Outlaw Country Rock/Americana band hailing from Hampshire, Great Britain, DCR has been treading the boards for a couple of years now, championing original material and co-writes with some well known names in Country music. With songs from the likes of Ashley Campbell, Chas Sanford, Eddie Heinzelman and David Mindel, mixed with our own original songs, DCR’s first album is scheduled to be released late in 2020.
Steve Hampton - Guitars/Mandolin/Vocals
Having worked with The Vapors and Joe Jackson amongst others, Steve left his rock background behind after stumbling upon CMT (Country Music Television) a few years ago. ‘Past The Point of Rescue’ by Hal Ketchum hit him like a sledge hammer and very quickly he started searching out other artists within the genre. Steve Earl, Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart and his fabulous Superlatives, sealed the deal and left Steve with no doubt where his next challenge lay. VOILA! DCR was born. Having worked and played for many artists over the years, and more recently with Ashley Campbell, this is where his heart now lays.
“I never thought in a million years that I’d be doing and adoring this, or learning to play seriously challenging guitar/B bender licks that leave me in a granny knot!!!” says Steve.
Chris Dennison - aka POD (Prince of Darkness) - Drums/Vocals
Having been with Steve for a number of years playing rock all over the country, Chris quickly jumped onboard to co-found DCR. He discovered a new discipline drumming wise and very quickly added harmony backing vocal, bolstering his other bandmates.
Chris was introduced to drumming by his grandfather and comes from a musical family. With family members including the drummer in Canada’s supergroup Blue Rodeo and Gerry Hogan from Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes, it’s no wonder that Chris adapted so easily to Country music. With a solid, driving beat and disciplined style, Chris is definitely the 5-litre engine powering the rhythm section that propels DCR ever forward. Chris appears along with Steve Hampton and Matt Hughes on the latest Eve Graham album ‘A Matter of Time’, produced by the one and only David Mackay.
Matt Hughes - Bass/Vocals
Matt and Steve met when Steve was depping for a band Matt was playing in. Matt’s attitude and bass ability was bang on the money, so when Steve invited him to join DCR, it was a no brainer that he became a Crow!
Matt has played and recorded with many artists such as Rick Wakeman and Damian Wilson (Threshold), as well as sessions for the BBC and Channel 4. Most recently, he played on Eve Graham’s new album along with Steve and Chris.
Matt’s powerhouse bass playing sits and slips well into the rhythm section, forming a tight impenetrable wall of sound. Matt’s harmony vocal blends in perfectly to enhance and lift the overall vibe of the band and his on stage presence fits in well with the band’s relaxed and often humorous on stage antics!
Alan Earp - Guitar/Vocals
Steve and Alan have been friends forever! Over the years they have played in several bands together including 60's revival band Ready Steady Go, Steve's original material band Old Boys Network and Alan's Eric Clapton tribute band Cream of Clapton. In recent years they have both fallen in love with country music, so Alan becoming a Crow had to happen.
Alan's playing career started in the 70's and he has had the privilege of working with many of the 60's stars that influenced him, such as Albert Lee, PJ Proby, The Searchers and Lonnie Donegan and he was even a Mindbender with Wayne Fontana for a while.
With his ability to play lead or rhythm guitar, sing lead or backing vocals and even play a bit of banjo, Alan rounds out the band and completes the DCR sound.
Robin Vick - Bass
Rob has known the DCR boys for many years. He played in the White Knuckle Blues Band, together with Josh Phillips of Procol Harum and drummer Bernie Fox. The band toured the UK playing the Blues Festival circuit and their CD “Never Too Late” was featured on The Paul Jones Radio 2 blues program in 2012. Rob has also played support slots with artists such as Richard Thompson, Graham Parker and the Rumour and the Ian Gillan Band.
Rob has recorded bass lines on some tunes for the upcoming Dead Crow Road album and occasionally even finds himself on stage with them if Matt can’t make it!
Jon Perry - Guitar
Jon has had a varied career within the music industry. He studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford under Guthrie Govan and also had a great start with Big Jim Sullivan as a mentor and guide.
He started playing professionally at the age of 18 and went on to get a record deal with his own band in his early 20s.
Jon has played in many bands and backed a wide variety of well known artistes. He has also played many festivals including the Isle of Wight Festival five times.
As well as being a Crow, Jon is company director and owner of Sonic Artistes, providing musicians across the globe to some of the worlds biggest brands.
Kelly Mae Perry - Vocals
Kelly started gigging professionally at 14 (with her dad, Alan!) and hasn’t really stopped since!!
She has toured worldwide from New Zealand to Norway in theatres and on cruises, working with many named artistes. She has performed at the Isle of Wight Festival 4 times.
Kelly is also a keen music producer and engineer, having owned a recording studio and show production company. She’s even had a dabble at being a DJ!! She continues to provide session vocals, voice overs and music production for many companies, and is thrilled to have been asked to join the Crows!