All before the age of 21, Lightning has played with the late Great Blues Legend Eddie Kirkland, Buddy Guy, Tab Benoit, Big Sandy, Bloodshot Bill, Sean Mencher (High Noon, Ronnie Dawson), and Marty Sammon to name a few. He was selected as the first youth artist to represent the state of Maine in the International Blues Challenge Youth Show Case. Two years cancer free, Lightning has lived the blues and has proven to be among the greats, and compared to some of the biggest names to ever hit the blues, country and rock scene. Lightning fast, explosive stage show and soulful playing, Lightning is a showman at heart. He is currently endorsed by WB Gear(link on the bottom of the page) and Intune Guitar Picks.(Link on the bottom of the page).
Going between the low driving Bass and groovin' on the skins, ridin' the back beat, and the backbone of Memphis Lightning is Grammy nominated and international touring and recording artist Darren "Big Red" Thiboutot. He has recorded and or played with artists such as Eddie "Bluesman" Kirkland, Pinetop Perkins, Lazy Lester, The Hoodoo Kings, Tab Benoit, Kenny Neal, Sonny Landreth, G.E. Smith, Clyde Stubblefield, T-Bone Wolk, Richard Bell, Christine Ohlman, Lucky Peterson, Troy Turner, Big Jack Johnson, Cub Koda, Colleen Sexton, ect.
Previous Member Slow Driver
For the first 10 years of the band!
Rick "Slow Driver" McLennan has been layin' down the bottom end for Memphis Lightning, and during his career has played with The Piner's, and The Late Great Eddie Kirkland. Drivin' the bus, it's what he does, and will be remembered as The Slow Driver!