The individual members of the Bluesonics have played
professionally in various bands over the years. Their experience
encompasses many popular genres ranging from Gospel, to Rock, Country, Cajun,
Bluegrass, and, of course, the Blues.
Ken Harrison - Drummer , Vocalist, and manager of the Bluesonics has had
a love for music for as long as he can remember. He wanted to play drums
from the first time he saw "Little Ricky" play on the I Love Lucy show back in
the early fifties. At age seven he got a ukulele for Christmas and
quickly learned all the songs in the book that came with it. He tried
his hand at guitar, and played sax in the junior high school band because
the number of kids who wanted to play drums exceeded the number of drums available.
At long last he got his first drum kit for Christmas in 1966. He joined
his first band before the middle of January 1967, and never looked back.
In 1969 he began playing with Grover Jackson who later owned Charvel
Jackson, and Jackson guitars. Grover introduced him to the blues and his
love for the blues began almost immediately. He played in numerous bands
in the Chattanooga area where he grew up, but had to settle for classic
rock or southern rock in order to play on a regular basis. In 1995 he
moved to Savannah and joined forces with blues guitarist Eric Culberson.
Finally, he was in a real blues-only band. After a year or so with Eric, Ken and Jon
Faircloth started their own group which soon became known as the Bluesonics. Ken initially
handled the majority of the back-up vocals as well as the drumming and
booking. Due to early personnel changes, the task of lead vocals has been filled by Ken for the last five or six years - a challenge Ken was ready and willing to take. Today the band is
thriving on the music he really loves. Ken has become one the top
shuffle drummers in the area, and has a real ear for "feel good" music
that keeps crowds in the club all night long.
Ken has played for many bands over the years and been involved in shows
of all sizes. He says his best work has been with the Bluesonics where
he has been a regular on the River Street stages for the Savannah St.
Patrick's Day Festival, as well as Fine Arts on the River, First
Saturday, and Oktoberfest on River Street. He has opened for The Atlanta
Rhythm Section, The Young Rascals, Lonnie Brooks, Jerry Portnoy,
Jefferson Star Ship, and a host of others. Ya gotta come see these boys
Jack Sherman -
Jack, like many others, was mesmerized by the Beatles on Ed Sullivan at the tender age of 8. His other interests, James Bond and Jacques Cousteau, eventually fell to the wayside as his love for guitar and making music took over. He bought his first guitar, a Checkmate, for $10.00 in Rochester, New York. After he moved to San Diego he went through the ritual like most musicians of starting a band and covering his favorite band, which was Grand Funk. The next step was an all original music group called Pagan Tumor. From there he played with several rock and roll cover bands and learned while he covered the music genres that filled the radio waves in the seventies. This included a cover band with a four piece horn section doing tunes from Chicago, BS&T, Steely Dan, etc… From there he moved to L.A. and pursued original music with the idea that “I will never play covers again”, which led to “oh well, never say never”. Jack continued his music career by spending some time as the guitarist for The Red Hot Chili Peppers performing on their 1st album, touring, videos, and wrote their 2nd record. To his credit is a long list of live performances and recording gigs with a list of big names consisting of names like: Bert Sommer, Tanya Tucker, John Hiatt, Solomon Burke, Merry Clayton, Barry Goldberg, Jim Keltner, Russ Kunkel, Katey Sagal, Dee Murray, Charlie Sexton, Bob Dylan, Tonio K, Jon Bon Jovi, Kenny Aranoff, and the list goes on and on. Jack has developed a love for the blues genre’, the discipline, and the freedom that comes with the expression of one’s feelings through this form of music. The Bluesonics are very happy to have him as part of the family. You got to come and hear this man play!
Jon Faircloth - Jon began playing the guitar when he was 16 years old progressing rapidly in his skills. He was the original guitarist for the Bluesonics, but left the band for a period of years in which he lived in Atlanta. Upon his return, the band needed him back and he was only too glad to oblige. He resumed his post without missing a beat and augments the sound with a wicked tone and a pure blues feel from his red ES 335!
Bryan Spradlin - Bryan has been an avid music fan
from a very young age. "My earliest memory of music that really
sent me was when I was three years old. My cousin gave my older brother and me two 45 RPM records. The first was Elvis
Presley, "Hound Dog" on one side and "Don't Be Cruel" on
the other. The second 45 was Little Richard - "Tutti Fruity"
on the one side and "Rip It Up" and "True Fine Mama" on
the other. Those were two pretty intense records for two kids ages 3
and 6!! I remember playing them over and over and over on our little
kid's box phono! That thing probably had a 3 inch speaker in it, but
we couldn't listen enough."
At age 5, Bryan was playing the ukelele he inherited from his
older brother, Landon, to play and sing songs for the family and friends.
Landon had taken up the guitar so the uke was available. At the age
of 6, the family moved to Chatham, Virginia, where their father taught at
Hargrave Military Academy. Bryan lost interest in the uke, but
continued his musical experience by singing with Landon and his mother and
father in a four part a cappela family quartet. He and his brother
also performed as a duet. He took up sax in the
fourth grade and continued to play in the band until his senior year in high
school, when other interests caused him to put it down. However, his
love for music continued. "From the age of 6 on, I bought and listened
to many types of music, going through the various popular musical styles and
the times in roughly this order: early Elvis, The British Invasion (Beatles,
Stones, Yardbirds, Animals, Dave Clark 5, etc), Soul and Blues (James Brown,
BB King, Booker T and the MGs, Aretha Franklin, San and Dave, Wilson
Pickett, Little Richard, "The
Super Hits Albums" etc.) Motown (Temptations, 4 Tops, Delphonics, etc),
"harder" Rock (Led Zeppelin, Foghat, early Black Sabbath,etc)
Southern Rock (Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, Charlie Daniels, Lynyrd
Skynyrd, etc), Country rock (Eagles, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Pure
Prairie League, Poco,
etc.), then on to ELP, Gentle Giant, Spirit, King Crimson, Yes, Thin
Lizzie, Aerosmith, Little Feat, some jazz fusion, then on to bluegrass, one
of my favorite genres, - Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, The
Seldom Scene, Jimmy Martin, Tony Rice (The Bluegrass Album Band), Del
McCoury, which got me into "roots music" and back to the blues, which
influenced so many of the other artists I have enjoyed. Some of my
favorite Blues artists are: Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, BB King, Freddie
King, Albert King, The Nighthawks, Elmore James, Pinetop Perkins, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee
Hooker, Rod Piazza, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Kim Wilson, and on and on. " Bryan
began playing electric bass in 1978 and hasn't stopped since, picking up the
acoustic guitar (and some electric) as well. The recent acquisition of an upright bass (something Bryan has wanted to play for a long time) has added a "new" dimension to the band's sound...the classic sound of the "doghouse" bass heard on old Chicago era blues recordings.
Bryan has shared the stage with many bluegrass artists
including Vassar Clements, Del McCoury and Ralph Stanley and recorded a bluegrass project (Mystery
Train) with Buddy Merriam and Backroads. He has also provided bass in
gospel artist Raphael Green (album entitled "Forgive") and
gospel/blues artist Landon Spradlin.