JIM BROCK by mifei


									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.

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

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.
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 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 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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