth solutions.
Bethany, a southern Indiana native, has been known to deliver her original folk music to anyone who lends an ear. Beginning as a middle schooler, Bethany has truly lived a musical life. With heart-felt lyrics, a simple six string, and a voice that soars, she hopes to take you back to your roots—when the music was good and the love was plenty. Much of her tunes nod to natural inspiration or life experience, and her covers bring new life to popular songs. After the completion of her second CD, What I Remember, she anticipates performing more in the local area and beyond.
Beyond Blu is a four piece electric blues band
Carrie Lyn & The String Getup
Three piece KY string band playing Americana, bluegrass, honky tonk, and blues. Carrie Lyn Houtchen, Eric Houtchen, and Jason Morris aka ‘Japhy Ryder’
Chloe is an acoustic, bohemian singer/songwriter whose vocal style and powerful lyrics captivate the struggle between hope and despair in a broken world. During her childhood, Chloe grew up in a small town in Kentucky. As a child, she played guitar and enjoyed singing as a hobby, but did not start pursuing music until she was 16 years old. During the summer of 2015, Chloe had the privilege of recording her first EP titled Ducks in a Row under producer, Tony Mantor. At Hilltop Studio in Nashville, Tennessee Chloe worked with session musicians such as T Wild, William Ellis, Shane Keister, Duncan Mullins, and Michael Spriggs, to bring her previously written songs to life.
Corduroy Orbison is an Evansville-based duo that performs eccentric music across the rock history spectrum, from Buddy Holly and Muddy Waters to Outkast and The White Stripes. The band features David Davis on acoustic guitar, percussion, and vocals and Zach Evans on lead guitar, lap steel, mandolin and harmonica.
My songs tell a story with rhyme and are mainly about my life experiences. Even though I grew up in a "dirt poor" environment where the only "running water" we had was when I ran back from the well with a pail of water, I have good memories of my childhood where a person's worth was not measured in wealth, but in their willingness to do hard work and in the amount of sacrifice they were willing to do out of love for the well being of the family. I could never just sit down and write a "hit" song without any motivation. My love and drive for song writing is not monetary. It comes from my desire to express my thoughts and feelings with others. My reward is in knowing that I have done that.
Pounding the pavement, three words that best describe artist/producer/engineer/dj Franklin Embry AKA Beatz By The Blizz. In 1998, Embry took his stance behind the turntables and began perfecting the craft of being the life of the parties, the dj. By 2001 he had already became one of the main dj booked for all venues in the surrounding areas. Also, around this time is when his love for music took him down a completely different path he had always had an interest in. During the fall of 2001, Basshead Ent. was created, along with a partner and fellow artist Jason Newton. In 2004 Embry took some time off to step his game up behind the scenes of music and enrolled at Full Sail, and earned a degree in Recording Arts. In 2005, he took his degree and applied it to the real world where he began working at Omni Sound Studios in Nashville. Although the information gained while working there helped him to become the producer and engineer he is now, the void for hip-hop was something that couldn’t be filled. He immediately moved back to Owensboro, and took over where he had left off. Soon after, Basshead mixtapes were flooded throughout the streets and clubs creating a buzz that led up to the disk that cemented Basshead into the talk among the regional hip-hop scene, Industry Takeover. After years of running Basshead Ent. and Franklin Embry Studios, Embry decided it was time to start working on some solo material. Taking influence from his musical hero Rick Rubin he started blending genres. With a fusion Hip Hop, Rock, Country, and EDM, Embry discovered his sound. In 2014 Embry released his debut album "Bourbon Broads and Beats". That same year he began to tour with Average Joe's recording artists Twang And Round. Embry is currently in the studio working on his 2nd album "Bourbon For Breakfast."
