SEI Musicians Hall Of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees
By Mike Perleberg
Brian Noble is among the 2017 nominees for the Southeastern Indiana Musicians Hall of Fame. Photo provided.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – An announcement made Monday was music to the ears of eight area musicians.
The Southeastern Indiana Musicians Association revealed the list of the 2017 inductees into the Southeastern Indiana Musicians Association.
The eight local music greats will be inducted during a ceremony at the Aurora Farmers Fair on Wednesday, October 4, according to Caz Burdette, president of the Southeastern Indiana Musicians Association.
Names and backgrounds of each of the inductees is listed below, as provided by the musicians association:
Greg Brauer of Aurora
Originally from Pisga, Ohio (Near Cincinnati) and moved to Clifton. Greg has made Aurora his home for nearly 30 years. One of the area’s premier rock and blues guitarist. Greg has been with many area bands including Ragin’ Raver, The Channel Kats, The Indiana Mud Bugs as well as some regional bands like Sea Hag, The Smeegs, Homegrown, and Live Bait.
Del Giffin of Lawrenceburg
Played bass guitar and acoustic guitar since the Mid 1960’s. Del has played for The Country Green Band for 14 years and with Steve Pratt for several years up to the Early 90’s. In addition to his talents playing the guitar, he has also done some vocal and back up singing.
Deno Koumoutsos of Sunman
Performing career goes way back. Played first gig for pay at age 13. 1970 to 1974 with Chestnut Station gigs in Mt. Adams bars.1975 to 1980 with Calico Rose and the Coryville Cowboys and played with more name country acts including George Jones, Asleep at the Wheel, Jerry Jeff Walker, and cut on the Second WEBN album project. Sold that song and some others in Nashville Did a PBS performance on WEBN’s Rock Around the Block with a Studio band called Jinx in 1980. Performed with a top area dance band called The City Limits fron 1981-97. Presently performing with Matrix, and in a duo with Ed Krause.
Randy Mullins of Batesville
Originally from Brookville/Franklin County ‘Uncle Randy’ has been living with his family in Ripley County for over 30 years. He started his musical career in the 5th grade playing the alto saxophone in the school band in 1965. This continued throughout high school and included Randy graduating as the band president and also the recipient of many solo and ensemble competitions first place awards. At the age of 16 he received his first guitar and taught himself to play. Six months later he was playing in a local rock cover band. This continued for 12 years where Randy played all over the tri-state area. In 1986 He became the worship leader of the Batesville Christian Church and served in this capacity for 27 years, playing music for services and special events. Randy has also written several worship songs that the church still uses today. Randy has taught the guitar, banjo, and mandolin for many years and still plays on occasion at local clubs and restaurants playing classic folk, rock and country.
Brian Noble of West Harrison
Singer, writer, guitarist, and Brass! Brian aka Biggin in 1995 formed the band The Renegades. Brian started his love of music playing trumpet at a young age under the direction of East Central Band leaders Charles Green and Kenzie Bentle. While performing at the top of his class he began following his passion for music by taking classes in Music Theory and took on the guitar as well. It wasn’t until a few years after leaving high school that he began singing around campfires and learning the local music scene. In 1995 when the band The Renegades was formed he took on the roll of fronting the band singing and playing, which he truly loved. Biggin also began his solo acoustic act performing for smaller venues for the close and personal style which has went over great performing several nights a week. Sharing the stage with many folks in the Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Indiana music scene Biggin and The Renegades became very popular for their great lineup of such talented musicians in which Biggin was able to keep over all these years and the professionalism that he and the band showed in the industry. While playing with The Renegades Biggin also enjoyed performing Bluegrass as well as almost all types of music with some other great groups. Very well respected as a singer and entertainer Biggin was seen all over singing with other acts as he continued to build his musical resume. Brian has worked closely with SOL records founder and owner, Brian DeBruler, producing and recording some of his own material as well as helping and mentoring other upcoming artist. Biggin has held together a class act show and now has one of the greatest lineups seen and heard.
Sandy Pickett of Versailles
Sandy Pickett. Photo provided.
Multi-talented singer-songwriter. Sandy plays guitar, djembe drums, harmonica, stomp box, and percussion. Sandy was the drummer for Milan Methodist Church during the Late 90’s with Tim Norris and in a duo with Fran Hall up to the Early 00’s. Started a solo career in England during the early part of the 21st Century. Has performed at many local events including The Holton Storm Benefit, The Versailles Pumpkin Show, The Swiss Wine Festival, Relay For Life, Special Education benefits, and opened up for the Why Store at Mellencamp Farm in Seymour. Sandy has recently performed with Jill McIntosh in the duo Rhythm & Groove and with the trio Hippie Fingers. Has wrote music & lyrics, played, and produced three albums of original music.
Steve Schonegg of Milan
Drummer and vocalist Steve has played extensively in The Tri-State Area for around 40 years. He has been with many popular local groups such as Branded, The Keith Swinney Band, and Hoosier Daddy. Steve formed the well know area group, The Centerline Band, back in 1985 and is still a member. Steve also volunteers to do sound at many community events free of charge as well as mentoring musicians who are getting started.