The original Nashville Teens
Ray - real name Ramon - is a
surviving founder member of The Nashville
Teens. Ray's parents were both in the
entertainment business, so it was natural for Ray to get involved
in a local skiffle group after he completed his National Service with
the army. Ray has been tempted by other bands
(he reminisces that he turned down an offer from Jack Bruce to
become vocalist for Cream when it was
being formed) but he has always remained loyal to
Teens. This doesn't mean he doesn't work with other
stars - but his priority is to his own band, and you only have to watch
his face while he is singing "Tobacco Road"
to know that he
still loves every note of the song, even after more than fifty years performing it !
In 1990 he recorded a stunning CD called Regression
with The British Invasion All-Stars,
which included Jim McCarty of The
Yardbirds, and some members of The Downliners Sect. He has also recorded with
Chris Bryant and Hungarian star
Zalatnay Sarolta, as well as
providing occaisional vocal support to Paul
Kings Skeleton Crew and to Five Card
Hand when the opportunity arisesUnfortunately much of The Nashville Teens
early work is no longer available except through second hand record
Ray loves the outdoor life, and is one of the nicest and most
straightforward guys you could ever hope to meet. When he's not on
stage he is happiest out of doors - and he's a real "twitcher" when
it comes to spotting wildlife.
Guitar and Backing Vocals
cut his teeth as a session guitarist for the likes of
Humperdink and Leapy Lee in the sixties, but made his
biggest mark as a founder member of Manfred Mann's Earth Band
in the early seventies. Colin has also played with
Mungo Jerry, The King Earl
Boogie Band, Five Card Hand and The Jackie Lynton Band.
Colin owns and runs his own business called
CP Sounds which supplies, installs and maintains sound systems
in clubs and restaurants around the World.
and Backing Vocals
Simon is a classically trained pianist -
and has a day job as a music
teacher. He has played with many other bands,
including Cheques In The Post and
The Ian Campbell Single
Together with Ian Campbell (an ex-Teen), Simon is responsible for many of
the arrangements which the band has in it's repertoire today - including
the climactic ending to "Tobacco Road" and
all the bands current medley numbers.
Ken is an accomplished lead guitarist who
has played with many other bands including Levee Camp Moan, Spank The Monkey,
Five Card Hand, The King Earl Boogie Band and
Jackie Lynton Band. Listen to his solo
when he performs "Born To Be Wild"
live on stage - he really lets
it all out!
ADRIAN (“SPUD”) METCALFE
- better known as "Spud" - has drummed with the Teens for over
forty years, and - apart from
Ray - is
the longest serving band member in the Groups history. Spud
started his career with The Nashville Teens
as a roadie - and sat in
behind the drums as an emergency dep - he was so good that they kept him
there! Spud is a strong, rock steady,
rock'n'roll drummer. He sometimes also appears with
Five Card Hand.