DOWN MEMORY LANE-FEATURING THE KNOELLS & SULLIVANS
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ABOUT DOWN MEMORY LANE-FEATURING THE KNOELLS & SULLIVANS
A Musical Journey
"I Believe in Music" is our theme song and show opener, as we follow in the footsteps of our founder, the Rockin DaddyO, Mr. Al Knoell! We are following in his footsteps of entertaining with our music and playing many of the old tunes while adding in a few newer as well! A wide variety for all ages sure to be lots of footstompin fun! We feature old country hits such as Cheatin' Heart and Folsom Prison with a mix of some newer Country with songs by Keith Urban or Tim McGraw, throw in the fiddle, some yodeling and even a polka on request and you have a night of dancing, clapping and fun!
Guitar & Vocals
John began his journey in the world of musical entertaining at the young age of 6 when he first sang on stage at the Cedar Lakes Tavern with his mom (Vi White) and Nora Porter! At the age of 15 he was making music with the family band at country music shows in Louisville, Ainsworth and Fremont. John caught the eye of his future wife playing in front of Tom's Music with his family during "Crazy Days" one summer but it would be many many years later before that friendship would begin!
John joined the Navy in 1981 and started a country band, Country Comfort, aboard the USS Orion playing for Navy personnel on board ship and in the military clubs in Italy and Charleston, South Carolina.
1989 was the year that John became the Nebraska State Yodeling Champion of the Elkhorn Valley Country Music Association!
In 1990, John toured with the Dalton Gang from David City playing shows in Amarillo Tx, Colorado, Albuquerque NM, and Noonan ND! In the years to come, John would sing here and there for weddings and events, but it was in 2014 that he again took to the stage playing with his fatherinlaw, Al Knoell and Down Memory Lane.
John is the father of 5, grandfather of 5 and loving husband of Misty! By day he is a mechanic for C&W in Blair, and in his spare time you might find him fishing, hunting, camping or you might even run across him as Security at a wedding or event around Fremont as his partime job!
John sings lead vocals and plays rhythm guitar with Down Memory Lane! Come take a listen!!!!
Bass Guitar & Vocals
On Bass Guitar is Misty Sullivan, daughter of our founder Al Knoell! Carrying on the legacy of her father, Misty enjoys entertaining! In her younger years, Misty played rhythm guitar and keyboards with her dad's band Al Knoell & the Night Train! Growing up, she gave guitar lessons to the younger kids in her dad's music store, getting them started on the basics before they moved on up to one of the other instructors!
"Watching people dance and have fun is such a great feeling" and she enjoys meeting the people and making friends with our fans!
Lead Guitar & Vocals
We are super excited to have Eric join our DML family! Eric brings to us many talents including guitar, vocals and the fiddle!
Eric began his musical career like many, singing in church choir, school choir and musicals and is a self-taught Guitar player! He also plays the fiddle, piano, banjo and steel guitar and has a portfolio of songs that he has written.
From 1974-1976 Eric played with Free Wheelin during his highschool years, later he took the stage as a solo act from 1980-1987. It was at this time that Eric says "I learned alot doing that solo gig" as he entertained acoustically! In 1987 he joined Lonestar and played with them thru 1988, Wildfire in 1989 and found his home with Haywood Wakefield from 1990 to present. ( note: Eric continues to play with Haywood in addition to joining DML!)
Ironically it was in 1979 during a winter storm that Morgan Stockdale (guitar player for Nora Porter at the time) was unable to make it to their gig and Eric, thru a mutual friend, was called to fill in for 2 nights. A number of years later, Eric joined Haywood Wakefield full time and has been playing with them for nearly 28 years now!
Sometimes in the music world things can go full circle and this is no different with our story! In 1980 Eric had auditioned for Vi White's traveling road band. (Vi, being John and Dougs mom!) While Vi recognized Eric's talent, she did not feel that it was the right thing for him to go out on the road being a newly married man, starting a family, and Eric was not hired..... full circle to 2017.... Here we are!!! Playing with the Sullivan boys afterall!!
Eric and Ruth have been married for 38 years and have 6 children! "That's all my kids have known, is me playing music!"
Drums & Vocals
Doug started his musical career at the age of 12 or 13 when he began playing with his family. He played with his Mom (Vi White) and brother (John) in the music contests, winning the Club 89 contest in 1981! He later went to Nashville at the age of 16 and recorded with Tex Schuts & the Red Dog Ranchhands!
Doug played from 1983-89 with Alan Roe, Elvis impersonator, and a few bands to follow that, -John Michael in Action, -the Dalton gang, -Blue Denim, -the Martin family, - Copperhead, -Highwater, -Cactus Hill, -Mason County.
In his music career he has opened for such acts as Chris Ledoux, Susie Boggess, Restless Heart, Patty Loveless, the Kendalls and many more.
Doug began filling in with DML over the past three years and now joins us full time, bringing him full circle back to being on stage again with his brother! He adds amazing vocals and harmonies as well as being an outstanding drummer!
REYMOUN KNOELL is one of the co-founders of Down Memory Lane! Wife and Singing Partner of Al Knoell, we have lovingly called her our "Sweet Singing Mama"! Reymoun first started singing in "Al Knoell & the Night Train" and has spent many years on the stage! Singing such classics as Harper Valley PTA, Hitchin a Ride, Crystal Chandelier and so many others, Reymoun adds some of our old country hits to our show as well as harmonies! She has encouraged bringing the kids up to sing and just might be caught dancing with Grandson Jordan a song or two!