Sat, May 05 7:00PM
The Music Room




Artist Bios


Coming together in the fall of 2017, thE Core brings together music industry veterans that are focused on the recreation of the timeless catalog of Eric Clapton. The band features the twin guitars of Clay Fuller (Allgood) & Wayne Healy (Freddy Jones Band) with Chris Queen (Phil Keaggy Band, Dreams So Real) on piano and B3 organ. The band is anchored by the rhythm section of drummer Stephen Roberts (The Vincents), percussionist Rob Sumowski (Billy Pilgrim, Shawn Mullins, Kevn Kinney), and bassist Bill Taylor (The Bitteroots).


 Clay Fuller - guitar, vocals


Before becoming part of thE Core, Clay Fuller played lead guitar for Athens Georgia’s, Allgood. In the late 1980s through mid-1990s Allgood delivered its twin-guitar, blues-based punch around the country while making three records for A&M Records. Allgood was a fixture on the then-emerging jam band scene, playing dozens of shows with Widespread Panic, Blues Traveler, and Col. Bruce Hampton and ARU — including the 1993 H.O.R.D.E. tour.


 Wayne Healy - vocals, guitar


Wayne Healy is the vocalist and co-lead guitarist for thE Core. Wayne was a founding member/guitarist/vocalist for Freddy Jones Band. He wrote two number one AAA singles, "In A Daydream" and "Take The Time." While with Freddy Jones Band, the band released 5 major label records with Capricorn Records and performed over two hundred shows a year for over six years touring with The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews Band and was prominent on the HORDE tour in the 90's.


 Chris Queen - piano, organ, vocals


thE Core’s keyboard world is driven by Chris Queen who is a Hammond B3 player and Jazz Pianist who currently performs with Glass Harp, which features guitar virtuoso Phil Keaggy. Chris also spent 10 years touring with the funk project Mr. Tibbs, which included Ted Pecchio (Doyle Bramhall II, Susan Tedeschi) and a host of other notable players. The group played alongside groups from Parliament, Bernie Worrell, and the Bootsy Collins managed group, SHAG. In addition, Chris has toured and performed with a wide variety of artists including Murray Attaway, Dreams So Real, Jackson Browne, Spencer Davis, and many others.


Stephen Roberts - drums, vocals 


Stephen Roberts is the drummer for thE Core. He grew up as the youngest in a large musical family, taking influence from a wide variety of genres. Stephen attended The College of Charleston, where he studied jazz drums under Quentin Baxter. He has released several rock recordings and toured with Jordan Tanner of The Vincents, as well as The Bitteroots. Other than lending his talents to several local Atlanta acts, Stephen is also a dedicated music teacher. As Music Director at Cliff Valley, and as a private drum instructor, Stephen has influence over a number of Atlanta’s up and coming musicians.


 Rob Sumowski - percussion, vocals


Rob spent the 1990s as a percussionist touring with Gypsy Train, Shawn Mullins, Kevn Kinney (Drivin’n’Cryin’), Billy Pilgrim, Kristian Bush (Sugarland), Matthew Kahler, members of the John Mayer and Dave Matthews Bands, Moses Mo (Mother's Finest), and Caroline Aiken while based on the Atlanta and Macon club scenes. He performed at clubs such as CBGB’s in New York City and has shared the stage with Wilco, the Allman Brothers Band, Van Halen, Marshall Tucker, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Indigo Girls, Chuck Leavell, Jump Little Children, The Byrds, Memory Dean, Cake, the Steve Miller Band, Edwin McCain, Gov’t. Mule, Chet Atkins, Derek Trucks, and Cab Calloway. 


Album credits span over 40 CDs, four of which include Columbia Records releases with Shawn Mullins, where Rob appeared on CD alongside Elton John, Shelby Lynne, and Shawn Colvin. As a songwriter, Rob penned the 1996 Gypsy Train album On a Wing and a Prayer as well as songs on the 1995 album Hayloft Nightmare, produced by Ron Blair of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.


 Bill Taylor - bass, vocals


Bill Taylor is a 30-year veteran of the Georgia music scene, playing hundreds of shows and producing 6 albums over the last decade in the Decatur-based, The Bitteroots. Bill’s major influences come from the “jam-band” genre and he uses this influence to bring elements of improvisation to his playing. Bill holds Endorsed Artist status with both MTD Kingston Basses (Michael Tobias Design) and Bartolini Pickups & Electronics. 


The Benders play down home lively music that is at home both in the city and the country.