The Southern Experience Band is the North Carolina based Southern/Country Rock band formed by JT Fitch, Scott Sanders, Ron Humphries, and Jon Humphries (Nikao Wallace replaced Jon Humphries on drums when Jon joined the US Marines). Their eclectic tastes and desire to be challenged have propelled them to create a fresh and energetic musical experience. The stories told are based on real observations of life in the south. The bands live performances are fun and engaging. The icing on the performance cake is very tight four part harmonies. With an almost 100% call back rate the band has been proven to be an Experience that people want to see again.
Southern Experience Band has performed from Columbia, SC to Nashville TN. Gigs have included The Art of Sound Music Festival in Shelby, NC, The Fabulous 4th Festival in Columbus NC, The Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC for the Extreme Makeover Home Edition Wrap Party, Kings Mountain Fire Department's annual BBQ Festival, and Mill Street Live in Inman SC. They have also played for numerous clubs and private parties including Frat Parties and for the Booze Fighters Motorcycle Club's annual gathering.
Their self penned song, "Southern Experience" expresses the band's view on what it means to be southern and their audience interactive song, ''Pennies In A Mason Jar", was written from an actual experience that allows one to realize that we can be successful one minute and literally lose everything the next........to live off of those "Pennies In A Mason Jar". Due to these stressful economic times that we live in, we need to evaluate what is important and rely on a more simple way of life.....A way of life where family, community, and hard work stands for something.
"The Southern Experience Band" has been supportive in several charitable organizations. Their video for the song "Fight The Fight" was featured on the Outdoor Channel, "Huntin' The World Southern Style", as a tribute to our military. For several years, the band has performed for the Wounded Warrior Project. "The Southern Experience Band" has actively supported the "Make A Wish Foundation" by performing at fund raising events and through donations. The band is honored to have been named The Charlotte Music Awards 2013 Country Music Band of the Year for the Carolinas.
Scott Sanders - Pursuing his passion for music, Scott Sanders continues to "stick" to his "southern roots" that have been an instrumental part of this country boy's life. Born and raised in the small town of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, Scott embraced his musical talents at an early age. As lead singer for "The Southern Experience Band," Scott displays his diversity through songwriting, playing acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica and keyboards. His onstage performance is riveted with energy and audience engagement.
Nikao Wallace - Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Nikao Wallace has always been inspired by music. His love for various genres of music provided him the opportunity to perform with several national recording artists including Mark Wood of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, jazz guitarist Calvin Edwards, and Christian singer/songwriter Kyle Matthews. In 2012, Nikao joined "The Southern Experience Band" as a drummer, and he has been an inspiration through his dedication to the "vision" of the band and his songwriting abilities.
JT Fitch - A little bit country and a little bit rock 'n roll describes lead guitarist and background vocalist, JT Fitch. Born in Shelby, North Carolina, he prides himself on being a "boy from the backwoods" who, by the age of 4, began playing drums and developed a love for music. As one of the songwriters for "The Southern Experience Band", JT is able to integrate his perspective through his music and lyrics.
Ron Humphries - A Shelby, North Carolina native, Ron Humphries is a "true southern soul". Growing up on a chicken farm, some would say he was "born with a guitar in his hand". His talent landed him several opportunities to work with Artimus Pyle (former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer), Steve Gunner (currently with Creedence Clearwater Revisited), John Daniel Coe (Nashville session vocalist), country music artist Patty Loveless, and Billy Scott and the Georgia Prophets. As bass player, background vocalist and songwriter, Ron's diversity and experience brings a unique perspective to "The Southern Experience Band".