Tribute: Total Eclipse Band, Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 6pm - 10pm, Carol Ann's Restaurant, 407 Murfreesboro Pk., Nashville,Tennessee Rhythm & Blues Society Jam (Grown Folks Night) " Where the Mature Minds Choose to Meet" says, our host, Jimmy Church The Total Eclipse Band was organized in the mid 70,s. the brain storm of Kossi Gardener, Jr. A very talented writer composer keyboardist. The members at that time was Earnest Biles ,bass, Fred Raymer guitar ,Stanley Hemphill rhythm guitar, Dewayne Riley drums, Harold Carter vocals. In 1976 he added horns. They were Earl Vantrease , trumpet, C. C. Johnson tenor sax ,flute ,Leonard Morton Jr. trombone. There have been several changes since 1979. As of 2015 the original horn section still remains. There have been changes in the rhythm section due to death and changes in lifestyles. in spite, the original horns have made a strong effort to keep the band alive and working. The newest members are as follows: Tony Ewing Guitar, Dan Sherrell drums , Harold Adams bass. Mike Doster, bass. Victor Davis Keyboard and Allen Hatcher, vocals.
The Tennesseel R&B Music Society is dedicated to preserving & promoting Classic Soul/R&B and honoring the Legends that paved the way for artists of today. Our goal is to build a Tennessee R&B Society Museum to honor Classic Soul/R&B artists, musicians, producers, radio/tv personalities, directors, songwriters, promoters, record executives and all who have contributed to this rich musical history. Come and Jam to the Best Old Skool R&B in town while dining with the good southern food. Celebrate your birthday,etc. call (615) 259-2551
Special Tribute: Gian Cage, (Grown Folks Night) I've performed at several venues in the United States and Europe throughout my life and have had the opportunity to sit and talk with some of the legends that it made this field the phenomenal place it is to be. Spending time with people like Patti LaBelle, and meeting James Brown, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, so many others! It's been a great learning experience. It's amazing. I made up my mind when I came to Nashville I was going to do it. I was going to go hard or I wasn't going to go at all. When I met Jerome Preston I met the missing piece of the puzzle. We gelled like no two performers have ever gelled before. We were like thunder and lightning, peanut butter and jelly, hot sauce and chicken wings, you get the idea. We have torn up stages in Nashville, Wartrace, Russellville, and many more beautiful places here in Tennessee. Breaking down racial barriers and we've changed one sided minds. We've brought the message of love and hard work to the table in a fun and easy way to accept...musically. Of course my main motivation has been and always will be my family. My 6 children and my amazing wife Amanda. They deal with me being gone a lot and that's not easy to do. I carry them in my heart everywhere I go and always dedicate my special songs to them. I ALWAYS thought that these things happened when a performer was about to QUIT, and if that's the case you may have the wrong guy...lol! I'm going to do this until I can't talk anymore and even then I'll STILL tap my toes and snap my fingers. I thank you all deeply for this honor and hope and pray God allows me to entertain you for 45 more years! I love you and thank you.
Special Tribute: Roderic' Wayne Bronaugh, Tuesday, February 10, 2015 @ Carol Ann's Restaurant, 407 Murfreesboro Pk. 6pm - 10pm. Tennessee Rhythm and Blues Society Jam, (Grown Folks Night), Jimmy Church, Host. Roderic Wayne Bronaugh “I believe that God placed a song in my heart and music in my soul, and when I sing I let go and experience the gifts that I have been blessed with.” - Rod Wayne - “Rod Wayne” began his musical journey at the age of 10, in the Catholic Church, playing the organ for mass. This Nashvillian graduated from Tennessee State University, with a degree in music. As he grew, so did his creativity and experiences, that have positioned him as a forerunner in the entertainment industry. Rod Wayne former lead vocalist has trained long and hard to achieve excellence and versatility. As a classroom teacher, he has touched the lives of children in both Nashville and NY public schools. While widening the knowledge base of others he has empowered himself to be inclusive in setting trends in the music that we listen to. ROMANTIC, SEXY, MOVING, BRILLIANT, TALENTED, SMOOTH, MELLOW, A VOICE LIKE SILK, AN UNBELIEVABLE FIVE OCTAVE RANG, SHIMMERING FALSETTO TONES THAT MAKE WOMEN SCREAM FOR MORE . . . are just a few descriptions of the unique styles of Rod Wayne. SACRIFICE AND HARD WORK . . . “ It takes money to bring dreams to reality. There were so many times I have wanted to just sit down, as I have stood in front of a classroom by day and an audience by night, when you’re in Nashville in the morning, catching a plane in the afternoon, and on stage in LA at night! I have had to save and sacrifice to prepare for the challenge to be successful. It’s amazing what one can do when you put your mind to it.” Once known as the “Magic Music Man” on a educational TV series, “Rod Wayne” incorporated drama and music to teach music theory to children. This opened the door to scoring musical plays, scoring commercials, writing, and performing. Aleese Simmons“Love You Better” Hush/Capitol Records - Rod Wayne, Song Writer Blue Magic “Fight Last Night” Big East Entertainment - Rod Wayne, Song Writer His voice has sweetened the backgrounds of many unknown and known artist: Ashford and Simpson Bobby Jones Melissa Morgan Merle Haggard Bobby Brown “Rod Wayne” has evolved from singing with: Togethernystics Nashville Natural Experience Nashville/Los Angeles New Life Singer’s Bobby Jones Gospel/WSM TV Rod Wayne & Company Budweiser Showdown Winner Arpeggio Los Angeles/Polydor Records Blue Magic (1990-2004) NY/Big East Entertainment Majik (2004-Present)
Special Tribute: Matthew "MD" McCoy. Matthew “M.D.” McCoy MD stands for the Music Doctor. This is a name given to Matthew McCoy from folk in North Nashville, in particular those persons affiliated with Cobalt Blue and the artist community. No he doesn’t have any degree’s in music but he has a natural gift and ear for music. He is a musician, a producer, a writer, a performer, a scholar and foremost…an Artist. Born and raised in Little Rock, Ark., MD came to Nashville, TN. to pursue graduate school at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He has taught at Fisk University for the last ten years. This may seem like a separate topic, however, MD’s scholarship has always influenced his art…or rather…his art has always informed his scholarship…they come from the same place…the desire to be a positive vibration and embrace and celebrate life. His primary instrument is the guitar. He loves to play the bass though he would not call himself a bass player. He can find his way around the keys and he is also learning to play other instruments as well. In production he prefers to work with writers by producing music that helps to bring out the story they are telling. He has produced tracks for other artist’s, appeared as guest emcee and vocalist on record, performed with other artists live as emcee/vocalist and musician. He is currently working on multiple projects, including his own and an MD and Cobalt Blue project. He is the primary song writer and front man for MD and Cobalt Blue.