Instrument: Drums & Vocalist
Hometown: Waynesville, N.C.
Joined the Band: 1995
Freddie James drummed on books before he could read them. At age 4,
he sat next to the radio keeping rhythm. "I had different- pitched books for
drums, a globe for a cymbal and pencils for drum sticks," he says. Freddie
got his first drum set when he was 7 and taught himself to play. In 1980,
Freddie joined The Cross Country Band, a country and western band in
the Waynesville area. He balanced his performances with his studies at
Western Carolina University , where he received bachelor's degrees in
sports management and education, and a K-12 teaching certificate in
From 1982 to 1990, Freddie performed at The Stompin' Ground Music Hall in
Maggie Valley, N.C., with The Cross Country Band and also with The Risin' Fast Band.
There, he got the opportunity to play with Nashville artist Buck Trent. "He walked out in
an Elvis Presley suit, and I just took a deep breath," he says. "He played everything so
fast it was hard to keep up, but we got through it." He played with the band Crossfire in
Franklin, N.C. , during the winter and with the Rick Morris Band at the Rick Morris Country Theatre in Cherokee, N.C., in the summer. Freddie performed for a year with the Lawmen as a contract musician. Norfolk Southern hired him in 1995 as a corporate musician to play drums full time.
Instrument: Fiddle, Mandolin and Guitar
Hometown: El Paso, TX
Joined the Band: 2014
Bobby is a professional seasoned live and studio musician with focus on
the fiddle/violin as his main instrument, with mandolin and guitar as
additional instruments. His passion has always been playing music...country,
classical, jazz, rock. "Anything as long as I'm playing with a band / show that
cares about making people happy....dance and sing along!" Bobby was
playing fiddle and touring with country artist Sammy Kershaw before joining
the Lawmen. He's also worked as the fiddle player for country star
Tammy Wynette and played in the musical shows at The Alabama Theater
and The Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach, SC. Bobby is the newest full time
Norfolk Southern corporate musician to join the Lawmen in 2014.
Houston (Rex) Blancett
Position: Lead Vocals - Band Manager - Corporate Entertainment
Instrument: Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar/Rhythm Guitar
Bass Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Joined the Band: 2010
Rex comes to the Lawmen band as Lead Vocalist and Lead Guitarist and the
band manager - Manager of Corporate Entertainment.
Over the years Rex has earned a reputation as another of the finest musicians and
vocalist Nashville has produced. Rex began his professional career working for
Percy Sledge renown for his many Motown number one hits; most notably
When A Man Loves A Woman . He went on to work with other Motown artists such as
The Marvolettes and The Drifters just to name a few. Rex later went on to do various
projects with major recording artists in the US and overseas.
After playing guitar in the recording studio on a country music project, Rex grew to
love country music and it 's many artists, and has since worked and appeared on
stage with numerous major country music recording artists such as Dukes Of Hazard
stars Tom Wopat and John Schneider, Garth Brooks, Holly Dunn , Kathy Mattea , John Anderson, and others. Rex appeared numerous times on nationally broadcast television shows such as TNN's Nashville Now, New Country , and videos broadcast on CMT (Country Music Television). Rex also was cast as Musical Director of the off-Broadway version of Grease.
Later Rex took the position as musical and vocal director for the world famous Las Vegas tribute show Legends In Concert , and Tribute The Concert , as well as performing in several musical theater venues in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Rex also has an extensive career background in information technology as a forensic network engineer in law enforcement. Rex received his Music Business Major from Berklee College of Music , and his BS in Management Information Technologies from Trinity University.
Instrument: Vocals, Keyboards, Piano, Trumpet, and Banjo
Hometown: Jerseyville, IL
Joined the Band: 2011
Dale was born in Jerseyville, Illinois. He began playing the trumpet at
age 10, and soon after began playing on local radio on The
Lloyd White Radio Show. Mr. White also owned a piano store, where later,
Dale learned to tune and repair pianos, and taught himself to play the piano.
Dale began playing professionally in 1978. In 1980, he began performing in
Missouri musical theater shows, such as American Music Jubilee, Ozark
Jamboree, and The Ozark Opry.
The last 20 years he has performed with the Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach SC.
Dale started as a contract "sub" with the Lawmen back in 2004, playing occasionally
when he had the weekend off form the Carolina Opry. Dale became a full-time
Norfolk Southern employee corporate musician in 2010.