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Kingfish Live, by Mountain Valley Arts Council

May 25, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Mountain Valley Arts Council invites you to Concerts in the Park! For a six-week spread of Thursdays in the spring, head to Errol Allan Park in downtown Guntersville to enjoy free live music from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Kingfish is a Birmingham band that plays Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Soul. They have been on the scene since the early 2000’s when it spun off from the R&B group Dick’s Hat Band, which was, well, that tight! Mike Lawley and John Jackson came from the previous group and formed the core of the new group Kingfish.

Mike Lawley, originally from Pelham, AL is the primary lead vocalist. He is known as a super soulful singer, and his funk and blues guitar playing is superb. His early inspirations included Freddie King, B.B. King, and Bobby “Blue” Bland. He spent time in Muscle Shoals and Nashville playing sessions and co-writing with the likes of Johnny Wyker and Waylon Jennings.

Tim Boykin grew up as an Army brat who lived all over after being born in Birmingham. His influences include Lightnin’ Hopkins Jimmy Reed, B.B. King, Slim Harpo, Sam and Dave, Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent. He has performed with the the Lolas, Topper Price and the Upsetters, the Tim Boykin Blues Band, Carnival Season, the Shame Idols, Shar Baby, and more. As well as being an excellent rock/pop vocalist, Tim adds sizzling hot guitar virtuosity to take the band over the top.

John Jackson, originally from Nashville, is nuanced and solid! His father was his biggest inspiration for getting into music and was bassist with the Nashville Symphony for 25 years or so, so there was always music in their home. Although “they are too numerous to list”, his personal influences include James Jamerson, Chuck Rainey, and of course David Hood. He has worked locally with Dick‘s Hat Band, the Cast, Kingfish, and the Negotiators and has subbed for many others, as well as having done several album sessions for Ross Roberts an Front Row Recording Studios in Birmingham.

Steve Sample, Jr. , drummer, was born in Tuscaloosa and raised by the famous Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Alabama, Steve Sample, Sr. Steve Junior has performed with the Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddly, Bob Hope, Joan Rivers, Dizzy Gillespie, and Mose Allison. He collaborated with Marc Philips in Split the Dark, Groove Daddy and Soul Commission. He is currently on staff at Grace Point Church in Pelham. He brings an uncanny combination of feeling and precision to the mix.

Mike Rives is on keyboards and is from Albertville, Alabama. One of his early influences was his uncle DeLeath Rives, band director at Gadsden High School. He a huge supporter of the JSU Marching Southerners. Mike’s early professional years were spent mostly on trombone but he’s on keyboards now.


May 25, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Mountain Valley Arts Council


Errol Allan Park
Gunter Avenue
Guntersville, AL
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