Kicking Country

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 22, 2002

The times, and bands, have come and gone. But, what is so unique about Kicking Country is that they are here to stay.

The five man group: T-Scott on vocals, keyboards and harmonica; Juan Valdez Sanchez on vocals and guitar virtuoso; Jimmy &uot;V&uot; on vocals and guitar, Rockwell Lane on vocals and percussion; and Bobby &uot;Too Tall&uot; Brown on vocals and bass &045;&045; have been around Selma for more than a decade.

And they plan to stay even longer.

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The odd, but fun thing about Kicking Country, is that they don’t play very much country anymore.

And they have. Instead of migrating from one town to another as most traditional bands do, Kicking Country stays pretty close to home. The band formed around 1988-89, with country music as their mainstay.

The band originally formed from two separate bands, who had lost members or were looking to lose them.

By this time in his life, Brown had been playing in bands for nearly a decade. He and Rockwell Lane, who were members of the same band, realized it was time to settle down.

The original band has gone through several personnel changes as its members moved on.

Henry does come back to play sometimes, but now mainly assists the band in the promotion area.

Among the local venues the group plays at includes the Elks Lodge, Market Day, Cahaba Day and at private parties. They also play at occasional out of town engagements in Demopolis, Linden, Prattville, Tuscaloosa and Greensboro.

Their fame has grown to where they were invited to play for the Bridge Crossing Jubilee.

Since the pure country days of the band, their music selection has grown to include oldies, rock and roll, R&B and dance music, plus the mainstay country music.

The band had tried to scale back on their playing time the past few years, saying they would be performing every other week. However, the demand has been so great, they play every week. It shows that onces a good thing comes around, it stays around.