Entertainment

Our 2021 Entertainment line-up includes…

High South
High South
PEACE, LOVE & HARMONY – BIOGRAPHY
With impressive three-part harmonies, a dedication to songwriting, and unwavering optimism, the Nashville-based band High South has developed a dedicated following across the USA and Europe, where they’ve been touring regularly there since 2015. A captivating project that draws comparisons to classic rock bands like the Eagles, Doobie Brothers, and Crosby, Stills and Nash.
The group – composed of Jamey Garner, Kevin Campos, and Phoenix Mendoza – sums up it this way: “As vocalists we are always drawn to harmony. It’s such a naturally pleasing sound that we’re absolutely hooked on — and it was never more prevalent than the 1970s. Every kid learns from their environment and we were all fortunate to have parents that exposed us to the music of this era. In a sense, it’s in our soul.” With a desire to carry on that iconic ‘70s vibe, High South teamed with producer Josh Leo, known for his work with Glenn Frey, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jimmy Buffett, and Kim Carnes, as well as No. 1 hits for country artists Love & Theft and Emerson Drive. Other collaborators on LOVE, PEACE & HARMONY include engineer Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Don Henley, Warren Zevon), guitarist Jack Pearson (Allman Brothers Band), keyboard player Tony Harrell (Flying Burrito Brothers), drummer Nir Z (Genesis), and singer Raul Malo (The Mavericks).
The empowering lead single, “Make It Better,” doubles as a mission statement for the band. “We’re positive dudes,” Garner says. “We want to put forth a positive message. And we honestly believe that in the course, together we can make it better. That song is about people coming together. Even in the video, we made sure to show a lot of images of people coming together — people of all colors, all races, all genders, all religions.” High South’s origins stretch back to the early 2000s, when Garner and Mendoza met shortly after each had moved to Nashville.
Interested in songwriting and influenced by ‘70s music, they were pursuing solo careers and trying to get discovered. Around the same time, Campos was growing up in Los Angeles with an early desire to be a performer – one that led to singing background vocals on three world tours with Enrique Iglesias. It would take 12 years before Garner, Campos and Mendoza ever got in a room together playing guitars together and bonding with the harmonies of some of their favorite artists, such as Crosby, Stills & Nash and America; almost immediately, they realized they had created something special. Garner grew up in the small town of Chester, Illinois, near the Mississippi River. His family lived in a large Victorian house, the kind you’d expect to be haunted, he says. As a boy he happened to find a harmonica laying in his backyard. Curious, he picked it up, dusted it off, and started to play. That moment sparked a lifelong interest in music, although his college degree is in public relations. On the advice of a respected friend, he moved to New York after graduation, where he did some acting and worked on his songwriting.
In contrast, Mendoza was raised in Arizona, as the second of five kids. His father played Spanish guitar and Flamenco music, which enchanted Phoenix from a young age – particularly because of the way it compelled friends and family to gather around and listen. At 15, Phoenix started playing guitar, too; a few years later, he formed a band with two of his brothers. As that group started getting traction in the Southwest, Phoenix decided that they should all move to Nashville and try to make it big. The brothers didn’t agree, so at 21, he headed to Nashville without them. By playing at
songwriter nights, Mendoza landed an audition for a publishing company in Nashville. Initially they passed, but decided to introduce him to other writers, including Josh Leo. He eventually landed the publishing deal and started getting road gigs playing for country artists. Yet the work felt unsatisfying, to some degree, because they weren’t his own songs. It was an emotion that Garner and Campos knew well.
As a guest vocalist on tour with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Garner delivered powerful anthems to 20,000 listeners a night but still felt empty inside. He started thinking about ways to get his songs to audiences while still performing live. Meanwhile, Campos had just graduated from the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles and promptly started touring with Iglesias. Through a friend of a friend, Garner was introduced to Campos, who needed a gig after the tour wrapped. Campos says, “I got this phone call to try out for this band that was getting together that sounded like the Eagles. That’s right up my alley – I love that harmony. Harmony goes back to the reason I started doing this in the first place. That’s when I met Jamey.” After some personnel changes following High South’s European releases, Garner and Campos decided to forge ahead with a new lineup. Garner tracked down Mendoza, flew him to Dallas (where Garner was living at the time), and decided to see if they were all compatible. The trio immediately clicked.
Then, Mendoza took it upon himself to convince his old friend Josh Leo to produce them on a shoestring budget. After a productive songwriting retreat in Joshua Tree, California, all four men were fully on board. With Garner, Campos, and Mendoza trading out lead vocals, High South effortlessly embodies the enduring ‘70s mantra of peace, love and harmony. That upbeat spirit transcends geography, considering that they’ve performed multiple times in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, both on stage and on television. “Because of the legwork that those two guys put in earlier, I have been able to see the world and sing these songs,” Mendoza says. “We made these wonderful things, we pulled them out of the air, and to be able to stand and sing your own words, regardless of the size of the crowd – that’s pretty awesome.”
Mike Nash and the Southern Drawl Band
Mike Nash and Southern Drawl Band from Knoxville and Nashville Tennessee is “Southern Rockin’ Country music with a twist of lime distilled in the backwoods of Tennessee.”
Mike Nash has been touring the U.S. from coast to coast since the band’s humble beginnings in 2012.”Tirelessly building our grass roots fan base from the ground up is the key to our success” says Mike, frontman and guitarist for the band. “We have been honored to have won several awards for Band of the Year as well as Entertainer of the Year because of the support of our incredible fans who will regularly drive hundreds of miles for our shows and who have spread our message like wild fire”.
During their rise, Mike Nash and his band has graced the stages of many of the world’s most popular artists. From legends such as Lynyrd Skynrd, Charlie Daniels Band and Jimmy Buffett (in Key West)- to classic country artists like Aaron Tippin, Neil McMcoy, and Pure Prairie League-and including modern day stars such as Brantley Gilbert, Blackberry Smoke, Eli Young Band and Justin Moore. Other notables include David Allen Coe, Eddie Money, Rory Feek and The Romantics.
Jimmy Parrish and the Waves
A native Floridian and long-time Jacksonville resident, Jimmy’s been performing both as a solo act and with his band for nearly thirty years. After forming the Ocean Waves Band in 2000, his goal was to entertain audiences throughout the southeast with an island style tropical vibe.
Armed with a combination of acoustic rock heavily influenced by the music of Jimmy Buffett, along with his love for the ocean and time spent in the islands, Jimmy helped pave the way for what would be an up-and-coming musical genre now known as ‘Trop Rock’.
In 2008, Kenny Chesney’s management group hosted a nationwide contest to find the Next Big Star, which Jimmy and his band won in the northeast Florida region. As a result, they were awarded the opportunity to open for Chesney at the Jacksonville Memorial Arena later that year. It was quite a thrill indeed, Jimmy boasts. “We got to play rock stars for a night in front of nearly 15,000 people!”
GIRLZ RULE
https://girlzrulemusic.wixsite.com/girlzrule
Triple the fun….Triple the Trouble! The Girlz Rule trio originated at Midwinter Meltdown in 2012. Since then, they’ve been touring the county, captivating audiences with their powerful and harmonizing vocals. Heather, Kristie, & Lynley will keep you on your toes (or heels) the entire show!

