Billy Creason – Front Man/Guitar
Billy was formerly with The Hard Time Band, Swamp Donkey,and Stage Coach. You may have even seen him on Nashville Star and American Idol.
Chris Ferrell – Lead Guitar Chris began playing guitar when he was 5 years old and has been playing ever since. He is a versatile guitarist and lists his influences as Robert Johnson, Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ricky Scaggs, Jimi Hendrix,Eric Clapton,B.B.King,Eddie Van Halen and Chet Atkins. Chris has been playing in clubs since he was 14 years old. Before landing with DAM-FI-NO, he has played with such bands as Night Horse,Rough Cut,Reflections,Chill Factor, Split Decision, Stoneman’s Raid and Dirty Surprise.
Vernon Jordan – drums Vernon is a 25+ year veteran of the local music scene with such bands as Diamonds, The East Coast Rivieras, Electric Horsemen, and Hurricane Willie.
Rocky Smith-Piano,Mandolin, Banjo, Vocals
Rocky began playing drums with his Grandpa’s gospel group at the early age of (3) three and soon was playing everything he touched. After many years of traveling both nationally and regionally he has settled in Greensboro, NC. Rocky says,”I am really excited to be a part of the DamFiNo family.” Rocky spent several years and still works with the Legendary Easter Brothers. He also spent time at Mercury Records in Nashville,TN. Locally you may remember seeing Rocky with Hurricane Willie, and Rough Cut
Donald Kuhns – : Bass Guitar, double bass, Violin, Vocals
Started playing keyboards at age 8. Held a job as Church Organist at age 13. Began playing bass at age 14 (also in church). Started performing in clubs at age 14. Had performed with Ed Shaughnessy (drummer for Doc Severinsen and the “Tonight Show”), Michael W. Smith, and recorded an album by age 17. Born in Martinsburg, W.va./ Grew up playing Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Fusion.Majored in music at Shepherd College for two years before transferring to Elon College. Has performed in a number of popular variety bands spanning the East Coast over the past 27 years while living in North Carolina. Excited to perform with the musicians of “DAMFINO” and get back to his roots in music.
– born and raised on ‘The Rock’ as the youngest girl in a family of 14 siblings. In this east coast, family environment, growing up meant learning values, hard work, worship and the love of music, to last for a life time.
Into Adult Life, Evelyn
has performed on Radio, Television and in non-commercial Videos. She has performed extensively in Southern Ontario, most regions of Canada, military bases CFB Borden and CFB Petawawa, Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee. Venue performances have been as a ‘solo featured guest’ with various entertainers and bands or she has headlined accompanied by her own Country Rail Band.
Evelyn’s Trademark ‘I Saw Patsy Cline’ Tribute Show continues to be an intricate part of her performances although there is a closer similarity to Connie Smith and Patty Loveless. But the ‘voice’ will always be unmistakeably be that is Evelyn.
Evelyn is currently out supporting the upcoming Fall 2011 release of her self produced CD ‘Love Busted’ recorded at Music Sound Masters. All songs are original by a variety of Canadian and US song writers and recorded to her own vocal styling. A special thanks to Steve Piticco, Don Reed, Doug Johnson, Al Brisco, Roly Platt, Albert MacDonald and the many others who made this happen. In addition Evelyn’s single of ‘There Would Be No Christmas Without You’ a J.P. Hebert song aka ‘Doc Layne’, released by Christie Enterprise Publishing enjoys continued demand each Christmas on many Canadian Country Stations.
what they are saying…….
“marvellous voice and thanks for the great job on Patsy’s songs” Charlie Dicks
“Connie Smith in a whole new package” George Hamilton IV
“someone you would really want to take one of your songs and go with it” JK Gulley
“this gal can sing” Jimmy Lee Morris
submitted by M. Emonts
Keyla Reed was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas which she continues to call home. Her parents and grandparents live in the Northwest Arkansas area. She is the oldest of three siblings.
Music has always run in her family. Keyla’s mother and father were in a gospel group before she was born and Keyla has grown up singing in church. Her family has kept a cassette tape of her singing “Jesus Loves Me” at the age of two. At the age of nine, Keyla joined 4-H in which she competed in and won talent contests both locally and on the state level as she got older.
In junior high and high school, in the town of Gravette, Keyla was a member of both of the school choirs. She played starring roles in several music programs and took voice lessons beginning her junior year with a focus on opera. Keyla spent most of her weekends competing in talent contests across Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. At the age of seventeen, Keyla won the Benton County Fair Talent Contest, was a top five finalist in the Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair Talent Contest and was awarded the Barbara Mashburn Foundation Scholarship for music. Keyla was the Arkansas State 4-H Song Leader and competed and won the honor of singing the National Anthem at the 4-H National Congress in Memphis, Tennessee. At eighteen she won the Vocal Division of the Arkansas State Fair Talent Contest in Little Rock. She received full scholarships for music at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas in Monticello, majoring in vocal performance with a focus in opera. Even with her background in opera, her heart has always been in country music.
Keyla married her husband Tommy, a police officer for the Fayetteville Police Department, in July of 2000. Keyla has two sons, Cody, 9 and Connor, 3. At the age of 3, Cody was diagnosed with Aspergers Autism. Keyla’s focus for several years has been finding treatment for her oldest son and caring for her youngest.
Throughout the years, Keyla has continued to perform locally. She is currently the lead singer in a country rock band, ‘Forgetting Last Friday’, which performs in Northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas. Keyla’s ambition has always been to have a career in country music.
“After working with some of the most successful artists over the last 30 years, [see bio] it is always a pleasure to meet a young artist that could also become one of them. I meet Keyla Reed through an artist I previously produced, which resulted in a label signing. He was very excited about her talent and very pro active in my taking a meeting with her. He was right.
Formed in Salt Lake City in November of 2009 Parchman Farm Freedom Riders is a blues rock quartet. We began writing together in February on 2010 not really knowing what to expect, but confident that the four of us would work very well together and form a very tight family unit. With influences such as Gov’t Mule, The Derek Trucks Band, Eric Clapton, Blues Traveler, guitar greats SRV and Robin Trower to name a few we hoped that we could create music that would be both original and exciting, paying homage to our influences, but always staying independent and free to explore. We have released one studio album, Day of Reckoning, and just finished recording a live album. We are scheduled to begin recording our second studio album by January of 2012. We are having a great time writing, performing live, and growing as a band. We are seeking a management company and are very excited to take the next steps to continue our progress. Music is our true love, and we are on a fantastic journey.