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The Jonathan Tedford Band, the Music, and the Man

Jonathan Tedford, along with three other musicians are an Arkansas based group who started out with the idea of becoming a red-dirt, country band, but say their guitars are a little too loud and their drummer plays a little heavy, so they ended up being a southern rock band.

Jonathan Tedford is a country singer and he always has been, but now he’s paired up with a rock band, kind of Whiskey Myers, Cadillac Three, red dirt, southern rock, band appropriately named, The Jonathan Tedford Band. The group consists of the bass player Taylor Victory, drummer Keith Robison, lead guitarist Baylee Moore, and Jonathan Tedford the lead singer who also plays rhythm guitar.

What’s Ahead For the Band

The band is coming out with an EP they are recording at Red Brick Studio in Hector, Ar. The Extended Play has six songs all written by Jonathan Tedford and will be released this fall. He began writing music after high-school when a  break-up flipped switch of emotion and he began to treat the lyrics as a personal diary, writing everything he was feeling and putting that raw emotion into the music he composed.

On the upcoming EP one of the songs that will be released entitled, “To You” was written by Tedford when he imagined what it might be like if he lost his family because he spent so much time on the road. It was borne out of pure emotion and creative thinking, but not because it was a real situation. Chorus: “You are my North star, my last chance, you’re like falling in love at a first glance, no matter what I do, I hope it takes me to you.” Tedford credits his wife, Brooke as his biggest support. 

The band has enough material to record a full-length album but intends to release the EP this fall. The group’s goal is to do what they all love and be able to play full-time. Each member of the Jonathan Tedford band is just as passionate about the end goal as the lead singer.

  Jonathan Tedford playing HectorFest 2017 at Cecil Riley Memorial Park. Photo by Lacey Keenan © 2017.

The band has been together for a short time a little less than a year, but say that if you joined them for dinner, you would think they have all known one another for twenty years. They feel like a band of brothers as they fight and argue then come together supporting each other as a cohesive unit.

The Music

Tedford says, “First and foremost I love writing music and showcasing it to people and seeing the reactions of the crowd. Watching them feel the feelings I am expressing in my songs. I want my music to move you. Whether it’s something we cover or something that is an original piece. I love to watch the whole mood of the entire venue change just from the music I’m playing. And let’s be honest, it never hurts to play for a rowdy crowd that dances and cheers and sings along to the songs while you play. I love crowd interaction in its entirety.”

Jonathan played acoustic in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and anywhere that would let him play for tips or a benefit for a good cause. Keith Robinson and Tedford have been the pioneers of the band’s formation. Robinson introduced Taylor Victory, and Baylee Moore into the group.

Never Afraid to Show Up For a Good Cause

Proud to help benefits and non-profits raise money for good causes, the musicians have played for many charity events. Relay for Life, Special Olympics, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and the Hector Scholarship Foundation, are among those charities. Tedford says, “Any benefit that is going to help kids or benefit someone trying to do good things for the community is worth us coming out and putting on a good show. All the members of our band are on the same page with those ideas. I got pretty lucky to find this group of stand-up guys.”

Chris Stapleton, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Eric Church, Cadillac Three, and Whiskey Meyers are the influences heard in Tedford’s music. There is no doubt that Tedford has come a long way from being the guy, at the campfire, with a guitar who people kept asking to hear more of his music.

Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Tedford.

Connect with the band on social media at Jonathan Tedford Music on Facebook, Instagram, and tedford007 on Snapchat.

Check out The Jonathan Tedford Band live at the following locations:

The Recovery Room In Fort Smith, AR. on Sept. 1, 2017.

Front Street Grill in Dardanelle, AR. on Sept. 9, 2017

Jose’s Supper Club in Morrilton, AR. on Oct. 7, 2017

Halloween Party at the Rockin Rooster in Paris, AR. on Oct. 28, 2017

New Year’s Eve Party at the Rockin Rooster in Paris, AR. on Dec. 28, 2017

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Dirty Lindsey the Story Behind the Rock ‘N Roll Band

The Dirty Lindsey story delves into the minds of four rock-n-roll musicians who love performing at the top of their game. The raw enthusiasm of the band’s members is contagious and spills over to the audiences during their shows. They have the kind of energy that only comes from doing what they love. 

Dirty Lindsey strives to learn songs that are different from the typical 80’s rock music heard by every other cover band. Picking songs that are high on the difficulty range is par for the course. The group likes to push themselves to reach new heights with their music. Among the list of artists the band performs are Guns N Roses, Pink Floyd, KISS, Alice In Chains, Thin Lizzy, Queen, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Quiet Riot, White Snake, AC/DC, and Ratt. 

