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Chris King - Lead vocals for The Chris King Band:
Chris King grew up in Milwaukee, until moving to Dallas before his senior high school year. Singing since age 6 with the church choir, he received lots of encouragement from his family and his grandmother, who was a well-known opera singer.
He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied music theory and sang with a very successful band named
Crosswind. He then worked for a Manhattan jingle house in New York City doing music for commercials. He later left New York and was a DJ in Dallas for many years, but it wasn't until he moved to Denver that he rediscovered how much he enjoyed making people smile with his own music.
Denver became his home in 1995 where he joined his father's business, the Queen Anne B&B. Chris started the band
Southern Cactus in 1998 to do what he loved most, singing. His
parents and his brother, Dave, have been his motivation to keep moving forward and find more ways to keep people happy by writing more music of his own.
Chris has booked the band all over the state of Colorado, including 7 years in the
Taste of Colorado and an invitation to open for Diamond Rio. As the lead vocalist, Chris can sing all types of music,
but prefers country and country rock. Chris has recently retired the
Southern Cactus band and started up The Chris King Band in 2007
with happily some of the best musicians in all of Colorado.
Willie Allemang- Drums and Vocals
Willie grew up in the small Kansas town of Lyndon. He started playing the drums at the age of ten but before that he was beating on pots and pans in the kitchen. After seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, it was time for a real drum kit! "My dad bought me a simple used drumset for Christmas and I was so excited!" He says Ringo gave him the inspiration but the
Stax/Volt revues taught him the groove. Years of playing in the best venues, Nevada casinos, opening acts and headliners, Willie has the stuff! Some know him as the "Groove Monster" because he is always in the pocket and driving the band….. but we just know him as that guy on the corner
holding a sign that says…"will play for food" ..(JK!!)
Jack Reiter – Bass
Jack hails from Pittsburgh, and over his career he has played many styles of music, and many types of venues, from large concerts to television broadcasts, to weddings and corporate functions. Early in his career, Jack played a three-year, three night a week engagement for a dinner/show restaurant in Pittsburgh. That was tough with a fulltime job. Jack says "I never really fit into any one style. My versatility has served me well, as I have had opportunities to play with many different types of bands and have enjoyed a lot of different music. I was always fascinated with the bass in Motown music growing up and I loved it's melodic sensibilities, and the way it can totally change a song" Jack plays 4,5 and 6 string as well as fretless basses.
Noble - Keyboards, Vocals, Flute
Peter studied piano and flute from age 7 and in school participated in band, choir, and orchestra. Advanced studies followed at the University of Northern Colorado and vocal training at the Academy of the Arts in Denver.
After 15 years of performing with Airwave, Heartbreak Radio and leading the Ruthie Garrett Band in Denver, Peter moved to Nashville TN in 1994, working with artists such as Tanya Tucker, Shelley West, Marty Haggard, German country artist Joe Hodgkins, MCA artist Jeff Moore, Jack Daniels and Curtis Stone of Hwy 101 and many others. He has performed at weddings, corporate events, songwriter showcases, fraternity parties, hotel lounges, nightclubs, recording sessions and video shoots. From 2004 to 2007 Peter performed two nights a week at the Music City Sheraton hotel with recording artist Angela Oliver. Since returning to Denver in 2007, he has worked with The Margarita Brothers, Viper 5, New Sensation, Jill Carr Band, Soul X, Burnt Lips, and The Rumour.
In addition to making music, since 1994, Peter has taught piano and voice at Wenzel’s Music, Evergreen Music (both in Evergreen, CO), 13 years at Shuff’s Music (in Franklin, TN) and is currently teaching at Pianos ‘n Pianos in Littleton CO and in homes throughout Jefferson County
Tom Bartling - Guitar - A summary *
Guitar player. Graduated from
Musician’s Institute in ‘93
Favorite players: Brad Paisley, Brent Mason, Albert Lee, Steve Wariner,
Vince Gill, Sonny Landreth
Favorite color: Clear
Sexual Orientation: Like oriental sex, but it usually costs a little more
Strange but true: Front yard contains no grass! It’s actually all weeds.
Pet peeve: People who pad their bios with irrelevant fluff.
(* Webmaster's note: His words, not mine. I'm
just the hired help...)