Fast Movin' Train specializes in 80's, 90's, & early 2000's Real Country music. We pride ourselves on performing songs that you may have forgotten how much you loved. Of course we play the big songs but we also play some of the lesser known tracks from these artists that you will enjoy...
Country music is my life. It is in my soul and from my earliest days, all I can remember was wanting to stand on stage to play and sing. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, my older brothers taught me to play guitar starting at 6 years old. At age 11, I played my first show opening for Johnny Rodriguez and have never stopped since. There is probably no dance hall or dive bar I’ve not played in South or Central Texas at one time or another. My early influences were the best: George Jones, Roger Miller, Ray Price, Willie, Waylon, and Marty Robbins. What can I say? My folks had good taste in music! Growing up and working on the family farm, I had a lot of tractor time to listen, sing lead, and pick out harmonies. At the same time my contemporaries were learning Van Halen and Steve Vai on guitar, I spent many of my days and nights practicing my guitar heroes like Steve Wariner, Ricky Skaggs, Ray Flacke, Albert Lee, Vince Gill, and later, Brent Mason. Over the years, I’ve been blessed to play with some of the best musicians and friends that a person can have. With FMT, we’ve all hit the jackpot with the perfect balance of great musicians and personalities. So, get on board! We’re driving!
Drew (Piano/Keys, Vocals, Harmony Vocals...pretty much a smartass)
Born in Pasadena Texas, home of the world famous Gilleys dance hall, music was in my "jeans". From my earliest recollections as a small child I was both playing and singing. When I got in trouble I had to stay inside and I would play piano until my mother couldn't stand it anymore and made me go back outside. In high school, I played drums in the band and electric guitar with my friends. Some of my fondest memories are sitting at the piano with Mickey Gilley himself and watching him play. I went to college on a trumpet scholarship and on a whim in 1989 I auditioned for Steve Stewart and Spirit of the West playing keyboard and the rest is history. I had the good fortune of playing professionally for over 13 years with Ricochet and Ty Herndon. I have been honored to play in nearly every state and venue imaginable from state fairs and Texas VFW halls right down to the mother church of them all the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. My love for music spans from the greats like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Journey, Foreigner, Boston, Loverboy, Glenn Campbell, Steve Wariner, Foster & Lloyd, Skip Ewing, and Terry McBride & the ride. Music is my therapy, and I couldn't be more blessed than to be able to share the stage with a more talented group of guys!
Happy Trails, Drew
Bill (Bass Guitar, Vocals...the voice of reason)
“Once upon a time” (as a kid) I remember walking by a music store and was suddenly confronted by a humongous nerf Bass Clef. I didn’t know what to do! I ran as fast as my skinny ol’ legs could go. (I was so skinny I had to run around the shower just to get wet). Needless to say, I got nerfed by the humongous Bass Clef and have been a bass player ever since……….Remember I said “Once upon a time”.
My love affair with music began at an early age. I would hear songs and be in awe of the voices I was hearing. First one voice then another in harmony then the sounds of the different instruments. Wow. Then I began to notice, somewhere tucked in the background was this low rhythmic pulse that seemed to hold the whole thing together…..it was the rhythm section. I was hooked.
I was a military brat in Germany and my folks got me an acoustic guitar for Christmas. I’m left handed and had to learn everything backwards. Oh well. Now back in Killeen, Texas I saw a violin shaped bass (Hofner style) in a pawn shop which started my life as a bass player in a rhythm section. After years of playing all the local garages and annoying ALL the neighbors I got into a real band that played for money. Later, I was in a house band in the local bar scene and I still recall the first time the drummer and I fell into the “pocket”. What a feeling! It’s hard to put into words but it’s like finding that perfect dancing partner. Not that the drummer and I ever danced together, to be clear. That’s why I play bass. My instrument of choice.
As usual, I started out playing rock&roll, got married, got un-married got a job and got into country music. (Hmmm, there’s a song in there somewhere)
I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with…………………nobody.
I take that back. Once we opened for Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Trapeze and Steve Martin. Once.
Randall (Drummer, Percussionist...the professional...sort of)
Aka Rockin’ Randall
I was born in Taylor, TX, raised in small town just a little East in Thorndale, TX.
My dad bought me my first drum set, 67 Ludwig, at age 3. I started playing professionally in my dad’s swing band at age 5. At the age of 8, I started playing with other bands at different venues in the area. I continued playing with my dad and other bands through high school. Throughout the years I have shared the stage with many artists such as Gary Stewart, Gary P. Nunn, and Tracy Lawrence. I am very stoked to be invited to play with some very talented musicians that makes up the Fast Movin’ Train band. Let the Good Times Roll!