Born in 1950, an Army brat in Giessen Germany, William Stephen Ennis cut his musical teeth on percussion with marching, orchestra and four piece bands including Jr. and Sr. High concerts, CYO talent shows and the U.S. Army 25th Infantry Band. As a teenager organized concerts and dances for his friends and as Student Treasurer of Broward Community College (1976) brought Blood Sweat and Tears to campus! After raising two sons and with careers in carpentry, education and contracting behind, opened and operated the Downtown Blues Bar and Grille and the St Johns River Blues Festival from 2008 through 2014. Transitioning from percussion to guitar, he founded the popular Doo-Wop group, Deuce 50 and then Blue Smoke, blues with Papa Ned Johnson. Composing both music and poetry from an early age, in retirement, he fronts the Shovelhead Blues Band with his all original blues.
I’ve sat on the blues society board for four years and have held the position of vice president for the past three years. The blues is changing. It’s no longer stagnant and it’s my desire to help it grow.
Richard is Treasurer for the North Central Florida Blues Society. Richard has an extensive professional concert touring and event background, and is an active musician and sound engineer in the North Central Florida Area.
Deborah Mills is currently serving in her second year as Secretary of the NCFBS and is proud and excited to be a part of this great organization that is run by all volunteers.
Deb is currently the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Financial Aid at Santa Fe College where she has been employed for 26 years. She plans to retire in the near future and hopes to spend more time doing the things she loves including Blues society business.
Deb Mills is a hard worker and a friendly face. You will see her at most electric Blues jams and events where she sometimes works the door or the merchandise table. Deb would be honored to have your vote for Secretary of the NCFBS.
Second generation multi instrumental musician, singer, songwriter, producer with over 40 years of pro & semi-pro performing experience coast to coast. This includes being a member of “ColeFeat” a Bay Area band in the early ‘70s that was mentored by John Lee Hooker. We also shared his management, worked out of his Blues Boys Studios in Oakland, Ca and served as his backup band for multiple Bay Area concerts. Great man, I learned so much from him about the Blues, performing, respect for audiences and life in the music biz. Founder of “Line Drive Records” in the early ‘80s while attempting to recapture the recording simplicity & magic of Sun Records. Co-owner of Soundstage Recording Studios in Oakland Park, Fl in the late ‘80s. Released several solo records over the years and 4 CDs after teaming up with wife and musical partner Nora Gauck in 1985 as “One-Eyed Cat”, “The Demons Of Soul” and finally “49 FORD”. After some time off for medical issues Nora & I recently re-formed “One Eyed Cat” (a musical idea we performed together as for over 20 years) as an acoustic duo and were recently joined by Nicole Andre’ Wagner adding her bass & vocals to the mix. Difficult to compress a lifetime of music appreciation & participation into a single page but that’s the highlights. Contact: gilgauck
Rob is happy to provide the Society with a historical perspective, having served on the Board for nine years, in roles including Secretary, Vice President, and President. Rob also books national and international Blues artists for North Central Florida area concerts, with an eye on showcasing not only the many different styles that exist under the umbrella of Blues, but also to bring the finest talent to the area, acts that area residents would otherwise have to travel to see perform live.
Alan Yeatter is an award winning musician/songwriter. Performing in genres ranging from americana to indie rock from the age of 16, in 2006 he returned to his first musical love, the blues, joining the Used Blues Band. After reforming as Root Redemption, the band is still going strong. In 2010 his composition “Palm Reader Blues”was named “Blues Song of the Year” in the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards. He has been a member of the North Central Florida Blues Society since 2006 and has served on the NCFBS board since 2012, acting as treasurer in 2014 and 2015.