Vocals, Percussion – Carrie
Carrie joined Paper Jam in 2011. Her love of music was first influenced by her father. He had a dance band in the 1970s. Her earliest memories were going to bed at night with the bedroom door rattling while her dad’s band practiced in the living room. Later on, his music was over her bedroom and he’d compose music after supper until late into the night.
Professionally trained, she had a broad taste in music but her first love was rock and roll. Her influences include Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Ethridge, Janis Joplin, Sheryl Crow, Pink, Etta James, Gwen Stefani, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Stevie Nicks, Shania Twain, Pat Benetar, Natasha Bedingfield, Nichole Nordeman, and Christina Aguilera and groups like INXS, Heart and Bon Jovi.
Carrie also handles marketing and public relations for Paper Jam.
Bass – Terry
Terry joined Paper Jam in 2018. He moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1960 with his parents and claims Arkansas as his home state. From the mid 60’s to the early 70’s, he played in a number of bands in the Fayetteville area and performed with a number of youth groups in local churches. While in high school, he played in a combo that backed up the select female singing group that performed all over the area and traveled to Washington DC. His band playing came to an end when he decided to take a job at in Bella Vista in 72 and moved to Bentonville. Over the years, he continued to play as a substitute in area bands and playing in local churches. In the late 90’s, he started playing every Sunday in contemporary worship services and continues to do so. He started looking for a band to play in before retiring from Walmart in 2014 and is so happy to be able to play with Paper Jam.
Lead Guitar/Vocals – Joe
Joe started playing guitar at age of 12. His childhood best friend got him started and they had neighborhood “concerts” on his dad’s carport… It was a big deal (for kids) to play for neighbors who would bring lawn chairs to the “side yard”. He went on to playing in churches as many relatives were also musicians.
Early influences were Country Music icons Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Alabama, Charlie Daniels so many more. As time went on Joe turned to the Southern Rock genre and Classic Rock radio was king. Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, Skynyrd the list goes on and on. After a few bands for fun…then came marriage and families.
Fast forward 35 years and here we are. Joe has played (in jam sessions) and sat in with some of the most talented people in the region, including some musicians that have been or are currently with touring national acts and studio musicians with record label credits.
Joe loves playing guitar and performing in a band atmosphere. He believes that God blesses us in different ways and is glad to be a part of music and a part of the professional musicians that make up Party Line Band.
Drums – Rocky
A native of Northwest Arkansas, Rocky has been playing drums in the area from the age of 14. After learning to play gospel music in church, he has played country, folk, rock, blues, jazz, and hip-hop. A desire to study more styles and rhythms led to participating in Silkroad’s annual Global Musicians Workshop at DePauw University in 2017 with musicians from over 20 countries. He enjoys playing anything from a full traditional setup to recently focusing on the cajon, a wooden box which is sat on and played with the hands. Rocky continues to play in local churches and enjoys laying down a deep groove on classic rock or rhythm & blues tunes.
Rhythm Guitar and Keyboards – Tom
Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio enabled him to have access to major groups, concerts, musicians and musical opportunities during the birth of Rock and Roll.
Groups like the Beatles, Beach Boys, Eagles, Kinks, The Choir, The James Gang, music from the Summer Of Love, Woodstock and so many more frequented the Cleveland area and helped form the musical background he now possesses. He started playing in a band – like everyone else – in the mid 60’s but hung it up for other things until he had the opportunity to join Paperjam.