SOUL CIRCUS COWBOYS
Coalescing an eclectic array of musical tastes, influences, and styles with their diverse life experiences, Florida-based band Soul Circus Cowboys have cemented themselves as the band to watch in 2021 and beyond.
Formed in Tampa by lead singer and songwriter Billy McKnight in 2009, the successful independent artist teamed up with producer Henry Paul, who is best known for his roles in southern rock bands Blackhawk and The Outlaws. Together, they went on to refine their sound, with a vision revolving around larger-than-life performances and gasoline-drenched Southern Country Rock. Today, Billy is currently collaborating with producer and Grammy award-winning songwriter Frank Myers on their upcoming album, anticipated in February of 2023.
The band consists of of frontman Billy McKnight, who is joined by the powerful voice of singer and rhythm guitarist Dewey Buxton, lead guitarist Ron Zebron (three-time winner of the Mid Atlantic Best Rock Guitarist award), Tampa bass legend Dan Turner on bass guitar, and Steven O’Reilly on drums.
The band has been continuously praised by fans and critics for their astute musicianship. Their productions have become known as a diverse collection of sounds, styles, and captivatingly well-told stories, with every song crafted by the literary talents of Billy McKnight. Each band member’s past is deeply interwoven with the resulting sound of the project, and the combination of their backgrounds and talents has put them on a collective path that is undoubtedly going to take this band to an even greater level of success.
They’re thoroughly genuine. They’re phenomenally talented. They’re the Soul Circus Cowboys.
Lead singer and songwriter Billy McKnight is no stranger to the music industry, having had national success as an independent artist. In search of a new project, he teamed up with producer Henry Paul, best known for his roles in southern rock bands Blackhawk and The Outlaws. Now, he’s thrilled to be working with Soul Circus Cowboys and touring with their new music.
Dewey Buxton was exposed to music at a young age after listening to his mother sing, hum, and whistle throughout each daily task. Born in Mayville, ND as the son of a lifelong Air Force & Coast Guard veteran father, and his mother a trained opera singer, Dewey has been singing ever since he chose a chorus as an elective in high school. His first performance was a life changing one where both Dewey and the audience realized that his future would most certainly be in the world of music. Dewey soon formed the rock group ‘FLOOD’ where he garnered great success playing the Bud Bowl and being a mainstay at Livestock consecutive years in a row. He was ‘discovered’ by the wife of famed Creed bassist Brian Marshall, who mentored him through a musical side project known as Grand Luxx. From there, he auditioned for Alter Bridge and performed on a national level developing his signature vocal style and passion for rock. He then formed his own band titled ‘BUXTON’ and has been a heavily booked musician in the Tampa Bay community throughout 4 decades. After years of building his confidence and focus as a vocalist, Dewey reunited with great friend, singer, and songwriter Billy McKnight to form the popular country rock group Soul Circus Cowboys where he showcases his powerful voice as a singer and rhythm guitar player.
There are those who pursue music for superficial reasons. There are others who do it because they simply can’t imagine doing anything else with their life. Ron Zebron falls into the latter category, who doesn’t just “do music”, he lives it.From the age of just 9, Ron w as already climbing the ranks as a professional musician playing in clubs around town. This naturally progressed into him playing lead guitar at a national level alongside Dennis Chambers, The Neville Brothers, Foreigner, and Kansas to name just a few. From his rigorous touring schedule, to his limited free time spent building homemade amps, Ron Zebron’s life has been one surrounded by music. The Baltimore-born lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter cut his teeth playing lead guitar for his hometown’s powerhouse band Never Never and national recording artist, Crack The Sky. Now based out of Tampa, Florida, he is a permanent fixture of Soul Circus Cowboys, playing lead guitar for the Country/Southern Rock band featuring Billy McKnight. He is also an often fully-booked session guitarist whose work can be heard across national radio, film and TV. His credits include commissioned work for Exxon, Ford, McDonalds, Paramount, American Idol, America’s Most Wanted, and The Discovery Channel. Additionally, Ron’s playing can be heard on a handful of high-profile artists across the country, including legendary bassist Tony Levin and Jasmine Trias (Universal Records). His extraordinary talents have landed him prestigious awards and accolades. He is a 3-time Winner of the Mid Atlantic ‘Best Rock Guitarist’, and is recognized by the city of Baltimore for his musical contributions to inner city youth.
Originally from New York, Dan Turner is a veteran of the music scene. Dan’s live performances include venues on the Sunset strip in Los Angeles at The Roxy, The Whiskey and The Troubadour, to those in New York City and Long Island including CBGB, Limelight, and L’Amours in Brooklyn and Queens. Additional performances include festivals and shows in Florida with the Doobie Brothers, Styx, John Waite, Joe Bonamassa and more. Dan has extensive studio experience recording with various artists including Big Shot, Don Chaffin and his own band Vicious Whispers. It’s fair to say that Dan has seen and done it all. Dan mostly enjoys playing good time driving rock, but considers himself a very versatile player and open to all styles. That makes him a perfect addition to Soul Circus Cowboys.
Steven O’Reilly is new to the Tampa area by way of Louisville, KY. He has more than 30 years experience full of recording, gigging, writing and touring. He has a unique style and a one of a kind stage presence. Steven graduated from the Atlanta Institute of Music with a 4.0 and he is endorsed by SABIAN cymbals.