Adam Gaffney - Bass: Adam is also a graduate of the Florida
School for the Blind in St. Augustine. His first instrument
was the trumpet. He picked up the bass guitar in 2000 and has
not stopped since. His current love is a Ibanez 5-string and
has been known to play around on a fretless bass in practice.
His since of rhythm is phenomenal, as many have experienced
in local "kirtans" or hindi chanting groups. Some
may remember him from the group "Tasso" and the "Downhome
Blues Band" with Lois Hinners. He also plays bass with
the James Butler Band, and djembe with Tallahassee's only chanting
group "Om Sweet Om"
Up With Our Former Players
Our former guitar player, Perry
Osborn, has joined the Colonel Bruce Hampton's Band, "Quark
Alliance". We are very proud of Perry and will miss him.
Check out the Colonel's
. You will not want to miss seeing this act.
native Perry Osborn has played with Col. Bruce on many occasions.
He has also played with Gary Gazaway in the El Bujo Band,
Jeff Sipe, Mike Gordon, Oteil Burbridge, and has toured with
Grant Green, Jr. Perry was the assistant conductor in Wellington,
New Zealand. He recently moved back to the U.S. and holds
a faculty position at Florida State University.
Go Will!! Will "Sweet Willy" Veader leaves CABB
for Swingin Harpoon Blues Band. Sweet Willy’s outlook
on playing guitar riffs likens to the art of cooking: good
technique, real emotion, and articulation are his spices of
choice. Sweet Willy is the kind of Guitarist who lives breathes
smells feels tastes and thinks guitar. Most of his riffs and
fills and solos are his own.
Under the direction of David Gibble: Associate Professor
of Instrumental Music, and Jazz, and a phenomenal player
[trumpet]; Willy had a 3 year stint in jazz. ''The thing
that stuck with me the most from Dave was pick as scale
and noodle with it [another cooking analogy].
Other bands Willy was a member of....ROCK BAND HERO, MOST
WANTED, CALVERY CHAPEL WORSHIP LEADER, BAD HABIT, and THE
Lois Hinners - Guitar, Song Writer, Vocals played with Charles
Atkins Blues Band duing 2010, she has since moved on to
play solo gigs and form her own band. Lois Hinners is from
Naples, Florida and studied Classical and Jazz guitar for
four years at the University of Miami. This versatile musician
has performed with many groups through the years - playing
lead guitar and singing lead vocals. Her most successful
groups to date are: "Take Five", "Hot Date",
"Mistress", "Delta Crossing", and "Down
Home Blues Band".
"Take Five" was a rock band. They played the
Naples circuit in the 80's. Later, Hinners joined the all
female rock band, "Hot Date", as lead guitar player
and lead singer. The band performed two scenes in the movie,
"Spring Break" and was well received at the popular
nightclubs, "J.W. West House of Rock" and the
"Rock Palace" in Ft. Lauderdale and at "Art
Stock's Playpen" in Miami.
After, "Hot Date", She went on the road with
the all female rock band, "Mistress". They played
at "Big Daddy's in Naples and "The Apple"
in Winterhaven, FL, before heading west -performing mostly
in the northwest U.S., Canada, Alaska and even the Yukon.
notable band was "Delta Crossing", which she joined
in 1997. “The blues have come to Naples. They've come
in the guise of a new rhythm and blues band called Delta
Crossing...” - this was quoted in a February 7, 1997,
"Night Scene" article in the Naples Daily News,
titled, "Delta Crossing Sings the Blues at Ridgeport
Pub.” The article goes on to say that they “produce
a kind of trashcan blues worthy of any smokey bar in Chicago.”
Hinners, the only female in this very professional 4-member
band, was described this way, “...it's the bottom-of-a-whiskey-barrel
vocals of Hinners which sets the group apart from other
R&B bands. Eerily reminiscent of a young Janis Joplin,
Hinners belts out songs so full of passion and pain, she
made the whole crowd at Ridgeport Pub remember when their
own hearts were broken.
Since moving to a small laid-back southern Georgia town
several years ago, Hinners has spent much of her time songwriting.
In the last couple of years, she has made a few rare solo
appearances in Tallahassee, performing a variety of music
- from Blues, R&B and Rock to Jazz, Latin and Originals.
Even in this setting, her powerful vocals and skilled guitar
playing will knock your socks off!
In early 2006, Hinners began playing tunes with two Tallahassee
musicians, Adam Gaffney (who plays bass) and Deborah Berlinger
(on percussion) and formed the "Down Home Blues Band.”
Hinners plays lead guitar and sings all of the lead vocals.
The band plays Blues, Jazz, R&B and just a little Rock-n-Roll
(Covers and Originals).
Deborah "Sweetgroove" Osborne-Berlinger - Percussion:
"I don't wanna work, I wanna bang on de drum all day!!!"
Young Deb, reaaaallllllly young Deb, was constantly in the
kitchen cupboards, pulling out canned vegetables, removing
the labels to have matching cans and then proceeded to set
them up like drums and bang on them. Out of desperation to
know what vegetable they were having for dinner, Deb's parents
bought her a toy drum set at the age of four. And, it’s
been nothing but noise and rhythm since.
Deb grew up in Ft. Myers, Florida where her introduction to
music was throughout her school years playing percussion in
concert, jazz and matching bands, and rock bands. She also
attended music programs at Edison Community College and the
University of Southern Mississippi. Most of her playing involved
special productions where drum solos where featured. Realizing
those two bass drums, hundreds of tom-toms, and a zillion
cymbals were too much baggage; she scaled down to a simple
drum kit. Later, through the 70’s and 80’s, she
played in various local groups, outside of Tampa and in the
Panama City areas. In mid to the late 80’s she quit
playing and sold everything.
Around 10 years ago, the music bug bit again and she picked
up playing congas and djembe, and various Latin percussion
instruments with friends. But, once again, those cans in the
cupboard started looking too good. So, in 2004, she invested
in another drum kit and has been honing her skills, waiting
for the opportunity to find the right venue.
Deb also played percussion with Tallahassee's only Hindi chanting
group, "Om Sweet Om", "Blue Chameleon, "The
Dead Keys", "Trial by Stone". Her current bands
include Sharla June and The Mayhaws
Cheap and Easy
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