Vocals, Percussion – Carrie
Carrie joined Paper Jam in 2011. Her love of music was first influenced by her father. He had a dance band in the 1970s. Her earliest memories were going to bed at night with the bedroom door rattling while her dad’s band practiced in the living room. Later on, his music was over her bedroom and he’d compose music after supper until late into the night.
Professionally trained, she had a broad taste in music but her first love was rock and roll. Her influences include Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Ethridge, Janis Joplin, Sheryl Crow, Pink, Etta James, Gwen Stefani, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Stevie Nicks, Shania Twain, Pat Benetar, Natasha Bedingfield, Nichole Nordeman, and Christina Aguilera and groups like INXS, Heart and Bon Jovi.
Carrie also handles marketing and public relations for Paper Jam.
Bass – Bruce
Originally from South Bend, Indiana, BRUCE J. BENNETT, moved to Arkansas to attend school, not intended to play bass again, having been on the road for several years in the Midwest with rock and funk bands. His hiatus lasted all of one semester. Since moving to NW Arkansas in 1988, he was played with many area bands and song writers, backing up artists for major label showcases and been the prototypical ‘hired gun’. A partial list would include the following: Bassist for Western Justice since 1996; bassist for Faith’s Journey (Bella Vista AR Christian band); bassist for West Street Blues Band (2015 NWA IBC representative), and bassist/keyboardist for Charity Baptist Church in Rogers, Arkansas. Has also performed w NAMA Best Male Vocalist winners Darren Ray & Travis Kidd, NAMA Best New Artist I Do Declare; NAMA Best Band winner LaFuSo; IBC 2012 semi-finalist David Kimbrough Jr.; 2012 NWA IBC representative Nathan A; Performed before crowds over 60,000 on many occasions, including the CountryJam USA and Country Fever concert series and Tulsa’s A Day In The Country; Performed as part of MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay’s band of choice (Western Justice, Joe Worrel and The Last Free Exit Band) for NFR 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015.
Don – Lead Guitar – Keyboards – Vocals
Don started his musical career at the age of 10 with Denver’s Junior Police Band. He played the French Horn. While a senior in high school, Don learned to play the guitar. While playing in the Air Force Band, in Germany, Don played with the Concert Band, Six piece jazz combo, 16 piece dance band and his own Rock Band “The Emanon”. The Emanon actually won Best Instrumental Group in an Air Force Talent Contest. For the last fifteen years along with playing Don has owned Sharkey Sound and Lights, organizing and performing in more than 50 shows a year. Don’s experience and talent has allowed him the privilege of opening for several legends including Johnny Lee, John Conley, Jango Walker, Tommy James, 3 Dog Night as well as Blood Sweat and Tears. When not on stage Don works around the house and travels with his wife. He is the ultimate gear head working and fixing equipment. He enjoys staying active and plays basketball several times a week.
Drums – Keith
Though born in Miami, Keith grew up in Memphis. His first musical love was the saxophone. Though he played alto, tenor and baritone sax in the school band, everything changed when he saw the Beatles live on their final tour. From that point forward it had to be drums!
He eventually returned to Florida; this time Tallahassee. Keith served as drummer for the house band at the infamous Silver Slipper. The band was a rhythm and blues, high-energy band, and for 6 years he filled the drum chair; sometimes playing 5 nights a week 9-2am. The band also played all the popular venues in North Florida, such as the Governor’s Club and the University Club. The band was also featured at live concerts; opening for such national acts as Keith Urban, Diamond Rio and others. Prior to this gig, Keith played in several different rock and roll bands.
Keith’s musical influences are the Ventures, Beatles, Dave Clark 5, Animals, Kinks, Zombies, Yardbirds, Motown, Doors, Vanilla Fudge, Pink Floyd, Moody Blues.
Rhythm Guitar and Keyboards – Tom
Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio enabled him to have access to major groups, concerts, musicians and musical opportunities during the birth of Rock and Roll.
Groups like the Beatles, Beach Boys, Eagles, Kinks, The Choir, The James Gang, music from the Summer Of Love, Woodstock and so many more frequented the Cleveland area and helped form the musical background he now possesses. He started playing in a band – like everyone else – in the mid 60’s but hung it up for other things until he had the opportunity to join Paperjam.