Clovis moved to Nashville in the mid-seventies from his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama. He & Chris met when he walked into the Old Time Pickin’ Parlor one day, picked up a guitar and began to sing. The two young musicians, one from New York, one from Alabama had instant chemistry and decided almost immediately to work together as a writing team.
A soulful southern singer, writer and guitar player, he brought creative musicianship to the Drmls.
A restless creative person, Clovis left the band in 1984 to pursue other musical interests. In recent years he was performing and writing in Greenville, South Carolina, and sadly, passed away in his sleep in 2015. He is survived by a wife and two grown children. He was a devoted loving husband and father. His family and friends loved him and his music and we respectfully honor his contribution to the Drmls.
Dan Cook was born in Vadala, India, the son of medical missionaries, and has lived abroad, as well as in Boston and Philadelphia.
He graduated from The University of The South in Sewanee, Tennessee with a degree in Mathematics and Fine Arts.
Two years after moving to Nashville, he joined The Drmls in 1980, working with them until 1990, writing, recording and performing in one of the first acts to play all original music in the Nashville club scene.
In 1991 he had his first son, Grant Hale Cook. At this point he went on extended sabbatical from his musical efforts and focused on raising his son. Lightning struck again in 1995, Austin Daniel Cook was born, making the father role twice as much fun!
In 2005, Grant came to Dan and said he wanted a set of drums for Christmas, and bought Dad a new Ampeg bass amp for Christmas 2006. He then brought some players from school and forced Dan to pull out the bass and the renaissance was underway…
Since then Dan has revived his songwriting and performing as a bass player, guitarist, and singer, in several groups.
If you come to Nashville on a Thursday night you can see him play with the illustrious Americana style “Thursday Night Band” at the legendary venue; Brown’s Diner, on the same corner since 1927.
Otherwise you might catch him playing with his favorite “loud band”, affectionately known as “Chickens for Whiskey”, at some very hot Nashville venues such as The Five Spot or The Basement, doing some high energy, sophisticated, stylized tunes, with a new edge and attitude.
Dan has been very fortunate with his many musical associations playing with some of the finest musicians currently in Nashville.
Chris grew up in the New York City area during a most exciting time in popular music, the 1960’s. From a musical family, he learned to play the guitar from his father and the piano from his mother. Playing in bands throughout high school and college, he developed a love for writing and performing original music.
He moved to Nashville after college, taking a job at Randy Wood’s Old Time Picking Parlor, a mecca for live music, musical instrument construction and repair. It was there that he met Clovis Hitson. With their mutual love of music and songwriting, they partnered and formed the Drmls in 1980.
In 1990 he moved to California where he lives today and owns his own business specializing in musical instrument restoration and studio production. He has recorded and produced dozens of records for independent artists and is releasing his first solo album in 2017 on the Windmar Music Label.
Silver Taylor was touring with Chuck Berry when he met with the Drmls in a local bar in Nashville in late 1980. He wanted to be a part of an all original, creative act and spend more time at home in Nashville with his family.
Silver wanted to push the limits of his playing and his image as a part of the group and the Drmls were a perfect fit.
Cloaked in all silver clothing, silver paint on his face and an entirely silver drum kit, he was a big hit with the fans when they hit the club scene shortly after he joined the band.
Silver played drums on the very first recording with the Drmls at the Rock House with both Chuck Ainlay and David Cherry Engineering in a converted house on 18th Avenue South. This recording is entirely live without any overdubs.
Shortly afterward he was lured back out on the road and had to excuse himself from the band.
He remains an honored friend and alumnus to this day.
In 1985 when the Drmls were looking for a new lead singer, Dan Cook suggested his old friend and former bandmate Jeff Allen.
A native of Memphis Tennessee, Jeff grew up singing in church with his grandfather’s congregation and was profoundly influenced by Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, and the local blues singers in Memphis.
Jeff was a perfect fit bringing well-crafted, high energy vocals to the new material and revised direction of the band. He fronted the band on their 1986 release SpaceTime.
Jeff went on to perform all over the USA and on television as bandleader for legendary country artist Tanya Tucker and in Las Vegas with his own band.
In recent years Jeff has triumphed as one of Nashville’s premiere background vocalists and demo singer.
His voice has been heard on over 200 recordings for some of Music City’s most notable writers and publishers. He continues to perform throughout the Mid-South and is continuing his education and career in technology as well.
Mark Seymour is a talented musician, percussionist and lover of music and life. He played drums with the Drmls for a period of a year replacing Kirby Shelstad. Mark appeared live and recorded with the band and can be heard on the song, “The Illusion” on The Drmls Have Landed.
Today Mark is well known music educator, teaching children and adults about music and “the beat of life”. Visit his website to learn more about a great guy with a great big loving heart.
In 1979 Kirby moved to Nashville where he became known as a respected studio musician and dynamic performer.
After Silver Taylor left the Drmls, Kirby who was friendly with the band stepped in and for about a year played live with the band and recorded with them on several of their most memorable selections, some of them can be heard on The Drmls Have Landed.
As he was a founding member of another acclaimed Nashville rock band, The Nerve, his tenure with the Drmls was short lived. The Nerve and The Drmls appeared live on the same bill several times during the early 1980’s.
Kirby went on to establish himself as an award winning composer, performer and clinician.
You owe it to yourself to visit his website and learn more about this talented and accomplished musician. The Drmls loved working with Kirby and owe a debt of gratitude to him for his contribution to their live shows and recordings.