BIG DADDY JAMES STRANO
14 years lead singer for The Rings
Hits Include: Standstill, Old Pair of Shoes, and Who She's Lovin' now
Acting Credits: The Imaginary Invalid FELT, TS Elliot's Murder in the Cathedral, Barefoot in the Park, The Goodbye People, Dr. Cooks Garden
Film Credits: Carolina Gold an Al Watkins Production, Expecting Broken Snow A Poseidon Pictures Production And The Bargain Vrooch and Lewinski Production.
Currently proud to be Lead Singer for The Black Petals.
Singer-song writer and talent behind all the songs by The Rings.
Former bandleader of Petey and the Miserable Sods, an all original band from North Carolina.
- Won a song writing contest sponsored by Miller High Life, "Rags to Riches".
- His song Standstill won first honors in a national song writing contest.
- Appeared on Television on the program "Be a Star" in Nashville Tenn.
- Appeared as Singer/actor in the Watkins Movie Carolina Gold
- Also appeared in two episodes of ABC's "Friday Night Videos"
- Currently along with Brian Brooks, Pete Ihne writes, sings and plays guitar in The Black Petals.
Bass player for the band The Black Petals. I got my first guitar at age 11 and was taught how to play by my childhood friend and former Rings guitarist Michael "Beavo" Betlow. I am also a singer/songwriter and play in another band with friends I've met through the years running an open mic and joining in on open mic nights in the local area. I grew up during the classic rock years and have been inspired by many influences, but mainly like so many others, The Beatles and Stones got me going.
I've always wanted to play bass for an established band and here I am.
Brian Brooks is the Lead Guitarist and one half of the songwriting team of The Black Petals.
He has been continually pursuing his musical passion; consistently writing songs, recording and playing in bands since High School. In addition to playing guitar, Brian has recorded and produced many songs for The Black Petals including their latest release Oregon Road.
Brian also designs and hand builds many of the valve amplifiers in his arsenal. His main guitars are a Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster and an ESP Eclipse Standard.
Coming from a family that strongly encouraged the children to study and play a musical instrument, Billy, at an early age, was hooked when he saw his first Beatles or Rolling Stones TV appearance. Mom got him a used Rogers drum set, and some lessons from a local teenage drummer. The seed had been planted!!!! During his formative High School and College years, Billy followed culinary pursuits, becoming an accomplished chef. Throughout that time period he continued to hone his craft of drumming, listening, practicing and playing with various Jazz, Blues, and Rock bands.
So.....If Billy Lengyel is not somewhere in a kitchen cookin' or teachin', he's behind the drum kit burnin' with his current and favorite combo------THE BLACK PETALS!!!!!