What a blessing and honor to revisit rock stardom with enough something to spread, yes even cause, fun! Thanks to all you folks whom support Crystal Coast entertainment and a special Naked Knee thanks to: Joe Kingrey, original member and early influence; Kim Kingrey for our name; Ken Jackson for encouragement; Woody Stewart for guitar licks; Vince Ardito for practice gear; Krystal Tyndall & Kris Shoffner of Flipperz Family Bar and Grill for allowing us to "practice;" our wives, kids, families, and friends.
Jimmy Williams started learning to play drums in junior high with his friends Mike Risko on bass, Steve Curtis on guitar and Tommy Bustos on vocals. Most of the guys, along with Steve Andrus on guitar, made their debut at Marston Pavilion at a Camp Lejeune Teen Club dance.
Jimmy played in couple of different bands through high school, mostly with David Stover on bass, Vince Ardito on keys and Alan Padgett on guitar. Following a brief stint with Pegasus while a freshman at ECU, he was out of music until joining Still Waters in 2005, the praise band at Swansboro United Methodist Church. Since 2011, he has been living it up playing with Naked Knees.
JD Liles had no musical training when asked to drum with The Beats Unlimited in Elizabeth City in the mid-1960s. "We started out as a ‘Beatles Band’ but added three horns to be ‘Out of Sight’ soul. Back then we had no PA and could mix only vocal and guitar volume, treble, bass and reverb. Everything amplified came through guitar amps!" Barely old enough to drive, The Beats Unlimited pulled a gear trailer behind Mark Aydlet's ’56 Chevy to such prestigious gigs as Mt. Olive’s Pickle Festival, New Hanover High School's prom, the Wilmington Azalea Festival and the Elizabeth City Potato Festival. "In Wilmington we shared housing with The Embers before anyone had even heard of 'Beach' music." The Beats Unlimited broke up at high school graduation so JD took his drums to N.C. State and joined a booking agency as a sit-in drummer. He backed up Rufus Thomas ("Walking the Dog") before losing his Ludwigs in a Pi Kappa Phi poker game. The next time he played in front of folks was more than 20 years later in a make-up cover band on stage at the R&R Hall of Fame in Cleveland. "My wife Joanne has kept me in acoustic guitars, but only recently have I begun to learn theory and take the guitar seriously. Now I'm having another ‘time of my life’ banging out tunes with the Naked Knees."
Mark Shore started playing guitar at age 14 in Greensboro, NC. One day, while his dad was at work, he picked up his guitar and taught himself "Ghost Riders In The Sky". Oddly enough, he also tuned the guitar using the notes from that song! When his Dad got home that day from work, Mark showed him what he had learned and his Dad was blown away! After that, Mark's Dad taught him Major/Minor Chords and once he learned Bar Chords, his guitar playing took off.
He started a band at age 16 called Sanction (Played Huey Lewis, Journey, Foreigner, Van Halen, Survivor etc). His Mom and Dad allowed him to take all of the furniture out of his room to have band practice! The neighbors were not happy! Soon after, he joined a more established Heavy Metal band called Question (Played Metallica, Iron Maiden, ZZ Top, Judas Priest, Kiss etc). Question played around the UNCG area in Greensboro. After taking a few years off, he was asked to join a Country Music Band called Timberwolf (Played Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Travis Tritt, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson etc). Mark's highlight with this group is that he actually made money playing and he got to open up for the Drifters and the Tams. It was also a great experience for him meeting Bill Pinkney (founder of the Drifters). Another opportunity was he got to back up Ray Peterson while he sang his hit "Tell Laura I Love Her" at the Sumter Coliseum in South Carolina. Since the Country Music Days, Mark has worked doing solo shows and has been in various bands (Members Only Band, Electric Bananas etc) but ended up joining a collection of musicians out of Raleigh called Trophy Husbands (Billy Joel, Journey, Foreigner, Cheap Trick, AC/DC, Bon Jovi etc.). Trophy Husbands has become a household name in the Raleigh area and continues to be one of the better party bands in NC.
He has now moved to Swansboro, NC and couldn't be happier joining the Naked Knees. He brings an element of 80s Rock/Pop to the Naked Knees which will add even more Fun to our shows!!! He absolutely enjoys the Naked Knees direction and can't wait to perform in 2018.