Kenny Wilson – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Kenny Wilson is the founder of The Urban Bushmen band. Kenny was born in California but was raised in Arkansas from the age of 2 by his grand parents. His early childhood musical influences were the Gospel artist such as Mahalia Jackson, he often heard coming from the little A.M. radio station his grandparents listened to.He also attended a small, southern Baptist church that featured some of the most down-home gospel singers in the area.
Even before he was a teen, Kenny begin socializing with his much older uncles and cousins. They would bring him along to all the Juke Joints that were,"UPTOWN".Thats where he would hear artist like Bobby "Blue" Bland, Lightnin Hopkins, Albert Collins, B.B. King, and many others.
Kenny spent most of his teenage years living from one place to another after his grandparents past away. This was the beginning of a life long journey of his to touch all he could with the blues of Arkansas. He and his younger sibling would play at any club that would allow teenagers to perform. Many were shocked by the sounds that screamed from their electric guitars. They were often compared to a young Buddy Guy or Jimi Hendrix.
In the early 90's, Kenny moved to the Bay Area, Ca. This is where he met many musicians that helped shape and refine his guitar playing.He spent many years with sax player Big Daddy, John Lee Hookers band,Ron Perry (bass player from Susan Tedeschi)and countless jam sessions with many of the Top Blues artist in the Bay Area. Soon after, he and his brother formed "URBANBUSHMEN", a hardcore blues and R&B band with a touch of Hip-Hop and Nubian Soul. Urbanbushmen are by far the most versitle group many have ever seen live. This is all a reflection of a musician like Kenny, traveling all across the country, Absorbing all styles and cultures from everyone he came in contact with. Keeping the blues alive and giving America a very important insight into the life of black culture.
Christian Houston – Keyboards, Vocals
Christian Houston AKA Chris 10 is a classically trained musician who has
branched out into R&B, Jazz, Adult Contemporary, and Neo Soul. As a
keyboardist Chris 10 has performed as a band member for top Bay Area talents:
opening for such acts as the S.O.S. Band and Roy Ayers respectively. Other
live performances include sit-ins with Xecutive Suite, The Together Band,
Mixed Company, Capitol Records group Cold Fire, Felton Pilate of ConFunkShun
and jazz guitarist Tony Dewayne. Throughout the years Chris 10 has
collaborated with top bay area producers such as; Rico Barretta (Flyte
Studios), Jimmy Weaver (Vault Productions) Gary Macky (Rowdy Records),Tony
(Diamond) Dewayne; and currently with Earl Thomas (Hymm & Heart). Thus, these
collaborations have helped in developing Chris 10's own style of composing
and producing music (Millennium Productions).When away from the studio and
into the "live" scene, Christian (Chris10) is currently committed to
performing with the Bay Area group the Urban Bushmen: a band founded by Bay
Area Blues guitarist Kenny Wilson.
Damon Williams – Lead Vocals
Born In Nashville, Tn, music has always been a part of Damon's life. As a
vocalist and songwriter he began performing in the bay area at nightclubs,
festivals, corporate and private functions as a member of the R&B vocal
group Infinity. Before joining the Bushmen's lineup in 2003, Williams performed
throughout state as one of the Temptations in the B. Edward's Motown Revue.
Damon's voice can also be heard on various CDs released by bay area rappers.
As a songwriter he was a finalist in Onstage Magazine's 2001 Unisong
International Songwriter's Contest for his original composition "Pray for Eyes
that See." Also to his credit is "Rachel's Weeping For Her Children," a song he
wrote with music composed by original ConFunkShun band member Danny Thomas.
Produced by Williams and Thomas, "Rachel" was the second song featured on the CD
dedicated to Xiana Fairchild, who was kidnapped and murdered. Damon has
performed the song at anti-violence rallies, vigils, and on Cable Channel 28 in
In May 2001 Williams made his acting debut in 'Pulie
Victorious' at the Mira Theatre. Since then Williams has been nominated four
times for the local Arty award, and won the Dollie award as best male leading
actor in 2001. He received in second Dollie award for his role in "Blues for An
Alabama Sky." He has also appeared in "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men," "Prophet
Nat," "The Wedding," "Mulatto," and recently in "Murder Dressed in
Alton McGriff – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Alton Began playing the alto saxophone in the 8th grade, when he was named
"Who's who in America" in 1980 for his musical accomplishments. Alton began his
musical career by sneaking his brother's bass when his brother wasn't home.
When his brother found out his desire to play, he gave Alton his first love,
the bass guitar. Since then, Alton has branched out into many areas of music,
and has developed an interest in piano and drums. He has performed in inner city
youth programs and has sang with gospel and accapela groups. Alton has toured
with bands throughout Northern California. When not playing his funky bottom,
he works with Contra Costa Counties troubled teens. He is able to bring his
musical talents into a classroom environment by teaching various techniques
on his Musicman bass guitar.
Greg McGriff – Drummer, Vocals
Greg McGriff is a San Francisco Bay Area performing drummer who’s been playing professionally for over 30 years. Greg’s early influences are his high school band teacher Frank Bigoski (1974 – Hogan High School), who gets the credit for his discipline and drum work ethic. He studied African drumming under professor Augustus Olatunji Vidal
, master drummer at Sonoma State College, where he attended in the mid 70’s. His funky style has backed the likes of
Rosie Gaines (Prince
protégée) with the Freeryde Band of the 70’s and 80’s. He has done many engagements with Bay Area variety acts such as The Floordogs, Cover2Cover, and the Midnight Band (Motown Review featuring Matt Applin and Danny "Sweet Man" Thomas formerly of Confunkshun) on the Vallejo based California Wine Ship in the 90’s.
Through the years he has done sessions with Ron Perry (bassist
currently with blues player Susan
Tedeschi), Tony Dewayne (song writer/musician), Rob Watson (bassist for
bluesman Joe Louis Walker), Bobby Simmons and various other Bay Area musicians.
He also gives his beginning credit to the Chuck Brown drum method and his funky flavor from one of his favorites, Dave Garibaldi (Tower of
Power) who also studied that style. Other influences include James Levi a personal friend and mentor. It is Greg’s passion for drumming and his ‘pocket style’ that allows him to enjoy and play all styles of music including funk, blues, rock and jazz.
Brian 'Lakeside' Lake – Percussion, Vocals
A seasoned percussionist with many years experience, ‘Lakeside’ played various instruments as a youngster before settling on the congas.
“I loved music from my youth. Music of the sixties set the foundation of the type of music that inspired me”. He gives props to his teachers Robert Moore, Florence Bruon and Mildred Walsh. Other entertainment work includes acting, dancing and even Harlem Globetrotter. His influences include Tito Puente, Poncho Sanchez and Giovanni Hidalgo. His playing style has a Afro/Latin feel and his riffs add that soulful flavor to the band. With Brian’s shaking, rattling and smooth vocals, he has established himself as a cog for the Bushmen.