Smackwater is a 5 piece band based in the Monroe, LA area. The members have a combined 2o0+ years of experience in playing live music. Smackwater can bring the best in music to any setting, weddings, night clubs, balls, casinos,conventions and festivals. Any place where fun and music are present! The band moves quickly and easily from song to song leaving no "down time" between songs and giving the venue more music for their money! The bands playlist consists of hundreds of songs including classic rock, R&B, Louisiana Soul, Swamp Pop, Funk, Soul and country. And if requested, other live instrumentation like horns or a female vocalist can be added. So, for the very best in live party music, a band that brings class to the event, you won't go wrong with Smackwater!
MEET THE BAND
Billy J. Morris
Lead vocalist, perscussion
Billy is the newest member and lead singer for Smackwater, a native of Marksville, LA and now residing in Logansport, LA
Billy is a 2-time inductee in the Louisiana Hall of Fame and is also in the Shreveport area Hall of Fame. Inducted twice into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 1999, vocalist Billy J. Morris commands your attention from the stage, as he connects with his audience with a little Cajun charm and magnetism. He has performed with numerous artists including GG Shinn, The Boogie Kings, Freddy Fender and many others! Billy J’s unique style of powerful, soul-filled renditions will keep you wanting more as he belts out songs that he was born to sing. Whether singing in English or in Cajun, his unique vocal range and style are most sought after, and have only improved with age and experience. He’ll quickly tell you, with that smile he always wears, “I’m not a singer...I’m a song stylist!”
Keyboards, vocals, trombone, rhythm guitar, bookings, manager.
Steve is the keyboardist for the band and also plays trombone and rhythm guitar. A Monroe, LA native, Steve has played all over the U.S. Most recently Steve was with Easy Eddie and the Partyrockers for 8 years and before that was with fellow Smackwater band members Mark and Mike in G.G. Shinn's Hot Damn Band. Steve has performed in shows with Mickey Gilley, Conway Twitty, Fred Carter Jr, Doug Duffy, The Equinox Jazz Orchestra and many others.
Mike is an Arkansas native relocated to Louisiana years ago and is known as "The Legend" in the region. Mike played for several years in the Memphis, TN music community, and then throughout the deep south. He fronted his own very successful variety band Spice in Louisiana for many years.
Mark has been drumming professionally since the age of 15. He has played and toured with many recording artists throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America. Artists he has performed with include G.G. Shinn, Johnny Cash, Charlie McClain, Percy Sledge, Margo Smith, Pam Tillis, Randy Travis, Bobby Vinton, and the list goes on and on!
Bass and vocals.
Richard is the master of the bass! Originally from Mississippi, Richard played many years in the Nashville music scene backing up many top recording and on the road with top performing artists. We're thrilled to add Richard to the Smackwater line up! His hair is perfect!