Thanks to a Christmas wish, the band got back together.
Music filled the air at NHC Healthcare last Saturday when local performers joined an old friend for a jam session.
NHC resident Danny Ryan “D.R.” Martin had sung in local bands and performed regularly with local musicians since the 1960s. He has been at the facility since a car wreck in 2005 that left him paralyzed from the neck down.
The band Thunder Creek, with members Nick Bouldin, Dale Davis, Steve Harvey, Lisa Davis, Brian Vinson, Alec Davis, Billy Wood and Weston Davis, were joined by performers Nick Godwin, Mike Foster, Kim Davenport and Joe Harvey.
“It was wonderful to get-together,” said Martin. “It was the best day of my life. I got to see old friends that I hadn’t seen since the ’60s. I haven’t sung in over eight years so I was a little rusty.”
The set lasted approximately three hours. In between rest periods for Martin, other singers would take over to keep the music going. Martin sang classics such as “Gimme Three Steps,” “Angie” and “Ain’t No Sunshine.”
“I’ve played some of the biggest clubs in Tennessee and some of the smallest,” said Martin. “We had a good crowd here and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.”
The group got together to honor the wishes of one of their own. Bouldin says he and Danny go back to 1969 when they met after his family relocated here from Chattanooga.
“He was the first person I met and made friends with,” said Bouldin. “D.R. was the lead singer of Cobblestone Soul Beats. I began to hang around them. I didn’t play at the time. I began to start playing and I’ve been playing ever since.”
The rather large group of performers used the therapy room of the nursing home with the blessing of NHC administrator Tim Wrather.
“Singing was Danny’s love,” said Wrather. “It was a big part of his life. If we can add some joy to his day or life, we wanted to accommodate that. It was important to him, so it was important to us.”
Martin was the lead singer of a band called Knuckle Heads at the time of his accident. He was on his way back from a practice in Cookeville when slick roads caused him to lose control of his vehicle.
Thunder Creek group members plan on making the trip to perform with Martin an annual one.