Keith Taylor – Keyboards

Keith started in the music business playing drums at the age of 12 in his home town of Fairchance, PA.  In those early years, he had to rely on his dad to drive him to gigs.  At age 16 he became interested in piano but not in taking formal lessons, so he taught himself how to play by ear and developed into an accomplished keyboardist. Though Keith’s known primarily for his piano skills, he also plays a mean mandolin, banjo and guitar. 

Keith has played with countless bands over the years and opened for some major recording artists, including Alabama, Ronnie Milsap and Pure Prairie League.  He’s also played with various blue grass groups as well as for The Vogues. 

In the early 1990's, Keith was the founding member of the original Abilene.  The band performed at the ‘Super Bowl of Country Music’, known as Jamboree in the Hills in Morristown, Ohio.  They also recorded two records and performed on the TV series, You Can Be A Star. Along with current Abilene band members, Keith most recently performed with The Shelly McCombie Band. 

Keith and his son Clay own and operate Orchard Camp Studios, a state-of-the-art recording business located in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania.

 Herb Humphreys - Guitar/Vocals

Herb was born and raised in Connellsville, Pennsylvania where he received his first guitar at the age of ten.  His musical career began over 35 years ago when he began playing local gigs with his brother Randy in a group called Keepin Ut Kuntry.  The Humphreys brothers were the opening act at Ponderosa Park, Country Paradise Park and Appalachia Lake for Nashville stars Tanya Tucker, Roy Clark and Ronnie Milsap. 

Herb's impressive career also included playing with the original Abilene band, local artists Larry Lee Jones, The Vogues and Back Up and Push, as well as for legends like Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Marty Robbins, Conway Twitty, Bill Anderson, Mother Maybelle Carter, The Carter Family and many others.  In addition, Herb appeared on the TV shows Music City Tonight and Nashville Now plus collaborated with several Nashville songwriters.  

Herb spent 15 years playing with the staff band in the critically acclaimed Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It was the greatest learning experience of his life and gave him the opportunity to play with some of the best musicians in the country.  After leaving the Carolina Opry, Herb established the Jarman Opry in New Bern, North Carolina where he arranged and produced shows for audiences of all ages, before returning to his roots in Western PA.

cd1d9832972dbdf43599d191a7f68434_k3en2_0avh.png Larry Miller - Bass/Vocals

Larry picked up his first guitar when he was 7.  Raised in New Alexandria, PA, his first teachers were his dad, Cal Baker, a talented bluegrass picker and his Uncle Dave, a championship fiddle player.  His Uncle Art then taught him to play bass.

Early in his career, Larry joined the Wheeling, West Virginia based WWVA Jamboree staff band, The New Generation Express with Lionel Cartwright.  Playing lead guitar, Larry opened shows with country music greats like Willie Nelson, Buck Owens and Larry’s favorite, “The Hag” (aka Merle Haggard) and joined country music favorites Dave Dudley, Doyle Holly and countless other artists on stage.  Larry also played rhythm guitar with Faron Young on the TV show K-Tel Presents.

Larry then focused on the bass, playing with Buddy Emmons and Paul Franklin at several steel guitar seminars.  He has worked through the years with local musicians like Johnny Andrews, Roy Scott, Lois Scott and the Backup and Push Band and Gashouse Annie, and for a short period was light man for the well-known Pittsburgh rock band, Bonjourney.  His career continued with Larry Lee Jones, Unwound, Abilene and the Shelly McCombie Band.

ec837fbcd4a4610d00fefe3db1e57b33_ckbq_5ncs1_z9o3.png Tim Burkhart - Drums/Vocals

Tim started drumming in grade school and continued through his high school years to the present.  This Southwestern Pennsylvania native is a gifted drummer with perfect timing and skilled at duplicating patterns and fills of any music he hears. 

During the 70's and 80's Tim played with local pop bands Capture and Magic and the dance band, Hot Jam.  While with Pittsburgh's own, The Vogues, he performed in shows with the likes of the The Association and Little Anthony and the Imperials.

Eventually, Tim turned to country music and teamed up with some of his current band mates from the original Abilene band.   He then went on to play with the J.D. Steele Band, Blue Ridge, Larry Lee Jones and Joe Patrick.  In those groups, Tim opened for The Judds, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Waylon Jennings, and many other well-known artists.  Before hooking up with the new Abilene, Tim was a member of The Shelly McCombie Band. 

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