about - Ocean, London, KY
Ocean delivers great rock and dance classics of the 70's, 80's, and 90's. Ocean was founded in Kentucky by pro musicians who came together from across the country.
L.A. keyboardist and Ocean founder Mike Smith has worked with The Pointer Sisters, Smokey Robinson, The Drifters, and The Chambers Brothers, and recorded with original members of great bands including Paul McCartney and Wings, Jethro Tull, Johnny Winter, Allman Brothers, Alice Cooper, and Stevie Wonder. Wonder's lead trumpet, Steve Madaio, was producer of Smith's band “Streets”.
Tampa guitarist Dennis Monroe has backed notable singers from groups like the Classics IV and contestants in the Miss America pageant. Dennis founded Florida bands “Ricochet” and then “Rock Steady”, which over 12 years became one of the most successful working bands on the Florida gulf coast. Monroe is an expressive guitarist with impeccable tone, influenced by Clapton, Beck, Hendrix, and Santana.
Bassist Jimmy Seville hails from San Diego and came to Kentucky via San Francisco and Denver. A multi-instrumentalist also proficient on guitar, mandolin, and banjo, Jimmy worked with the former bassist of legendary California band “Spirit”, and has extensive pro touring and recording experience.
Drummer Barry Peters grew up in Kentucky and graduated from Laurel high. His varied musical background includes working with many popular local bands over the years including “RPM”, and local studio work on varied projects including radio jingles.
Ocean is notable for impressive instrumental skills and powerful four-part vocal harmonies. Email for link to Electronic Press Kit. Available for bookings in KY, TN, and OH.