Singer/Songwriter Hayley Payne is a Kentucky native who got bitten by the "performance bug" at age 10 when she decided to try out for her local Texaco Country Showdown® competition in Owensboro, Kentucky. Despite being the youngest performer among some very stiff competition, Hayley surprised the crowd and the judges and came in second place. Since then she has worked tirelessly to be the best performer and songwriter possible, so that she can achieve her goal of one day being a recording artist and entertainer. Over the 6 years since her Texaco Country Showdown® performance, Hayley has racked up a number of live performances in her hometown area, including shows at the Kentucky Opry, the Battle for The Big "O" Music Festival, and Live on the Banks in Owensboro, Kentucky, where she got to perform alongside Miss Kentucky, Ramsey Carpenter. In 2013, Hayley was the winner of the Junior Division & People's Choice award in the Kentucky Opry Talent Search. In 2015, she won two awards: the Josie Show/Country Blast Radio Song of the Year (Young Adult) award for her song Twitter This, and the award for the Ferdinand Folk Fest Singer-Songwriter Competition (Under 18 Category). The Nashville Songwriter’s Association International (NSAI) recently listed Hayley as “One to Watch”. At only 16 years of age, Hayley has already made quite a few achievements and is well on her way to achieving that goal of being a professional entertainer. With an ever-growing fan base from live performances and social media, Hayley shows no signs of slowing down. And with her entertaining live performances, an "always cheerful" personality, and talent to boot, this young performer has nothing but time and potential ahead of her, and just the right blend of ambition and moxie to take her as far as she wants to go.
Heath & Molly
Heath & Molly are an American Folk-Rock duo from Rumsey, Kentucky. The duo is comprised of husband and wife Heath & Molly Eric.
Heath & Molly blend vocals, acoustic guitars, and various percussion to create a homegrown, original, roots music experience with the sonic value of a much larger ensemble. They perform an average of 150 shows each year across the USA and Europe. They are listed in the Kentucky Arts Council’s prestigious Performing Arts Directory.
Jed is an Acoustic performer and is also the lead Guitarist & Vocalist for his band "SweetWater" since 2011. He has been performing for over 35 years and continues to thrive as a Musician. His dynamic voice and guitar picking has been heard throughout Southern Indiana and Kentucky at many venues and festivals.
Mike Wheeler has toured internationally as a singer-songwriter and bluegrass musician with Crying Wolf, Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass, and Gold Town, collaborating with members of Pokey LaFarge, Hackensaw Boys, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, and many others along the way. 2017 marks Wheeler's solo debut with Sunbeams All Twisted-- a mostly stripped-down acoustic disc of Mike's trademark lyric-heavy Americana numbers-- exploring transience, heartache, death, and redemption. The 7-song EP features some accompaniment from award-winning fiddler, George Jackson, and Vermont pedal steel giant, Brett Lanier. It's a personal, folky offering, both gritty and precise, pulled from a deeper catalogue that includes old school honky tonk, haunted blues, alt-country rockers, and high and lonesome bluegrass. The native Vermonter has lived in Montreal, Key West, Georgia, and Nashville, but currently calls Kentucky home. In recent years, he's performed at ROMP, Maverick Festival (UK), Dark Songs, Aiken Bluegrass Festival, Frendly Gathering, IBMA: World of Bluegrass, Steelbridge Songfest, Folk Alliance International, and in countless clubs, pubs, and dives.
Tour dates at mike-wheeler.net/shows
Millie & Tyler
Millie and Tyler are both students at Daviess County High School, who have enjoyed playing music together for five years. They started playing together at Pleasant Valley Community Church when they were in middle school, and began their professional journey at The Creme in 2013. They implement many eclectic artists into their set such as Adele and Otis Redding, and also several original songs.Facebook.com/Millie-Tyler-Music-771966389534197
Muddy Gutt Blues Band
Muddygutt is a blues artist from the river bottoms of Maceo Ky, his brand of blues shares a kinship with the Hill Country Blues of Mississippi. He has played from Chicago to Clarksdale and plays regularly in Louisville, Cincinnati and Evansville.
