Kimberly started playing drums, guitar and singing at a young age and has continued to this day. She started with cover bands in the early days to performing solo throughout the US. Covering a wide range of music from originals to raw blues she wound her way around the music scene. Returning back to her native North Carolina in 1996, Kimberly played drums and sang in several groups including Jamie Anderson’s Broad Street band playing festivals and coffee houses. She played with The Outskirts, a roots rock group from Raleigh and Deja Blu Band, a local kicking blues band before forming the original Feral Cats with local Kinston talent that "put it out" for several years. This new r2 version of Feral Cats has her fronting with hand percussion and harmonica taking dance blues to a new level to "blues your socks off". Her talents include vocals, percussion, harmonica, and guitar with club, festival and studio experience. With a cache of originals to work on she loves writing music and performing hard driving blues.
Rick grew up in Butler, PA just north of Pittsburgh and started playing guitar when he was 9. He was playing in bars and at wedding receptions before he had his driver’s license, his dad had to take him to gigs and stay with him so he could be in the bars he played at. Playing in many rock and roll bands and lounge bands (think matching leisure suits!), following the genres of the time, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, from country, to disco and funk, to arena rock. Rumor has it that he still has a pair of spandex pants from the “big hair band” days. He moved to NY in the 80’s and remembers the days when they had to rent a 21 foot U-Haul to get the band, sound system, and light show to gigs (thank goodness for Roadies). Rick has moved from NY to NC to NY and to NC and does not plan any more moves.
Jim Hauer grew up in Wichita, Baltimore, and the Chicago area before moving to Iowa for most of his adult life, and four years ago to Angier, NC. He started playing guitar at age 11 and took up bass in high school when the jazz band needed a bass player. He went to the University of Illinois where he tuned his chops playing in a concert band, jazz quintet, and freelance gigs in pit orchestras.
Through the years he has continued on bass and guitar playing in a wide variety of blues, rock and jazz bands. He played in a Glenn Miller Tribute band, large jazz ensembles, jazz trios, and theater gigs. His passion though is to play blues. He has played in several blues and rock bands over the years both on bass and guitar. Before leaving Iowa he was playing bass in a rock group he formed called Day Tripper, a jazz trio called Traffic Jam, as well as playing in a Contemporary Christian band.
Since moving to North Carolina, Jim has played in an R&B band out of Benson called The Carolina Soulmates and continues playing at Oasis Church in Holly Springs. Jim is a regular at local opens mics and has hopefully found a home anchoring the Feral Cats on bass.
At the age of 9 Roland developed the drum fever while watching the “Fab Four” on The Ed Sullivan show. Drumming on everything and anything, he taught himself a style that would be perfect for playing the blues. At 14, his first kit would introduce him to a world of music and allow him to develop a style that would blend the best of rock, R&B, country and blues artists. These days he has three kits that create the perfect mood for the moment at hand. Stepping into the role as Feral Cats drummer was no small task but the love of the blues allowed him to fill the spot with style. The Cats are lucky that he has had the experiences playing in bands throughout the years that have molded him into just the right fit. Roland is our Funky Cat..
Feral Cats R2 began their journey in the summer of 2018. Finding the right groove has taken them down a few roads to get them to this point in time but working out “the groove” with everyone's own flavor has been the magic sauce that make the Cats successful. Hard work, dedication to their craft plus the love of the blues has quickly set this band apart making the crowds dance ever since. With gigs scheduled to play around NC at clubs, festivals and parties the group has assembled a great list of dance blues so come out and “Take us in”.