Since 2005, Dirty Linsey has had the privilege to share stages with some big name rock n rollers like Alice Cooper, Bret Michaels, Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, just to name a few. Opening for Poison at the Magic Springs Concert was one of the many good times the band remembers, as they played Kiss’s Rock n Roll All Night in an encore performance.  

Dirty Linsey is headlining for HectorFest 2017 on July 1st.

How it all started

Dirty Lindsey is a spin-off of the bands The Meanies, The Blue Meanies, and Sharpe Dunaway and the Blue Meanies who originally formed in 1997. The band’s very first gig was opening for Blue Oyster Cult. The Blue Meanies broke up in 2000 for around three years. Sharpe Dunaway, Darrell Yates, Eric Johnson, and Ty Sims got together and formed a Christmas band called the Screaming Santas. The band played Hard Rock Christmas songs and in 2001, and 2002, produced two albums “A Very Hairy Christmas” and “Going Insane at Christmas.” Every year the albums/music are made available for those who Like the Screaming Santas on Facebook, absolutely free. Through several progressions in musicians, styles, and losing a keyboard player in 2011, the remaining four members of The Sharpe Dunaway and the Blue Meanies became the Rock N Roll band, known as Dirty Lindsey.  

What’s in a name?

The truth about how Dirty Lindsey got their name is a well-guarded secret among the band’s members. Sharpe likes to say, “No one can handle the truth,” but here’s how he convinces the rest of the crew to get on board. 

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“Imagine the side of a B-1 Bomber, with all the kill marks on the side of it. World War II, Dirty Lindsey scrawled across one side of a bomber with a shark’s mouth on it, and one of those pin-up girls.” 

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Sharpe’s visual is all it took for the four musicians to adopt Dirty Lindsey as the perfect name for the rock band. 

Percussionist Sharpe Dunaway has always loved the band KISS and used to listen to them on eight tracks, while air drumming to learn the songs. When he was 14, Sharpe got his first drum set. He claims what he lacks in talent; he makes up for in having a good time when playing. In the practice room, the band works just as hard on the ending of each song as they do in the beginning. 

“We might play covers, but when you see Dirty Lindsey play, it’s a show.”

KISS and Van Halen are some of Dunaway’s favorite bands. Drummers that have influenced his music are John Bonham, Tommy Lee, Ricky Rocket, and Peter Criss.

“When you hear us play, we are probably a little bit louder and a little bit faster than you are used to.”

The Dirty Linsey stage has seen a lot of crazy things including a marriage proposal and even a wedding. Sharpe is a videographer outside of the band. He owns and operates Sharpe Videography.  

Dirty Lindsey’s vocalist, Danny Millsaps, gets introduced every show as the pride of Hector. Millsaps is a lifelong member of the community. Better known by the residents of Hector for his singing style of southern rock, blues, and country music, Millsaps wonders if the crowd will experience culture shock as he screams out the hard rock sound that is the band’s signature.  

Millsaps first interest in music was singing in church. He volunteered to sing in the first band he formed simply because no one else would. He believes the videos on Facebook and YouTube do not do the band justice. 

“We are definitely a live performance band. People get the most out of a show when they see us live.”

What he enjoys most about singing with Dirty Lindsey is performing the music he grew up with and always wanted to sing. 

Millsaps owns a business called Custom Ceramics outside of the band.

Matt Hays, the bassist, loves to play with the other members of the band because they are his longtime friends.

“The camaraderie is real, and I’m sure that’s what the audience sees coming across on the stage.”

Hays foundation in music goes back to the piano lessons he took at the age of 4 years-old. He continued to play music in both Junior and High School bands where he played several instruments. In high school his favorite band was Metallica. He started learning bass by playing those records over and over. His taste in music is diverse reaching from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Elton John, The Cure, REM, Cheap Trick, Johnny Cash, and some classical artists like Gustav Holst. All have been influential on the musician. Above all, Hays enjoys creating a foundation that other things can be based on whether it’s on bass or the drums. 

“If I can help set up a structure that makes people who can really shine, go out there on stage and shine, hey that’s fantastic.” 

His biggest supporters have been his wife, Laura, other musicians that he has been in bands with, the fans who are always there enjoying Dirty Lindsey’s shows, and the owners of the clubs who hire them to play asking when they can come back. The one thing Hays wants people to know is how much they appreciate the people who come out to see the show.

“The fans that turn out to watch us play are just amazing. Without them, there probably wouldn’t be a show.”

Matt is a software engineer outside of the band.

