Gary started playing
guitar and singing when he was 13. Two years later, Gary had his own
band, “Wildwood Sunshine” and started playing bass when the bass player
had to leave the group and move to CA. Ever since then (1968) Gary has
played bass in many bands in the central Texas area playing blues,
gospel, rock and country. He lived on the Texas coast for a year in Lake
Jackson and played in a Chicago horn style band. He has played with many
local artists including, Fuzzy Whitener, Fuzzy Whitener Sr. Larry
Andrews, Brian Smith, Zanada Tally, Robert Horueth, Randy Blue, Ira
Bradford, Jake Crawford, Russ and Brends Hauke, Bo Roberts, Thomas Abbe
and many others (not less important, but to numerous to list).
Gary has played in
bands that have opened for Cheap Trick, Little Feet, The Marshall Tucker
Band, Bugs Henderson, Omar & the Howlers, The Nelsons, John Anderson and
others. He played with the “Q102 Frontal Lobotomy Boogie Band” in the
late 80’s for packed audiences at free concerts at the Tarrent Co. &
Dallas Co. convention Centers. He has also played at the Broken Spoke in
Austin, Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth and later at BB King’s club in Memphis
with Jake Crawford and Mike King. Gary really enjoys playing with Lo*ki
because of the original tunes written by Kevin, the classic rock, blues
& country rock styles and because the members of the band are fantastic
started playing the drums in 1968, driving his parents crazy with his
Sears cardborard set. His parents purchased a Ludwig Blue Vistalite
five-piece set for his 13th birthday.His father served a two-year tour
in Germany . During this time Vernon played in a band consisting of
enlisted men , performing in Officer and NCO clubs on the weekends from
Munich to Brussels, Belgium. From sixth grade through high school he
played in Marching and Concert band and was first chair his senior year.
Vernon was with a
southern rock band called Brandy Station out of Jacksonville, Florida
.This was the time when Lynard Skynard was becoming very popular. The
Brandy Station band recorded 1 album and cut a 45 record.
After completing his
Navy tour, and while attending Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena,
Texas, Vernon was asked to join the band Showdown out of League City,
Texas, who performed all around the Houston area and to Victria , Texas.
Showdown competed for Texas in the Wild Turkey Battle of the Bands in
Dallas,Texas (1985). The Showdown Band opened for for Conway Twitty,
Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie McClain and Freddie Fender to name a few.
Vernon took a hiatus
from drumming for about 15 years to devote his attention to his
chiropractic practice located in Corsicana, Texas. He has two wonderful
children who are active in music and yearbook committees at their
schools. In 2005 he decided to dust off the Vistalite set and spent
almost a year completely restoring it. “Meeting these guys from Lo*ki in
2007 just fell into place in a seemingly effortless way. These guys are
seasoned musicians and I feel very fortunate to play with the level of
discipline and talent they bring to the stage.”
Guitarist Bob Coy
Bobby Ray Coy’s
background is a bit sketchy. However, it is rumored that he was the
illegitimate son of Marilyn Monroe and JFK, only to be adopted by a
traveling salesman and his lovely wife in Texas soon after birth. What
is known is that Bob was a concert cellist at the young age of four.
Unfortunately after a close encounter with alien beings and a brief trip
to their mother planet, his memory was erased and he was never able to
recover his mastery of the cello again. In fact, the aliens removed the
majority of his genius brain cells to implant in the leaders of the
master race on the mother planet, leaving young Bob with the brain and
IQ slightly higher than that of an extremely intelligent circus monkey.
Growing up in Oak
Cliff, and Dallas in the 1960’s and 70’s Bobby Ray was exposed to a
plethora of great music and talented musicians in the area. There are
those that people usually list when you mention Oak Cliff, like T-Bone
Walker, and Jimmy and Stevie Vaughn who played at dances held at the
local armory and country clubs. However, most weekends found BR heading
for the Rubaiyat in Dallas to see people like B.W. Stevenson, Stephen
Fromholtz, Michael Murphy, Willis Alan Ramsey, and a band called Three
Faces West featuring a young singer songwriter named Ray Wylie Hubbard.
In those days, this music was classified as “Folk Rock” but would most
likely be called “Texas Country” today.
Blues and blues
based rock have always had a major influence on Bobby Ray.A list of
musical influences would have to include B.B. King, Bugs Henderson, Mark
Knopler, David Grissom, Robert Cray, and Carlo Santana.
Currently Bobby Ray
Coy can be seen yielding his Fender Telecaster with the Corsicana based
band, Lo*ki and sporting a variety of highly fashionable head wear.