BAND MEMBER BIOS
Larry grew up in a very musical family with just about everyone having some type of musical ability. His grandmother played in a Country/Western band and every summer while he was growing up, Larry, along with his brothers and uncles, would carry equipment and watch her play.
Larry's father played guitar, his mother sang and his brother plays bass guitar. The family would gather together to jam and enjoy each other's company.
When Larry was 9 years old his grandmother had a drum set that no one was playing, so he took to the sticks. At 10 he started lessons and was on his way to making music of his own.
In high school he was a drummer in the marching band and was kicked out after a spectacular, but unplanned, drum solo in midfield.
At 16 he was given a choice between a car,
which he desperately wanted, or a new drum set. Larry chose the drum set
and has happily jammed in many bands over the years. Larry's drumming
skills have been honed through constant dedication to his craft. His major
musical influences have been Peter Criss of Kiss, John Bonham of Led
Zeppelin, Mitch Mitchell of Hendrix and Nico McBrain of Iron Maiden. Larry
has blended these drummers' styles along with his own inner voices and
developed an innovative, hard driving Rock and Roll style all his own!
Lynn started her musical training at the age of 7, studying piano, brass instruments, percussion and singing in the church choir. She went on to earn a college education in vocal performance.
From Classical, Standards, Easy Listening and Pop music to R&B, Country and Rock & Roll, Lynn’s ability to perform various musical styles has guided her through her 20+ year musical career. Past musical groups include “Renaissance”, “Detour”, “The Chase”, “Something To Talk About”, “Never Say Never”, “Dropkickjonez”, and “The Hitmen”.
After taking a few years off from performing, Lynn was recruited by Larry Cummins and Wayne Brockley to join “Smokehouse”, and broadened the band’s musical direction to include female-oriented rock and some top 40 dance music, too.
“It feels GREAT to be performing again; as
a life-long musician, I’m happiest when I can entertain people and give
them a performance they can enjoy and remember. The “Smokehouse” members
are all great guys, and we’re having a BLAST working together!
Scott began his musical journey at the age of 4 when he saw an Elvis Presley album advertised on TV and asked for a guitar. Within a few years, he was performing Elvis classics for his elementary school's annual "Spring Sings" and "Talent Shows" in full Elvis regalia, complete with scarves, flaired bell-bottomed jumpsuits and Hawaiian lei's shipped in fresh from the island.
Scott's Elvis phase came to a screeching halt the first time his older brother's friend Rick (a.k.a. Rick Static) brought over a copy of Van Halen's debut LP. Since Scott had the only turntable in the house, they had to play it in his room. His musical aspirations were forever changed at that specific moment.
Even though there was no guitar in his Jr. High School band, Scott's friends persuaded their band teacher to allow him an opportunity to play in their annual band concert. They were performing "Beat It" and as everyone knows, the guitar solo in "Beat It" was performed by none other than Edward Van Halen.
In 1982, Scott met his new guitar teacher and future lifelong friend, Mr. Nick Nolan. Nick taught Scott not only how to play, but also the importance of being an individual and utilizing the musical, emotional and personal events and influences in your life to find your voice as a musician. Nick now lives in the Los Angeles area and is an accomplished composer, performer, producer, teacher and an all around inspiration to anyone who knows him.
In 2004, 13 years after his last gig, Scott hit the stage with the band "Liquor Box" playing a mix of 70s, 80, 90's and current "Buzz Rock" and Dance music. In November, 2005, when the momentum of that band began to wane, Scott and his new musical brother, "Your Friendly Neighborhood Smacker of All Things Percussive" Hammerin' Cameron Miller played a few times as an acoustic duo known as "Moist and Dewey". From there, Cameron brought together some former band mates of his and formed "SEMI7". "SEMI7" played a wide variety of music from the 50's through the 00's. After a year, the repetitive nature of the set lists and the logistical nightmares of trying to practice led to Scott to take a year off from playing. In January 2008 Scott put another band together with Cameron called, "Mega Hurts". They did play one gig, but once again, the logistics were too much to keep the band functioning.
Unexpectedly, Lynn Braxton contacted me about the possibility of joining "Smokehouse". The band had a classic rock vibe that really wasn't what anyone wanted and from there the new "SMOKEHOUSE" was rocking and rolling.
Scott's musical interests range from The Commodores, Elton John, Elvis Presley (and Costello), Miles Davis and Duke Ellington. His early influences include Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen. Today John Mayer, Bowling For Soup, No Doubt, Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater and the new band 3 are just a few of the bands that provide inspiration. Although Eddie Van Halen will always be what started it all, according to Scott, his former guitar teacher and friend, Nick Nolan, is the person who was his true inspiration:
"Eddie was the spark, but Nick provided the knowledge to harness that spark and the fuel to keep the fire burning for all these years. It doesn't matter how big or small the audience is or how big or small the building is. When I can make people happy through my playing, that's all that matters."
Wayne started his musical journey when he was just a pup, sitting on the piano bench next to his grandfather, John L Smith a.k.a "The wizard of the keys". It was then that he knew he wanted to be a musician. However, his journey took a different path.
Wayne started taking saxophone lessons at the age of 10 and by his freshman year in high school, was playing lead tenor in the Taft Road Jazz Society. During high school he started jammin' with friends just for kicks. It was during the old "garage band" days that he first met Larry Cummins, the bass players little brother. He was sitting behind what appeared to be at the time, this gigantic kit. They jammed a few times and went their separate ways.
In 1983, Wayne auditioned for the band Stonehenge to play sax. The band informed him that their bass player had passed away and asked if he could play bass. Wayne's response was,"how hard can it be?" "lets give it a shot!" He passed the audition and ended up playing with Stonehenge for 15 years. It was about 3 years into the band when, as fate would have it, Larry Cummins joined the band. Wayne and Larry have stuck together through the years to become a solid rhythm section.
Influenced by musicians such as Michael Anthony, Stu Hamm, Flea and the late John Entwhistle, Wayne continues to hone his talent and if he could figure out a way to play sax and bass at the same time, you can bet your ass he would. ROCK ON!