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About the Music

Catawba River Monster plays a fun and energetic mix of Original Rock, Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Old & New Country with some Classic Oldies and Rocking Blues thrown in for good measure!

We are equipped to play both small indoor venues and large outdoor events, and we always put on a fun and engaging performance with the music and tempo tailored to the crowd we are entertaining.

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Band Story

Catawba River Monster got its start in November of 2014, when five guys met in a barn in Fort Mill S.C. They spent 9 hours jamming on that rainy Saturday afternoon. Most folks thought it sounded pretty good so Van Brown invited them all over for another jam the next Saturday, and the band was born.

For their very first gig, on New Years' Eve 2014 at the End Zone Bar & Grill in Rock Hill SC, their lineup was Kenny LaDon Campbell on Lead Vocals, Van Brown on Vocals and Rhythm Guitar, Robert Threatt on Bass Guitar, Mike Faile on Lead Guitar, with Nate Elswick on Drums. The Band still needed a name, and kicked around several: One Eyed Jack, Nine Eyes (Kenny only had one good eye…) before settling on Catawba River Monster.

Kenny had commented that they had Created a Monster, and Catawba River Monster was coined by Van because of the strange happenings and sounds that they had all experienced when camping and canoeing on the Mighty Catawba River. Things like large rocks flying past campsites, howling unlike any other animal of human, sightings, signs of foraging, stolen camp food and other bigfoot-like happenings for which these parts of South Carolina are well known.

On that fateful New Years' Eve, the equipment was set, and the Band asked Kenny to choose a song to play for the sound check. He chose "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone", and the sound check went well. Shortly after that around 7:30pm, Kenny suffered a stroke and was transported to Rock Hill Medical. The Band decided to go on with the show because Kenny had been known to say "One man doesn't make the Show". Van's wife Leslie volunteered to trail after Kenny and check on his condition. Leslie returned at the end of the show to report that Kenny's stroke had indeed been fatal. Van decided to keep the band going to Honor Kenny Campbell, and we still play "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone" frequently in Kenny's Honor as our sound check or as part of our regular sets. The band experienced some turnover the early days as it searched for an identity in Kenny's absence. Van Brown stepped up as Lead Vocalist, Front Man and Manager and by early 2016 had assembled the current lineup of Van "The Old Man" Brown (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Jimmy "Freebird" Freeman (Vocals and Bass Guitar), Rick "StratRocker" Wagoner (Lead and Rhythm Guitar), 'Papa" Frankie Sciandra (Vocals, Lead and Rhythm Guitar), and Mike "Bam Bam" Locklair (Vocals and Drums).

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Van "Old Man" Brown

Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Harmonica

I was born in Rock Hill S.C. I am a mechanic by trade. I've been married 40 yrs to my high school sweetheart Leslie Brown.
I started playing around with a guitar at the age of 19 but never took it seriously until December of 2015 when I met some guys and joined my 1st band as a backup singer and rhythm guitar player.
After a lot of hard work and some tough times I am now the proud Front Man of Catawba River Monster, and have surrounded myself with some of the best musicians I could have ever Imagined!!!

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Rick "Stratrocker" Wagoner

Lead and Rhythm Guitars

Rick started playing that very same black Stratocaster guitar in 1976 at age 14. By later the same year he was playing professionally in high school, private party and country club events with his garage band Vision. Vision grew up to be a local and regional favorite by 1978, and by 1980 they were the house band at The Bank on South Boulevard in Charlotte, NC. This lasted until 1982, when they were travelling and booking larger gigs at outdoor events on college campuses. In 1984, having failed to get signed, Vision went their separate ways, although the several members have all remain close friends to this day. Rick spent about 10 years out of music altogether and then emerged as a studio and session guitarist. Slowly his friends coaxed him onto the "jam circuit" so he could get back in front of an audience where he belonged. In May of 2016 he got the call from Van Brown and Catawba River Monster and has played over 40 gigs in just a few short months since joining the band and helping to stabilize the lineup.

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Jimmy "Freebird" Freeman

Vocals, Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar

Jimmy began singing in childhood, started playing drums professionally at 12. Played drums and sang in a little band, Scaleybark for years around York, Chester, and Lancaster counties. Moved out front, and sang in a lot of bands over the years. Was the singer for Rebels N Debt until a car crash side lined me with a spinal cord injury in 2013. Since then I've fought back to play with Smoke Ring and now my brothers at arms in the C.R.M. CREW. Thanks for all of your continued love and support! Much love to you ALL! Free Bird.

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Frankie A. Sciandra

Lead, Slide & Rhythm Guitars, Vocals

Originally from Birmingham Al. Began playing air guitar and singing at age 5. Played local clubs and bars done some traveling and recording over the years. Backed up for Dr. Hook, Lee Greenwood, Percy Sledge, Gary Lewis and Playboys. Worked with Blues legend Nappy Brown before joining Staircase Band and Breeze Band out of Charlotte. Currently does solo acoustic, and also plays with the band Chubby Knuckles.

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Mike "Bam Bam" Locklair

Drummer

Mike was born a poor white child in a little known town in West (by-god) Virginia. His family saved for years to afford the one and a half tanks of gas it took to roll downhill from there to Catawba, SC, where he was raised. Mike took many beatings as smartass kid from West Virginia trying to make it in the mean streets of Catawba SC in the 1950's. After a few times he began to notice the rhythmic sounds of the punches while getting his butt kicked, and immediately knew that his calling was in percussion. His parents encouraged him to beat off and Mike developed into the talented drummer he is now.

Mike has played in many notable bands, but due to the drain bramage he is unable to list them for us. We do know he stumbled into a bar where we were playing in the summer of 2016 and refused to leave so we adopted him as team mascot and drummer. He's a little simple, so we make him do most of the work.

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Catawba River Monster DEMO

Tore Down


Simple Man

Can't Get Enough


Gimme Three Steps

Use Me

Catch CRM in the Act

Date Time Venue
May 6, 2017 9pm - 1am Pineville Tavern
314 N Polk St
Pineville, North Carolina 28134
May 19, 2017 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm Brew's Tavern
8083 Charlotte Hwy,
Fort Mill, South Carolina 29707
May 27, 2017 2pm - 6pm 21 Roadhouse
2808 Catawba River Rd,
Fort Lawn, South Carolina 29714
June 18, 2017 2pm - 6pm Handle Bar
2610 S Anderson Rd,
Catawba, South Carolina 29704
June 24, 2017 2pm - 6pm 21 Roadhouse
2808 Catawba River Rd,
Fort Lawn, South Carolina 29714
July 9, 2017 2pm - 6pm Handle Bar
2610 S Anderson Rd,
Catawba, South Carolina 29704
July 15, 2017 4pm - 8pm American Legion 524
Heckle Blvd,
Rock Hill, SC 29730
July 22, 2017 2pm - 6pm 21 Roadhouse
2808 Catawba River Rd,
Fort Lawn, South Carolina 29714
August 26, 2017 2pm - 6pm 21 Roadhouse
2808 Catawba River Rd,
Fort Lawn, South Carolina 29714
September 3, 2017 2pm - 7pm Jokers Bar
1312 Neelys Creek Rd,
Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730
September 23, 2017 2pm - 6pm 21 Roadhouse
2808 Catawba River Rd,
Fort Lawn, South Carolina 29714
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