STACEY TURPENOFF - LEAD VOCALS & PERCUSSION
I can remember ever since I was a little girl that I wanted to be singer. I wanted to sing... everything and anything. Music was of an immediate interest to me, starting at the age of 4 in Granite City, Illinois, a small coal-mining town just east of St Louis. My parents had just purchased a vinyl record player, and ALL I wanted to do was get my hands on this new “toy.” We had a variety of records and genres for me to choose from, but, amongst those albums, one became my favorite; Linda Ronstadt’s 1978 greatest hits album. I would play her album over and over again; memorizing every lyric, and tried my little girl best to sing just like her…. I was immediately hooked.
Fast forward to April 2012... Denver, Colorado. I finally traded in my hairbrush for a real microphone. To this day, I have had so many opportunities to have incredible experiences with amazing musicians and music. I am so grateful for these experiences…. including performing on the STAX stage at Alfred’s and BB King’s on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee during the International Blues Challenge in 2017 and 2019. Other milestones include opening for Eef and The Blues Express, Tommy Castro, Samantha Fish, Coco Montoya, The Red Elvises, Jimmy Thackery, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, My Blue Sky, Leann Rimes, Ana Popovic, Hazel Miller, The Ghost Town Blues Band, Southern Avenue, and Chris Daniels & The Kings at Mishawaka Amphitheater.
So what would I say now to that 4 year old little girl glommed to her record player? "Follow your dreams, sister... if you do, you'll sing your way to one hell of a ride."
JIM ANTONE - BASS
Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Jim Antone is one of the few Colorado natives in Stacey Turpenoff’s band. Coming from a musical family there was always music in the air of his childhood, into adulthood, and still today. He has an older sister who is an accomplished Opera singer currently residing in New Mexico.
Jim took up the bass guitar in addition to electric guitar, percussion, and some brass instruments at a tender young age. He realized his love for the bass guitar and honed his music skills there. His first band, a rock band, was at the age of 16, again in Boulder, Colorado.
As music began to grow inside Jim, he realized that for him, the aspect of music that spoke to him the most, was the groove. It was all about the groove! From R&B to Soul, to Funk and Fusion. You don’t just ‘hear’ the groove, you ‘feel’ the groove. Bass. Yes, indeed, bass it was!
In 1983 Jim moved to New Jersey to pursue a professional career but continued to play music every chance he could get. He performed in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania on a regular basis. He co-founded an Allman Brothers Tribute Band, Hot Lanta. He enjoyed the festival and live music scene in the tri-state area for years before moving back to Colorado.
Once back in Colorado he never missed a beat and picked back up where he left off, with a bass in his hand and a groove on his mind! He’s played Red Rocks, in front of a crowd estimated to be about 8000, where he was in a band opening for the Yellow Jackets.
His dream for the future is to continue to perform in local and regional venues and share his passion of music with everyone who will listen. Come out to a show and ‘feel’ Jim’s bass line move you. Don’t be surprised if you can’t sit still.
JUSTIN PELTON- GUITAR & VOCALS
Justin grew up in a music-loving household in Golden, Colorado. When he was a child, his family would often bring instruments over during the holidays and have elaborate sing-alongs. In his teen years his time was divided between athletics and music, but by fifteen Justin knew he’d had enough of sports and decided that the guitar was his whole life! The Beatles quickly invaded his life and he would save school lunch money to go buy classic rock records. Justin studied sociology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where he also kept his musical passions alive. It was there that he developed a strong relationship with blues, jazz, and funk while playing in a university band known as Lunch with Mike. His vast musical palette was also strongly shaped by his studies in ethnomusicology, which literally opened up an entire world of music. Completely self-taught, Justin has performed as part of several front-range bands including the Resonatorz, Jon Deer and the Country Funkers, and the Andrew James Band. He’s been performing with the Stacey Turpenoff Band since September 2018 and is thrilled to be part of the group.
DANNY HAYNES - KEYS & VOCALS
Danny brings 50 years of experience to the stage. Born near Dallas, Texas, he was part of the 60's music scene that produced the Vaughan brothers-Stevie and Jimmie. Danny's band was The Beefeaters and Jimmie's was The Chessmen. They competed for many gigs in those days. Danny became a full-time musician in the early 70's toured the US and Canada with Tommy Latham and McCool, a Vegas-type show band that allowed him to become a seasoned stage performer. In 1976, he started The King Peach Band, a hard working road band that recorded their only album in 1980. That same band recorded the critically-acclaimed "Texas Boogie Blues" album with Ray Sharpe of "Linda Lu" fame. Soon after, Dan settled into a long residency with The Silver City Band in the DFW area that lasted 12 years. He made a giant leap of faith and moved to Australia in 1996 where he found a vibrant music scene and recorded his CD “Built For Comfort” in Alice Springs, Australia teamed with local musicians.
Since relocating back to the US and Denver, he has worked with many local favorites including Erik Boa, Randall Dubis (with whom he reached the 2013 Finals of the Denver IBC), Alan Knight, The Encounters, Rex Peoples, G’Jai and more. He recorded the keys on Bad Brad And The Fat Cats debut album, and has added keys to songs for Randall Dubis, Michael Hossler, and Dan Treanor . He won CD of the year at the Members Choice Awards www.coblues.com for his work on Fried Food and Hard Liquor by Rex Peoples and X Factr. He recently won in the keys category for Members Choice Awards at www.coblues.com. Dan performed with Rex Peoples and Xfactor at the IBC finals for The Colorado Blues Society where they won best band and reached the semi-finals at the IBC in Memphis January 2016. He is also working on the Blue 88s project-an all keyboards band. Blue 88s is performing and has gotten an excellent response. Dan is also preparing his own band, The Dan Haynes Band, for more appearances.
CARLETON PIKE - DRUMS & VOCALS
Carleton Studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston Mass. and worked in the Boston area with Patty Larkin, John Curtis and John Troy, from The Pousette-Dart Band, and Richard Gates and Sheldon Mirowitz, both of whom are now teachers at Berklee. Now living in the Denver Colorado area, he has worked with local legends Eric Boa and Randall Dubis and many of the other fine musicians in Denver.
Carleton started playing “drums” with his sisters marching band drum sticks, using them on coffee cans with the plastic tops. He graduated to playing along with 45’s on a card table and then his mother finally got him a drum set. (Imagine his fathers surprise when he got home from work that day.) Many years later, Carleton now has three drum sets and a calendar full of gigs. God bless Mom and Montgomery Ward!