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
Joe Hendershot: Bass Guitar/Vocals
Joe Hendershot has played almost exclusively in the Puget Sound area throughout his musical career, venturing into Idaho, Montana, Oregon, California, Colorado and Alaska. A native of California, he has lived in Tacoma most of his life. Joe has played in many bands since the late 60's including Goldbrick, Deep Summer, Sleeping Village, The Village Band, Mariah, Magnum, Adrian, Wild Honey, Pamela Moore, Flight, Billy Street, Stackhouse, New Blues Brothers Revue, Rapture, Lion Heart and several others. That's the short version of a list too many to enumerate. He has jammed with Jeff Hanna of “The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band”, David LaFlame of “It's A Beautiful Day”, and Bo Diddly to name a few.Having played soft rock, hard rock, pop rock, country rock, Christian rock, rhythm and blues, funk, and even old jazz standards, Joe feels right at home playing the blues and loves the freedom of expression it affords him.Joe says, “Creating is my lifeblood and I love playing music, especially blues. I look forward to entertaining music lovers for many years to come. It's an activity in which I can lose myself, in a world ethereal and carefree, and hopefully create that same world for those listening.”
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-edge sound.
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.
Birth Of King Kom Beaux : Genetics Of a Great Band.
A Brief History
Billy Barner has been a well respected drummer and band leader in the Pacific Northwest since the formation of his first band The Sultans in 1959. He has been co-founder and band leader/co-leader of many of the most successful and popular Pacific Northwest bands over the past 50 plus years including The Centrix, 7th & Pacific, Hometown Blues Band, Peaceable Lane, Jonah's Whale, Jumbo Groove, Blues Alliance and Blues Redemption.
Likewise, Joe Hendershot has a decades old reputation as an accomplished bass player, (always at the top of his game) and has, also, lead and co-lead some of the Premier bands in the Pacific Northwest, including Sleeping Village, Rapture, Mariah, Magnum, Adrian, Flight, New Blues Brothers, Michael Miller Band and Blues Redemption.
Collectively, Billy and Joe have Represented The South Sound Blues Association at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee a total of five times between the years 2006 and 2014; Joe in the Michael Miller Band, Billy and Joe in Blues Redemption.
Blues Redemption was formed in 2006. Having history playing with some members of Blues Redemption in several previous bands, Joe was asked to join Blues Redemption as the bass player in 2009.
In 2010 Blues Redemption entered and won the Regional Competition and represented The South Sound Blues Association at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee and did it again in 2013, in both instances, advancing past over 130 of the best Blues bands from Blues Societies around the world into the semi finals (14 remaining bands).
A Team Effort
Billy Barner also has a background in advertising (as co-owner of Barner & Barner Advertising and The AdVantantage newspaper founded in 1985). So, in Blues Redemption, as with all his bands, Billy has handled all of the promotional duties, including promo materials, posters, CD cover design, web identity, etc. as well as allot of the booking.
When Joe Hendershot joined the band, he brought with him his leadership skills as well. Joe began handling the web identity, sharing booking activities and together, Joe and Billy handled a good deal of the business aspects of Blues Redemption.
Billy Barner met Doug Kearney at Tommy Walls Award winning Jam Session in Fall City, WA in 2006 when Billy and Doug were both featured as Guest Artists on the same Show. Kearney and Barner gained immediate appreciation for each other’s playing and, afterward, relished future opportunities to play together. And play together they did in The Tommy Wall Band and Tommy Wall's The Wicked Line before going separate ways. A few years later, Tommy Wall and Doug Kearney called Billy and asked him to join a Zydeco band based out of Seattle called The Louisiana Experience. That "experience" was short lived, but Kearney and Barner loved grooving on Zydeco together.
When the guitar slot in Blues Redemption became vacant in 2013, Billy immediately called Doug Kearney, who accepted the position. Kearney added new color to the band with his strong Louisiana influence and energy.
Blues Redemption had intentions of competing in the 2014 SSBA “Back To Beale Street Competition to go to The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, but one of the members of Blues Redemption had gotten involved with another band and had agreed to enter either The South Sound Blues Association or the Washington Blues Society Competition with the other band. The rules prohibited members of bands to compete in multiple bands and this musician had committed to the other band. Barner, Hendershot and Kearney did not want to enter the competition as Blues Redemption without this fourth musician.
A New Band Is Concieved
Billy had the idea of forming a new band to enter the competition; A band with strong Louisiana Cajun influence. Building on the strong bottom end groove of Hendershot and Barner mixed with the spicy and flavorful Louisiana influence that Doug Kearney brings with his playing and writing added with the powerful lead vocal chops of Kearney and Barner, the sweet vocal harmonies added by Hendershot and calling it King Kombo.
When Barner made the suggestion to Hendershot and Kearney, they got excited about the idea. The three started rehearsing the act and Kearney came up with the idea of changing the spelling to King Kom Beaux (giving a Cajun spin to the name.)
With only three rehearsals under their belt, King Kom Beaux entered the Back To Beale Street Competition as a trio and advanced to the regional finals at The Freedom Fair on July 4th 2014. King Kom Beaux came very close, but did not win the trip to Memphis. However the band made such a rousing impact on the crowd, that an immediate fan base developed and the rest is history in the making......King Kom Beaux was born!