Born and raised in South Florida, Ray Ligon has made Kentucky his home. His Dad got him his first guitar at the age of 13 and he taught himself to play. He also learned from many other musicians over the years. He has a variety of musical influences which shows in the music he writes and performs. Right out of high school, Ray joined the US Army and served for six years. In addition to being stationed in the states, he also spent time in Korea and Germany. Having moved around quite a bit in the military and civilian life, it took several years for Ray to blend all his experiences and different influences. Country music is what finally felt like home. Now at home with his own unique sound and soaring voice, Ray has become a talent unmatched. Fully realizing where the gift comes from, Ray does his best to pay it forward and share what he loves to do the most. Sing. He has opened for a number of headlining artists to include Loretta Lynn, John Berry and Tracy Lawrence. Many other events and occasions gave Ray the opportunity to share what he loves to do. Ray is a member of the “Kentucky Country Music Association”, (KCMA). In 2015 he won “Male Entertainer of the Year”, “Male Vocalist of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year” in his category, Male Adult, 50 and over, New Country. This allowed him to compete at the national/international level in the “North America Country Music Associations, International. (NACMAI). In the same category he won “Male Entertainer of the Year” and “Male Vocalist of the Year”. Ray feels very strongly that his dream of performing full time is just around the corner. With the help and encouragement of family, many friends and an ever growing fan base, Ray is well on the way to fulfilling his dream.
Roy Kyle and the Hot Rod Cruisers
Roy Kyle and The Hot Rod Cruisers, based out of western Kentucky, entertain audiences with a broad spectrum of music, including rock n roll, Motown, oldies, and blues. The band consists of three professional stage veterans, each with multiple years of experience, who have all been performing at one type of venue or another since their teenage years. Each member adds a different element based on his influences. And with three vocalists, The Hot Rod Cruisers are able to cover a large variety of songs. The song list includes music from the 50s through the 70s, covering all your favorites. Over the years, “The Cruisers” have played venues such as Riverpark Center, The Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown, The Merle Travis Music Hall, The Everly Brothers Cruise In, Corydon Live, multiple fairs, festivals, receptions, and nightclubs.
Samuel Flinn Acoustic
Sam Flinn, 28, is a singer/songwriter. He grew up in Hancock County and has been playing guitar for about ten years. His musical influences are definitely southern and classic rock, as well as alternative rock.
Shawn Brashear is a music performer out of Owensboro, KY. With a sound that is spawned from a colorful fusion of many types of musical styles such as, Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Soul, Jazz, and Classic Rock. His live performances use a Looper to take popular songs and make them, uniquely, his own in combination with a wide and versatile vocal range. His goal as a musician is to constantly evolve creatively.
At the age of only 13, Skylar Cain of Philpot, KY is already a multi award-winning performer. In 2013 she won the KY state finals of the Texaco Country Showdown, was voted Bluegrass Female Vocalist as well as Entertainer of the year at the TN/GA Country & Gospel Music Awards in Nashville, and finished first in the Aspire to Stardom competition in Clarksville, TN. Skylar has a stage presence with the vocal “chops” of a seasoned professional and can entertain a crowd like no other. She has a wide variety of musical influences that shine through on the stage. She can belt out the blues with the best of them, dance like a pop star, and give you chills with her powerful bluegrass renditions. She also enjoys songwriting, playing the fiddle, and participating in various sports.
The Amazing Soul Crackers
The Amazing Soul Crackers have been entertaining audiences since 2007 with electrifying Blues and Classic Rock standards delivered with a presence that can only come from their passion and dedication to the art. Consisting of Guitarist Tommy Stillwell, Bassist Jon Rochner and Drummer Jimmy Cummings, The Amazing Soul Crackers will fill the stage with sound that is sure to please any music lover.
The Fabulous Rodenberg Boys
- Carl Rodenberg: Keyboard and vocal
- Mike Rodenberg: Bass and backup vocal
- Danny Erkman: Drummer and vocal
- Erick Scales: Sax, clarinet, keyboard
Carl Rodenberg has been playing professionally since 1964 in highschool and has performed with bands that have opened for many national acts thru the years such as: Elvin Bishop, Three Dog Night, Dr. Hook, The Guess Who, Grass Roots to name a few. Over the years Carl also has been a part of some of the Tri-States most popular bands including: The Rogues Blues Band in the late 60's during his Brescia College years, to Blues 4 U and Stillwell Rodenberg and co. in the 90's till today.
Mike Rodenberg started playing electric bass in the late 60’s performing with various local country, bluegrass, rock and jazz bands. Within the last 10 years Mike has taken up playing the upright bass that has complimented his brother Carl’s style of playing.
