GUITAR, FIDDLE & LEAD VOCALS
Bubba Cox has always loved music. As far back as when he wore out his grandparents old wind-up Victrola, learning his guitar listening to their old 78 records of Hank Williams, Sr. Other influences include Ray Price, George Jones, Mel Tillis, Johnny Bush, Darrell McCall and George Strait.
He soon added the fiddle to his instruments and with his big and full voice, during his early years, fronted many country bands all over, playing dance halls, fairs and festivals galore. Along the way, he has had the opportunity to meet and perform with the very best players in the country, and in the late 90s cherry-picked the best and formed The Can't Hardly Playboyz. One trip to a live performance by this group will convince anybody this was the right thing to do, as they pack dance floors wherever they play.
KEYBOARDS & LEAD VOCALS
With heavy influences from his childhood idol Charlie Rich, at age 10 David started teaching himself to play the piano. Other artists that captured his interest include Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley and Floyd Domino, and through the years has played in such accomplished groups such as Johnny Bush, Frenchie Burke, The Frank Gomez Band, Bert Rivera, and others. An outstanding vocalist, he sings lead on many of The Playboyz tunes.
David was raised in a strong Christian family, and he and his siblings are all talented musicians. Together, they form the popular Southern Gospel recording group The Kyle Family. An accomplished composer, David has penned a number of tunes performed by both The Can't Hardly Playboyz and The Kyle Family. Country music and Southern Gospel… two passions of an outstanding musician and performer.
A "lifer" on the drums, LeeRoy is been pounding the tubs for over 50 years, playing with several of the country's best country dance bands, including The Moods, Butch and The Casuals, The Melody Masters, Jimmy Heap, Silver Creek, and has even sat in with Kenny Chesney and George Strait. As a matter of fact, in 1982 LeeRoy hired on with George Strait as his tour bus driver and continued on until Strait's retirement from the road in 2014.
LeeRoy is a student of both classic country music and rock 'n roll, especially from the '70s, and collects vinyl recordings of his favorites.
BASS GUITAR & LEAD VOCALS
Bill Barr picked up the guitar in 1963 and has been at it ever since. Originally from the McGregor/Oglesby area, Bill drew influences from all kinds of dance music and has played with Jerry Naill and Armadillo Express, Joe Rice and American Sunkiss, Bill Dearmore and Nu Country Edition, as well as in the Stars over Texas Jamboree. Among his proudest musical accomplishments include playing with Bob Wills and in Washington DC for then Congressman Marvin Leath.
FIDDLE & MANDOLIN
One of the most versatile musicians anywhere, Don Raby is an accomplished players of the fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass and saxophone. What's more, his father is the inventor of the 5 string fiddle and credits his dad as his biggest influence, both in and out of music. Other powerful influences include Ray Price and The Texas Troubadours'. Raby has played with the best of the best, such as Dale Watson, Hank Thompson, Jess Demain, Leon "Pappy" Selph, Johnny Lyon and the Nunotes, and Frenchie Burk.
Bill Dearmore started plunking around the guitar when he was 12, and since then he's mastered the pedal steel, regular and bass guitar. His greatest musical influences come from Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, and he played with Gene Watson, Charlie Pride, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and Freddy Hart, plus he's had the privilege of performing on the stage of the "Mother Church" of country music, The Grand Ole Opry. He's been a fixture with The Can't Hardly Playboyz since their beginning and considers this as the most enjoyable band he's ever played in because, as he puts it, "We are most insterested in the folks dancin' and havin' a good time."
Bobby discovered the guitar at 9 years of age and has been tearing it up ever since. At 12, he was playing all the major nightclubs in Houston, and at 17 began touring with Orville Couch who was celebrating the success of his hit "Hello Trouble". After a stint in the Army, Bobby joined the Jimmy Heap Show, then worked his way to Nashville where he played alongside Cal Smith, Dottie West, Tammy Wynette, The Four Guys and Lorrie Morgan. Later, he moved to Branson, MO after joining the Mel Tillis band at The Branson Theatre, where he stayed for a decade before semi-retiring to Louisiana. We say "semi-retired" because it wasn't long before Bobby was lured into becoming a member of The Can't Hardly Playboyz. You just can't keep an artis from working his craft.