BILLY THUNDER MASON - FORMERLY TIM MCGRAW THE DANCEHALL DOCTORS DRUMMER
Billy "THUNDER" Mason spent 18 years on the road with TIM MCGRAW and has played on over 25 million selling albums from The DANCEHALL DOCTOR album to EMOTIONAL TRAFFIC album which included over 10 number 1 singles including "LIVE LIKE YOU WERE DYING" which won 3 Grammy Awards. Billy has played all over the world including Rome with Tim and Faith for the LIVE 8 BENEFIT with over 300,000 people to the NASHVILLE RISING (Nashville Flood) that played for 17 difference artists including Tim, Toby Keith, Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Lynard Skynard and many more. Together they helped raise over 10 million dollars for the flood victims of Nashville area in 2010. He has shared the stage with greats such as Kenny Rogers, Tony Bennett (Sold out show in Madison Square Garden), Elton John just to name a few. Not only was Billy with Tim from 1994-2011, but he is the only drummer of Tim's that will ever be A DANCEHALL DOCTOR.
JEFF RICHARDS as TWIN MCGRAW
Jeff has been entertaining professionally as Twin McGraw, a Tim McGraw Tribute Artist since 2006. Twin has entertained at venues all across the country and throughout the years has received multiple awards for his incredible tribute to Tim McGraw. Twin puts on a must-see show singing a variety of Tim's number one hits as well as many others. While watching a Twin McGraw performance or experiencing a meet and greet, you'll feel as if you've seen the real thing. Tim McGraw himself was even amazed at the resemblance when he met Twin backstage after a concert in Lake Tahoe, NV. Tim recently invited Twin to sing on stage with him during his concert in Tampa, FL. after noticing Twin in the crowd. From live concerts, private/ corporate events to meet & greets. Now sharing the stage with Billy THUNDER Mason, Twin understands THE ROAR OF THE THUNDER adding to the fun and exciting show. Twin will leave you wondering, is that TWIN OR IS THAT REALLY TIM? You will just have to see the show and judge for yourself!
GEOFF BUTTERWORTH PIANO/BVG
Geoff is a master of the ivory keys, guitar, bass, fiddle and much more. Geoff is a professional musician, producer, mixing and mastering engineer. He is the owner and head engineer of Sound Paradigm Studio where music and audiobooks are produced for international sales. Geoff also scores for films and videos. His latest projects include "The Trouble with Rain", "Breathe Audio Bible. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education and teaches, piano, guitar, bass, violin, cello, and audio engineers to about 40 students each week when he is not out on the road.
RICH ELKHART LEAD GUITAR/SLIDE GUITAR/ BGV
Always working steadily as a musician Rich
has been fortunate enough to perform with
many of music's top icons including Charlie
Daniels, Willie Nelson, Ted Nugent, Sammy
Hagar, Merle Haggard, Steve Cropper, Glen
Campbell, Joe Perry, Delbert McClinton,
Steven Tyler, Shania Twain and Jerry Lee
Rich Eckhardt is the lead guitarist for Country super-star Toby Keith.
He has performed in nearly every major concert venue in the world
and has also played on Grammy winning and multi-platinum albums.
Ted Nugent listed him among the top of his favorite players list.
Rich has two critically acclaimed solo CD’s Soundcheck (2005)
and Cottage City Firehouse (2009)
BRANDAN BLANKE PERCUSSION/ BGV
Brandan has been playing drums since the age of 12 and percussion follows right after that. Brandan is a versatile player from rock, Americana, country, and fusion. Brandan's story isn't your typical Nashville story. Brandan was a rock drummer in Indiana and he was looking through Modern Drummer magazine March 98 and there was a spread article of Billy Thunder Mason but had NO IDEA who Tim McGraw was but he connected with the story of Billy. So he reached out to Rick Malkin that had taken the pictures of Billy for the shoot so he gave Rick his number to pass along to Billy. Ironically, Billy reaches back to Brandan and they agree to meet. They get together for lunch and the rest is history. Brandan and Billy have shared the stage many times over the years and excited about this McGraw project and making music.
JEFF AULICH GUITAR/BGV
Jeff is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter in Nashville, TN. He has had the privilege of sharing the stage with artists such as Kane Brown, Josh Paige, King Calaway, Anthony Evans Jr. (Voice S2), Ty Tribbett, Taylor Phillips, David Hernandez (Idol S7), Amy Krebs (Idol S6), Amber Carrington (Voice S4), Mason Grace, Rose’s Pawn Shop, Brenton Brown, and Colorfair to name just a few. Hailing from Northern California, Jeff studied music in Los Angeles where he began playing and band leading for country artist, Josh Paige. Jeff and Josh moved to Nashville together after being offered a residency at the world-famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge. Jeff has co-produced and played guitar, bass, banjo, and dobro on every single that Josh Paige has released. He has played over 200 gigs a year with Josh Paige for the past 6 years, including several at Bridgestone Arena. Jeff studied classical guitar at William Jessup University and Guitar Performance at Musicians Institute. He maintains a busy teaching and recording schedule as well, and can be seen regularly in the Tootsies circuit in downtown Nashville.