"Little Texas Bad-Ass Drummer Girl"
Amongst a slew of honors and awards over the years,
Carol was named "Best in Texas" by the National Association of Jazz
Educators in 1979. Still, teachers send students to watch her play.
Her musical journey began at age five with piano
lessons. then moved on to Classical Guitar by age eight. Stage
performance was upped from recitals to winning a local talent contest.
At age 10 she was introduced to her first snare drum by her babysitter
Mary, love at first sight. She wanted to play drums just like Mary. For
seven years she was mentored by Dr. Judith Mathis who was a Judge for
the National Association of Rudimental Drummers, award winning Band
Director, Song Writer, Composer, and friends with numerous big named
artists of the day like Buddy Rich and Ed Shaunessey. "Momma" Mathis
raised a generation of successful musicians during her years in Wylie,
Texas. Carol received numerous National Association of Jazz Educators
Trophies and Certificates of Honor, "Who's Who of American Music" twice,
"All American Hall of Fame" Band Honors, Outstanding Musician Award for
the St. Mary's Fiesta Stage Band Festival - out of 27 stage bands class
1-5A (Best in Texas), Citizenship award given by the City of Wylie,
Texas, All Region Band Honors three years, and numerous 1st place medals
from University Interscholastic League Solo and Ensemble contests
including Gold and Silver for solo and ensembles at State level.
Ms. Dierking was a member of the Texas Jr. Drum Corp
in the early '70s and attended summer band camp programs at East Texas
State University, (one year) and Texas Tech State University, (two
years). She won full Music Scholarship to Stephen F. Austin State
University after being one of sixty that were auditioning on the last
day of try-outs for the last grant. There she studied under the
direction of Dr. Melvin Montgomery, world renowned Percussionist and
member of the Band Directors Hall of Fame. Carol received a Scroll of
Honor and Honorary membership to the Women's Band Sorority Tau Beta
Throughout high school and college she played in
Concert Band, Marching Band, Stage Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion
Ensemble, Solo Performances, accompaniment for the Theater Productions,
and accompaniment for the Choirs. Then came the whole thing about
playing by ear. Somewhere around the globe you may have seen or heard of
Carol (Ms.Morgan) playing with some of these guys:
Shephard's Glory, The Leon Street Blues Band, (with
Stevie Ray Vaughn occasionally sitting in), The SFA Metal Rockers,
Cactus Rose, She of Dallas, The Ted Davi Band, Ric E Blues and the Deep
Blue Sea, Mr. D. and Friends, The Kenny Barker Band, The Dead Prophets,
Big Mike Clark with Ms. Morgan on Drums, intodown, Big Mike Clark Blues
Band, Spur 2 Texas, The Andrea Dawson Band, The Outlaw River Band, Phil
and the Phat Cats, The Dunn Deal, The Texas Blues Project, Elmo Blues,
Wild Bill Cody and the Backroom Boys, Whiskey Nekkid, D'Tour, Texas
Trailblazers, Zeb Cash Lane, The Wylie Community Band, The Barflies, The
Sonja Jevette Band, Teddy Barracuda, The Jimmy Lee Reeves Band, The
Janna Bowden Blues Band, Ginny Ivy Blues Band, Ray Anderson Band, Ms.
Morgan on Drums (solo), Jack Foltyn - Elvis Impersonator, Jimmy Thackery
and the Drivers, The Smokin' Joe Kubek Band featuring Bnois King, Jim
Suhler and Monkey Beat, Leo Hull & The Texas Blues Machine, The Jeff
Stone Band, Voodoo Highway, The Mo Stephens Trio, Baloney Moon
All Star Blues Jam Host and participant with Various
Artists featuring many National and Internationally acclaimed guests...
sharing the stage with Albert Cummings, Buddy Whittington, Robin Banks,
Tommy Shannon, Jerry Clark, Texas Slim, Joey Love, Hashbrown, Perry
Jones, Pete Barbeck, Mike Morgan, Holland K. Smith, Lance Lopez, Guitar
George, Mouse Mayes, Sam Myers, Anson Funderburg, Brent Rozell, Casey
James, Paul Byrd, Kenny Traylor, Diunna Greenleaf, Fiona Boyes, Joe
Jonas, Pops Carter, Sue Foley, Hamilton Loomis, Vicki Blackwell, Richard
Blackwell, JR Boy Jones, Kerrie Lepai, Biscuit Miller, Paxton Norris,
Tyler Mac, and numerous others over the years.
Ms. Dierking has recorded Reel-to-Reel and
vinyl albums with Concert Bands, Orchestras, Marching Bands, Stage
Bands, Jazz Ensembles, and a Percussion Ensemble. Carol has recorded
Compact Discs with various groups including TX D'Tour, The Dead
Prophets, Spur 2 Texas, Big Mike Clark with Ms. Morgan on Drums,
intodown, The Texas Trailblazers, Jack Foltyn, and Christopher Ray.
There are over a hundred videos on you-tube.
Getting down to the roots, Carol is a True Blues
Powerhouse ~ Texas Blues Drummer (and she can play Chicago style
too!)... old and new, groovin', rockin', roadhouse, outlaw and gospel
blues. Texas Country Music fans love them some Carol, and the Funk/Soul
cats are jumpin' all night long. This versatile drummer will cause you
"I am a vessel from which the music flows" ~ Carol
Feather- Winston/Salem NC- Stand Up Bass/ Elect Bass/
Billie Marie Feather is a double bassist who originally hails
from Johnstown, PA. Being brought up in the beautiful
Pennsylvania mountains and surrounded by a family of avid music
lovers, Billie's love of performing music in all forms was
Saying goodbye to her childhood home
in the mountains, Billie's family relocated during her
elementary school years to North Carolina, where she found
herself surrounded by the rich musical landscape that flourishes
in the Tarheel State - from the old traditional mountain music
of the Appalachians to the Piedmont's rich blues and jazz
traditions. It was in her sixth grade year that Billie
began saving for her first guitar by doing odd jobs and begging
her parents for music lessons. Her parents finally gave
into their daughter's pestering for lessons and it happily grew
into a lifelong passion of music performance and songwriting.
For her senior year in high school,
Billie was accepted into the prestigious music conservatory at
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Classical
Guitar Performance, and remained there for her college studies.
Billie has been a guest classical guitarist in The Carolina Wind
Symphony, and has been able to perform all over North Carolina
as both a solo artist and in classical guitar ensembles.
After graduating in 2006, Billie expanded her musical studies by
learning the double bass, electric bass, banjo, and mandolin.
Upon graduation, Billie founded a
private teaching studio in Winston-Salem, NC and began
performing upright bass in several local bands. Most
notably, she could be found in the bo-stevens (a North Carolina
honky-tonk band) and The Darnell Woodies (an old-time
Appalachian punk string band). During her tenure in these
bands, Billie was able to tour the United States and Europe.
While in Winston-Salem, she began studying stringed instrument
repair at Separk Music, and eventually was asked to take a
position in Chapel Hill, NC as instrument repair technician at
Wes Lamble Guitars.
Upon relocating to Chapel Hill, Billie joined local honky-tonk
country legend John Howie Jr. (of Two Dollar Pistols fame) in
his newly formed band John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff on
both electric and upright bass. Though this band, she was
able to share the stage with country legend George Jones,
contemporaries The Steep Canyon Rangers, Dexter Romweber, The
Backsliders, and several other notable acts. Her most
recent project has been fronting and songwriting for the The
P-90's, a fun spirited punk rock act whose members consist of
her former students. Billie continues to teach and share
her love of music with her students through her private studio
and through guest lectures around the southeast and remains an