derek smith on drums is the source of power and intensity within the group, combining the power of players like john bonham with the technique and awe inspiring feats of carter beauford. a connoisseur of vintage drums and drum sounds, smith molds his carefully sculpted sound into the backdrop of the music, while also leading the music in new and exciting directions.
chris's vocal debut came in the the form of "danny zuko" in a high school production of grease at the age of 17. he has fronted several bands throughout the years, including the alt-rock stillwater black and jump blues outfit, big papa and the tcb. heavily influenced by a wide array of artists such as jim croce, robert cray, no doubt, prince, live, and dave matthews band, chris brings the literary panache of a poet to the powerful and catchy jam-rock canvas.
over the years, chris thayer band has performed as a headliner as well as opening for several national acts, including james taylor, the bacon brothers (featuring kevin bacon), styx, little river band, fabulous thunderbirds, johnny winter, big bad voodoo daddy, and rod piazza & the mighty flyers, to name a few. in 2003, CTB realeased the "phoenix" cd and toured the western u.s. in support of it, including an appearance on the NBC morning show in eugene, or. 2006 saw the release of "Chasing Venus," the culmination of years of songwriting and experiences.