"Patsy Hockaday (formerly Godley), Lead Vocals"
Patsy had the honor of performing for Patsy Cline’s mother and sister at an awards show in Fredericksburg VA several years ago and received a standing ovation. It is a cherished memory she will never forget. She does not attempt to sound like Patsy Cline, nor could she. Patsy Cline was one of kind. But what she does hope to do is show you some of Patsy Cline’s heart in her interpretation of Patsy’s songs. She truly pays tribute to the great Patsy Cline and she is blessed to have some of the best musicians in the area as part of the band.
"Bobby Edenton, Steel Guitar and Vocals"
At age 13, Bobby would ride his bike to the Goodman family’s house where Bessie Goodman sat on the front porch and played her banjo. Knowing he was interested in music, she taught him to play “Cripple Creek’ on the banjo. A family friend, Mabel Parrish, bought him a guitar at a yard sale for $5.00 after she learned he was interested in music. After learning a few chords on that $5.00 guitar, he was hooked. He farmed for neighbors after school and on the weekends until he saved enough money and his grandmother, Christine, took him to buy his first guitar, a FG160 Yamaha. He then sat on the front porch and played his new guitar and sang for hours. Always interested in steel guitar, he bought his first one in 1982, and by April of that year became the Joe Sacra and the Country Raiders steel guitar player. After freelancing and playing with several good groups, he became a member of the Midnight Cowboys Band led by the late Charlie Collier. Throughout the years he’s had the opportunity to work with many great artists: Jeanie Shepherd, Melba Montgomery, Randy Travis, David Frizzell and several others. Locally he was fortunate to perform with great folks like Charlie Collier and Dickey Dennis, and he was especially fortunate to have the great steel guitar player, Buddy Charleton, in his life, as both a mentor and a friend, who taught him so much about the steel guitar.
"Mike Hockaday, Drums and Vocals"
Mike grew up around music. His stepfather had a band, as did his uncle Donald. He got started in music at the age of 15 in his stepfather’s band and has played music now on and off for 35 years. He has been a member of Hare Trigger Band and Black Water, and has opened shows for Randy Travis, Keith Whitley, Clint Black, Jack Green, Stonewall Jackson and many more. Mike has enjoyed being a part of Patsy and the Country Classics Band because it is an opportunity to play the music he loves most, traditional country music.
"Donald Hockaday, Bass Guitar and Vocals"
Donald’s brother George gave him his first guitar after he caught him sneaking in his room playing it while George was at school. George told him that he might as well have it, since he could play it, and George couldn’t! From that time on Donald continued to play, finally taking up bass guitar, and played with local bands Airtight and Tommy Reynolds and Blue Denim, among others. He started his own band with Muddy Carter that eventually turned in to Charlie Collier and the Midnite Cowboys, a well known band in the area. He has also played gospel music with 3 For Him, and started his own gospel band, Jammin’ For Jesus, to play benefits and raise money for people in need. Over the years he has opened shows for John Conley, Charlie Pride, Hank Williams Jr, Lori Morgan, Clinton Gregory and Stella Parton.
"Billy Rupprecht, Keyboard"
Billy started playing the guitar at the age of six with a Gene Autry Guitar and Song Book. He also plays electric lead guitar, Dobro and Hammond B-3 Organ and has played in all types of bands, and all types of music to include country, bluegrass, rock and roll and soul.
He’s played in many house bands all over the area and played with the following groups: Satellites, Groovers, Goodtimers, Danny Garland Band, Next to Never, Cash & Carry and many others, too numerous to name. He’s also had his own television show on RCC TV with Tom Seay. He’s had the pleasure to open for or play with The Platters, The Drifters, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Big Al Downing, Little Willy, Patti LaBelle, Neil Sedaka, Marty Stuart, Smitty Irvin, Ricky Scaggs, Barbara Mandrell, The Stoneman Family, Helen Carter and the Carter Family, and last but not least Patsy Cline, plus many more. Billy loves playing in this band because he says it brings him “back to his roots in country music” and he gets to play with not only “talented singers and musicians but down to earth people that love music, God and Country.”
"Jeff Wadford, Lead Guitar"
Jeff started playing guitar at the age of 5 and hasn’t stopped since. By age 17 he was on the road full time with the Back Porch Boogie Band and various other groups and had one song on the radio called “Standing On A Rock”. At age 25 he played with The Overtime Band that had a regional hit called “Two Loves Have I”. By age 29 he was playing full time with Jim Divenney & Ironbridge and traveling all over the East Coast. He has also fronted and traveled with Diamond Rio, Doug Stone, Trisha Yearwood, Jimmy Dean, and Brooks & Dunn. After retiring from the road he has played locally with the Lionel Ward Band and Bobby Cunningham. He is happy to have found a home with Patsy & the Country Classics and finds himself laughing way more than a person should. Patsy & the Country Classics are certainly happy to have such a gifted and talented musician!