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We are Americana with our own touch of Country and Southern Rock. Writing has come natural with a long line of influences:
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Steve Earle, Tom Petty, Chris Whitley, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Gram Parsons, Black Crowes, Gregg Allman, Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Joe Shaver, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Bering Strait, Lone Justice, Hank Williams Jr., Shooter Jennings, etc.... to name a few.
Jack and Billy Ray have set themselves apart from other bands by writing tunes with a beginning, middle and an end. We have always written with the thought process of bringing you through a story to solid conclusion. Jack is more on the folk side where Billy Ray is on the Rockin' Country side.

With the ability to front a metal band and the diversity to grace a Southern Rock stage, Billy Ray is one picker than can get the job done. Idolizing Paul Stanley from Kiss as a kid and rooted with the sound of Skynyrd, he has ultimately merged a unique sound. From playing in the 80s Metal band Hired Gunz, to sharing the stage with Gerry Evans in northern Louisiana-based Southern Rock act Southern Reign, he has surely been seasoned a Rock and Roll-Southern Rock guitar phenomenon. Billy Ray says, Meeting Jack was like Jimmy Page meeting Robert Plant; we have put together music and words perfectly from the day we met. Now, being back together from a 14 year separation due to career moves and bad women, Billy Ray and Jack are stronger than ever working the proverbial cat to death with 9 lives to go. Billy is currently attending Berklee College of Music.

"Subtlety seems to be a lost art in Country music songwriting", Jack says. "There are writers who continue to elevate the genre like Billy Joe Shaver and Steve Earle, and we have to respect them and give them their due." Wingfield's story songs are filled with characters not unlike those who inhabit the worlds of Johnny Cash and Steve Earle's material. Just check out "The Day I Shot Preacher Brown" and see for yourself. "You can't tell them everything", Wingfield says, when questioned about the sometimes mysterious fates and motivations of his characters. "Too many of today's songs are spelled out for the listener. The dumbing down of Country music really has to be quelled somehow."

We truly want to bring what we have to the musical table.