Tim Riggs – Lead Vocals
It has been said of me, “Tim’s wide range of experience and eclectic influences make him one of the most dynamic vocalists in Central Kentucky”.
I started my vocal career at the age of 7, singing for family gatherings. That’s where I learned that my voice gave me the ability to entertain people. Folks requested everything from Tom Jones to Frank Sinatra to The Beatles to the old hymns and I was happy to oblige.
In high school, I played with a few garage bands that never materialized into anything because I was more into sports at that time.
I joined the Navy in 1977 and got my first real experience with a rock band called Onyx, playing aboard the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Saratoga. In 1985, while still on active duty, I formed a band called Silent Witness, which performed top forty hits in the Charleston, S.C., area. In 1988, I auditioned for and was accepted into the United States Navy’s music program, which changed my rate to Musician/Vocalist and changed my life in a major way. After graduating from the school of music in Little Creek, VA, I was transferred to Seattle, WA, where I played in a couple of excellent Navy rock bands and had the privilege of singing the National Anthem many times, including for NBA, NHL, and MLB games.
I decided to leave the Navy in 1991 and moved with my family to Lexington, KY. There, I was a member of the gospel group, Integrity, from 1993 to 1995. Integrity was a Southern gospel quartet that toured several neighboring states, performing at churches and festivals. Around the same time, I was the worship leader at a Lexington church, a serving role that lasted seven years.
I was a vocalist with the Trendells for eight years while also doing local studio work as a hired vocalist, singing jingles and backing vocal tracks.
It has been my pleasure to work with various popular local bands such as Timmy and the T-Bones, Handsome Devils, Skinny Buddha, and Stir Krazy, since that time. My hope is my passion for music shines through every performance with the excellent musicians that make up Hi-5. It is a privilege to work with performers of this caliber, to bring our brand of entertainment to our audiences.
If you aren’t having a good time, I’m not doing my job.
Mike Weir – Bass / vocals.
I was born and grew up in Lexington, Ky. and I have been a working musician since I was 19 years old. I talked my parents into piano lessons when I was 11, then at 14 I got a set of drums and drove them almost insane. At 16, I discovered the electric bass and knew immediately I had found my instrument. I learned the basics playing in a couple of high school bands that performed at school functions and dances. After High School, I decided music was the only future for me and I attended Morehead State University as a music major, studying jazz bass under Roy White. At the end of my second semester, I got an opportunity to go on the road with a working band and since then I’ve never looked back.
I moved to Dallas Texas in 1984 and spent 16 years working the Texas / Southwestern club circuit. I also wrote, recorded and performed all over the U.S. and Overseas with “SWAK”, a Dallas based progressive rock group that released 2 albums on Music Factory records. I moved back to Kentucky in 2000 and have consistently stayed busy performing and recording with some of Lexington’s best performers. I’m very excited to be working with this talented group of guys!
My name is Jeff Myers – Lead Guitar/Back Vocals. I’ve been playing music since I was 7, starting with piano lessons. My grandfather played guitar so I started playing that. I started playing bass when my brother and I started a band because we needed a bass player. Our band worked professionally all through high school. Also joined the Jazz band in high school and played Tuba in the marching band. Went to college and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. After graduation, I got a gig with a theater group that took me to NYC. I ended up staying in New York for a good 15 years. Broadway show experience include: Little Shop of Horrors, Dreamgirls and Les Miserables. Other musical highlights include working with: Mose Allison, Little Anthony, Lou Christy, Leslie Gore, The Mamas and the Papas, The Triplets, Heatwave, Carl Carlton, Laura Branigan and Celine Dion. I am honored to be a part of Hi-5!
My name is Bill Torsell – Drums. In the words of Ferris Bueller, “Never had one lesson.” Honest. At the age of 5, I sat behind my Dad’s 1955 set of Gretsch drums (identical to the ones on the cover of the Krupa and Rich drum album) and heard that cool HI-Hat riff at the beginning of “Bernies Tune.” Over the years, I would take my oldest brother’s 45’s and albums, listen close and try to play. To this day, it’s still how I practice! At the age of 10, I entered a talent show at Dickenson Elementary School in Tampa, Florida and this was my first time in front of a live audience. In 1968, the silver sparkle Gretsch drums were no longer cool but the red sparkle Rogers drums that Dave Clark was playing in his band, The Dave Clark Five, were totally cool. I learned to play a wide variety of music from Chicago; Santana; Hendrix; The Who; Blood, Sweat and Tears; Emerson, Lake and Palmer; Yes; and just about anything off the Woodstock album. I put my talent to use in the basement with some neighborhood friends. We played some parties and even came in 2nd place in the Battle of the Bands in Springfield, Ohio! In 1978, while running Showdown Lounge in Frankfort, Ky., I met the band Tangent. I played “Carry On Wayward Son” without ever playing it before and the rest is history! We recorded our first single, “Got It, Flaunt It”, with producer Bernie Faulkner and our debut album, “Pathway to Paradise” produced by Marlon Hargis at Lemco Studio. We toured the Southeast USA opening for Exile, Rare Earth, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Pure Prairie League, Pat Travers, Molly Hatchet, Marshall Tucker Band and even the “Legendary Sly Stone” before parting ways in 1985. In 2010, I hooked up with Mike Weir to be the driving force behind Wildside and that was a blessing in disguise! Once again i am thrilled to share the stage with Mike, this outstanding group of musicians and friends! Come on out and we promise to give you a “BIG HI-5” !!!!
My name is David Lee Hinkle – Keyboards. I am proud to be from Lexington, KY. I began playing piano at age 7 with great encouragement from my Mom. At age 14, I discovered Rock ‘N’ Roll keyboards and the passion for entertaining was born! I wrote, recorded in Nashville and performed my first original music at age 18. In 1978, My song “Never Gonna Stop” was picked for WKQQ’s Homespun II album and received repeated airplay. I played in Madison Place which won WVLK’s Battle of the Bands in 1981. That group recorded original music at Allen Martin Studios in Louisville and signed with Triangle Talent. This lead to meeting Michael Stewart, a former member of the group Sweet, who had become a producer for CBS Records. He signed the group which was named “The Strangerz” and began recording their first album at Broken Prairie Studios in Champagne, Illinois. They also signed with a Nashville management company. I wrote and recorded a Contemporary Christian album in 1991. In 1998, I returned to playing live music as a member of the house band at Cadillac Ranch until 2000. I moved to Nashville and became a keyboard player and writer in various showcase bands for up and coming artists seeking a recording contract. I returned to Lexington and rejoined the house band at Cadillac Ranch in 2009. I have played in several bands around Lexington ever since. I opened Beach Hut Entertainment Group in January 2011 with my “beautiful partner in crime” Tracy Lane Hampton to promote and foster live music in Lexington! I am excited and look forward to bringing all the best of my talents to make Hi-5 a huge success!!!