In 2003, Pat Fitzpatrick was asked to play his guitar for some events at his church in Cookeville, Tennessee; however, he needed a singer. One of the guys at church recommended a friend named Ken Mayes; he had listened to Ken sing while on fishing trips and claimed he was a good singer. Even though skeptical of this claim to fame, Pat called Ken and invited him anyway. Pat realized after ten to 15 minutes of Merle Haggard songs that Ken Mayes was probably the only person he knew with relative –
if not perfect pitch!
Mark Maberry began getting together with Pat and Ken in 2004; they played guitar and worked on harmonies. From there, the band benefited from the additions of Danny Dodson, Pat Vick, Jay Nemore, and Pat Moran.
After playing several events for the church, the band became The Backroads Band and eventually evolved into Tennessee BackRoads Band. The band enjoys playing music all over the Southeast. They feel fortunate to have found seven guys that not only get along, they enjoy each other!
The band sticks pretty close to its roots: classic, traditional, and contemporary country music as well as the typical “party favorites.” Additionally, the band has a sound engineer that travels with them and has played shows at the Gibson Showcase, Gatlinburg Convention Center, events in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and all over the Tennessee and Southeast area.
Tennessee BackRoads Band has a CD named “The Backroads Band." A second CD is coming soon. Watch for more information on this website.
In 2013, theTennessee BankRoads Band was voted BEST LOCAL BAND for the third consecutive year.
Tennessee BackRoads Band members:
Ken Mayes - Vocals
Mark Maberry - Rhythm guitar, lead and harmony vocals
Danny Dodson - Steel guitar and harmony vocals
Pat Fitzpatrick - Lead guitar, harmony vocals
Pat Vick - Bass guitar and lead vocals
Jay Nemore - Drums and vocals
Pat Moran - Sound and lighting engineer