Wade Johnson

Born in Long Beach ,California he was musically influenced by his mother who taught him to harmonize and encouraged his interest in music. At age 13 she enrolled him in private drum lessons after he scored 100 in a musical equivalency test in Jr.Hs. in the rhythm portion of the test. Then he joined the Agassiz Jr. High (Fargo N.D) band where he learned various percussion instruments. Eight grade found Wade back in California with Mom and two sisters. Here he came under the direction of music instructor Ted Dechter who guided Wade to 1st chair on the snare! But, Wade's musical interest came to a peak in February of 1964 when he saw The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. That Sunday evening he knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life. in 1965 he bought a Ludwig drum set, ( just like Ringo Starr's) and off he went on a musical journey which continues on, 50 years later. A serious car accident in 1965 found Wade laid up and unable to properly play his drums for three month. It was during this time he was introduced to the guitar and was taught his first chords by his first band mates. (The Blucoats) It was then he wrote his first song ( Mr. Migraine) and discovered his love for songwriting. During this time period The Blucoats were signed by a Hollywood producer and brought in to record at the legendary Gold Star Studio were the legendary Phil Spector and" The Wrecking Crew" recorded so many hit records. In 1969 he joined a band called Freedom Street and moved to Memphis,TN. He was signed by legendary songwriter and producer,  Dan Penn, as a staff songwriter and recording artist for Beautiful Sounds Recording Studio and Dan Penn Music publishing company. It was there he learned the fine art of songwriting and recording by soaking up everything he was exposed to. Sessions by the likes of Don Nix, Booker T & the MG's , Joe Cocker & Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Leon Russell,Freddie King,Willis Alan Ramsey, Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys ,BJ Thomas, Vicki Lawrence, Rusty Kershaw, Steve Cropper, The Memphis Horns, Billy Swan, Spooner Oldham, Dan Penn, Alex Chilton and many,many more. After a great two years Penn sold the studio and Wade moved back to California. He continued writing songs and playing drums with various Southern California Bands. 1975 found Wade in Dallas,Texas playing drums with Gunpoint,The Desperados,Rio,The Shades (recorded and released an EP called "Acquainted with Night" that included an original by Wade called "What went wrong" ) High Roller, The Pengwins, The Party Crashers, 4 Way Street,The exploding Chihuahuas, and most recently he is playing with The Metro Rocket Band and continuing his songwriting with Billy Wade Music and the MindMeld project. His love of songwriting continues and has become his primary focus and love. Wade has toured extensively across the USA. In 1986 Wade was nominated for and received the prestigious Texas Tornado Award for drums by the Dallas based Buddy Magazine! He as appeared in the musical documentary "Teen A Go-GO" and was interviewed for the musical documentary "The Power Pop Movie" which is still in production. He plays Drums ,Guitar, Keyboards and sings lead and harmony vocals. Wade resides in Arlington Texas when he is not under a shady tree in New Mexico perfecting his songwriting craft.
Willis Alan Ramsey ( "Northeast Texas Women") Coke Bottles 1971
The Shades ( Aquainted with the Night " EP) Drums, Piano, Vocals 1983
Scot Jon Swestka ( Continuum") Drums 
John Walker ( Solo CD) Drums

Billy Kirby

Born in Germany shortly after WWII, Billy grew up on a heavy dose of British and American Rock and Roll piped into his Transistor Radio from Radio Luxemburg. The year before coming to the land of Milkshakes and Chuck Berry he began to play music on a homemade set of drums. After coming to Texas in 1965 he set out on this musical journey as a Songwriter/Singer/Guitarist that brings him to this newest adventure. He has written dozens of songs, some good, some really good, and some, never to be heard by anyone but himself. He has had the honor to share the stage with many great musicians and tried to learn from each one.
Lazy Dawg - 1970's 
Revolving Door - 1980's 
Texas Pearl - 1990's 
Eric O'Twinkie - 2000's 
Dusty Vinyl - 2011 - 2014
BillyWade 2014-NOW
Songs from The Soul - Lazy Dawg ( first foray into some original compositions)
Dark Side of Love - Texas Pearl  (all original project)
Alive as can be - Texas Pearl 
Blue - Eric O'Twinkie (all original compositions)
Five for the road - Billy Kirby solo EP (release date 11-'17)
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