Peter Phillips has formed a tribute band to Billy Mason’s Dance Hall Doctors. His backup band will be performing in the upcoming 2021 shows.

The venue and dates will be announced.

Brian Risk, Bassist/Harmony Vocals

Brian Risk is a multi-talented and multi-instrument person.  He plays lead /rhythm guitar, and bass guitar. Brian also sings lead/harmony vocals.  Adding to his musical talent is the harmonica.
 
He has played lead guitar in the Brian Risk Band, Heart of Gold Tribute Band. Also, he plays bass with the 60s rock group Legends. Brian has worked at festivals as a stage manager, sound engineer, and organizer. He has also taught guitar, and recording engineering.
 
Brian has released a self-entitled CD of original music, Brian Risk.  The release received excellent reviews and saw airplay on the radio.
 
Thrilled to join the Tim McGraw Tribute, Brian is the bassist and harmony vocals for the band. 
 
For more information, visit www.brianrisk.ca

James Keith – Lead Guitar & Vocals

James started in music at five, singing in the church choir. Later, he embraced other genres. He started learning guitar and continued singing. His first band was a tribute to AC/DC, then later Led Zeppelin and Mötley Crüe.

A few years after doing tribute in classic rock, he started playing a lot of country music. Brooks and Dunn, Garth Brooks, and Dwight Yoakam were in their prime, and Tim McGraw was tearing up the charts.

With this extra edge on music, he formed a band that was a tribute to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. He asked his brother-in-law for a suggestion for a band name. He came up with the name Raw Faith, which was perfect.

Raw Faith was created and toured for a few years, splitting up because of personal reasons.

After that, he formed the top 10 new country band, Trickle Creek, together with Randy Brown on rhythm guitar, Steve Gore on bass, and his brother Henry.

Trickle Creek disbanded after the passing of member Steve Gore.

They regrouped later that year for some shows, ending with a show at Carlton Speedway, in Ottawa. Many big names played at that venue in the late 80s and early 90s. One of those names was Tim McGraw.

For about a year Keith played guitar and sang vocals for a local alternative grunge classic rock band, Echos Horizon.

James came back to country music after Echos Horizon. He posted on Facebook covers of songs doing Tim McGraw tribute. Billy ‘Thunder’ Mason, the former drummer for Tim McGraw, noticed the online videos. Billy contacted him with the offer to have Keith play in Nashville and tour Las Vegas. Because of family commitments and COVID, this never transpired.

By now, it set him on doing a Tim McGraw project. Mason had put him on the path to this venture, and he credits the drummer with the boost.

James works in construction when not performing. This work gives him countless hours of alone time. He listens to and sings McGraw at work.

Being part of the Dance Hall Doctors tribute with Peter Phillips makes him happy and proud. Peter and James put their musical talents together, and have created a tribute to Tim McGraw and the Dance Hall Doctors with the popular songs of that McGraw era.

James joined Peter with the shared vision to make this tour the best tribute to the legendary artist, and the band that toured with McGraw at the height of his career.

Ryan Hodges – Rhythm Guitar

For thirteen years Ryan has played for local bands in the Ottawa circuit. Ryan is a member of Blind Aura, a rock group in which he has been playing keys since September 2020. He has also taken part in the City of Ottawa’s orchestra. He is working with the Barrhaven United Church. 

He is part of the 50th-anniversary show that will recreate Jesus Christ Superstar.

Ryan has also worked as a guitar teacher at Long and McQuade. He will play the role of Bob Minner for Tim McGraw Tribute. Bob Minner is best known for his role as the rhythm guitarist in Tim McGraw’s band The Dance Hall Doctors.
 

Henry L Rockson – Drums 

Henry Rockson is well-known in the Ottawa music scene, with a 20-year history playing drums. He has played in many genres. Bands include Tricklecreek, Telestar Country, and Blue Country Band. Henry is a hard-hitting finesse drummer with high harmonies. He plays a multitude of instruments.
 
Henry has his own studio in the Ottawa, Ontario area. The band spends most of their time rehearsing, recording, and having fun. He is no stranger to playing bass and guitar. He will play the role of Billy Mason for Tim McGraw Tribute.
Billy Mason is best known for his role as the drummer in Tim McGraw’s band The Dance Hall Doctors.
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