Danny Erkman has been playing drums professionally for most of his life. He has played with bands that have opened for artists such as: M.C. Light, Tanya Tucker, The Diamonds, Jim Ed Brown, Buddy Guy, The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Erick Scales has many years of experience in music and has performed with house bands that have accompanied big name artist such as: The Temptations, The 4 Tops, Wayne Newton, Bob Hope, The Platters, The Coasters.
Genre of Music:
Jazz, Blues, Rock and including original music written by Carl Rodenberg.
Music repertoire cover’s song’s by: Van Morrison, Tom Waits, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles, Leonard Cohen, Delbert McClinton, Billy Joel, Marc Cohn, Randy Newman, Stevie Wonder and others.
We are an Evansville area band that plays cover and original music. We are a trio who plays music that would best be categorized as Alt Country or Americana. Though much of what we cover is firmly footed in Honky Tonk, we play a wide variety of what we call, "music worth listening to." Here is a list of some of the artists we cover: Buck, Elvis Costello, AC/DC, Albert King, The Black Crowes, Wilco, Jackson Browne, BR-549, Hank III, Johnny Horton, Conway, Graham Parsons, Waylon, Arc Angels, The Eagles, Buddy Holly, Glenn Campbell, Dwight, Mavericks, Willie Nelson, Keb Mo, Little Feat, Neil Diamond, Lyle Lovett, Black Keys, Faron Young, Roger Miller, The Traveling Willburys, Tom Petty, The Derailers, Southern Culture On The Skids, Justin Townes Earl, Johnny Cash, Paul Simon, Ryan Adams, North Mississippi Allstars, Deke Dickerson, Elvis Presley, Steve Miller, and Flock Of Seagulls. Some of these are covered close to the original versions, some are very much our own interpretations. As far as our originals go, we are pretty much influenced by the above artists (well, maybe not so much Flock Of Seagulls), which is why we cover them.
The Music: Alyssa & Chuck
Alyssa & Chuck’s repertoire consists of our renditions of classic Americana, country, folk, blues, and 50’s-60’s rock. Alyssa (Roby) grew up singing at Goldie’s Opryhouse beginning at age 3, and was a featured performer at Goldie’s until Goldie retired. Alyssa has been one of the headliners at Goldie’s Reunion shows the past three New Year’s Eves at the Riverpark Center. She is currently a headliner at the Americana Opry held in Owensboro and Powderly, KY. Now, at age 28, she is quite an accomplished vocalist. Chuck accompanies her on guitar, dulcimer, and harmonica. He is also the 2012 Kentucky State Mountain Dulcimer champion and finished tied for 6thplace at the national competition held in Winfield, Kansas that same year. They duo has performed at venues throughout the area such as Live on the Banks, Picking in the Park, The Crème, River Pointe, FA5, Maloney’s Pizza and Wings, Downtown Date Night, Fetta's Pizza, Biker’s Night, Owensboro Farmer’s Market, Preservation Station, Oakwood, The Covered Wagon, Blue Heron Winery, Oasis Southwest Grill, The Miller House, Rocky Point, CYO Brewing, Owensboro Acoustic Unplugged Concert Series, Bluegrass On The Banks, Immaculate Fall Festival, and The Pour Haus.
Tom Small plays acoustic gigs in Evansville and the surrounding Tri-State cities. He’s played in this area for the past 15 years now. Tom Small plays classic rock and roll tunes such as CCR, Dylan, Bad Company, Cougar, The Beatles, James Taylor, etc. Tom Small also plays some classic country and is available for most any type of gig. He has played weddings, parties, with mostly wineries in the warm months, eateries and small clubs, taverns and bars.
You can contact Tom through his Facebook page at facebook.com/GuitarManTomSmall
Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves
Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves play old time country music and newly written songs from the Appalachian mountains. Tyler and Sam’s programs feature fiddle and banjo hoedowns, close mountain harmonies, stories of all kinds, Carter Family-inspired autoharp and guitar, country gospel songs, lonesome ballads and flatfoot dancing. As a duo, Sam and Tyler also perform contemporary songs that tell stories from today's Appalachia, which can be heard on Sam's critically acclaimed album Ain't We Brothers. Tyler and Sam have performed at many venues throughout the eastern United States and on programs such as West Virginia Public Radio's Mountain Stage and Lexington, Kentucky's Red Barn Radio (broadcast on Kentucky Educational Television). Their debut record as a duo will be released in June 2017.
