Steve Fernandez - Guitar / Slide Guitar
Founder of The Brothers of The Road Band. “I heard Dickey Betts with the Allman Brothers in
1973 bought a Gibson Les Paul and never stopped playing”. He studied jazz guitar and
composition at the Westchester Conservatory of Music. Interested in many musical styles,
Steve plays blue grass & classical Mandolin. His Allman Brothers influences include “the big
four” Duanne, Dickey, Warren, & Derek. Other influences include country players such as
Brent Mason, Brad Paisley, Albert Lee, Johnny Highland and Vince Gill along with Bluegrass
pickers such as David Grisman, Tony Rice, and Ricky Scaggs. Besides his 73 Les Paul Deluxe
Steve uses a Gibson 61 RI SG tuned in open E for slide and a Gibson 57 RI Goldtop. "Playing
& studying this music for the past 42 years has been an important part of my life. I'm privileged
to have such great musicians and performers in this band."
Ray Wylock – Guitar
Ray began playing music at the age of 8. After attending Berklee College Of Music he
moved to Maine where he played lead guitar in various bands
throughout the New England area for over 30 years. Ray moved back to New York in 2011
and joined the Brothers of the Road Band at the request of long time friend Steve
Fernandez. After a long separation Ray and Steve are "back to where it all began"...
playing the music of the Allman Brothers together once again.
Chris Pagano - Drums
Chris began playing drums in his teens and has been drumming professionally for over ten
years. He studied privately on Long Island with Al Miller (Cab Calloway, Xaviar Cugat) and
went on to teach at his drum school. Chris’ influences include Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Yonrico
Scott and Jeff Sipe, just to touch on an endless list. He began his gigging career as a club
date drummer and by the age of 18, Chris was spending summers playing eight shows a week
at Catskill Mountains resort hotels. As an active theatre musician, Chris can be found
constantly working, whether at local theatres or Off-Broadway shows. When Chris was about
15, his uncle, drummer Peter Conn told him "If you really want to play the drums, listen to
some of this. He put on Jessica, we both sat down at different kits, played along to the record
and I was hooked”. A year or so later, Chris' dad, Ron, took him to his first Allman Brothers
concert, and they’ve been going together every year since then! Most recently, Chris had the
pleasure of traveling to Atlanta, Georgia to study with Derek Trucks' drummer, Yonrico Scott.
Chris is from Bethpage, New York.
Rob Biggers - Keyboards, vocals
Rob began playing the accordion at age eight and moved to the piano and keyboards
around the time that bands like Yes, ELP, Pink Floyd and King Crimson were hot. Rob’s
influences include Dr John, Ray Manzarek, Chuck Lavell, Greg Allman, Rick Wakeman, Keith
Emerson and Bob Moog. Rob is a published songwriter and member of BMI and has kept
busy with a bunch of other musical endeavors which include – writing television and cable
jingles for clients including HBO, Fox, Scholastic and ESPN; Co-Owner of “Jamland”, a full
service music studio and networking facility for amateur musicians; Co-founder of “Rock 2
Rebuild”, a non-profit, at-your-service volunteer organization producing live music events to
raise funds for local and global charities; Producer-at-Large for 107.1FM The Peak and a
contributing writer for “More Sugar” a Westchester and Putnam music and entertainment
magazine. Robs performance credits include playing in obscure and unknown bands in
places that include BB Kings, Bleeker Street’s Village Gate and Back Fence, The Jupiter
Civic Center, SUNY and other Northeast Campuses. Rob lives in Cortlandt Manor, New York.
Dan O'Connor - Drums
Dan began his musical journey at the tender age of 3 when his uncle placed a set of
headphones on his head and placed him on his knee behind a drum kit. The young uncle
proceeded to turn his nephew, during his impressionable years, onto the amazing music
being made at that time ( 60's & 70's )and to tell him of his personal experiences of
seeing some of the acts live and actually sitting in with one of them, The Allman Joys. At
the age of 9, Dan finally convinced his folks to take drum lessons and continued studying
though college, where he received a BA in performance from the Ithaca school of music.
His college band shortly there after, signed to a label and he received a sponsorship
from Tama drums.
Since then, he's played in many bands, playing many genres of music and most of the
time, those bands included and still include his brother on bass. One of which, did a tour
for the U.S. Troops stationed in Bosnia / Croatia during the late 90's.
Loving the sound that 2 drummer bands produce, like the Allman Brothers, Grateful
Dead, Doobie Brothers and Genesis, Dan is looking forward to creating this sound again.
|Ric LuBell - Bass, vocals
Bass Player Ric LuBell started his young music career as a guitarist learning to play his
favorite Beatles, British Blues Invasion and Philly Soul covers, earning him a gig as a
session musician for Philly Groove Records. Ric went on to attend Berklee College of
Music studying guitar by day while performing nightly in Boston cover band, “Pumphouse
Gang”, and doing session work with Ric Ocasek and Ben Orr. After leaving Berklee, Ric
found his new groove switching to the 4-string playing bass with popular New England bar
band “Orphan Annie”, who’s lead guitarist Richard "King" Russell went on to become a
world renowned blues performer. Credits include opening for Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and
John Lee Hooker. Soon after, Ric (and Rick Russell) joined “R&R”, one of the premier
original rock bands touring New England. After shifting his focus to family and career, Ric
started playing and singing again and continues to add to his prolific resume as bass
player/singer/performer, in projects including Westchester, New York based band “Over
The Top”, “Diamond Cut” formed with the guitarist from “Sister Morphine” and his latest,
simultaneous project,“Not DEAD Yet, a successful Greatful Dead tribute band recently
written up in several Westchester County, NY magazines and newspapers with
performance credits including B.B.King's Lucille's Grill in NYC. Ric lives in Cortlandt Manor.
- Todd Brennan - Lead Vocals
- Todd Brennan got his start singing in the church at a very young age and was soon
performing with gospel choirs and community ensembles as a featured vocalist. He later
became a member of the popular gospel quartet, “The Christ Sent Singers” where for 12
years, he performed Gospel Brunch at Sylvia’s famous soul food restaurant in Harlem,
NYC. The group was the opening act for “Gladys Knight” and “The Four Tops” at the
National Urban League Convention and was also featured in New York Magazine and
CBS’ Channel 2 the people. Recently Todd was lead vocalist for the popular Westchester
based classic rock and soul review “Undercover”. Along with gospel, Todd’s first love is
the blues. Among his many influences,Todd lists Stevie Winwood, Robert Palmer and
Gregg Allman right up at the top. He has performed with many great blues players in the
metropolitan area and for a time ran a popular Blues Jam at Bennigan’s in Yonkers, NY.
Todd now looks forward to lending his soulful blues vocal style with The Brother’s of the
Road Band. Todd lives in Lindenhurst New York.