Buster Brown Band

Do you remember the soul, the magic? Be a part of the experience...

The sound is soulful, distinctive -- passionate, creative, original, honest and powerful. For forty years the Buster Brown Band has created a unique sound and become one of the most influential groups in the DFW area and throughout Texas.

The journey began when Kelly McNulty, Jim Casey, Ken Johnson (drummer for Chris Isaak), Mark Wilson, and Pat Darling relocated from their hometowns of Pampa and Borger to Denton, TX in 1972 to attend the University of North Texas (then known as North Texas State University). By 1978 the band was playing all over Texas and opening for touring acts such as Tower of Power, Dr. John, The Meters, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, and Derek and the Dominos. "Little John" Sanders, Eric Stuer, George Lawrence, Widetrack, Otis Gardner, and Danny Darling were influential in creating the legendary sound of the BBB.

In the late 70s and early 80s the band worked predominately at a famous jazz and R&B club in Dallas owned by Wayne Morgan called Popsicle Toes, named after the Michael Franks song. This was the place where the musicians were hanging out at and the last set usually involved great jam sessions with the best musicians from Dallas and visiting artists who were passing through. One of the great vocalist/songwriters at that time, Roger Burton, joined the band after leaving the Bee's Knees and continues to thrill audiences today with the band. Eric Tagg worked with the band during this time and went on to be the lead singer for world renowned Jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour. Kelly and Eric wrote many songs for Lee including Dream Walking. Eric's big hit with Lee was "Is It You".

Mike Collier, Albert Evans, David Collier, Lewis Nichols, Connie Schlig, Rusty Lewis, David Shelander, Gregg Bissonette, Brad Dutz, and Freddie Pol helped define the band's sound in the 80's and the band become one of the most popular groups in Dallas. The band opened their own nightclub (when the crowds got too big for Popsicle Toes) with Wayne Morgan called Buster's. Rick Rigsby, Tony Wilcox, and Kenny Evans joined the band during this time. Kelly was busy writing songs with David Ritz who wrote the lyrics to Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye. Together they wrote songs for Smokey Robinson, Howard Hewitt, Isley Brothers, Leon Ware, and Patti Austin.

Moving into the late 80s, the band left Dallas and moved to Denver to work with the Page Fraley Agency. The band toured the western US and spread their brand of soul music to venues like Caesar's Lake Tahoe, Vancouver Canada, Portland, and Irvine, California. Sherry Hammonds joined the band in the late 80's and graced us with her dynamic vocals, songwriting, and keyboards. The band worked with Danny Seraphine (drummer for the Grammy award winning band Chicago) in Denver and signed a contract with Danny's production company. After a couple of years of being on the road the band broke up and Jim moved back to Dallas.

The 90s: Kelly and Jim teamed back up to form Einstein's Apartment, a group made up of Tiffany Smith and Rick Rigsby. Kirk Whalum was guest on the title cut on Einstein's Apartmant's CD. You can check out much of Buster Brown's and Einstein's Apartment's music on the Home and/or Media pages.

Many musicians have come and gone over the years, but founders Jim Casey (guitar) and Kelly McNulty (keyboards), plus Roger Burton remain to lead a new incredible version of Buster Brown that includes, Al Olive (vocals), Lawrence "Peebody" Ferrell (drums), James Kings (keyboards), and Mike Medina (bass).

Check out Al Olive's CD, "Dream"--featuring many members of BBB--on CD Baby or iTunes. "Dream" was a big hit in England and Italy and was #1 on Solar Radio out of London.

Back with a new attitude, yet holding onto the timeless classic soul and 'ole school' sound that BBB has always been famous for. Mix in some Neo-Soul and smooth jazz and you will hear why Buster Brown is still delivering music that captures new audiences and continues to inspire loyal fans!

Band Members:

Roger Burton

Roger Burton was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. He moved to Irving, Texas in 1968, where he went to MacArthur High School...

Kelly McNulty
Vocals, Keyboard

An original member of Buster Brown, Kelly McNulty and Jim Casey have played together since high school...

Jim Casey

Jim Casey has become known as one of the best guitarists in the DFW area. His broad experience comes from playing with the Buster Brown Band, the Roof Raisers, Yarbrough and Peoples, and the Melanie Dutton band to name a few...

Al Olive

Al Olive has been singing professionally since 1995, when he was with a group from Arkansas called 3-D Soul. For a time, he also lived and worked in Michigan, and finally relocated to Dallas...

Michael Medina

Bassist Michael Medina, a native of Beeville, Texas moved to Dallas in 1978 and graduated from the University of North Texas (then known as North Texas State University)...

"Peebody" Ferrell

Lawrence "Peebody" Ferrell Jr. is a very talented and progressive drummer/musician with a wide musical vocabulary. He has been influenced by the life of other drummers such as Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckl, JoJo Mayer, Myron Williams and Billy Cobham...

James Kings
Vocals, Keyboard

James Harold Kings, grew up in Tucson, Arizona during the '60s and '70s. Before he reached his high school years, he had learned to play the violin, cello and piano...