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The Band

 

Audrey Hicks - Vocals & Guitar

Audrey Hicks, an Arizona native, is the last born of three girls. Early on, Audrey showed signs of creativity. From making drawings and going door to door selling them to singing from the top of her lungs while playing out doors.

Audrey’s musical journey began in elementary school first playing the French horn.  She apparently didn’t show much promise as the instructor asked her mother if there were any other instruments she may want to play.  He mother chose the flute, as Audrey’s other sister, Jennifer, was already playing this instrument. Audrey played the flute all through elementary school, Junior High School, and into High School.  That would later be upgraded to the piccolo due to its ease of playability and higher pitch.  

Although she never sang in a school choir, she did sing with her church choir throughout her childhood and young adult years. During the mid 90’s Audrey began singing in a duo with a friend. They named their duo ‘The Cat’s Meow’. Audrey sang some lead, but mainly provided harmonies. This duo played at many coffee shops and folk venues around the valley. They even played two years in a row, at the Jimmy Dean Country Showdown, located at the infamous Mr Lucky’s. Cindy, the other half of the duo, decide to build on the group and brought in a drummer and another guitarist. This is when Audrey realized she needed to play guitar if she ever wanted to sing on her own.

It wouldn’t be until years later that Audrey would answer a newspaper AD looking for a lead female vocalist for a very successful country band, Urban Country. She sang with Urban Country off and on for approximately three years. They played all over the valley.  Her fondest memories were seeing the band’s name on the marquis at the Museum Club in Flagstaff, Arizona and playing the Glitter and Glow festival and Chocolate Affair in Glendale, Arizona.  She would eventually leave the band to pursue a career in massage therapy.

After she successfully finished board certification and became a Licensed Massage Therapist, she was asked by two previous members of the Urban Country Band, to start up a new project.  This band became ‘The Breakaway Band’. They also played all over the valley.

The one thing we forgot to mention about Audrey, is that she dabbles in song writing. In 2015, a song Audrey wrote, Gone So Soon, would be included in the soundtrack, The Sparrow, Now and Then.

Some of Audrey’s musical influences are Pat Benetar, the Eagles, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, Trisha Yearwood, Maren Morris, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Kacey Musgraves, Fleetwood Mac and so many more!

Carl Franklin - Vocals & Lead Guitarist

Carl started out with a Dad that played in Country Bands for Years!  He started performing professionally with a Band called The Ghost Ryders in Japan while stationed there as a Military Policeman with the Marine Corp!  He grew up on Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Ray Price, and many more.  He later picked up on the Outlaw movement with Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings!  He has been in Arizona most of his life and loves picking his Guitar and singing for the many fans of The Sierra Outlaws!  

Larry Streicher - Bass Guitar & Vocals

After leading the band on the Mobil Oil Show in Las Vegas, Larry did television and movie work for Steven Bochco and Roger Corman and worked with a wide variety of artists including: Shania Twain, Tanya Tucker, Brian White, The Rivingtons, Robin Williams, Foster Brooks, The Vogues, Rare Earth, and Rob Mullins. In addition, he wrote and produced a semi-national commercial for Jetzon Tires and was one of three voices considered for both Tailspin (Saturday morning cartoon show) and as a replacement for Bobby McFerrin as the voice of Ocean Spray products. In addition, Larry was the bassist/vocalist for Thunder Road, the house band at Gatlin Brothers in The Mall of America in Minneapolis. Larry has worked in the Phoenix metro area, with multiple jazz, country, and variety bands, including Saguaro Sunset, Desert Knights, The Arizona Blues Company, Dave Young, Reignin’ Country, Bobby Z, and 60’s Bandstand.

Ken French - Drums

Ken French’s career as a professional drummer began in 1980 when he auditioned for the United States Air Force band program. Upon passing his audition, Ken enlisted in the Air Force and was assigned to the USAF Band of the Golden Gate, Travis AFB, CA. Subsequent assignments for Ken included working with the USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL and the USAF Academy Band, Colorado Springs, CO.     

During his Air Force band career, Ken worked with a variety of musical groups, performing in big bands, rock groups, jazz combos, and many other musical ensembles. One of the highlights of his career was performing and recording with the USAF Academy Falconaires jazz ensemble from 1990-1993. Ken was also the drummer, bandleader, and producer of the highly acclaimed big band CD “Tower of Inspiration,” which was recorded by the Shades of Blue jazz ensemble from Scott AFB, IL.