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Coldshot / Bio

Are you ready for Coldshot the Band? Coldshot is an awesome mix of blues, funk, and R&B - there's something for everyone! Bar and Restaurant gigs, Clubs, Private Parties, Corporate Events, Weddings, Fairs .... you name it -- we'll bring it!

Ralph Edwards has played bass for over 35 years. Along the way he has played in blues, rock, jazz, country, and bluegrass bands in Virginia and Tennessee. He grew up and developed his playing style in Roanoke, Virginia, both playing the bar scene and recording. He believes deeply in music as an expression of the individual spirit, but he knows it all starts with the groove. He also believes in the long standing superiority of the Fender P-Bass.

Dave Buffmire plays lead and rhythm guitar and has been playing for over 40 years. He took college courses in music theory early in his playing career to add to his knowledge of reading and writing music. He has played professionally for many years in various bands in the Maryland, Virginia, Colorado, Wisconsin and the Washington DC area. He has played rock, but mostly blues, since moving to Central Virginia.

Ernest Gunaratnam is the band's "worldly influence"; he was born in Sri Lanka. He started playing piano at age 4 and gave his first piano recital when he was six. He eventually received several diplomas from the Royal School of Music in London. While still in Sri Lanka, Ernest played guitar and keyboard in a band. He moved to the US in 1986; he played in several bands in Tulsa, OK, Boston, MA, and Albany, NY. He fell in love with the blues after meeting Albany blues legend Ernie Williams.

In 1968, Vern Fowler got his first set of drums and started playing in small bands in Washington state. The Northwest was a great melting pot of musical genres. Vern grew up in the same neighborhood with people like Bobby Murray and Robert Cray and the rockin’ blues has always been a part of his life. He moved to Juneau, Alaska and played for 23 years and then moved to Virginia. Here, he hooked up with three guys with similar backgrounds and love of the groove!

General Info

Band Members
Ralph Edwards, Bass; Dave Buffmire, Lead Guitar; Ernest Gunaratnam, Keyboard and Rhythm Guitar; Vern Fowler, Drums and Vocals
Artist Name
Home Page
Blues / Funk / R&B

Contact Info

Richmond, VA