The Harvey Dalton Arnold Band



The Harvey Dalton Arnold Band exploded onto the North Carolina music scene just two months after forming, winning the 2011 Triangle Blues Society Competition and representing the state in the prestigious 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. The band has been rocking & rolling audiences ever since. While the band’s debut delighted Blues and R&B fans, capturing new audiences wherever they played, it came as no surprise to Piedmont music watchers when The Harvey Dalton Arnold Band hit the ground running. After all, the band includes the best rhythm section in the business, one of the region’s most celebrated gunslingers on guitar, and Harvey Dalton Arnold!

Harvey Dalton Arnold, vocalist and guitar player, hit the big time with the Southern Rock legends “The Outlaws,” playing with the band from 1976-1980, and on the million-selling albums “Hurry Sundown” and “Bring It Back Alive”. He’s played Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall, and shared the Anaheim Stadium stage with The Rolling Stones. North Carolinian Harvey’s vocals and guitar playing reflect his first love—the Blues. Listening to, and influenced by, the likes of Muddy Waters, Freddy King, B. B. King, and Robert Johnson since childhood. Harvey’s vocals, particularly his falsetto-bass-falsetto runs, frequently bring the house down as fans marvel at his voice control and acrobatics. Capping off this prodigious talent is his accomplished guitar playing, melding the Delta Blues, R&B, and Rock & Roll into a unique style showcasing his finger-picking and sizzling slide work.

Kim Shomaker, guitar player extraordinaire, has been playing guitar since 1962, playing up and down the East Coast ever since, with bands like Doctor Doctor, The Spinns, and the eponymous Kim Shomaker Project. A versatile phenomenon, he draws off of his love of guitar players as diverse as Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Scotty Moore, and Albert Collins. Kim’s pro guitar shop, opened in 1987, is a favorite hangout for the region’s guitar players. In addition to the tracks he has laid down on countless sessions with various artists, his guitar pyrotechnics have been delighting audiences for years and must be seen to be believed.

Darrell Young, laying down the solid bass for HDAB with his “in the pocket” style, started playing guitar in 1965 and switched to the four-string in 1968. The area’s top guitar and bass amp technician, and since 2000 Darrell has also been the Tour Manager and FOH engineer of The Squirrel Nut Zippers, and is credited as the audio/studio engineer on their 2009 live album, “Lost at Sea”. Darrell brings his mastery of the “Motown” and “Blues” chops to the project with a style incorporating influences as diverse as James Jamerson, Duck Dunn, Berry Oakley and even Paul McCartney! Rock solid, he keeps on rockin’—that’s Darrell Young.

Tim Carey has been drumming since 1969, and combines the rock steady tempo of Hal Blaine with the groove of Buddy Rich and hard bounce of Ginger Baker. Playing with numerous bands and projects over the years, he’s been Kim’s drummer of choice for more than three decades, and keeps The Harvey Dalton Arnold Band swinging. He and Darrell, make up the most dangerous rhythm section in the land.

Michael Frontani
Assistant Professor of Communications Elon University
Author: The Beatles: Image and the Media