John Etheridge 
Member since Nov 18, 2008

There are big changes brewing in the sonic landscape for JOHN ETHERIDGE, the founder, drummer, lead vocalist, and head chef of DE COLLARD PEOPLES. He is bringing to the table a new lineup of talent, that, from here on in, be known as THE JOHN ETHERIDGE EXPERIENCE. See: A flavorful combination of musical textures designed for even the most discriminating musical palette. For several years, John has been performing in several side projects with CHRIS GRANT. John first met Chris in 1989 when he was the bassist for the now defunct North Carolina based blues-rock group ARHOOLY. After several subsequent encounters in the 90’s, while Mr. Grant was the bassist for blues legends WALTER ”Lightning Bug” RHODES, and SKEETER BRANDON, John knew it was only a matter of time before he and Chris would have to “lay down a groove” together. John would have to wait a while longer however, as Chris continued on his personal musical journey that included stints with guitarists BIG BILL MORGANFIELD and JIMMY THACKERY. The first shows that John and Chris played together were with the inimitable blues-harp player JUKE JOINT JOHNNY. Afterwards, together they formed the musical foundation for several incarnations of guitarist BRAD HENTY’s bands. Enter PATIENCE CLEMENTS. John met Patience while drumming for Brad Henty’s band BRADFORD STATION. She had recently relocated from Nashville, and John immediately recognized her immense talent as an arranger, singer songwriter and producer. Patience is a former Nashville session musician, side-woman, and songwriter of the hit "Honesty (Write Me a List)" for singer RODNEY ATKINS. Clements started playing piano at age 4. She moved to New York in the late 70’s, Miami in the early 80’s and Nashville in l983, where she played piano on THE GRAND OLE OPRY for five years. While in Nashville she wrote songs for Warner /Chappell Music and played recording sessions for up and coming artists for over 20 years. She was the musical director for PORTER WAGONER’S Band. Patience has toured the US extensively as well as Canada, England, Ireland and France. In l995 she started her own record label, PCC Squared Records, selling a niche-line of CD’s for Ballet Class. After releasing her fourth CD earlier this year, she is now available on i-tunes and In addition, Ms. Clements is a renowned accompanist for ballet class, playing her original compositions for master teachers such as Gelsey Kirkland, Susan Jaffe, Lee Theodore, Paul Vasterling, Mark Bush and many others. She has released four compact discs of music for class, which can be found at: RICKY WALTERS is a native of Charleston, South Carolina, and thus, of all of the artists aforementioned, has the longest history with ETHERIDGE. John’s first encounter with Walters happened in 1989 when John saw Ricky playing alongside guitarist EVERETTE BIGBEE in a band known as THE SMOKING SECTION. Walters joined the fledgling DE COLLARD PEOPLES in 1991, so there is a definite musical chemistry between the two. Walters’ love of the song, not the flash, has kept John fascinated by this truly under-rated guitarist for nearly two decades. So much in fact, that they played guitar alongside one another in the short lived musical art piece known as THE BEVERLY THRILLBILLIES. From the ashes of this project, the band COLONEL ANGUS was born. In this group Ricky played with guitarist extraordinaire JOHN McKELVEY, FRANK ROYSTER on bass, and drummer PAULO LICARDI. Mr. Walters spare time is devoted to HERPETOLOGY. He is a major contributor to the current research being performed at THE SERPENTARIUM at Edisto Beach, South Carolina.

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