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Downtown Possum is a 3 piece band from Tampa, Florida. They blend an eclectic mix of Rock and Country with their unique style.

Rick Bales - Vocals and Acoustic Guitar

Rick Bales was born in Bellevue Ky, He has been playing guitar since he was 14 years old. He attended GIT (Guitar Institue of Technologie) in Los Angeles from 1989 to to 1991. Rick has 25 years experience in the music business playing everything from 80s Metal to Jazz. Rick started playing cover music in the Cincinnati area at the age of 16. He was also the lead singer for the 80’s metal bands Valentine and Cruella D’ville playing the early 80’s here in Tampa, and making a huge impact on the Los Angeles music scene in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Cruella D’ville released an EP produced by Keith Collins of Savatage called Cruella D’ville in 1989 and completed a full ablum called Face the Future in 1992. He also plays with an acoustic duo called the Akousticks. He is very excited about this new project with Rick and Justin.

Rick Jones - Fiddle and 7 string Jordan Electric Viola

Rick Jones was born in Rochester, NY but moved shortly to Germany where he grew up until age 11. Moved to St. Petersburg in 1961 and started playing viola in 6th grade. He was the youngest member ever in the Florida Orchestra at age 14.

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