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The Johnny Wood Band / Bio

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Johnny Wood-Vocals, Guitar

Johnny has been writing and playing since his teenage years. He has played in venues from Baltimore Md. to Nashville, Tenn. He has a laidback sound and sings from the heart.

Jeff Lacy-Drums
Jeff started playing drums as soon as he could pick up a pair of sticks. He grew up with a much older brother who was a drummer in a rock 'n roll band. Jeff joined the school band in the fifth grade and for a time in high school juggled marching band and playing football. Jeff played in a number of different "garage" bands growing up. After high school he went to work at Newport News Shipyard, raced dirt track cars, got married and started a family. Jeff shared his love of music and percussion with his family, his nephew played percussion in the middle and high school bands, and in a few garage bands as well. As his son grew up he followed, playing percussion through middle school and high school band. Even after the kids graduated from high school, Jeff stayed involved with music education working with a group of band parents producing a local Drum Corp International.

Christopher Lee Richister – Bass Guitarist
Chris was born in a small town in South Carolina. Chris’ two major influences for learning to play an instrument were his parents and his Aunt Emma Kelly, also known as “The Woman of 6,000 Songs.” At the age of 6, Chris was introduced to his first bass, a Harmony copy of a Fender Jazz Master Bass. This bass started his interest in learning how to play a guitar. During a fight with his older brother, the Harmony’s neck was broken so for a year, Chris did not play any kind of guitar. Shortly after moving back to Estill with nothing much to do, Chris took on some odd jobs to earn enough money to buy a new bass and amp to start practicing. Not until after graduation from high school and starting college, did Chris join his first band, a local garage rock bands called Indecent Exposure. Four years later, Chris joined the US Coast Guard, hung up the idea of continuing in a band and enjoyed playing just for himself. Shortly after joining the Coast Guard, he met his wife, got married and had two wonderful boys. As time went on, Chris missed performing and decided to start looking for another band to join. He met Johnny Wood and Jeff Lacy and joined The Johnny Wood Band.

General Info

Band Members
Johnny Wood, Jeff Lacy, Chris Richester, Ray Benefield and Wade Kinnaird
Artist Name
The Johnny Wood Band
Home Page
Active Since
Country / Americana / Acoustic

Contact Info

Chesapeake, VA

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