Basic Background Info
In 1993, Jeff Bryant and his brother, Junior, asked guitarist/vocalist Heath Wright to join their west Texas band, Lariat. Unfortunately, Lariat dissolved shortly after Wright joined. Unfazed, the Bryant brothers and Wright created a new country band called Ricochet. In need of members, they conducted auditions. In early 1994, the band was completed with the following lineup: Greg Cook (bass, trumpet, backup vocals), Teddy Carr (steel guitar, Dobro), Eddie Kilgallon (keyboards, rhythm guitar, saxophone, backup vocals), Heath, Jeff, and Junior.
Ricochet began touring the South and West Coast to share their trend-setting lively music with their growing fan base. When they weren’t performing, the band members wrote music and rehearsed. Their manager put them in contact with producer Ron Chancey, who helped them work on a demo. Ron, in turn, gave the demo to his son, Black Chancey—who happened to be a director at Columbia Records in Nashville. The demo led to a development deal and, ultimately, a record contract with Columbia. Ricochet also started opening for Doug Stone, Charlie Daniels, and Merle Haggard.
In 1995, Ricochet recorded their first album and released the first single, “What Do I Know,” to a top 5 reception on country charts. When they released the full self-titled album in 1996, it immediately cruised to the top of the charts. Its success was followed by two more well received singles, “Daddy’s Money” and “Love Is Stronger Than Pride.”
1997’s Blink of An Eye was not as successful. Nonetheless, Ricochet recorded another album. After releasing only three singles to lukewarm reviews, they canned the rest of the album entirely.
In 1999, Jeff Bryant developed carpal tunnel syndrome and abdicated Ricochet’s drum chair. Jeff Bryant was replaced by Tim Chewning. Steel guitarist Terry Carr also left the band in 1999 and was replaced by Shannon Farmer.
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