ABOUT THE BAND

We're a Birmingham - based Country Music band, performing a repertoire of classic songs that are great for dancing or listening. Songs of juke joints, truck driving, love and loss, roads and railroads...

 ...a foot tapping, free - wheelin', good time band, guaranteed to provide great musicianship and entertainment for any occasion and to fill dance floors at any Line Dance or Country & Western event. No backing tracks, just a whole lot of fun with a great and authentic sound. Knoxville Highway are:

Bob Gessey

Bob Gessey - vocals, guitar and 5 string banjo
Bob is an award winning singer songwriter who has appeared on BBC and Local radio many times, showcasing the breadth and depth of his original material. As a performer, Bob is comfortable playing solo but enjoys the camaraderie and influences that only other top musicians can bring. He is a master of finger style acoustic guitar playing and a superb vocalist.
These qualities made him a natural front man for Knoxville and the laidback style and humour that he brings to the band's performances offer audiences an entertaining and memorable night out.
Bob regularly performs for the charity  Music in Hospitals

Alan Garwood

Alan Garwood acoustic & electric guitar and mandolin
Alan Garwood plays guitar and mandolin with Knoxville Highway. His clean style of playing is distinctive and helps make the band's sound readily recognisable. Alan listens to country music ancient and modern. Hank Williams, Glen Campbell, Commander Cody, Alan Jackson and Shelby Lynne number among his favourites.

Ken Stratford

Ken Stratford double bass and squeezeboxes
Ken Is a much in demand Upright Slap Bass player whose style and drive is the soul behind the 'Knoxville Sound'.
His background has its roots in Country Music and Blues and his heart is firmly set in the styles of Western Swing, Classic Country and the driving beat of Modern Country music. Ken's great squeezebox playing brings an extra dimension to the band with our Tex Mex and Cajun style numbers.

Stuart Neal Stuart Neal - pedal steel guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and dobro
Stuart brings a wealth of experience and variety to the band. His great pedal steel licks and fills drive our faster numbers along...and his soulful solos on slower numbers like He'll Have to Go and She Thinks I Still Care are enough to bring a tear to a glass eye! His outstanding guitar and Dobro playing fit in perfectly with the 'Knoxville Sound'
Alan Nicholls  Alan  (Big Al) Nicholls - drums
Alan has a wealth of experience in a wide range of styles and provides the rock-solid rhythms behind Knoxville's sound.