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Kampfire Kowboys

Saint Charles, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Saint Charles, Illinois, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Country Americana




"St. Charles band Kampfire Kowboys back together, rustling up a new sound"


After being on hiatus for several years, St. Charles band Kampfire Kowboys is back together, and they are ready to create a new group of fans.

This time around, the members of Kampfire Kowboys are emphasizing their country influences even more in their music. To that end, they have added a fiddle player, Ray Henaughan, who has played in numerous country and bluegrass bands during his career.

The band's current lineup consists of original members Tom Colton on lead vocals and guitar, Dave Piper on bass and vocals, and new members Henaughan and drummer Nick Gee.

Kampfire Kowboys will debut its new incarnation at 7:30 p.m. March 4 at Penny Road Pub, 28W705 Penny Road Pub, Barrington. More information is at www.kampfirekowboys.com.

I had the chance to talk to Colton about his decision to reform Kampfire Kowboys and his goals for the band.

Q - What's the idea behind the new incarnation of Kampfire Kowboys?

The idea was to put this back together and be a country band, and play country music as close to traditional as possible.

I'm going to play country guitar. I'm not going to play rock guitar as much, maybe a little bit if it calls for it.

The show is about vocals and my lead guitar playing and the fiddle player. And that's different than the old Kampfire Kowboys. It's going to be sort of a rockin' back and forth between fiddle and guitar.

Q - What should people expect from your shows?

I've kind of put together a country band that does covers, songs that people know, and then just throw the Kampfire Kowboys songs at them as we go along.

The energy level is still going to be there for Kampfire Kowboys. That's not going to change. It's still going to be a things flying off the stage type of sound.

Q - You were in a number of rock bands after Kampfire Kowboys had broken up. What made you want to get Kampfire Kowboys back together?

I can sing Tom Petty for the rest of my life. I can sing Styx or whatever else I was doing with Centerfold. But it doesn't do anything for me.

But when I sing, "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down" or "There Goes My Heart" by The Mavericks, I just love singing that stuff. It's just fun.

And playing guitar in a country band, it's challenging. It's constantly moving. It moves from one chord to the other. So you are really moving around a lot. It's almost like progressive rock.

Q - How has adding the fiddle changed the band's sound?

This new Kampfire Kowboys is more about playing country music. The best way to put it is that we are still a country rock band, but with due respect to traditional country music.

We like traditional country music. Traditional could be Brooks and Dunn, it could be The Mavericks or Dwight Yoakam, or even going back to Waylon Jennings.

So it's not like traditional country music that goes back to the 1930s and '40s so much, but more that goes back to the '70s and '80s.

Q - It's certainly not Taylor Swift, then.

No. Although were are doing some Brad Paisley and Keith Urban. I like Brad Paisley a lot. He's probably my favorite artist right now.

He's a fantastic guitar player. I certainly can't emulate everything he does, but I can give it a good go.

In the middle of all that, we're putting in Kampfire Kowboys songs, and they fit right in. They do.

I guess it's what I could have done 10 years ago, but that wasn't in the cards at that time.

Q - What are the band's future plans?

I'd like for the band to release a third CD. I have maybe seven new songs now, but I'm putting that on hold because I want to get this going.

I think this is where I fit in. The music business is really, really rough, so you have to be in the right place and happy in that place. This is the right place for me.

It's not playing Tom Petty. It's doing my music, doing The Mavericks, doing Dwight Yoakam. This is the kind of stuff I really like.

I'm looking for an audience, and I think the country audience is where I need to go.
- Eric Schelkopf, The Total Scene Blog Spot

"Kampfire Kowboys Work to Corral Audiences"

By Lynn Van Matre, Tribune Staff Writer

With 20-year plus years on the Chicago area rock scene, singer-songwriter and guitarist Tom Colton knows what draws crowds on the club circuit: cover versions of songs by big-name bands. He also knows what he wants to do: Play original music.

“The suburbs, especially, are tribute-band land.” says Colton, a St. Charles musician whose resume’ includes stints with Chicago bands Centerfold, which played cover and originals, and Rooster, which specialized in tribute shows featuring songs by Genesis, Jethro Tull and other progressive rock groups of the 80’s. “But I got real tired of playing other people’s music. I wanted to start writing my own songs.”

Two years ago, Colton launched Kampfire Kowboys, a five-piece band that does mostly original country-rock/Americana material. The group, which recently released its second CD on Deagan Records, performs Saturday with headliner Heartsfield at Rory’s Music Cafe’ in Addison.

