Mike- Guitars and backing vocals
In 2004 guitarist Mike Thurmond and vocalist Jeff Story formed a band tentatively called SD-6. Intially they invited drummer Kevin Bloodsworth and bassist Keith Carlson. In late 2004, Mike's brother Jon joined the band as the keyboardist and backing vocalist. With the five members together, the band finally made a musical decision about their direction. They also established the name Soul Kitchen and began playing local gigs and parties.
As news about the band began the circulate, so did the requests for their presence. In 2005 they began traveling outside the Augusta, Georgia area to play to sold out engagements. It was during this time that they also began to notice a need for a name change (as it turns out, Soul Kitchen is popular name for jazz bands in the south and Letterbox is NOT a jazz band). So was born Letterbox!
Through 2006 Letterbox continued to wow audiences and bring a party everywhere they played. At the beginning of 2007, Letterbox showed continued growth by more than doubling their previous play list of songs. Once more it was time for a change, this time in the form of a lineup change. Letterbox let their previous bass player go and got some fresh and funky blood with Ricky Williams as their new bass player. Sometimes accompanied by percussionist Tal Price, this five piece going on six piece ensemble continues to play to sold out events.
Primarily in Augusta, Georgia though we travel throughout the Southeastern US.
We are influenced by a variety of artists from the 60's through now. But more obviously The Beatles, Bon Jovi, Journey, Van Halen, Whitesnake, Toto, Rolling Stones, Black Crowes, The Beach Boys, and a host of others.
Mike plays ESP guitars, Ricky plays Kramer basses, plays Korg and Yamaha keyboards, Kevin plays Yamaha drums and percussion. And Jeff and the rest perform through variety of sound reinforcement, mostly from Yamaha and Beringer.