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Mary Lewis
Mesquite is a six-piece band fronted by the great vocals of Mary Lewis and backed by a smokin’ five piece rhythm section. The band has fronted/played before for such acts as The Kentucky Headhunters; Gary Allan; Sawyer Brown. THE PLAYERS Mary Lewis - Vocals, Percussion, Guitar Mary has an exceptional voice and for the last ten years has been involved in various area bands and has performed for many local events. Tom Smith - Vocals, Drums, Percussion Tom’s wide variety of past musical experiences provide a unique contribution to the band’s style. Tom has played and sang with groups who covered the do-wop era of the 1950s and 60s, heavy metal bands of the 1970s, classic rock of the 1980s and the new country of the 1990s. He toured with several groups throughout the Midwest and West during the 1970s. He has played with several jazz groups including touring Illinois and recording with a college jazz band and recording with the featured jazz-fusion group of the NIU Jazz Band. Tom has a degree in music and has taught rudimental drumming and trap set lessons for many years. Jim Hernandez -Vocals, Guitar, Fiddle, Harp, Keyboards Jim brings to the band a touch of soul with his Latin-flavored rock guitar style. Being a multi-talented musician, Jim brings many different instruments to the band. Jim has recorded for Mercury Records. Don Shepherd - Guitar Don brings a country style in his guitar playing to the band. Don has played in many stateline bands. John Walrath - Vocals, Bass, Guitar John brings to the band many years of experience both in playing styles of music from Classic Rock to Country as well as a wide range of vocal harmonies. Mike “Cookie” Greenwood - Vocals, Keyboard Mike brings years of experienced playing with bands from coast to coast in a variety of styles from rock to blues.
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