I Started singing at a very young age and got my first
guitar when I was 9 years old. Since then I have had
many influences such as Ronnie Milsap, Garth Brooks
and Waylon Jennings. I started The Blue River Band
back in 1994 and I have been fortunate to play with
some of the finest musicians Indiana has to offer. Since
forming the band, we have played many different clubs
in many midwest states and have opened for a number
of national acts. I am particularly excited with the current
line-up, every gig just seems to be better than the last,
Most importantly, I have met the love of my life in Blue
River, my wife Renee, who fronts the band with me. I am
very excited to see what the future holds for us, only
time will tell!! Until then I will do what I love to do as
often as I can, entertaining the crowd.........
I started singing in church with my best friend Tonia at
the age of 5. I tried out for the Nashville scene when I
was about 18, entered many contests and found out
what a tough, business it was. So I shifted from singing
to writing for many years until I heard about the Colgate
country showdown contest. So I entered only to get beat
once again, but that loss turned out to be the biggest
win of my life! I met and joined the most amazing group
of musicians, “The Blue River Band”. Here I found the
worlds best coach, Chuck Crull. He taught me so much
about being a performer I just had to marry him. So now,
not only do I get to perform with my best friend, but we
also get to perform my songs which is just an added
bonus to this amazing ride we are on.
Joe Z Thompson: Lead Guitar
professional tone, a love for telecasters, and years of
performance to the stage with Blue River Band. Hailing
from Noblesville, IN, he is a Dr Z amp enthusiast and
fearless lead player. His musical influences range from
early vintage country to modern sounds including
Blackberry Smoke and Brothers Osbourne. A Marine
combat veteran, he spent a tour serving in the first Gulf
Blue River Band's bassist Scott Hudnall grew up
listening to the likes of Cash and Haggard. After years
of fronting a band playing originals and covers in the
80's and 90's, he welcomed the opportunity to get back
to his music roots with Blue River Band in 2011. "This
is America's music. Good, honest music that touches
hearts and lives - this is who we are." Scott has worn
many hats in his music journey, from front man to
producer to promoter, but live performance and
songwriting hold the excitement for him. It's a perfect fit
with Blue River Band!
| A SPECIAL TRIBUTE to Ron Eastes:
Sound and Light Tech, retired from BRB in 2018
A tribute to Ronnie Eastes, who ran with BRB for 10 years as
a wonderful friend and Sound/Light tech.
"Strong as an ox" and "more faithful than a puppy."
Ronnie always brought a smile and a helping hand. His
dedication to Blue River Band was unwavering and he has the
admiration of everyone in the BRB family.
|A Special Tribute to Brad Robertson - Drummer
Brad was the amazing friend and drummer for BRB from 2017 - 2020. His
journey through Country and Southern Rock made him the perfect fit for Blue
River Band. His hours of relentless preparation, rock solid meter, musical
background, and huge smile were a staple in Blue River Band!
| A SPECIAL TRIBUTE to GLENN RUSH, a long time BRB member of 10+ years!
Glenn has been a wonderful friend and a faithful bandmate who brought so very much to the Blue
River Band experience. His love and dedication to the music and Blue River Band family was
amazing, and he brought only the best to BRB, from his guitar and keyboard skills (and hidden
harmonica talents), to performance, to incredible sound gear and transportation. Glenn retired from
performing music (and BRB) in September 2018. Much love and respect to our brother, bandmate,
friend, confidant... Dr Glenn Rush. You will be missed on stage, but it's certain that you will be seen
at future BRB shows and events.
|J R Harris - Sound
BRB is powered by the remarkable sound wizard J R Harris.
J R has a long history of running sound in Central Indiana
and the surrounding region. He makes everything easy! His
system is top pro and his sound is spectacular,
|Clay Wagner - Drums
Clay has a long musical career, beginning with drums at
an early age. His journey through playing has brought
him back to the seat in Blue River Band. A talented
drummer, skilled in many styles and genre, he has
fantastic work ethic, preparation, and a solid history with