A Shelby, North Carolina native, Ron Humphries is a "true southern soul". Growing up on a chicken farm, some would say he was "born with a guitar in his hand". With his genetics, he was destined to be a musician. Ron's mother was a professional pianist, his grandfather played harmonica, and other musically talented family members include his distant cousin, the legendary, Earl Scruggs. As a small child, Ron was exposed to many different musical instruments and began playing bass guitar by the age of 14. His childhood memories include performing bluegrass music with family members, which he recalls as being very influential in his life. By age 16, Ron was playing professional gigs with top 40 bands. Throughout the next two decades, his talent landed him several opportunities to work with Artimus Pyle (former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer), Steve Gunner (currently with Creedence Clearwater Revisited), John Daniel Coe (Nashville session vocalist), country music artist Patty Loveless, and Billy Scott and the Georgia Prophets. His musical influences include the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, Elvin Bishop, Jaco Pastorius, Jeff Beck, and Chris Squire just to name a few. As bass player, background vocalist and songwriter, Ron's diversity and experience brings a unique perspective to the band.
Veteran North Carolina guitarist Alton Eddins has lived in Asheville most of his life but grew up around the Charlotte NC area. He never forgets his Kings Mountain NC roots where he went to high school and cut his teeth on rock and funk at age 13. As a lifetime touring musician, Alton has performed and worked with some of the industry’s more well known artists such as CJ Snare & Perry Richardson; both from double platinum selling NC rock powerhouse band, “Firehouse.” Alton, Perry & CJ’s band, “Maxx Warrior” out of Myrtle Beach SC, toured for four years prior to Firehouse forming. Alton also worked with NC legendary singer Kelly Holland of “Cry of Love” when moving to Asheville. More recently he has worked with American Idol winner, Caleb Johnson, country music legend, David Alan Coe, and Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer, Artimus Pyle and many more throughout his career. Alton is not only a guitarist but an accomplished audio engineer, production & tour manager and can play bass if needed! Alton’s brings multiple influences, styles, energy & experience to “Southern Experience,” while keeping in step with the bands long established sound and style.
Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Nikao Wallace has always been inspired by music. Growing up in a musical household, one of his early and most found memories is playing a homemade drum constructed from an old soap box, while watching his father play the piano and sing in the living room. Nikao's love and passion for the drums quickly developed by the age of ten when he began to play the drums at a local church. Pursing his passion further while playing in the high school band, Nikao continued to :"follow his dreams" by joining a Christian jazz band with his father and brother. His love for various genres of music led him to future endeavors which provided him the opportunity to perform with several national recording artists including Mark Wood of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, jazz guitarist Calvin Edwards, and Christian singer/songwriter Kyle Matthews. In 2012, Nikao joined the band and has been an inspiration through his dedication to the "vision" of the band and his songwriting abilities.
Pursuing his passion for music, Scott Sanders continues to "stick" to his "southern roots" that have been an instrumental part of this country boy's life. Born and raised in the small town of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, Scott embraced his musical talents at an early age. He began playing the piano at the age of 6 and received classical training for approximately 10 years. By the age of 15, Scott learned to play the guitar and decided to focus on more than just the instrumental aspect of music. Throughout his high school years, he directed his time and energy into vocal training. Working with various vocal coaches, Scott expanded his vocal abilities and became involved in chamber and show choirs. Scott admires and respects many different artists, such as Ray Charles, Freddie Mercury, Paul Rodgers, Steve Perry, Daryl Hall, Billy Powell, John Mayer, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Charlie Daniels. As lead singer for "The Southern Experience Band," Scott displays his diversity through songwriting, playing acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica and keyboards. His onstage performance is riveted with energy and audience engagement.