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The Bucket Band (L to R): Bill Bishop, Cliff Payne, Tim Coulter, Ken Johnson

 

 

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Super short bio:

The Bucket Band is a group of veteran musicians based in Kansas City, MO, playing the great songs from the 1960s and early 70s - the "Golden Age of AM Radio." Expect to hear songs that you remember and love (if you ever owned an AM radio). You'll either be dancing, singing along, or both!

Short bio:

The Bucket Band is a group of veteran musicians based in Kansas City, MO, playing the great songs from the 1960s and early 70s - the "Golden Age of AM Radio." The members grew up in small towns in the Midwest, sometimes playing together in various groups over the years. According to keyboardist-guitarist -vocalist Tim Coulter, "I played in a couple of bands with Cliff Payne, including a Beatles tribute band. Cliff played Paul, and I played Billy Preston & George Martin - the behind-the-scenes guy playing whatever was needed." So what's different about this band? "We had all just grown tired of playing the same old songs that everybody else is doing, and decided it was time to play some songs that nobody's done before." Payne, who plays bass and sings, says he loves doing all these "never done before" songs. He's also done an Elvis tribute show, leading the KY Elvis Parade for 12 years. Lead guitarist Bill Bishop also spent time in some tribute bands, from Boston to Bad Company to the Doors - as the lead vocalist and guitarist, but had always wanted to sing some songs by Glen Campbell and Neil Diamond - and he's capable of covering anybody! Ken Johnson, who grew up in Nebraska, rounds things out on the drums, while also pitching in on lead vocals. So The Bucket Band is able to cover just about anything!

"We do a couple of later-period Elvis songs, and several Beatles songs, but there's a lot of variety. From the Monkees, the Byrds, Temptations, Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond...really all the music that we loved growing up." The audiences seem to love it, too. "People come up after we play and tell us how great it was to hear a band playing these songs. It's just 'feel good' music'."

Tim Coulter - keyboards, guitar, vocals
Cliff Payne - bass, vocals
Bill Bishop - lead guitar, vocals
Ken Johnson - drums, vocals