“People sometimes think we’re strictly a country band because of our name, but we’re not, even though the music has kind of a giddy-up sound to it,” said Colton, who chose the name Kampfire Kowboy for its “tongue-in-cheek quality” and named Deagan Records after his dog.

“We started out saying we played rock with a western feel” Colton said. “Thenwe called our sound authentic American rock. Now we say we play strictly Americana music, which to me means taking older country and folks sounds and updating them with a little harder drums and a rock feel. My influences range from Woody Guthrie to Creedence Clearwater to Harry Chapin and the Who, so it’s very much a mixed bag.”

A recent concert and release party for the group’s latest CD “Stand Still” at a Glendale Heights club drew more than 220 people-the biggest turnout for the band so far, according to Colton.

“It’s still a struggle to get people interested in original material, and we’re still paying dues,” he said. “But we get up on stage and rock, we do get people’s attention. It’s interesting to see the look of surprise on their faces.”

Colton initially put together the Kampfire Kowboys as a three-piece group with bassist Dave Piper and drummer Gary LaPlante; the lineup now includes lead guitarist Brian Tedeschi and singer-guitarist Tadd King. The band which maintains a web site at www.kampfirekowboys.com, sells its CD’s at shows at local records stores and on the internet through Amazon.com.

“Our goal is to make our mark playing clubs and festivals in the Chicago area, because most of the guys in the band have family and work commitments,” said Colton, who manages his wife’s law office. (Attorney Kathleen Colton also manages Kampfire Kowboys.) “My son is in college, so I would be willing to travel, but the other guys aren’t that interested in touring. I want to get the music out there, though. College radio stations might be one avenue.”

For Colton, whose songs often draw loosely on historical themes, a high point for Kampfire Kowboys occurred last year when the band was invited to perform at a ceremony to dedicate a historic bur oak “witness tree” in McHenry County. Such trees, cited by surveyors who measured off the land during pre-settlement days in the 1980’s, were so designated because they served as “witnesses” to boundary lines. Earlier Colton had written a song, “Tri-City Line,” about a similar ancient tree in his back yard.

“I was just staring out the window at the tree and I started imagining what could have happened under it,” he said.

“I don’t get too serious about lyrics. The chord patterns come first and then I jot down random thoughts and try to make something out of them,” he added. “A lot of time I write about fun stuff. But I also like to imagine I am in another place and time, and of lot of my lyrics end up having something to do with history or with western images; I don’t know why. So it was neat to be able to perform’ Tri-City Line’ at a historical society ceremony.”

Colton’s other career highlight occurred 20 years ago, when Centerfold opened a show for blues rock guitarist Jeff Beck at the Granada Theater in Chicago.
“I’ll never forget it,” Colton said. “ A band called Trillion was supposed to open the concert, but at the last minute they couldn’t do it, and we got the job. We happened to be in downtown Chicago, doing a showcase or something, when we got a call from our agent about doing the show. We were young and inexperienced, but we packed up our equipment and headed over to the Granada and acted like we were big time.”

Heartsfield and Kampfire Kowboys perform Saturday at Rory’s Music Cafe, 701 W. Lake St. in Addison. Showtime is 9 p.m. Cover charge is $8; reserved tables available with advance ticket purchases. Call (630)543-3101.
- Chicago Tribune

"Kampfire Kowboys will perform its Americana sound, opening for Heartsfield"


By Eric Schelkopf
They aren't rock and they aren't country.
The Kampfire Kowboys are a little bit of both. And the St. Charles band fits comfortably in a genre that is gaining increasing poularity across the Chicago area and nation - Americana.

"We are not categorized as country and somewhat categorized as rock. I'm really glad that there is this other classification for offering something in between. I feel thatwe are in the driver's seat when it comes to this classification", said Tom Colton, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for Kampfire Kowboys.

After gaining attention with its first CD, "somewhere blue," Kampfire Kowboys is ready to round up some new fans with a second album of all original material - the soon to eb released "Stand Still."

The album features more of the band's drivin' mix of country, rock, and rockabilly, tied together by Colton's Elvis Presley-tinged voice.
It's a high energy CD. When you hear us live, this is what you will hear," Colton said.

Kampfire Kowboys will be selling the new CD when the group opens for another country-rock combo, Heartsfield, at 9pm Saturday, Feb 26, at Rory's Music Cafe, 701 W. Lake St., Addison.

