Soul Circus Cowboys is:
As an independent singer, Billy McKnight climbed to the top of the charts with tracks such as "All-American" and "You Wanna Make Somethin of It." With a wide vocal range and impressive stage presence, Billy has become one of the best "crowd pleasers" country music has seen in some time.
Growing up with a mom who sang and played guitar, Billy was introduced to a variety of music - from â50s rock and roll to whatever was current at the time, including ballads and country. That family experience fueled Billy's desire to pursue his own music career.
His early heroes included Conway Twitty, the Everly Brothers, Loretta Lynn, The Eagles, E.T. Conley, the Righteous Brothers, and Garth Brooks; one of his favorite singers was Roy Orbison. Billy's musical quest landed him a spot on Ed McMahons' "Star Search." Although he didn't win, he realized then that this was the dream he needed to pursue.
He met the challenge and relocated to Nashville, TN and recorded his first album, "All-American." After working with some of the best producers in country music, Billy re-mixed and re-mastered several of his songs, and even added a few new songs, including the hit song, "Talk About Love."
Jason Gaines grew up in Stuart, Florida, where he started his musical career at age 8 playing drums, bass, acoustic guitar & singing, also picking up banjo & mandolin in his father's bluegrass band. His influences include his father's original music, the Beatles, Primus & Incubus, to name a few. By the age of 18, Jason made the solo move to the Tampa Bay Area to further pursue his dream. Immediately he made a name for himself as a phenomenal finger-banger, focusing primarily on the bass guitar. Armed with his bass and his distinct sound and style, he quickly joined several well-known local bands such as Groove Altar and Basic Rock Outfit. Jason is fresh off of the 2010 European "Festival" tour playing bass for Jon Oliva's Pain, and recorded a live DVD due for release in 2011.
Jason Alfano without a doubt has worked hard to create a name for himself in the Florida music scene. Best known for his passionate drumming and tireless work ethic, Jason has landed dozens of recording sessions and has played thousands of gigs during his career. Jason and his former band-mates of Basic Rock Outfit have shared the stage with artists ranging from legendary Artimus Pyle to pop icon Rihanna. Jason and B.R.O. recorded their debut CD titled "Thank You for the Pain" at Radio Star Studios in Weed, California with producer Sylvia Massy-Shivy (Tool, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers etc.) He has also recorded with producers Jody Gray (White Mare Productions and Pro Star Recording Studios) and Steve Connolly (Zen Recording). Since 2008 Jason has played drums for Tampa based band Chromatic, led by his good friend Johnny Chromatic, as well as steady sub-work with other Florida bands. Jason Alfano plays drums, percussion, guitar, piano and is a published songwriter.
Having started playing guitar at the age of 14 in Tallahassee, FL, Johnny knew from an early age guitar and music were to be a big part of his life. After studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Johnny came back to Florida and began honing his performing skills by touring in several regional acts. After several independent releases Johnny began a musical collaboration with Ralph Santolla (Iced Earth, Obituary, Decide, Death) called Stare. After recording basic tracks, Ralph began playing with Sebastian Bach of Skid Row fame. He then called on the services of Johnny to perform guitar and back-up singing duties. Johnny has been performing and recording with Sebastian since 2004. Sebastianâs album Angel Down (on which Johnny performed and wrote two songs, and which also features Axel Rose) has sold over 200,000 copies worldwide.
Johnny believes in the music of, and the musicians involved in, the Soul Circus Cowboys. Billy has that certain quality and Johnny canât wait to release it on the world. Johnnyâs addiction to this music makes him a perfect fit, and thereâs something magical when it all comes together. Come to a Soul Circus Cowboys show and you are guaranteed a good time. Weâre coming to your town soon!