Black River Entertainment recording artists Pryor Baird and Kaleb Lee first met in 2018 as
contestants on the 14th Season of The Voice. Then solo acts, the singers were paired as
roommates during the Blind Audition, and a friendship instantly bloomed.
Now teaming up as a duo, Pryor & Lee introduce themselves to the country genre with its
debut single — the feel-good arena anthem “Y’allsome.” Penned by ace songwriters Rhett
Akins, Marv Green and JT Harding, the boot stomping ode to country fans exemplifies Pryor &
Lee’s fun side and dynamic live show.
In December 2019, the pair split the bill for a studio session to record “Blame Me,” a hard-
hitting country tune that has a man owning up to his faults. Black River heard the song and
quickly signed the men to a record deal in January 2020.
“You pray for times like that in your life where a door will open and it’s obvious,” Baird says.
Pryor & Lee look up to acts like Brooks & Dunn and Montgomery Gentry for their authentic
lifestyle, vivid storytelling and deep-seeded country roots. Not unlike Brooks & Dunn — who
also formed as a duo after pursuing solo careers — Pryor & Lee has carved out a path of its own
with a distinct throwback country vibe and unmistakable talent.
“One thing I think we collectively learned is we would not trade any of the last 10 years,” Lee
says. “It’s prepared me for being in a duo now. We really know who we are, and we feel like we have a good handle on the music that Pryor & Lee should put out.”
In 2018, not long after veteran, well-traveled singer/guitarist Will Bell hightailed it from his
hometown Tulsa, OK to Vero Beach, FL seeking fresh musical fortunes, he was watching the
local weather reports one night and heard six provocative words: “We are expecting a King Tide.”
As a newcomer to Florida, he didn’t know what the expression meant – an especially high spring
tide occurring at new and full moon when the Earth, Moon, and Sun are aligned – but he thought
it would make a kick-ass name for a band. He even put a piece of paper with the name in his
guitar case. It wouldn’t take long for Bell’s vision to come to fruition. Little did he know the first
time he checked out – and was blown away by the high-octane musicianship at - the
longstanding Dave Scott Jam at The Patio Seafood Tavern – that he was literally watching the
opening scenes of a musical superhero origin story. Jamming along with Scott (guitar) were
future King Tide members “Medicine Man” Hastings (harmonica, percussion vocals) and Joe
Zep (drums and vocals).
As with so many indie bands trying to home in on their sound and find their footing and groove,
King Tide has experienced a lot of comings and goings since formally launching in 2020. Yet
every connection made, every invitation to join, every vibe developed, and every four traded
centered on the dynamic freewheeling magic at the Jam. Starting as a straight blues band with
guitarist/singer Mike Presutti and bassist Peter George, the original lineup of King Tide
performed numerous socially distanced gigs during the first summer of the pandemic (including
four at Backbeat Music Parlor) and engaged in several popular Livestream events produced by
VBar Live called the “Number JUAN Tequila Quarantine Concert Series” hosted by comedians
Alex Reymundo and Ron White.
Solidified just after New Year’s 2021, King Tide’s current lineup includes Bell, Hastings, Zep,
Steve Strickland (bass), Todd Jones (lead guitar, vocals), and Peter Valentine (piano, organ lead
vocal). They proudly and cleverly bill their explosive hybrid vibe as “A southern rock slice of
bluesy guitar-based Americana that brings positive vibes and energy that lasts for days!” As
South Florida and the rest of the U.S. slowly emerge from this anxiety-ridden era, those
collective vibes and energy are more essential than ever.
A Florida native, Kurt Stevens is bringing his own brand of chilled-out South Florida beach vibes to the rough backroad sounds of Nashville - an aesthetic best demonstrated in his latest release, “Once In A Blue Moon” (October 2019). “Good music is about an emotional reaction. Whether it’s about the good times, being with friends on a boat, or heartbreak, it has to be honest enough that the listener feels it.”
Turning heads on the local circuit and proving himself ready for the big leagues, Stevens’ track ‘I Already Know’ became a playlist favorite upon release in early 2019, landing on Spotify’s ‘New Boots’ playlist, and earning over 1 million streams across all platforms. His tour schedule has found him headlining at the Martin County Fair, Indian River County Fair, and Hooked on Music Festival; as well as opening up for the name, acts like Dustin Lynch, The Band Perry, Maren Morris, and Luke Combs.
When he’s not writing and performing, Stevens, ever the Floridian, always likes to come back to the sea. “My passion is being outside on the water. Fishing and surfing…” he expresses smoothly, “There’s something about the ocean. No matter what you’re going through, you can go out on the ocean and feel how small you are - how small your problems really are against this vastness. It’s humbling and grounding.”
Practically born with a guitar in his hand, he has been performing almost since he began talking - Randy is a natural-born musician. Randy is a singer-song writer and plays 11 instruments, but he is best known for his mastery of the guitar. His soulful voice and the way his fingers effortlessly glide across the strings mesmerize everyone. And like all of the most talented musicians, he is self-taught.
He's not only a talented singer and guitar player, but he also produces all of his own music. Just back from recording in Nashville, Randy is an artist to look out for.