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The Decoys are a five-man powerhouse rhythm and blues band, featuring five of the most seasoned musicians, anywhere. David Hood, bass guitarist, was a member of the world famous Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and has played on a list of albums that reads like a who's who of the music industry, such as Aretha Franklin, Bob Segar, Rod Stewart and many more. Guitarist, Scott Boyer, is renowned for his work in "Cowboy" and the Eric Clapton version of his song, "Please Be With Me" on the "461 Ocean Boulevard" album. Kelvin Holly has long been recognized as one of the South's premier guitarists. He has played and recorded with artists such as Little Richard, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, and Bobby Blue Bland. N. C. Thurman plays keyboard, harmonica, guitar, melodica and vocals. He has recorded with greats such as Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Hank Williams, Jr. and many more. Mike Dillon completes the band with timing and showmanship on the drums. He has played with Grinders Switch and joined Dickey Betts for two years. He was an original member of the band, Clutch, and was a member of the Country-Pop group, the Shooters.
The Decoys was formed 14 years ago by veteran record producer, Johnny Sandlin (The Allman Brothers, Delbert McClinton, Widespread Panic…). The band has grown to gain wide respect and recognition. They have toured the South playing nightclubs and festivals. They have performed at City Stages in Birmingham, Big Spring Jam in Huntsville, and the Chunky Blues Festival in Mississippi. The band was featured at the grand opening of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, and shortly afterward toured Europe and the Mediterranean. They have appeared in concert with the likes of B.B. King, Delbert McClinton, Bo Diddley, and the Allman Brothers.
Each member of the band records writes and plays independently in the studio and on the road, but all remain loyal to the DECOYS out of desire to play quality music with people they respect and admire.
Guitarist and vocalist, Scott Boyer, is renowned for his work with the band "Cowboy", who was on Capricorn Records out of Macon, Ga. That band, along with others, became the Capricorn Rhythm Section that played on a host of records that came out of Macon at that time. Scott also wrote the song "Please Be With Me", that was featured on Eric Clapton's 461 Ocean Boulevard album.
Kelvin Holly has long been recognized as one of the South's premier guitarists. A long time member of Little Richard's touring band, and Grammy Award winning band "The Amazing Rhythm Aces", Kelvin has also appeared on numerous recordings and soundtracks with artists like, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Gregg Allman, Jimmy Hall, Little Richard, and many more.
N.C Thurman plays keyboards, harmonica, guitar, and vocals. He has recorded or played with artists such as Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Hank Williams Jr., Little Richard, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, and is currently touring with country music newcomer Gary Nichols.
Mike Dillon completes the band with timing and showmanship on the drums. Mike was a member of "The Dickey Betts Band" for two years. and was also a member of the Country Pop group "The Shooters" that was featured on CBS records from 87 to 91.
The Decoys was formed almost twenty years ago by veteran record producer, Johnny Sandlin (The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Delbert McClinton). The band has grown to gain wide respect and recognition. "They're kinda like Muscle Shoals own house band, backing up anyone who comes thru town", to quote one record industry vip. The band recently recorded their debut CD, entitled "Shot From The Saddle", at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals and is avaliable at the given website. You can also hear The Decoys on the bonus disc of the DVD,"Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid", on a song penned by Donnie Fritts and Tony Joe White, entitled "One Foot In The Groove".
Scott Boyer - guitars and vocals
Kelvin Holly - guitars and vocals
N.C Thurman - keys harp and vocals
Mike Dillon - drums and vocals
David Hood - bass and bona fide "swamper"
Sources Alabama Music Hall of Fame, MySpace profile
David Hood, Scott Boyer, N.C Thurman, Mike Dillon and Kelvin Holly are The Decoys.
Video: The Decoys with Friends at Scott Boyer Benefit 1080p.mov http://youtu.be/gTl8EXueKqI
Video: The Decoys promotional video - Muscle Shoals musicians! http://youtu.be/fncLocrGLFY
Video: The Decoys - Live at the Garage Cafe http://youtu.be/Guxp3AWPwlM
Video: The Decoys with Spooner Oldham at Scott Boyer Benefit 1080p.mov http://youtu.be/-y1Yp_vMMwk
Video: The Decoys with Scott Boyer III at Scott Boyer Benefit 1080p.mov http://youtu.be/fQzxIGVYwfY
Video: Scott Boyer Benefit Grand Finale 1080p.mov http://youtu.be/2tJ8MjlTB8w
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