The Owensboro Acoustic Jam
The Owensboro Acoustic Jam was started in April of 2014, by the wife of a local musician whom had mentioned to her that jamming with other musicians can be pure magic. She started a Facebook group on a whim, as way for local musicians (of all skill levels) to meet at a predetermined time and place to create music and magic. This is music the way it was meant to be heard… free of earbuds and outlets. An ongoing effort to gather local musicians that may not have a chance otherwise to play with other musicians, and speak the universal language of music.
The Honey Vines
The Honey Vines are an acoustic blend of intertwining harmonies with a sweet truth embedded in their own material. The singer-songwriter duo consists of Melanie Bozsa and Andrea Wirth. With influences that range from folk to blues to acoustic rock, The Honey Vines lie under the Americana umbrella. In February of 2015, The Honey Vines celebrated their first release with 2 singles, “To the Moon and Back,” written by Bozsa, and “Sunday Morning,” written by Wirth. They are currently in the studio recording a full-length album and just released a new single track in October called “Pray.” For more information on The Honey Vines, visit www.thehoneyvines.com.
Troubadours of Divine Bliss
International recording artists, Troubadours of Divine Bliss, an award-winning duo from Kentucky of female harmonies, accordion and guitar voted "Best Folk Band" in New Orleans & Louisville, KY. They have performed across America, Canada and Europe. Their music weaves in and out of genres...it's AmericanaSpirit, AcousticVaudeville, GypsyBluegrass, SoulFolk with harmonies "soft as Spanish Moss and Smooth as Kentucky Bourbon."
Troy Miller is a seasoned acoustic musician hailing from Evansville, Indiana where he is a celebrated hometown singer/songwriter. Troy has been playing and singing nearly all of his life. At the tender age of 8 years old, he grabbed a guitar and played in open tuning.
Chuck Berry is the reason why Troy wanted to play the guitar and Elvis Presley was used as an incentive to pick up sticks in the yard. He loved Elvis so much his parents told him that if he picked up all the sticks in the yard, Elvis might land his plane there. He picked up a lot of sticks. When he was 10 years old, he bought a guitar for five dollars from a used car lot and taught himself how to play chords. He hasn't put a guitar down since and he quit picking up sticks.
Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard were his influences to become a singer/songwriter and he now looks to Southern Culture on the Skids to remember that music is supposed to be fun. Entertaining professionally since the age of 18 in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, Troy has played over 4,000 shows in venues from coffee houses to the 12,500 seat Memorial Coliseum. He plays his large repertoire of Americana roots, blues, country, rock and original music to a loyal army of fans in the Tri-State area and has packed venues with captivated audiences.
Troy's unique booming voice, reminiscent of Waylon Jennings and Tom Waits, coupled with his passionate guitar playing, give birth to his soulstirring, high-energy stage show that leaves people yearning for more. His dynamic performances and his gift for connecting with a wide range of audiences have earned Troy several awards from News4U including People's Choice, Best Male Vocalist, Best Guitarist, and Best Performer. He's been featured in numerous magazines such as Evansville Living and Thunder Roads.
Wildman & Randy
Wildman and Randy Lanham are a regionally touring Bluegrass, Classic Country and Folk Rock act from Owensboro, Kentucky. They have played 2000+ shows throughout the region. Wildman and Randy have been entertaining crowds for almost a decade with their highly energetic sound. Fiddle player, Randy Lanham, has toured with country acts including Wade Hayes, Tanya Tucker, Clay Walker and Tracy Lawrence.
At just 13 years old, singer/songwriter/entertainer Skylar Cain already has the vocal chops and stage presence of a seasoned professional. She has wowed audiences throughout Kentucky, Tennesee, Indiana, and Georgia over the last two years with her powerful pitch perfect vocals.
Jeff "Wildman" Hardesty, also a local singer-songwriter has brought his highly energetic acoustic guitar playing to the mix creating the duo “WildSky”.