Derrick Dove, the singer and guitarist for Derrick Dove & the Peacekeepers, hails from South Georgia which would help explain his type of Blues influenced Rock & Soul. He grew up with a radio DJ father, Dangerous Don in the Mornings, in Tifton, Ga, as well his dad was in a local band. His dad exposed him to the sounds of Little Richard, Jimi Hendrix & Stevie Ray Vaughan at a very early age. This is how Derrick began his musical journey.
Derrick started playing drums in his father's band when he was 10 but at age 12, he found his true love, the guitar. One night while watching Austin City Limits with his dad, they aired "Stevie Ray Vaughan - A retrospective" and Derrick knew he wanted to play the blues as he heard it in his own mind. Derrick started his own band at 15 and joined the Michael Stacey band when he was 21 touring the nation. After 5 years on the road Derrick spread his wings and started to fly solo. Derrick recorded & released his first EP in 2010 & won Best Blues Guitarist South Georgia/ North Florida region in Tallahassee, FL in 2011.
Derrick has spent the years since working on his craft by touring & recording. He released his first LP, Derrick Dove & the Peacekeepers, during 2018. The album debuted at #5 on the iTunes Blues Charts with the help of airplay on SiriusXM BB King's Bluesville and opening for acts such as Blackberry Smoke, Gary Allen, Drivin & Cryin, and the Kentucky Headhunters to name a few.
Derrick is currently touring and working on his next EP of influential covers to be released first first half 2021, a new single each month, as well as a new album which he is dedicating to his father who recently passed. The album is scheduled to be released Winter 2021.
Breathe in, breathe out, and let the enlightening pop-rock mantras from Wicked Peace be your guide. These Lexington, KY oddballs pair transcendental instrumentals with hook-heavy, soul-bearing lyricism for a singular sound that doesn’t just flow, it levitates right off the stage. Zig-zagging between power pop and Americana, detouring anywhere a song takes them along the way, Wicked Peace blends its members’ disparate influences and southern background into a soulful sonic smoothie designed to help you find your zen.
If finding common ground sounds like an ambitious prospect in these profoundly polarized times, that’s because, quite frankly, it is. But with his extraordinary new album, The United State, Wells has managed to transcend politics and race and religion and tap into something far deeper, something infinitely more primal and timeless. Recorded with acclaimed producer Duane Lundy (Ringo Starr, Sturgill Simpson’s Sunday Valley, Joe Pug), the collection explores our innate humanity and everything that comes with it: the joy, the sorrow, the ecstasy, the pain, the hope, the fear. Wells’ songs speak to the universal truths that bind us, empathetically leaping between perspectives as they reckon with personal growth and existential quandaries. The arrangements here are rich and ethereal to match, balancing lush sonic landscapes with stark acoustic meditations. The result is a subtly revelatory record, a gripping, cinematic album full of small moments and sharp insights that add up to nothing short of life itself. “Ultimately, this album’s about unity,” says Wells. “It’s about the common thread that connects us all.” After spending his childhood in Blanchard, LA, Wells moved with his family to Cynthiana, Kentucky as a youngster. Growing up in the rural South, he rebelled against the commercial country music that surrounded him, instead preferring the trippy psychedelia of Pink Floyd and the brash energy of Guns N’ Roses. After an aimless couple of years trying to put a band together in rural Kentucky, he moved to Lexington, and immediately launched the cult favorite Southern rock band Fifth on the Floor. The group released a couple of well-received independent records before teaming up with Shooter Jennings on their breakout third album, 2013’s Ashes & Angels, which debuted on the Billboard Country charts. While the record earned raves and helped land the band dates with the likes of Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, and Blackberry Smoke, it would prove to be the group’s last, and following a pair of hometown farewell shows, the four-piece split for good. “When that band broke up, it kicked me in the teeth. We’d spent years clawing upward, and suddenly there was no wind, no sails,” says Wells. “That had been my dream since I was a teenager, and all of my eggs were in that basket. There was no backup plan.”
With the rug suddenly pulled out from under him, Wells found himself in freefall. Rather than succumb to the disappointment, though, he decided to write his way through the heartache, emerging stronger and more creatively invigorated on the other side with his solo debut, Dawn in the Distance. The record (and its subsequent touring) prompted the best reviews of Wells’ career, with Rolling Stone hailing his “gift for melody” and Saving Country Music praising his “stunning insight and honesty.” The album reached #3 on Amazon’s Alt-Country/Americana chart, and songs from the collection racked up more than a million streams on Spotify alone.
From Park Hills, Northern Ky...
Brothers Wes and Aaron Smith have been performing as and leading Brother Smith since 2015.
What began as a roots driven acoustic duo has transformed into a progressive auditory ensemble to be reckoned with.
Featuring new members Trevor Caddell (saxophone) and Amberly Winfrey (vocals), Brother Smith's sound continuously evolves with inspirations that span across several genres, including: rock, funk, gospel, folk, blues, bluegrass, jazz, and country (to name a few).
Brother Smith's latest release, "Blue Sod, Vol. II", showcases the brothers' multi-instrumental talents by splitting all the recorded instrument and vocal responsibilities between themselves (Wes and Aaron that is) while also featuring Caddell and Winfrey on the first track, "Kill the Weeds".
Brother Smith is currently recording new music with plans for more releases this year and next.