Heather Vidal
Heather’s journey down the musical path began at the age of 15 when her father bought her a Morris Classical nylon string guitar.
By the time Heather was a senior in high school she knew she wanted to attend college as a voice major and chose to conduct her studies at West Chester University (WCU).
Upon graduating from college, Heather quickly began to realize that teaching in a public school, the usual path for someone with her degree, just was not her cup of tea. She exchanged her degree for some travelling papers and went on the road with a successful rock and roll band, Alter Ego, touring with them for three years.
Heather met Dave Huxta during a festival and there was an immediate musical attraction. In 1998 Heather and Dave ventured out on their own taking the name Copper Sky the acoustic duo known today.
Heather does have a life off the stage and away from performing as well. She is passing on the art of playing guitar, writing music, performing and of course vocals to another generation of potential musicians as a private piano, guitar and vocal instructor from her home in south central Pennsylvania. As much as Heather takes pleasure in performing, she finds sharing the art of music with her students just as rewarding, and between the two avenues, she has found a new satisfaction in the music industry.

Lynley Tolls
Lynley Tolls, also occasionally known as “Lola”, comes from the less than tropical Cleveland, Ohio. Her performing actually started with Broadway musicals and numerous stage and dance shows. A ten year resident of the Hampton Roads, Virginia area, Lynley was Dance Captain aboard the Spirit of Norfolk for five years. During this time she also performed with Virginia Beach Little Theater and Commonwealth Musical Stage. She also choreographed a production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” for the Hampton Dinner Theater.
Lynley studied dance at Old Dominion University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts/ Dance, and taught Jazz, Tap, and Ballet part time in the Hampton Roads area. We hear that she is as demanding in the dance studio as she is on the stage.
Along the way she was hired part-time by a Tidewater, VA based show band. After bothering them for an entire year the leap was made to full-time, and Lynley has made entertaining her living ever since. Travel to exotic places and shopping wherever possible are two more of her claims to fame and two of the many reasons that Lynley is in the entertainment business. She also is an award winning vocalist with several wins including Beachfront Radio, The MEONA awards, and 9Volt Magazine.
In addition to her vocal talents in the Girlz Rule Band, Lynley plays lead and double second steel pans, congas, and bass guitar with her husband in the well-known trop rock band; The Calypso Nuts!

