Mixed Blood, Mixed Genres - Gospel, Country, Blues, R&B - Austin, Texas
by Sherry Fikes
(Kingsland, TX, USA)
10/7/2010 - These two artists both adhere to the belief that music is the International Language, and they refuse to be “put in a box” as they perform tunes that touch their souls in one way or another. Elliott’s performing experience has made him a timeless and captivating entertainer. He has performed and toured with some of the recording and performing "greats". Elliott was recruited out of high school by Sonny and the Premiers. They took him to New York from his Kentucky home. In New York he played with Joey Dee and the Starlighters in the Peppermint Lounge. Elliott plays tenor, alto and soprano saxophones…sometimes even two at once…and his soulful, high energy vocal style gives him the ability to take a tune, using his unique musical talents, and make it his own… best described as “fikes-i-sized!”
Elliott’s musical influences include Otis Redding, James Brown, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ben E. King, Elvis, among others. He has performed with The Coasters, The Shirelles, The Imperials, to name a few.
Bode is a talented singer, song writer. His smooth, relaxing vocal style is the perfect compliment to Elliott’s seasoned raspy soulfulness. Bode is also a talented piano and keyboard player. Whether playing keyboard, guitar, or drums, Bode’s infectious personality pulls the crowd in for a good time.
Elliott Fikes - Tenor, Alto and Soprano Saxophones / Vocal
Bode Barker - Vocal, Keys, Guitar, Drums
Jay Henderson - Lead Guitar, Vocal
Fletcher Knight- Bass GuitarGenre:Gospel; Country; R&B; Blues; RocknRoll
Record Label:IndieDetailed Info Website:http://www.elliottfikes.com
General Manager:Sherry's Soulful Sound FX
Booking Agent:Sherry Fikes - 512-626-3196
Elliott Fikes and Bode Barker come together to do what they do best…music. Elliott and Bode perform a wide variety of musical styles and genres….when fused together it can best be described as “Rockin’ Country ‘n Soul” and Gospel.