I first met Derrick Edwards many years ago while playing music with Ray Sherman's "Country Stingers" band. I was certainly impressed with his drumming abilities and talent. We have had a long working relationship (musically) ever since that time. Though I only work selective gigs thse days, you wll usually find Derrick Edwards behind the drums. Derrick keeps very active as a drummer, working with several different bands ranging from church gigs to R&B to Bluegrass. If you have a need for a talented drummer, one who has spent his lifetime playing music full-time, get in touch with Derrick Edwards. He also has a great personality! That is a real plus when working in the public.
Derrick Edwards and Tony Barge
as they perform a duo gig for Derrick's father-in-law during October 2011, near Kittanning, PA. That thingDerrick is sitting on looks like no more than a stool, but it is some sorta African drum. It sounds like a drum set as Derrick taps his fingers and hands in different areas to achieve different tones, ranging from bass drum to snare rim shot. It's a pretty fascinating unit! Of course, a talented man is keeping the rythmn. That definately makes a diffrence!
From L to R in this early 1990's photograph: Skeeter Davis (star of Grand Ole Opry -- she had the super hit crossover song "Don't They Know It's The End Of The World", Johnny Calinger - often times can be found playing keyboard in The Tony Barge Band, Grand Ole Opry Star Connie Smith - a.k.a. Mrs. Marty Stuart, and Tony Barge. John Calinger and Tony have been friends for 30-plus years and have shared the stage many times thru those years. John makes his home near Monaca, PA. He also runs karaoke shows at the VFW Club in Monaca every Friday night, as well as other bookings -- if you have a need for country music karaoke for your upcoming event call John 724.417.0694...
The original COUNTRY SHOWCASE BAND, formed in the late 1980's. This photo was taken in bands dressing room at the Cedartown Municipal Auditorium, Cedartown, GA. The band played a New Years Eve concert there in 1990. From L to R" Ron Eaton (Drummer), Tony Barge, Merle "Vern" Gallaher (bass guitar), Kevin Rickert (pedal steel guitar). Currently, Ron makes his home in Beaver County, PA., Vern has gone home to the Lord, Kevin makes his home in the area of Portland, TN.