JO ELLEN
SINGER/SONGWRITER

Jo Ellen Lyons started singing publicly after she turned 50, launching out without the first clue about music at all.  She just knew there was a stage waiting for her.  A friend asked "Who do you want to sing for?" and she soon realized a deep desire to “sing for the troops” and has been pursuing that goal ever since. 
 

A versatile vocalist, Jo Ellen sings sultry love songs, standards and soulful blues. She jokes that her early influences were Roger Miller and "Fiddler on the Roof", but her years in New Orleans definitely infuse her interpretations of classics with the heat of the Big Easy.  With her family's roots being in Texas and her father's love of Marty Robbins, she also brings a strong and wistful twang to the country songs. Her charismatic presence keeps the crowd engaged, while her powerful voice has the wry whimsy of Ella Fitzgerald and modern resonance of Adele.  Her sassy originals are winning her a faithful following.


Jo Ellen is available to perform solo or with a band. But she's not available to play the guitar!

 

"Your voice just melted my heart down to my bones."

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CHRIS BENNETT

DRUMS

Arriving in Austin from New England in 1982, Chris already possessed an extensive backlog of musical experience in touring bands playing Rock, R&B and Jazz throughout the mid to late 70s. In Austin, he was able to broaden the experiences, playing TV, radio shows, theater musicals, and studio work, including musical experiences that in his words “defy description”. His teachers have included Jim Chapin (Moeller technique), Ed Soph (Jazz), Mike Clark (Jazz and Funk) and Johnny Vidacovich

(Jazz & Funk).

In 1993, Chris was chosen “Outstanding Jazz Musician” at Southwest Texas Jazz Festival and continued through the 90s playing Jazz, R&B, and Latin with a host of local luminaries.

 

He’s published three articles in the premier vintage drum magazines “Classic Drummer” and “Not So Modern Drummer”.  He began teaching full time in 1998, and considers teaching and playing to be equally fulfilling.

In 2006, he started Bopworks Drumsticks- a company specializing in drum sticks designed specifically for Jazz drummers  (www.bopworks.net

He continues to play regularly with local bands in the Austin area.  

 

TYEE MILES
LEAD GUITARIST

Tyee Miles was born into music.  Both of Ty's parents were musicians.  His mom played gigs throughout her whole pregnancy.  Ty spent his first two years always in the family's recording studio--watching the reel-to-reel tape machine.  

He received his first electric, mini guitar at the age of three, then at ten he received hi first full-sized guitar.  By the 6th grade he could play Hendrix and Vaughan.  

At 17 he studied guitar with John Sherry and because of his advice went to MPC for Music Composition and spent two years studying with Dr. Anderson, the Conductor of the Monterey Ensemble Symphony.  Additionally, he studied with Nicolas Slonimsky while attending college.  

By age 20, he was playing in clubs and has never stopped writing and playing.  Continuing to study with players all over the country such as Rusty Cooley, considered one of the fastest guitar players, as well as Mathew Lee, one of Nashville's top players.  Currently, he's active in four bands.  

 

"When I first met her it was through her voice, a real songbird this one.

A good range, clear and crisp, and it can comfort or break your heart."

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KEVIN WHEATLEY

BASS

Kevin is a former longtime California Bay Area resident and has played with and been influenced by many great West Coast musicians and musical genres. Kevin started playing guitar at an early age and eventually found a love for the groove and made the bass his main instrument. Blues and roots music soon became a passion for Kevin, and his gravel-tinged vocal style is well-suited for the blues.

 

After many years playing with Blues and Rock-oriented bands in clubs, festivals, and events around the Bay Area, Kevin relocated to the Austin area to become part of the fantastic music scene there. 

 

DAN BURNEVIK

GUITAR

Dan began playing guitar 34 years ago and can't seem to put it down. America's Got Talent happened to be in town, so he went to see what it was all about--and found out it was a whole lotta waiting.

This singer/songwriter finds inspiration all around him and he's been an integral part of bands here in the Austin area--playing the drums and singing.  He's bringing his blues guitar and vocal harmonies to the Box of Chocolates and we're sure that audiences will find this Norwegian Chocolate to be very tasty!