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.
Lead Guitar/Vocals – Tim
Tim’s came to use from Southwest Louisiana. He’s been playing guitar for 40+ yrs. He is also has been repairing and building stringed instruments for the last 15 yrs.
Drums – Rocky
A native of Northwest Arkansas, Rocky has been playing drums in the area from the age of 14. After learning to play gospel music in church, he has played country, folk, rock, blues, jazz, and hip-hop. A desire to study more styles and rhythms led to participating in Silkroad’s annual Global Musicians Workshop at DePauw University in 2017 with musicians from over 20 countries. He enjoys playing anything from a full traditional setup to recently focusing on the cajon, a wooden box which is sat on and played with the hands. Rocky continues to play in local churches and enjoys laying down a deep groove on classic rock or rhythm & blues tunes.
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.