Johnny Cochran a former fiddle player for George Jones, Johnny Paycheck and Lynn Anderson put together a group professional musicians known as the Trailblazers.
Besides performing at their own venue in WV this band is available for private bookings, festival and fairs. Although the band can play any type of music their heart is in Country and Bluegrass. You may even want to do a tribute show, they can perform any artist for the tribute performance.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
An amazing professional experience. We are a country music show with a dash of comedy and at times a little bluegrass. We are an interactive band, we love to get the audience involved. We have one of the best fiddle players around and maybe in the world. You will just have to see to believe.
Johnny Cochran can play any instrument with strings but his heart belongs to the fiddle. He has also been known to pick up the acoustic guitar, upright bass, dobro, banjo and even the mandolin. Child prodigy Johnny Cochran began his musical career at the age of three and by time he was four he was performing for the public on WWVA’S live Radio Show and “The Wheeling Jamboree” broadcast from the old Capital Theatre in Wheeling, West Virginia. Johnny began performing with his father, Frank Cochran and soon his sister and three brothers joined in to form the bluegrass and country band known as “The Cochran Family”. Hailing from Diana, West Virginia, The Cochran Family traveled extensively during the 1970’s. With his ability to play any instrument with strings Johnny found his heart playing the fiddle and helped to build a fan following. Over the course of his career Johnny’s tremendous talent has led him to play with legendary icons including George Jones, Johnny Paycheck and Lynn Anderson.
Mark Hamrick, electric guitar, another former member of The American Mountain Theater, is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Music at West Virginia University while living in Buckhannon with his wife and four children. Mark is no stranger to campus life or to melodious studies on both sides of the podium. With a BS in commercial music from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, Mark teaches jazz and classical guitar at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Mr. Hamrick has been dipped in the waters of the greats as he took advantage of his tenure in Nashville and performed at Opryland while attaining his undergrad. Mark’s musical background includes jazz, rock, country and classical performances with well known names such as The Drifters and Connie Francis on land and at sea on the cruise ship Scotia Prince.
Andy Currence, drummer and twenty five year veteran of music, has lent his talent to the Currence Brothers, the John Coberly Band, The Fenders, The Country Rockers, The Heckels and lead drummer with the American Mountain Theater. Andy has worked with both Lone Wolf Productions and Vessel Records and is currently residing in Mabie while he is engaged with the Currence Family of Mabie
James Atha, keyboards and soundman, has a very diverse musical background. He graduated from WV Wesleyan College where he toured the East Coast, Eastern Europe and Russia with the WVWC Jazz Band. He was a member of the Populaires, which was the house band at the Greenbriar Resort. James later taught music at WV Wesleyan College and Fairmont State University, Public and Private Schools in Lewis County WV. He worked in several dance and show bands before joining the Trail Blazers. James resides on the family farm at Jane Lew WV.
Lee Sines was born in Nutterfort WV. He grew up on country music in Pickens WV until the age of ten. Then moved to east of Cleveland Ohio where Joined teen band at thirteen. He played Bass guitar and electric guitar with several bands until his early twenties. He began recording records and performed on several TV shows in the Cleveland area, including the Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin. In 1971 he moved to Florida and played in several bands there. In 1981 he released a record titled “Hi O Silver She`s Gone” that got air play in U.S.A and Canada. He had another record in 1982 called “Undercover Man”. In 1985 he recorded “Angel in flight”. Lee toured with a CCR tribute band in the late nineties then he moved back to WV. During the 1070’s he played mandolin and bass with the Helvetia Dance Band. I was invited to join the Trailblazers in fall of 2011 and I`m very happy to be there.
Additional Booking Notes
Depending of the venue, we can supply our own sound equipment. Staging and lighting are usually provided.
Our set list changes based on the requested performance. The band knows thousands of songs. All the venue has to do is let us know what your wanting and type of crowd your requesting the performance for.
|Johnny Cochran||Fiddle Player|
|Mark Hamrick||vocal and lead Guitar|
|Andy Currence||Vocal and drums|
|Lee Sines||Vocal and bass|
Influences & Inspiration
All of the performers have been playing instruments starting at age 3 and age 10. The influences came for some of the Country and Bluegrass Greats like Lefty Frizzell, Scotty Stoneman, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Milsap, Boxcar Willy to name a few.
Stage plot available on request
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