Darrell Yates is the band’s lead guitarist. His interview answers were often coupled with musical riffs from his guitar. His first interest in music goes back to when he was 5 years-old listening to The Osmond’s on 8 track tapes. By the time he was 7, KISS was his favorite band. In 1980, Yate’s older brother brought home Van Halen’s third album, Women and Children First. Listening to Eddie Van Halen was the catalyst that drove Yates’ passion to play guitar. 

Yates favorite thing about playing with Dirty Lindsey is the fact that all the members are great friends. 

“It’s so hard to find players that you get along with and that play well. I’m very grateful for the band we have.”

Among Yates’ biggest supporters are his family and friends. He claims the biggest challenges are simply managing the time dedicated to the band. He says they are happy playing the songs that people know and like. 

Yates sells air time for cable advertisements outside of the band. 

Dirty Lindsey’s advice for those who want to start a band

Do what you love and don’t worry what anybody else thinks of it. Find band members you can really get along with. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Take the music seriously. But not yourself. Have fun when you get on the stage and put on a real show. Try not to look at your shoes, because the key is to engage the audience. If you want to make real money, you’ll have to move to a bigger city. Above all, practice and perform because it’s what you love to do. 

Where to see Dirty Lindsey in 2017

HectorFest at Cecil Riley Memorial Park on July 1.

TC’s Midtown Grill in Conway on July 22, Sept. 30, and Dec. 9.

West End Smokehouse in Little Rock on Aug 5, Oct. 14, and Nov. 11. 

 

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Hector’s Quarterback Tanner Gaines to Play for Arkansas Tech

Tanner Gaines is an energetic young man who has achieved his lifelong dream of being able to play college football. On February 1st, 2017, Tanner signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for Arkansas Tech University’s Wonder Boys football team. His recruiter, Coach Dearmon, has had his eye on Gaines since his tenth-grade year. 

Tanner Gaines, Sarah Gaines, and Brent Dearmon on National Signing Day 2017. Photo courtesy of Sarah Gaines.

“The day I signed my NLI was a day I will never forget because I have grown up dreaming of playing college ball. Watching athletes on TV sign to their college was something that I always saw and would hope that would be me. When it happened it was a very special moment for me,” said Tanner.

The Hector Wildcats have maintained an impressive record as the team played nearly undefeated in Conference Games during Tanner’s Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years, losing only one Conference Game during his Senior year in 2016. 

The Journey

Gaines shares insights about growing up in Hector and his experiences along the journey towards a promising athletic career in the video interview below.

Support Makes a Difference

Gaines is a longtime resident of Hector and credits family, friends, Coaches, and Hector community with helping to shape him into the athlete he is today. Gaines played basketball and was also really into baseball in his early years. Coach Taylor, who is now the Superintendent of the Hector School District, and Coach Russell encouraged him to try out for football in his eighth-grade year.

One of the things that keep Gaines performing at his best are the kids who look up to him. Tanner stated that some of his biggest supporters are his five younger cousins, his coaches, and his parents, Sarah and Brian Gaines. 

Family Life

The Gaines family has always supported Tanner’s competitive spirit as they traversed the state of Arkansas watching him compete in travel teams for baseball, basketball, and football. 

“Before games, we would prepare all week, talking about the team, the competition, watching the films with him and discussing practice. After the games, I cannot remember a time he rode the bus home. The long drives home were the times to talk about plays, the refs, the game, and anything else we wanted. Being plugged into what drives Tanner is what drives us as parents,” said Sarah Gaines.

The Gaines home was a place where the team gathered on Fridays. The driveway often looked like a parking lot for teenage boys. They would all come together to hang out before the games. 

“We always had team dinners and team breakfasts. Those small things make a huge difference in the mental preparation for the game, and it builds team camaraderie. Tanner’s coaches, team and their parents have been like family to us over the years.”

Bright Future

Gains plans to minor in history and major in physical education at Arkansas Tech University. He now coaches Hector’s Pee Wee Team and says that and the love of the game made him want to become a professional football coach.

Gaines coaching kids on the Pee Wee Team. Photo courtesy of Sarah Gaines.
Tanner Gaines coaches the Pee Wee Team in Hector, Arkansas. Photo courtesy of Sarah Gaines.

 

Gaines offers the advice for other kids interested in playing quarterback positions in football, to use what they are comfortable doing in the sport. Focusing on the abilities they have allows the players the freedom from worrying about the ones they may lack.

Winners Spirit

It is no surprise that Tanner’s hard work and dedication to athletics lead to many opportunities for his future. Check out Gaines No.12 in action by viewing the highlights of 2016 Hector Wildcat football mid-season in the video below.

