John Powell has been playing keyboards and guitar at Eugene's best parties for three decades. He played with Wheatfield in the '70s, the Ron Lloyd band in the '80s, and is currently leader of the Valley Boys. He has been a Buffett fan for years, and in a lucid moment, placed a newspaper ad that beget The Cheeseburgers. John owns 57 Hawaiian shirts even though some of them don't fit. John was inducted, as a member of the band Wheatfield, into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
Don Ross was born in San Francisco, raised in Sacramento and moved to Eugene to attend the UO. As a teenager, Don fortunately lost a coin toss and had to play guitar instead of banjo in a folk duo. Since then he has played lead guitar and sang in a number of bands including Wheatfield,
Arroyo, and Gloria Gold and Showdown, appearing with acts as diverse as Hank
Williams Jr. to Bonnie Raitt. He then started Don Ross Productions, a prominent recording studio collecting a Gold Record, Grammy nominations and recording countless albums for other artists. Don was inducted, as a member of the band Wheatfield, into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
Clark Lynch grew up in
Springfield, Oregon and spent his youth touring with shows from Vegas to Alabama
and from Missoula to Texas, appearing with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
among others. He returned to Eugene, playing with various rock bands until
hanging it up in the '70s. He had a rekindling of his musical desire when
The Cheeseburgers needed a drummer, and he quickly regained his skills to
create that "down island" rhythm. Clark is overjoyed to be playing again
and proud to be a Cheeseburger.
Olsen is a life-long Eugene area resident. He grew up
playing piano, viola and trombone. During his college years at the UO, he
started to play the bass in bands with his friends. He has played with
countless Eugene-area groups, including Zydeblue, The Zydeco-dependents,
ToneDawg, and The Revelators. He has even performed on stage with the likes
of James Cotton and Neville Brothers drummer, Willie Green. When he's not
pumping out fat bass lines for The Cheeseburgers, Arne puts in a 40 hour
work-week at the The Duck Store Processing Center, plays soccer and works on
his house. He also loves to sit in on a friendly game of poker.
Kurleen Nowickas is a versatile singer. This native of the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia, West Indies, began her music career after high school as the lead vocalist in a hotel/club band. She sang Caribbean music, jazz, pop music and had the privilege to perform at a party for pop idols, Rihanna and Ray J, to celebrate their albums going platinum. After moving to the USA in 2006, she has performed with: legendary singer/songwriter, Allen Toussaint, Brazilian singer/guitarist, Eduardo Mendoça, American Metrapol Orchesta and Festival Choral Oregon (soloist). Kurleen received her Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Music from Western Oregon University. She is a private voice instructor in Salem and McMinnville.
Suzanne Randle is an Oregon native, claiming both Coos Bay and Corvallis as hometowns. She spent six years in Nashville as a performing singer/songwriter. She shared the stage with country singers Blake Shelton, Jeffrey Steele, Blackhawk, Mark Chestnut, and Michael Peterson. As a background vocalist, she sang with numerous praise and worship leaders, including Lionel Cartwright and Jeff Woods. Suzanne moved back to Oregon, earning in Bachelor of Contemporary music in 2012. While in school she expanded her repertoire to include jazz, early music, neo-folk, and Jimmy Buffet. She was the 2008 winner of KSHR's Colgate Country Showdown, and has performed around Oregon singing jazz, pop, acoustic, rock, and country with her band... sometimes all in the same show!