Band Bio

About FLORABAMA

Formed in 2017, FLORABAMA consists of world-class musicians with the smooth vocals of lead singer,  Nashville recording artist, Bill Dearman.  

Performing a wide selection of Kenny Chesney's  greatest hits, FLORABAMA captures the very essence of the Legend himself  in their amazing tribute concert that includes lights, smoke and a very high energy performance by lead singer Bill Dearman.  NO Back tracks - NO Pitch correctors - Every note LIVE!   

Simply put - FLORABAMA is the Nations Premier Tribute to Kenny Chesney. 

Contact Us today for booking information and rates. 

band member bios

John Michael Bennett - Drums, Percussion, and GMS Drums Endorsee

John has been playing drums for over 45 years. During this time he has backed up such acts as Kansas, The Ripingtons, the Ramones, Poco, Rick Derringer, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds to name a few. John has also had the pleasure of playing with guitar player Phil Grande from Joe cockers band and Tommy Byrnes of Billy Joel fame. Also, John has performed with Paul Morris from Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. John's driving drum beat is a vital part of FLORABAMA's rhythm section, and we're fortunate to have him as our Band/Musical Director and friend.

JUAN AGUIRRECHU- Lead guitar, Background Vocals

 At the age of eight, caught up in the rapture of “Beatlemania,” Juan began what would become his lifelong passion - this unquenchable love for music & perfecting his talent as a musician. An amazing self- taught talent, Juan is authentic in an array of styles from Rock, B&B, Pop, Ballads, etc. His mastery of Latin “flavors” further developed through performing with Israel Cachao, renowned Cuban Bassist & father of the Mambo. Juan has performed with Vantage Point along with many top Florida groups over the years but comments that FLORABAMA is the closest he has gotten to fulfill his pursuit for playing with “Beatles caliber” musicians.

Jeff Ankeney -  Bass, Vocals

As another seasoned veteran of the "Band of Brothers", the low end is handled confidently by his groove and pocket playing. Having fronted bands in the '90s in his native Ohio, Jeff is no stranger to the stage. Being a multi-instrumentalist with the love for the technology you will hear a lot of his work throughout our shows. For the last 10 years, Jeff has been singing and playing either bass or keyboards for some of the best Tribute bands in Florida including Simply Tina, the amazing Tina Turner Tribute, the Ultimate Cars Tribute band, Touch & Go, and now one of the greatest Tributes to country singer Kenny Chesney.

  

 

 

Gary Lapenski -  Keyboards, background vocals 

Gary has over 35 years of experience as a professional musician. He has toured the US and performed with many bands.  

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Dearman -  Lead Vocals, Guitar

Singer, musician, and songwriter Bill Dearman has been fronting bands for over 25 years in the South Florida area. He has won several songwriting events and has been a member of the NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International). In 1994 Bill recorded his first album “Tomorrows A New Day” and was selected to perform in the Dottie West music festival in Tennessee. Bill has played many large venues, cruise ships, worked as a solo artist, and studio musician. Bill plays lead and rhythm guitar as well as harmonica. You may have seen him in the following bands: Rough Shot band, the Regulators, Swamp Highway Band, The Renegades, Dixie overdrive, and the Bounty Hunters. Bill was also a Pembroke Pines Firefighter/Paramedic/ and taught at West Broward High school, his ties run deep in the South Florida community.

 

John Bennett

John Bennett

JUAN AGUIRRECHU

JUAN AGUIRRECHU

Jeff Ankeney

Jeff Ankeney

Gary Lapenski

Gary Lapenski

Bill Dearman

Bill Dearman