There is something inspiring about an athlete that places high importance on performing his best while remaining genuine and grounded in his relationships with others. Sarah Gaines recounts people’s reactions about her son’s personality and the way he handles success.

“One thing I would want people to know about Tanner is that everywhere I go, I hear the same things from almost everyone. Tanner is very humble, very polite, and loved by all. He has achieved great things, but he does not brag about them and gets after me for sharing too much on social media at times,” said Sarah.

“He came home once during a homecoming week and I said, “did you get nominated for anything?” He said, ‘Mom, I don’t want to be nominated for anything. I have had success in sports so I want someone else to have recognition who deserves it.’

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Mayor John Riley Building Networks For A Better Hector

Police Station/City Hall in Hector Arkansas Photo By Lacey Keenan ©2016
Police Station/City Hall in Hector Arkansas
Photo By Lacey Keenan ©2016

Saturday before Easter, Mayor John Riley works in the flower garden in front of City Hall as runners in the 5K race make their way down the streets of Hector. The run is a fundraiser for the after prom party for Hector High School Seniors.

5K Runners Photo By Lacey Keenan ©2016
5K Runners
Photo By Lacey Keenan ©2016

Riley works hand in hand with the Hector School District to make it successful.

 

Before Riley became Mayor, he was on the City Council. He dedicates his efforts to making the changes that make the small community a place where people want to live. Born on March 30th, 1973, Riley was raised in Hector and has lived there the majority of his life.

“This is my home. I’ve been a lot of places, and there’s no place like Hector, to me,” said Riley.

Riley has seen changes since becoming Mayor in 2015. He has been able to get two grants that have allowed the city to give attention to places that will grow the town.

In a recent project dedicated to cleaning up the ball field at least 25 volunteers showed up to help with the labor. Nearly all the materials were donated from equipment to the gravel they laid down. Riley compliments the people of the community for stepping up to help when needed.

In addition to being the Mayor, Riley is a Drug Court Coordinator in the Fifth Judicial District juvenile court. He has worked in the court system for nearly sixteen years. Since 2011, he has coordinated a drug court program for youth offenders. Riley believes firmly in giving kids the chance to improve their lives while making sure the court orders are followed.  The job allows him to take Wednesdays off each week to handle the city’s business during normal daytime business hours.

At times, Riley handles the town’s affairs on the weekends. He describes the position as being on call 24/7. Riley works at balancing the many responsibilities of both jobs and his family life. There are rarely days that he is without many things to do.

“I am really honored to have the position as Mayor. I work as hard as I can for the people here. We all work hard to be more progressive. The school is vital, and we collaborate to keep the community moving forward,” said Riley.

Riley works in close coöperation with the state representatives and compliments the many businesses that have been good to the city. Riley has some great things planned to bring the community together and generate enthusiasm throughout Hector.

Hector has an interesting history even the way the town was named is a story. When town’s people argued between calling the city “Avondale” or “The Plain” the decision was handed over to President Grover Cleveland, who decided on the name Hector, after his favorite bulldog. Now the town celebrates its quirky history with an annual festival that brings the community together for family-oriented fun. Riley is excited about this year’s Dogg Daze festival in Hector coming up June 4th, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Cecil Riley Memorial Park.

2016 is the fourth year Hector hosts the Zombie Run, a fundraiser organized by the 5th Judicial District of CASA. The event is an obstacle race held to help neglected and abused children in Pope, Franklin and Johnson counties.

BeLinda Shelton, Chief of Police in Hector, Arkansas. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016

Police Chief BeLinda Shelton

BeLinda Shelton came out of retirement to become the Chief of Police in Hector after Riley contacted her asking that she consider taking the position. Shelton had been a deputy with the Pope County Sheriff’s Office for twenty-five years. Her experience working in jails, schools, and traffic allowed her to build strong working relationships.  She returned to law enforcement in an administrative position and makes significant decisions every day.

“It’s not stressful at all really, because I’ve got a good team,” said Shelton.   “Anything that the city, or the school needs, we help out with.”

Shelton credits accomplishments for the school and the town to good teamwork. Everybody’s advice is considered important in the network, and they work together to come up with new ideas. The community helps law enforcement with reporting things that need attention and the police respond.

“Hector is such a wonderful community. Pretty much everyone you meet is community oriented,” said Shelton.

Mayor Riley works in close cooperation with the members of the Police Department, and the proximity of the City Hall is a definite plus.

Anyone interested in donating time or materials for projects should contact Mayor Riley at the City Hall, call (479) 284-5371, or send an email to johnriley@hectorar.com

For more information go to the City’s website: hectorar.com

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