Heartsfield is a Chicago-area band that gained a strong local following in the 70's, garnering comparisons to The Eagles.
"I used to listen to them when I was in high school. People who like Heartsfield will like us and visa versa. It is a perfect bill. I am hoping we get to play with them more," Colton said.

Following that show, Kampfire Kowboys will play as part of a CD release party at 9pm Saturday, March 11, at 602 North in Glendale Heights. The club is located at the corner of North Avenue and Main Street.

Opening for the Kampfire Kowboys that night will be another St. Charles band that has been gaining a following of it's own, Saldo Kreek.

Colton formed Kampfire Kowboys in 1997 with fellow St. Charles resident Dave Piper, who plays bass in the band.

Rounding out Kampfire Kowboys is lead guitarist Brian Tedeschi and the band's two newest members, Tadd King on guitars and vocals and Kieth Daproza on drums.

And when she is not defending justice as a local attorney, Colton's wife, Kathleen, acts as the band's manager.

Colton said the band continues to grow, and is especially proud of the strides they made on the second CD.

"We want our music to sound as good as anything on the radio and to be radio ready. We will do everything possible to sell it that way," Colton said.
This included bringing the guitars to the front on the new CD, along with his voice.

"Our engineer, Jeff Luif, brought my real voice out. It si more natural," Colton said.

Colton also is proud of the barriers the band has broken down by bringing its sound to venues more likely to embrace cover bands than groups which perform their own music.

"In the suburbs there areclubs riddled with cover bands. It is very frustrating for an original band to even get things started. You have to get people interested by putting out a good product," Colton said.

He just hopes people like the band's music, and that Americana music continues to grow in popularity.

"I hope the industry does go back to this type of music. I think it is good, hearty, fun music. It's not depressing. It's just fun music," Colton said - Kane County Chronicle

"Kampfire Kowboys' Tunes Can't Be Labeled"

By Eric Schelkopf

ST CHARLES - You can't put a label on Kampfire Kowboys. Not even the band knows what to call their blend of country, folk and rock.
"We didn't know how to classify it. So we started a new category, - 'Rock Western Style,'" said Tom Colton of St. Charles, lead vocalist and guitarist in Kampfire Kowboys.

The band just released its first CD,"somewhere blue," and on Thursday will hold a CD release party at Chord On Blues, 106 S. First Ave., St. Charles.

Kampfire Kowboys will take the stage at 9PM. Doors open at 8PM.

The band will also be at Synergy II in West Chicago on July 24.

Colton formed Kampfire Kowboys in 1997 with fellow St. Charles resident Dave Piper, bass player in the band.

Rounding out Kampfire Kowboys are drummer Gary LaPlante of Hanover Park and lead guitarist Brian Tedeschi from Carol Stream.

"This is the best group of guys I have ever played with" said Colton, 43, who has been playing in bands since he was 18.

Colton got his first taste of stardom at age 20, when the band he was in, Centerfold, opened for Jeff Beck in Chicago.
In 1994, he released a CD called "Welcome The Rain," which has more of a pop-rock feel than Kampfire Kowboys. He described Kampfire Kowboys as having a sort of sing-along sound. "It is based on one vocal and one acoustic guitar. Because of that, we also can perform unplugged. Kampfire Kowboys has its folk and bluegrass roots to it, and the band puts more of a rock'n roll foundation to that."

Kampfire Kowboys are known for their energetic shows. "Each band member puts their personality into the performance," he said. When he is not moonlighting as a cowboy, Colton manages a law office in Batavia. All of the band members have full-time jobs.

Colton and Piper recorded "somewhere blue" with the help of engineer Jeff Murphy, who has worked with such bands as The Shoes, Material Issue and Local H. Colton released the 15-track CD on his own label, Deagan Records, a record and publishing company. "It fuels the whole project of Kampfire Kowboys," he said.

The CD is being sold at such stores as Kiss The Sky Records in Batavia, Borders Books in Geneva and Tower Record stores in Bloomingdale and Schaumburg. Right now, the band is working to develop a fan base. It just launched a web site, www.kampfirekowboys.com

"Our goal is to find our audience, to find those people who will like our music. I really think there is an audience just waiting for us," Colton said. And he thinks Kane County is the perfect place to win over fans. "This county is the perfect base for this kind of music. It is still rather rural and a little bit farther from the city. We like the idea of being from Kane County," he said.

