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(Above photo Oscar in the middle)
Band: MYSTERY TRAIN
Chatham Connection: Oscar Demers, on pedal steel, was born in Chatham, Ontario but moved out West for a period of time.
Oscar Demers – Pedal Steel
Larry Boudreau – Guitar
Bill Dellert – Lead Vocals, rhythm guitar & keyboards
Jay Stevens – Bass and lead vocals
Brad Kent – harmony, drums and lead vocals
Oscar Demers first band was The Meyers Bros with his sister singing. Oscar was only twelve but would continue with the band for 18 years. The band had three albums and six 45’s. At roughly sixteen years old, Oscar and the band began touring between Detroit and Toronto opeing shows for Nashville acts.
They appeared on the prestigious Ernest Tubb Record Shop national radio show as well as an interview with Ralph Emery on WSM radio.
Oscar did allot of work as a session player and played with many great country artists such as Bill Anderson, Billy Walker, Donna Fargo, Ronnie Milsap, Hank Williams Jr., Hank Snow, Dolly Parton and more.
Destiny was Oscar’s next band, another opening act for many Nashville artists. But Oscar was headed out west and by the mid- 70′s he was in Vancouver working with Ray McAuley & Wild Country and playing on the 1978 Album of the Year ‘Sometimes Good’. He also played with the Midnight Rodeo Band until he moved to the Island and joined Nanaimo’s Family Tradition.
Oscar wanted to retire after 45 years in the music industry when Larry Boudreau approached him about replacing a member of his band who was leaving. Oscar said he didn’t want to join another band, but he’d help him out until he could find a permanent replacement. To quote Oscar, “That was three years ago and he’s still looking. Or is he?”
They say a band is as good as its weakest link and I’m still looking to find it with this grouping. This is a band of seasoned professionals that you can count for a quality performance, no matter what the venue. Each member brings a large amount of background, skill, style and personality to create the solid country dance band, Mystery Train. Whether you buy a ticket or hire this band, you will be a happy customer, even if you have sore feet.