JIM BROCK To call Jim Brock a "drummer" is practically a disservice. A master percussionist who uses an array of instruments, many he designed and built himself, Brock has proven himself a true original, while lending his rhythmic skills to a long list of top recording stars, in numerous genres. Brocks' credits over the years read like a who's who of contemporary Rock, Pop, Jazz and Country. A few highlights include such artists as Kathy Mattea, Janis Ian, Jimmy Buffet, Joan Baez, Joe Walsh, and Joe Cocker. Brock is not just a hired gun. Solo albums include LION SONG, a mix of Brazilian and African styles, PASAJES which features Mel Lewis and some of New York's finest Jazz musicians, TROPIC AFFAIR, nominated for independent Jazz record of 1990, and WHAT IS...WHAT WAS, with the Montuno Jazz Orchestra, a contender in the 1991 Grammy Awards for best contemporary Jazz recording, prove Brock is a committed musician with his own unique ideas and vision. BILL COOLEY A native of Santa Barbara, CA, Bill has been a stalwart Nashville veteran for over 20 years, called "one of Nashville's most respected sidemen" by Guitar Player magazine. After working with Merle Haggard in California in the early '80's, he moved to Nashville in 1985 and has toured and recorded with Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson and Hal Ketchum. Bill has played guitar for Kathy on stage and in the studio for the last 17 years. As a songwriter, he's had his songs recorded by Kathy and Reba, among others. Cooley's first CD, titled "Unravel'd," was released in 1997 and nominated for Instrumental Album of the Year at the Nashville Music Awards (he lost to Chet Atkins!) Music Row magazine called it "a magical gem of a guitar record," and Wood & Steel magazine said it was "a terrific acoustic guitar album - Unravel'd is satisfying in the way good music should be." Bill's second CD, "A Turn in the Road" was released in 2004. Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote "few guitarists cover as much musical ground as thoroughly as Bill Cooley does on his second solo disc." According to Minor 7th.com, "Cooley's forte is laying down any kind of groove with just his fingers and six steel strings." Bill will be a part of Kathy's upcoming COAL tour, as well as her Christmas tour. He also has plans to enter the studio soon and start work on his 3rd instrumental CD. TERRY WILSON Terry Wilson is an accomplished singer from the small town of Possum Trot, Kentucky, where she grew up playing piano and singing in her family’s gospel quartet. She lived in Lexington, KY for several years where she sang in the studio and in live performances. After moving to Nashville, Terry began singing in the studio for songwriters and artists such as Kathy Mattea, Danny O’Keefe, Dan Penn, and Shooter Jennings. Terry joined Kathy’s touring band in 1997, and continues to add her harmony to the annual Christmas shows. RICK BLACKWELL Born in Wichita Falls, TX, Rick Blackwell didn’t have to look far to find exposure to country music early in life: he grew up in a house across the alley from a tavern that featured country music, and he drifted off to sleep night after night listening to those sweet, sad sounds. After finishing his schooling in Charlotte, NC, he joined it’s vibrant music scene in a series of local bands, first working as a lead vocalist, then finding his niche as an in-demand bass player. His bands have opened shows for such notables as David Sanborn, Ramsey Lewis, Dave Brubeck, and Rick Springfield. The mid-90’s saw Rick on the road as a touring musician, first with acclaimed folk singer Janis Ian, followed by a stint with actress/singer Crystal Bernard. His work and friendship with fellow Charlotte musician, drummer Jim Brock, has led him to become one of the newest members Kathy Mattea’s touring band for the 2002-2003 concert season. RANDY LEAGO Randy Leago is one of the most creative and in-demand musicians in Nashville. His career has been marked by performances, tours and recordings with a wide range of artists; country giants such as Rodney Crowell, Deana Carter, Waylon Jennings and Dixie Chicks;pop music legends such as Janis Ian, Duane Eddy and Engelbert Humperdinck, and rockers like Lucinda Williams, Amy Rigby and Guster. He is currently multi-instrumentalist with Kathy Mattea, singing and playing a large collection of keyboards and woodwinds. Randy has performed on stage and television throughout the USA, Canada, Asia, Europe and South America. He moved to Nashville in 1988, after study of woodwinds, piano and voice at the prestigious music school of the University of North Texas. His passion for exotic rhythm and the music of Brasil is evident on his self-produced CD LET THEM TALK. Instead of golf or a bass boat, he passes his time studying Portuguese and learning traditional Brasilian musical instruments. Gemini, on the cusp with Cancer. EAMONN O'ROURKE Eamonn O'Rourke was born in County Donegal, Ireland. He grew up in a very musical family and took an interest to music at a very young age. Eamonn plays bass, guitar, violin, and mandolin. He began his professional career in his late teens, playing with small, local irish bands. Eamonn moved to New York in 1993 to further his musical career. Since moving to the United States he has had wonderful opportunities. Eamonn has worked with a wide variety of artists throughout the United States and Canada. He was given the chance to study with the great Mark O'Connor. He has also had a successful career as a session musician. Eamonn has enjoyed producing and composing numerous albums in his studio on Long Island. In 2002 Eamonn was given the wonderful opportunity to join Kathy Mattea. He is delighted to rejoin Kathy and her band, as a musician and friend, as she embarks on her new acoustic tour.
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