So round up some of your friends and go see the Kampfire Kowboys from Kane County.
You'd be krazy not to. - Kane County Chronicle


"The Right Track" Featured Attraction.
Kane County Chronicle, Friday January 14th, 2000

Officially kicking off the second annual Campaign for Legal Services, Prairie State Legal Services Inc. announces Prairie State Aid II fundraiser/social/musical event...
Kampfire Kowboys are part of the entertainment lineup for fund-raiser Friday, Jan 21 at the Batavia VFW...

Kampfire Kowboys, led by Tom Colton, is completing work on it's second CD to be released in late February. A combination of rock 'n' roll, country, rockabily and folk, this band is based in St. Charles. - Kane County Chronicle

"The Newsletter For Chicago Rockers!"

Taken from the "HOMETOWN HEROS" section
by Tony Shark, March 1999 Issue, Page 6

The Kampfire Kowboys bill themselves as "Authentic American Rock" and have been busier than a mule at feeding time lately. This unit of kowpokes has really only been struttin' their stuff for a little less than a year but so far they have made stops at many of the major clubs during their recent rodeo tour of the city and suburbs. A staple at such clubs as Harry's of Arlington, Synergy and Durty Nellie's in the suburbs, they can also be found down at places like Elbo Room, and Abbey Pub in the city. Their CD release entitled "Somewhere Blue" was premiered with a bang this summer with the release party at Chord on Blues in St. Charles, which is the home base for the band. - BACKSTAGE PASS CHICAGO

"Appearance on the Kevin Matthews Show!"

Kampfire Kowboys made a special appearance and performing "unplugged" on AM 1000 in Chicago Thursday, July 23rd. Kevin talked to the band and they performed "Waited Too Long To Reply" and "Arizona Emily". Great Job!! - Chicago AM 1000

"Country Rock Band Shows Even Toughest Cowboy Has Soft Side"

By Eric Schelkopf

ST CHARLES- They may call themselves Kampfire Kowboys, but these guys can rock That was evident Thursday night, when they brought their unique country/rock/folk sound to Chord on Blues for a concert celebrating the release of thier new CD, "somewhere blue." With thundering drums and searing guitar licks, the four-piece group played with the intensity of a larger band and should have no trouble handling a bigger venue like Synergy II in West Chicago, where they will perform July 24. Kampfire Kowboys is fronted by St. Charles resident Tom Colton, whose country-ish, out-on-the-dusty-trail voice is perfectly suited for the band. He also handles guitar duties.

Rounding out Kampfire Kowboys are co-founder Dave Piper, also of St. Charles, on bass and vocals; Brian Tedeschi, on lead guitar and vocals and Gary LaPLante, on drums. The show opened with a campfire-like setting, with only a lone harmonica and guitar playing. Then the band ripped into "You Waited Too Long To Reply," from its new CD. But Kampfire Kowboys showed they can tackle other people's music as well, when the group did a countrified version of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop The Rain" while keeping the rock edge of the song intact. Several of Kampfire Kowboy's songs deal with relationships, such as on the title track of "somewhere blue."

As the song's chorus says, "It's good love, good love will find me, somewhere blue." In another song, "Break the Silence," Colton sings, "I still want to be loved again, loved by you." So it seems it's not true that a cowboy's best friend is his horse. You can't lump Kampfire Kowboys' music into a certain category. Just when you think you know what to call this band, it throws something else into the mix. Such was the case with it's rockabilly-influenced "My Pretty Little Baby and Me," which really got the crowd at Chord on Blues jumping. The band treated the audience to an extended version of it's instrumental "Waygone Daddy," the three guitars provided plenty of raw energy. Later on in the show, Colton and Tedeschi got into a guitar duel on "Tin Can Man," trading licks as they tried to out-gun each other. In my opinion, it was a tie. Kampfire Kowboys will make an appearance and perform "unplugged" on the Kevin Matthews show on AM1000 July 23rd.
- Kane County Chronicle

"Kampfire Kowboys Releases New Album"

Local Buzz, By Gary Schaefer
Artist: Kampfire Kowboys.

The Skinny: Kampfire Kowboys has just released its second album titled, Stand Still. These men have their own rocking western style, setting them apart from any band here in the suburbs. Stand Still at one glance, unique, Yet never strays too far from the group’s rock roll blueprints.

Background: Tom Colton is the lead vocalist, guitar player and song writer of Kampfire Kowboys. With 30 years of performing and recording experience, he echoes familiar guitar licks from the likes of Mark Knopler (Dire Straits) and smooth vocal sound reminiscent of Roy Orbison.
Dave Piper is the bass player and also chimes in on vocals. Piper is originally from Florida, but moved to Chicago in the late 1980’s. In the fall of 1997, Piper met up with his old friend Tom and decided to contribute the bass lines for their first CD.
In April 1998, the group welcomed the addition of a second lead guitarist, Brian Tedeschi. He contributes 30 years of playing experience heavily influenced by Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana and it shows on the new CD.
The local boy, Tadd King from Yorkville, joined in late 1999. He performed with other bands such as Plain Dealin’ and the Core.

