King Kom Beaux : The Members.
Billy "The Pocket" Barner: Drums/Vocals
An award winning drummer, Billy's career spans five decades and most of the western hemisphere. Touring extensively both regionally and nationally, he has shared the bill with and opened for many national acts including Spencer Davis Group, Maria Muldaur, Pablo Cruise, Jefferson Starship's Micky Thomas, Bobby Kimball of ToTo, Arthur Lee & Love, The Coasters, Bo Dudley, R.B.. Greaves, Three Dog Night, Charlie Musslewhite, John Lee Hooker,Jr, Tinsley Ellis and Eric Burdon among others. Billy's session experience is equally noteworthy having spent hundreds of hours in studios in Seattle, Tacoma, Hawaii, Los Angeles and Canada both drumming and singing. In 2002 he received the Atlas Cole Memorial Summy Award "Drummer Of The Year". The plaque reads "Reliable, steady and always in the pocket, when you say musicians musician you think of Billy Barner." Billy has also received the Best of Blues (BB) award and six BB nominations from the Washington Blues Society. For more on Billy Barner visit www.billythepocketmusic.com
Brad Baxter: Bass Guitar/Vocals
Raised in the Pacific Northwest where the rain rarely stops creating some kind of giant weird looking lichen that cling to the trunk of fir trees in the forests, I began my musical career/adventure playing upright bass at an early age. Upon developing some minor bass playing technique over a few years, I found myself playing my upright Kay bass along with Larry Richer’s wailing alto sax on the pop song “Wild Weekend” at a seventh grade party. I was hooked! But I was greatly discouraged by the lack of volume of my bass so I negotiated a promise filled deal, that I totally welched on later, for a Harmony electric bass and bass amplifier that resulted in the “real” beginning of my musical pilgrimage.
Over the years of playing rock, blues, rhythm and blues, soul, bluegrass and gospel music, I have been blessed to have shared many stages with wonderful and talented musicians that I have learned from and hopefully added to the musical mystery that unfolds between performers and audience. This musical mystery continues with King KomBeaux which again makes me feel privileged and blessed in sharing the stage with such talented, inventive and creative musicians that are also my friends. Is there Lightning here? You be the judge.
Doug Kearney: Guitar/Vocals
Born and raised in the heart of Louisiana, Doug picked up his first guitar at the tender age of 10 and by 16 he was playing his first gigs. At 18 he began working in bars, traveling the crawfish circuit, and doing concerts and festivals throughout Louisiana and Texas. Immersed in southern blues, jazz, country, Texas swing, and swamp music Kearney began to develop his own unique style. With influences from Duane Allman and Lowell George he started writing and developed a true passion for slide guitar. After working in the South for 13 years, Doug moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1986. Working the greater Seattle club scene afforded him the musical freedom to explore various creative avenues. This is where his desire for writing original material blossomed. Hence, his unique and soulful style of guitar playing, singing and song-writing evolved. Most recognize Kearney by his funky rhythm-based blues, sultry slide guitar and clean cutting-edgesound.
Steve Vincent: Piano, Hammond B3 and Accordion
A true child of the 50’s and 60’s, Steve was the rebellious recipient of accordion lessons from early grade school through junior high. In spite of the glamour of the squeezebox (gigs at mental hospitals, boxes full of competition trophies, jamming on Three Dog Night), he was drawn to the guitar at age 10 and immersed himself in the music of Hendrix, Chicago, the Beatles, and all of the psychedelic bands of the day. He played his first paying gig in 1969 at the Y-Teens Dance in downtown Tacoma with his first band, Nirvana (yes, the original one), and was hooked on performing rock guitar with local cover bands through high school. College found him favoring acoustic guitar, and he played in artsy coffeehouse combos until he got the itch to play electronic rock and roll once again. In the 80’s, Steve played lead guitar and keyboards in top 40’s cover band The Noyz Toyz, and sat in the jazz guitar chair in the Pierce College Jazz Band and various jazz combos. He got back to his roots in the 90’s playing keyboards and guitar in classic rock band The Cooltones with Keith Craine, Jere Knudtsen, Dan Mohler and John O’Connor, then slid right into the legendary NW rock band The Great Pretenders, with whom he has played keyboards for 15 years (only about one-third the lifespan of that 44-year-old band). Steve has now come full circle, dusted off his accordion and is enjoying playing keys with King Kom Beaux. Having driven twice through Louisiana, he feels initiated into the Southern style.