Crossfire Country Music Band formed in Omaha in June 2010, when bass player Walter Killam, guitarist Gary Groves, and drummer Steve Ruhwein auditioned singer David Forney at Moonlight Studio. We could tell immediately there was great music to be made, so after a few whirlwind rehearsals, our first gig was July 4th weekend at Little Rickey's in North Bend. When Steve temporarily set aside performing to address medical concerns in December; the band added drummer Buck Weyerman. We have been in our current lineup ever since.
At a Crossfire show, you'll hear songs by artists such as Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, The Doobie Brothers, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Alan Jackson, Randy Houser, Kenny Chesney, and more! There's music to line dance, music to slow dance, and music to get your groove on!
Lead Singer David Forney caught the performance bug singing karaoke in Omaha; but prior to joining Crossfire, his only real experience vocalizing for a band had been as a guest singer with local rock groups and with a small acoustic quartet. Taking cues from local performers ranging from Conspiracy Theory to Cheshire Grin, Dave honed his frontman skills and solidified his spot leading the band.
Walter Killam is a native of North Texas, who grew up on classical music and first broke into live performance playing punk rock. After cutting his chops in music of all varieties, Walter spent 20 years playing in the Honky Tonks around Dallas. When work brought him to Omaha, Walter brought his talents to local groups such as Harvey and the Wallbangers and Silver Star. Walter plays bass and mandolin for Crossfire, sings backing vocals, and writes most of the band's original music.
Lead guitar player Gary Groves hails from San Diego, California; and credits his love of the guitar to his talented uncles, Larry and Bill Stevens. Gary has played in several local and regional bands including Nothin Fancy, Silver Star, Four on the Floor, Dust, and Harvey and the Wallbangers. After spending years as a singer and rhythm guitarist, Gary was encouraged by his bandmate in Four on the Floor, Bobby Figueroa, to push his lead guitar skills. Gary is now a highly sought after lead guitarist for area bands needing a fill-in musician, whether blues, country, pop or rock.
J.P. "Buck" Weyerman is a member of the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame for his work with The Ogden Edsl Wahalia Blues Ensemble Mondo Bizzario Band. He has lent his percussion skills and creativity to studio sessions and radio spots in Omaha, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. A veteran of the Omaha music scene, he was a regular at the Ranch Bowl with bands such as Big Thumbs and Ogden Edsl. Prior to joining the band, Buck had semi-retired from performing; but after sitting in for a few shows, he knew he wanted to be a full part of Crossfire.
Crossfire has been a staple of the Omaha country music scene for the past seven years. They are regular performers at Bushwackers Dance Hall and the Whiskey Roadhouse at Horseshoe Casino; and have played the Omaha Summer Arts Festival and various street dances and benefits, in addition to many local venues. They are the only country act to have played both years of the Red Sky Music Festival, and were the only unsigned country act in 2011 to play the festival. Crossfire has opened shows for such well-known artists as Brothers Osborne, Charlie Worsham, and Charlie Daniels Band.
Despite being best known as a country cover band, Crossfire's first album of all-original music, "Need to Know" was released in 2011 and has sold hundreds of copies locally and online. Two tracks from that album, "Hold On" and "Westbound Train" received significant airplay on Internet radio sites worldwide. Their 2016 second album, "Beer Under the Bridge," is already popular with fans. The songs "Long Island Ice Tea" and "Nothing on the Jukebox" are requested favorites at Crossfire shows.