Past Performances: The Kampfire Kowboys has covered a lot of ground, having already played on more than a dozen venues in Chicago and the suburbs. The group just had its CD Release party at Club 602 North in Glendale Heights and has played local venues like McNally’s in St. Charles. Their first CD release party was held at Chord on Blues celebrating their debut CD, somewhere blue, which was released in the Summer of 1998.

On the CD: Stand Still was recorded and mastered at Star Trax Studio in Crestwood, IL and engineered by Jeff Luif. A follow up to the group’s first album, somewhere blue, this hoe-down has 13 tracks with continuity written all over them.

So What’s the Rumpus: The Kampfire Kowboys play catchy tunes that leave the listener feeling good. The topics in the album are easy to relate to, yet the band brings their own twist to make it something original and emotional. Colton said Kampfire Kowboys caters to people who enjoy a rock & roll with a Texas swing to it. “This is roots rock and that is what America is all about,” said Colton.

Need to Know: To pick up the CD, the band sells them at all shows or go to Kiss the Sky Records, Batavia, or Bark at the Moon Records in Geneva. For more details, call (630)443-1440 or at the web site www.kampfirekowboys.com. - Aurora Beacon News

"Metro-Mix Review"

Sound and style:
This four-piece is doing its darndest to keep the Americana faith with this new full length CD. Led by singer, guitarist and producer Tom Colton and his earnest, Elvis-without-the-drugs meets Roy Orbison voice, the Kowboys deliver a polished folk, country and rock mix. In the tradition of classic country, the story's the thing in each song.

“Albuquerque Rose” remembers a sweet old love, while "Fire in the Hole" tells the tale of working on the railroad. The musicianship sparkles with Brian Tedeschi on lead and rhythm guitars, Dave Piper on bass and Keith Daproza on percussion. They can turn on the blue collar charm, as in "Born in Boston," or lead you to two-step, as in "Runnin' Outta Town." The final track, "Dear Starlight," flows methodically, with a mandolin adding a sense of dream-like departure from the modern world.

Recording quality:
Recorded and mastered at Star Trax Recording in Crestwood, some songs have a muted quality, but otherwise clear and strong.

Bottom line:
By the end of the album, Colton's voice may be a little too predictable, but this doesn't really detract as each song conjures visions of the West, complete with tumbleweeds and tangerines. --Lisa Phillips
- Chicago Tribune Metro-Mix

"Kampfire Kowboys Kick Kareer Into High Gear"

INTO HIGH GEAR By Martin A. Bartels

It took long enough, but after a lifetime of playing back-up in cover bands in nightclubs around Chicago, Tom Colton finally decided to do his own thing.

"I started writing my own music at a late time in my life," Colton said. "I had played in cover bands most of my life, covering people like Roger Daltry and The Who, Phil

Collins, and Genesis, even Yes, when I was back pushing my voice. I just got tired of doing that and sat down with an acoustic guitar and started writing."
As quickly as that, Kampfire Kowboys was born. Well...not quite.

"A lot of the first music was really sophmoric," Colton admitted. "But then you realize you want to try to do something different."
So he took a handful of songs he was happy with and went to Short Order Recorder in Zion to lay down some tracks, where engineer Jeff Murphy lent a hand getting the music just right.

The next step was to share his new creations with others.

"We really didn't start as a band at all," Colton said. "I played the music for a friend, Dave Piper, who plays bass. He like it and agreed to play bass in the next studio session."

The long and short of it is that Piper, along with Brian Tedeschi (lead guitar) and Arlington Heights resident Keith Daproza (drums) ended up joining the cause.
The result is an energetic, upbeat blend of counrty-and-folk-influenced rock 'n' roll that makes Kampfire Kowboys the best new band in the area. Period.

Not bad for a group of guys who have been together for less than a year.

"It's been goin' pretty well," Colton admitted humbly. "Audiences have been really good and have really liked the music a lot. Though we're still pretty much a band in search of an audience, like any other band."

What's unlike any other band is the style of music that comes out of the four piece group. "We call it rock 'n' roll with a Western flair," Colton said. "I have a little of a folk influence, but it's rock 'n' roll, not folk/rock."

