Chris Garner has been singing and playing guitar professionally since his early twenties. A Georgia native, Chris cut his teeth playing nightclubs in and around the Atlanta area. His influences are varied and include such acts at the Allman Brothers, Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones, as well as some of the more contemporary Country artists. Chris’s ability to recreate a variety of vocal stylings as well as capture a crowd’s attention make him a strong front person for any occassion.
Brian has been playing guitar since the age of 9 and has been touring professionally for over 20 years. He received his degree from Berklee School of Music and and has been involved in the Atlanta music scene since 1996. He has played with the groups Deep Blue Sun, Gregg Hester, Clean Slate and led his own bands Quoz, Sweetwater Junction and Billy Batts Ensemble. In addition to playing throughout the Southeast, Brian teaches guitar lessons at Maple Street Guitars and also an active studio session guitarist.
Mark has been performing and teaching for over twenty years. A native of New England, Mark has had the pleasure to study with such noted drum instructors as Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, Steve Houghton, and Jim Chapin. Recent playing highlights include performing with Grammy winner Shelby Lynne for her London performances, and being a founding member and performer for four years with Colonel Bruce Hampton and the Quark Alliance. Other musical projects include Insonnia, a Flamenco based World Music band. Mark’s online drum set instructional company can be found at www.learndrumslive.com.
Walt started playing piano at the age of 5 and began composing his own material at 13. He attended the University of Miami Music school where he studied classical and jazz piano. During his time at UM he started playing with the band Day By the River and toured the country for the next 10 years. Over the last decade he collaborated with such musicians as Jimmy Herring from the Allman Brothers and Widespread Panic as well as Jeff Coffin from Bela Fleck and the Dave Matthews Band. Currently he is working on his debut album which will be released later this year.
Jeff received his first bass guitar at the age of 12. Having two older brothers, one that played the drums, and another that played guitar, Jeff picked up the bass guitar to complete the family “power trio.” From his early days of learning the entire Rush and Police catalogs, Jeff grew an affinity for the low end. By the time he had reached high-school, he was busy playing in a rock outfit, the high school’s jazz band, and weekly at his church. His musical influences span many genres from soulful Motown and R&B, to progressive, hard-driving rock. He admires many musicians that have formed the role of the instrument over time including greats Jaco Pastorius, Sting, Abraham Labroriel, Geddy Lee, Flea, James Jamerson and John Paul Jones.