Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ruckus Plans Raucous, Rouwdy Concert at New Beaches Club

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ruckus Plans Raucous, Rouwdy Concert at New Beaches Club

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Byline: Tamara McClaran

While the music is important, a band's name also gives a group definition and personality.

For the band Ruckus, the name is more than innovative and imaginative. Making a commotion on stage is what they do best.

"When we were looking at names, Ruckus fit the way we were and still are," said Larry Raulerson, one of the band's founders. "We like to have fun and we like the crowd to have fun, too."

Ruckus intends to get raucous and rowdy Friday and Saturday nights when it plays Cliff's at the Beach in Neptune Beach.

The band's distinctive sound is tight and strong with a country style that rocks heavy. Ruckus has been compared to Rascall Flatts and Diamond Rio.

They have a catalog of originals and also play a diverse mix of country and classic rock covers from a variety of artists including Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, the Rolling Stones, John Mellencamp and Gavin DeGraw.

"It's cutting edge, the rock 'n' roll edge of country," Raulerson said. "We have a hard-driven sound."

In addition to Raulerson on bass and vocals, Ruckus includes Ken Maroney, Jay Geuder and Scott Cain on guitar and vocals, and Wayne Lindsey on drums.

All of the musicians are seasoned and experienced. They say quality musicianship and vocal harmonies distinguish this band from others. Although they all have day jobs outside of the music business, being a member of Ruckus is more than a hobby.

"We take it seriously and we don't take anything for granted," Raulerson said.

Raulerson and Maroney have been with the band since it formed in 1995. Both played in other bands, including together in Picture Red. Maroney, a drummer vocalist in other bands, plays acoustic guitar and is Ruckus' frontman.

"He (Ken) really enjoys working a crowd and knows how to get the audience going," Raulerson said.

Lindsey has been with Ruckus since 1997 and played with several groups, including the short-lived River City Opry. Geuder joined Ruckus last year after relocating from Virginia. Cain, a well-known session player, also came on board around the same time. Wayne Elton is the group's sound technician. …

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