JOHNNY RILEY from Groveton, Texas (Vocals, Lead Guitar, Harp, and various other instruments). Johnny Riley’s music is influenced by both Gospel music and Mississippi blues with a Texas twang and some “Outlaw” influences. Johnny Riley has an unforgettable soulful voice which he can use like a field holler if need be.During his show he plays lead guitar and adds a large dose of Harmonica to the mix. Johnny Riley`s music is strongly influenced by both his Mississippi and Texas roots. Johnny’s mother was from Clarksdale, MS. Johnny’s father was a Holiness preacher from Texas.
Influences: B. B. King, Howlin Wolf, George Jones, Credence Clearwater Revival, and ZZ Top.
Performing BLUES, COUNTRY, OUTLAW BLUES, ROCK, and CONTEMPORARY BLUES Johnny Riley performs high energy shows from a catalog of highly acclaimed original music and from a list of over 200 cover songs. Performing Solo, Duo, or with a full Band. Johnny is comfortable and at home performing an entertaining show for his fans in any size of audience or venue giving them the show they want. Johnny has played all over the South West US in countless tours.
Huey’s – Memphis, TN
HardHeads – Crystal Beach, FL
Ground Zero – Clarksdale, MS
Buddy Guy’s Legends, Chicago, Illinois
Brother’s Lounge, Cleveland, Ohio
Red Brick Tavern, Conroe, Texas
Cypress Saloon, Cypress, Texas
Caravan of Music Festival, Clarksdale, MS
Midnight Jamboree Grand Ole Opry Show, Nashville, TN with Hall of Fame Inductee and Grammy Nominated Songwriter Glen Douglas Tubb.
Smokin On the Pecos, Artesia, New Mexico
Houston Astros Stadium, Houston, Texas performing National Anthem
Johnny Riley Opening Act for: Country Music Legend Gene Watson, Rock & Roll and Country Music star Billy Joe Royal and in December, 2011 with Grammy Award winner David Bell.
The Johnny Riley Band is a favorite in Mississippi Casinos; Harlow’s Greenville, MS, Sam’s Town, Tunica, MS Hollywood Casino, Tunica, MS and Tunica Resorts, Tunica, MS
South by Southwest Festival, Austin, Texas
Port Author Crab Festival, Port Author, Texas
The Wounded Warriors, Crystal Beach, Texas
Seth Hill (Thunder Fingers): Bass Guitarist & backing vocalist. Being born and raised just outside of Atlanta, GA, music was as much a natural part of life as water and air. He was introduced to gospel and classical piano by his mother, jazz and big band by his sister, and rock’n roll by his father. However, it was another sound that struck the chords of Seth’s heartstrings – A raw sound, where the soul is stripped of all it’s jewelry… The Blues! It was an introduction to John Entwistle and Stuart Hamm that proved the Bass Guitar to be an important and integral instrument.
Starting with jams and sitting in with anyone and everyone, in 2017, Seth pulled up his boots and Georgia roots by becoming a resident of the birthplace of the blues, Clarksdale, Mississippi. “With high goals and the drive to achieve them like any professional player, I only use good gear and will never show up unprepared”! As well as playing music professionally, there is an overwhelming desire to learn lutherie. Properly understanding one`s instrument only helps advance one’s skill. Bass guitars, coffee, and cigars!
Tim “Boneyard” Qualls was the youngest in a musical family heavily influenced by gospel, country, and bluegrass music. His Granddad on his Mother’s side played banjo and fiddle, his Dad played piano, organ, guitar, and sang. Both his brothers were multi instrumentalists. Boneyard started out on piano at age 5 but once he saw Ringo Starr on The Ed Sullivan Show it was all over! He began his professional musical journey playing in local bars around southern Oklahoma at 14 years old & by the time he was out of high school, drumming had become his full-time occupation.
During his career, Boneyard has toured and opened for acts such as; The Grass Roots, Chubby Checker, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Delbert McClinton, Joel Sonnier, Keith Whitley, T-Graham Brown, Wayne Toups, Sammy Kershaw, and Buddy Guy just to mention a few from his 50 year career.
Boneyard didn’t get the blues in his veins until he moved to Abbeville, Louisiana in 1979 and once immersed, he couldn’t get enough.
“Blues is something you live, eat, and breathe. It’s the very essence of life, what’s at the core of every good and bad feeling you have.
The Blues is just… well, life!” ~Boneyard Qualls