Kristie Bobal
Nashville, TN native Kristie Bobal has been surrounded by Music all her life.
In college, at the University of Tennessee, Kristie began singing with local hero Tall Paul which led to them touring together and eventually the recording of her ‘absolutely perfect in every way’ CD “Blissful Magic Moment” and their duo CD “Covers”
From church choir to college bars to concert stage, Kristie’s passionate vocal delivery has always attracted people to her songs. She can go from a “pin drop” quiet ballad to a raucous Rock anthem with equal ease and confidence. Her music has taken her all across the US as well as throughout the Carribbean and Europe.
In her spare time, Kristie collects bottlecaps to create her unique style of bottle cap art which is available at select art shows and music shows.
Scott Kirby
Singer, songwriter, guitarist, storyteller, sailor and road warrior are all words that aptly describe Scott Kirby. Writing songs for a new CD, performing 150 live shows a year throughout the US and Canada, and holding down the stage at his own club—Key West’s Smokin’ Tuna Saloon—keep the barnacles off this modern-day troubadour.
A creative lyricist and accomplished finger-style acoustic guitarist with an expressive voice, Kirby describes himself as a direct descendent of the ’70s singer/songwriter movement. His very first 45 was a Beatles record, and he came of musical age listening to James Taylor and other great songwriters of that era. He has never received any formal musical training, but often credits Taylor with teaching him how to play the acoustic guitar. “If it weren’t for the hundreds of solitary hours in my room in Concord, New Hampshire, with a guitar and a James Taylor book, I never would have learned to play,” says Kirby. Speaking of New Hampshire and musical influences, let’s not forget fellow New Hampshire native Tom Rush who was taking the folk scene by storm in Kirby’s formative years. Coincidentally, Kirby connected with both of these artists in Key West 30 years later, which is a whole other story.

After a few years in high school bands and a stint in his early 20s as a bass guitarist with a group, Kirby drifted away from music and became immersed in a career in politics: managing campaigns, writing and producing radio and TV ads, and overseeing the office of a leader in the New Hampshire legislature. He was also guitarless for eight years! In 1988, however, after tiring of the political rat race and the length and severity of New England winters, he bought a new guitar, relentlessly practiced his chops, and planned his escape. Six months later Kirby was living in Key West and performing five nights a week on a balmy beach facing the Gulf of Mexico.
Kirby started writing songs after some inspirational late-night words from legendary songwriter Shel Silverstein and further encouragement from Peter Mayer, who had just joined the Coral Reefer Band. A year later he found himself recording his first CD, Too Damn Yankee, in Jimmy Buffett’s Shrimpboat Sound Studio with Peter and Jim Mayer and Roger Guth. “This was a very lucky break for me, but I was in a bit over my head,” says Kirby. “Peter, Jim and Roger were incredibly patient with me and it was a fantastic learning experience.”
Between 1993 and 2006, Kirby continued to write new material and recorded four more CDs with Key West producer/engineer Dan Simpson. In 2008 luck struck again when famed drummer/producer Russ Kunkel offered to produce Kirby’s Row Me Home CD at his studio in Los Angeles. “Next thing I know I’m cutting my songs in the Hollywood Hills with Russ, bassist Leland Sklar and guitarist Dean Parks and feeling like the luckiest guy in the world.”
Speaking of luck, Kirby’s wistful ballad “Lucky Enough” struck a chord with listeners on Sirius/XM Radio Margaritaville, which exposed his music to more markets around the country and led to his current touring schedule through 35 states each year. He continues to receive regular airplay on the station.
Kirby joined a group of friends in 2011 to open the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, a 200-seat bar and music venue in Key West where Kirby performs often in winter months. The Tuna is also host to the Key West Songwriter’s Festival. The festival is in its 20th year and has exploded into the largest event of its kind in the country, featuring more than 150 songwriters every year.
In 2013 Kirby released his seventh CD, Sol Searching, a collaboration with producer/engineer/musician Lew London. “Lew was great to work with as he’s so multi-talented,” says Kirby. “He performed for years with Steve Goodman and is such a fine songwriter in his own right that he really understands how to build a sound around acoustically based songs.”
Scott Kirby’s latest CD, Chasing Hemingway’s Ghost, was recorded with and produced by Matt and Andy Thompson in their studio in Nashville and released in 2017.
When it comes to songwriting, Kirby respects authenticity and counts on everyday life and his coastal roots for much of his inspiration. “I don’t wake up every day thinking about writing the next commercial hit,” says Kirby. “Songwriting for me is about telling stories, expressing emotions, and commentary on things I may find funny or absurd.”
Over the years Kirby has shared the stage with some of his favorite artists: Carole King, Jimmy Buffett, Livingston Taylor, Tom Rush, Mac McAnally, Peter Mayer and others. When not on the road or performing in Key West, Kirby splits his time between Livingston, Montana, and the coast of New Hampshire where he can often be found sailing, a lifelong passion of this descendent of Newfoundland fishermen.
Yes, Scott Kirby is—as he readily admits—lucky enough.

And also…

  • TropiCool (a Jim Morris Tribute)
  • James ‘Sunny Jim’ White
  • The JPs

More to come soon…