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The Fender Benders Band of Fort Worth, Texas

 


 

Meet the Fender Benders!

Sam Perez - Lead Vocals
Sam's been in the music business for a relatively short time, but has played with some of Fort Worth's best musicians. The band Smokehouse, which Sam formed in the mid 90's was a great band and featured Sleepy Rene (Smart Like Einstein) on guitar. He's played with Rusty Burns of Big Foot Johnson, and Robert Ealey is featured on the band's CD, entitled "Waiting on Monday"
Sam Perez
Sam Perez


Darren Carbone – Guitar
Darren Carbone is from Detroit, Michigan and has come from a family of musicians. He first picked up a guitar and violin at 5 years old and started playing drums and piano at the age of 7. In 1983, he moved to the DFW area and then played drums in clubs at 19 years old. He went to college and studied music as a guitar major, but played drums and bass in the jazz bands for 5 years. He is well diversified in many types of music ranging from classical, jazz, blues, country, and rock-n-roll.

Darren played classic rock as a guitarist in the club scene since 1990 and later formed the band “Texas Best”. Currently he is playing with “The Fender Benders” where he is able to be uplifted to the heavens to free blowing wailing guitar shredding licks from hell. Darren has played with many players including Rocky Athas from “Black Oak Arkansas” and the great drummer and singer Buddy Miles from Jimi Hendrix’s band “Band of Gypsies”.
Darren Carbone
Darren Carbone


Mike Brown - Bass
Mike Brown has been playing and loving The Bass guitar for 30 years and has played professionally in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (Los Angeles and Denver Colorado as well) for the last 25 years. He's been in The Party Crashers since 1988. Prior to that, he was in the very cool and way ahead of their time, '80's band called The Shades; they were very popular as a local original band and had a great reputation as a "musician's band". They had a huge following.

Mike also played country rock with Pecos Star and Wild Wind Rose, straight ahead jazz with Afro Blue and jazz fusion and blues with Nancy Star. Lately he has been playing latin soul and funk with the Fender Benders.
Mike Brown
Mike Brown


Randy Chez - Drums
A self-taught musician, Randy began like most players taking up playing in school where he became an award-winning snare drummer and, while but a teenager, formed his first band at 17.

He was recognized and respected part of the Houston music scene and spent the larger part of his playing time there working in various road and recording situations and has, throughout the years, appeared on over 41 LP recording projects. In the late 70's, he was part of the Medieval rock band ArkAngel whose only release, WARRIOR(dist. by ABC Records), found such popularity with the local radio listening audience that the cut DEWLLING PLACE hit the number one spot in the region, solely on the strength of call-in requests... and rarely a month goes by without him receiving email about the band, still.

Along the way, Randy has had the great pleasure to work with Sam Moore (Sam & Dave). BigFoot Johnson (featuring ex-Point Blank members Rusty Burns and John O' Daniel), former FREDDIE KING side-man Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones, among others. He has also worked, in differing, non-playing, capacities with such notables as 60's rock icon Barry McGuire along with CCM greats Andrae Crouch, Phil Keaggy and Kerry Livgren.
Randy Chez
Randy Chez