Although his career began in Central Michigan in 1975 with a band called Force, the forming of the Bobby Friss Band in 1983 started his rise to national acclaim and success.
2003 was a big year for the band with the release of two CD's. 'The Ballads of the Cherry Republic' a tribute to the farmers, people, and places of Northern Michigan, especially the Glen Arbor Area with the emporium called the 'Cherry Republic' the home capital. This is a different side of Bobby's writing with a more scaled down, acoustic sound, including violin, mandolin, and even banjo. 'Live from Bike Week' was recorded in Daytona Beach, FL and really captures the feel of the band onstage. Jerry Riggs performance on guitar solidifies his reputation as one of the world's best.
DJ Barry Carew
One one of the biggest country remix DJs in the country @BarryCarewMusic will play host and DJ to the Inaugural Sunshine City Smokeout
Madelaine is a country music singer/songwriter. She performs in Florida with The Southern Gypsy Band.
Born and raised in Seymour, Indiana, Logan Grant relocated to Tampa, Florida in 2013. Since then, he has shared the stage with a multitude of well known artists (Locash, Craig Morgan, Sublime with Rome, Rusted Root, Sister Hazel, etc.). He has been utilized as an opening act for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lightning, and Rays. Depending on the event, the performance can be played in various forms (solo, duo, or full band) upon request. His catalogue of songs range from what was popular back in the 60s all the way to the modern music of today. As an original artist, he and his cousin, David Ertel, plan to release their debut album, Moonlighter, sometime this year under the alias, Odie Ray.
The Dirty Janes
Bred from an adolescence spent climbing from the hellish pits of Florida's dives, The Dirty Janes ooze a rock n' roll authenticity hard to come by in modern day.
Their fledgling years were typical — dingy sports bars, set-lists laden with covers — and they were well-documented under the group's former name “Sick Hot," which was at long last laid fo rest after more than half a decade
Now, there's a revised air of sophistication that seeps between the curtain of fringe sleeves and shaggy manes of hair; covers have become far and few within a prolific repertoire of original music that's reminiscent of godfather rock bands like Humble Pie, Slade, and early Aerosmith.
The Dirty Janes emerge seasoned with several major festival appearances under their belt, having played with names like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elle King, The Allman Betts Band, and Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown.
With a full-length album under way, Clearwater's renowned Clear Track Studios has been a second home for the group. It will be their first release under their new name and is expected to hit both platforms and shelves early next year.