Even country/rock doesn't quite describe the hard-core approach to some heart-felt subjects. Their first CD, "somewhere blue'" features low-key tunes like "Arizona Emily" and "Broken Feather," with lyrics and melodies that will remain firmly planted in your memory. Then again, the rousing instrumental "Waygone Daddy" is the kind of song that will keep you on your feet all night.

The band is already talking about their next CD, and Colton is beginning to see a future for the group. "I think we're just trying to sell some CDs and have a good time," he said. "Now there's a future here. I don't see this as a flash in the pan - I can't.

"The next CD is going to be a lot of fun. We'll have all these guys together, putting their hearts into it. I'm just going to let these guys go and say 'Play.' "
That attitude also characterizes the band's live presence - they've played at such venues as the Abbey Pub in CHicago and Harry's in Arlington Heights. And adiences like them.

"We were playing at a club and one guy came up to me and handed me a napkin," Colton said, "I thought, 'Oh no, he's going to rip us.' But his note said'You guys are Klassy,' with a 'K.'

"I remember those things."

- Arlington Heights Post


1994 - Tom Colton - Welcome the Rain.
Recorded at Short Order Recorder, Zion IL
Written & Produced by Tom Colton.

1998 - Somewhere Blue - Kampfire Kowboys
Recorded at Short Order Recorder, Zion, IL
Written & Procuced by Tom Colton

2000 - Kamfire Kowboys - StandStill
Recorded at Startracks, Crestwood, IL
Written & Produced by Tom Colton

2011 - Kampfire Kowboys - Trick or Trail
(In Production)



Selected best country band in Chicago, IL, 2014, by The Chicago Reader, Kampfire Kowboys consists of five highly experienced musicians. If you like smokin' guitars and fired up fiddles, this is the band for your event! There's no slowing down with this band. It starts with a bang and leaves you wanting more. 

Lead vocalist/guitarist Tom Colton founded the band in 1999 and produced two full length CD's at that time to rave local revues. In 2010, he put together a new band using the Kampfire Kowboys name and introduced a new dynamic line-up that plays all your favorite current and classic country songs. 

In addition to Colton's high-energy guitar licks and smooth vocals, he added veteran fiddle player Ray Henaughan. Ray has played with numerous country bands in the last 20 years, most notably Workin Class Band, which played hundreds of clubs and festivals all around Chicago-land. WCB was the 1997 Wisconsin State Champion in the True Value/Jimmy Dean Foods Country Showdown, the largest country talent competition in the world. They were also nominated for "Best Country Artist of the Year" in the Chicago Music Awards two years in a row. Ray is also known as the guy with the big white hat and you should hear him perform Charlie Daniels! 

Adding more energy than ever before, Dave Piper returns to the band as the “man on the bass.â€? In the past, you've seen him play with Kampfire Kowboys as the original bassist. Dave also performed with Big Guitars from Memphis for 8 years. If you know Dave, you know he's all smiles and invites everyone into his world. Music is his best friend! 

Just recently the Kowboys added vocalist Kevin McCarthy on lead vocals and guitar. Kevin adds a new vocal dimension to the band. An excellent vocalist, his rendition of Zac Brown is amazing to hear, not to mention his performances covering Darius Rucker and many other artists. Kevin also contributes his vocal skills by adding more profound vocal harmonies to the band. 

How do you firm up a country band and place the cherry on top? You add a dynamic drummer to the mix. Rich Lavin plays that role perfectly. Coming to us direct from the band "Hooked on Sonics," Rich Lavin is an amazing drummer. "He can play anything!" This south paw is somthing to see live. Very energetic and in complete control and he provides the thunder with the lightning. 

Tell us what you want! 

The band performs many different artists, including The Mavericks, Dwight Yoakam, Johnny Cash, and more modern country like Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore and The Zac Brown Band. Kampfire Kowboys also performs fiddle classics such as Charlie Daniels' Devil Went Down to Georgia and Orange Blossom. 

Tell us what you want. New country, classic country, maybe a little classic rock or a little of everything. We aim to please because we'll accommodate to whatever you want. 

Kampfire Kowboys is perfect for your club, festival, corporate or party needs. Just remember to clear the dance floor when they take the stage because it's foot-stompin' time! 

Group Members

Tom Colton (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Ray Henaughan (Fiddle/Vocals), Dave Piper (Bass/Vocals), Kevin McCarthy (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Rich Lavin (Drums/Vocals)

Band Members