Few New England country acts have had such explosive success as the Country Mile Band (CMB). Their music has been called a "kicking" kind of country. From their foot stomping covers to their original music they will keep you dancing for sure. CMB has gained a solid reputation as New England's premier country music, dance, party and show band. If you look at the band's experience it's no surprise. The members of the CMB are no strangers to the performing world, with over 75 years combined experience. This includes from playing in symphony orchestras to one man traveling bands. The chemistry that has evolved from these guys coming together is amazing.
Ed Freeman is a talented musician and songwriter. Freeman has played in bands now spanning over 4 decades. Whether it is his chicken pickin' lead guitar or his bluesy harmonica you can hear how Ed is such a dynamic contributor to the CMB's sound. Bass player Glenn Petrucci adds the driving pulse that gets people dancing. He has performed many styles of music - from country to rock and even a Symphony Orchestra. Glenn brings his 26 years of experience to enhance CMB's foot-stompin' sound. Carl Bergman has been performing and recording drum tracks since 1975 and has been in bands opening for many national recording artists from Willie Nelson to Marshall Tucker. Joining Country Mile in 2009, bringing his love of the Allman Brothers Band with him, Carl adds his rock steady drumming and occasional lead vocals. Tom (Ducky) Belliveau brings his sweet, soleful and most tasteful Pedalsteel Guitar to the mix. Ducky also doubles on searing lead guitar. What a guy! Stephen Lombari, lead vocalist, rounds out the talent for the CMB. Stephen is a talented performer whose interest in music started at an early age. His career as a singer and published songwriter started in 1990. In 2003 he made several appearances at Tootsies in Nashville TN. He started his own publishing company in 2004. Stephen brings an upbeat and energized style to the stage.
"The Country Mile Band is one of Massachusetts' most consistent up and coming bands. They have a great following and are a band to watch." Ginny Rodgers, Music Director WKLB 99.5FM in Boston
"The Country Mile band is the best band we have seen around here in a long time. Look for them to be among this years award winners." Barb Freeman of the Massachusetts Country Music Association.
"Awesome show, simply awesome!" Foxboro Reporter News
Ron Stephan, Vice President of the New Hampshire Country Music Association, says " The NHCMA is very happy to have such a high quality band like the Country Mile band in our organization. They display complete professionalism and perform great country listening and dance music. We look forward to seeing this band more in the future and at our events."
"A lot of my club help ask me when the Country Mile band is coming back. We really love their show. What a bunch of great guys ready for stardom," Joni Mello, former club manager of The Fort Club in Ayer Ma, and now manager of The Compound in Fitchburg MA.
"Given the new pop flavor of country music, it is refreshing to hear a band like the Country Mile band incorporating the hot new styles of country with the old flavors of classic country music. There are not many regional country acts that have the vocal and musical ability to pull this off! I highly recommend." Al Salzillo, President of Nightside Entertainment Greenville RI.
"Everyone had a great time. I had numerous compliments regarding your band. Even the ones that said that they did not like country!!!!! Country Mile made our party!! I would like to purchase 4 of your CDs for some of my friends that are interested in your band. Fran's niece hasn't stopped talking about you signing her CD and pictures. You made her night. Remy is a new country fan. Thanks again, you made our party a big success. The girls at work are still talking about how great you guys sounded". Jocelynne and Fran, Attleboro MA
Now that the CMB has established themselves on the New England club and concert circuit as well as establishing an incredible fan club, they are turning their attention to recording. Their debut CD, Massachusetts Country, written and produced by Ed Freeman is now available.. With its toe tappin' dancing tunes and the emotional life inspiring ballads, Massachusetts Country has received great first reviews.
Country Mile is a band that is driven by their passion for country music, and their unyielding desire to create and entertain. It is that intensity that is captured every time the Country Mile Band steps on stage.