Meet The Band!

Clayton Holley

(Lead Vocalist)

Clayton was born in Texas. Growing up in both Abilene & Dallas, he spent virtually every weekend hunting, fishing, or just enjoying the serenity of the great outdoors. This grew into a deep passion for country music, singing, and songwriting. After moving to California, Clayton continued to write, sing, and even dabbled as an actor in a couple of independant movies. 

Clayton joined up with Diamond Ridge and  their incredibly talented and professional band members and  feels this band has taken his passion for country music to a whole new level!

Jerry Smith

    (Drums/Percussion)




 

   

Jerry started playing drums at the age of 12. By the time he was in his teens he playing in popular local bands, such as, "Exxe" and "Redline".

Jerry grew up locally in the Northbay, mainly the Napa area. As his playing career progressed,  Jerry played and recorded with the popular southern rock band, "Jackson Stone". He also spent several years playing with "The Jokers" and "On The Rocks".  Jerry also had a very successful 10 year run with a popular Northbay band called,  "Sneaky Pete".  Jerry played with Scott Riggs in 2010 with "Sandy & The Saddleback Ridge Boys".  Jerry met up with Diamond Ridge singer, Clayton Holley, and was recruited by Clayton & bass player, Scott Riggs, to  join the Diamond Ridge Band.  Jerry's solid back beat and occasional flash have proven to be the perfect addition to the Diamond Ridge Band! 

Jeff MacDonald

 (Guitar,  Pedal Steel, &

Multi Instruments)




 

Jeff was born in Walnut Creek, CA.  His family hitched up the wagons and migrated
to Concord at age 4. The trumpet was Jeff's first instrument.
In the summer of his 6th grade, Jeff heard a guitar solo blaring from his transistor radio on KFRC. He caught the Guitar bug and hasn't put it down since. His first performances were at the Willows Theater in Concord with "Man of La Mancha" & "The Apartment". Jeff has played in many bands throughout the Bay Area. With a song writing partner, Jeff put out a CD of 14 original songs, self produced. Accomplished with the Mandolin,  he has recently added the Pedal Steel Guitar to his arsenal of instruments. Jeff recently joined the Diamond Ridge band bringing a a much needed fuller sound! Jeff's favorite food is steak. His favorite color is blue...wait... no green…
Steve VanDenburgh

    (Bass/Vocals)




 

Will Brown

 (Lead Guitar & Vocals)




 

Steve grew up in Durango Colorado on acres of land and wide open mountains with both horses and motorcycles.  And, that Colorado air grows 'em tall too.  At nineteen years old, Steve moved to California to attend college and university, he now lives there and finds his way back home to Colorado at some point every year.  Steve grew up with most every musical instrument available at home and dabbled in all of them.  Over the years, he has played drums, guitar, and bass in several bands and finds playing and writing music to be one of the best things in life!  As the newest member of The Diamond Ridge Band, Steve hopes to get you movin' with a purpose!  Let's dance!!!!!  Yeeehaw!!

 

William Brown was born in Circleville, Ohio and raised on his family’s small farm in the rolling hills of Ohio. Will learned to play guitar and sing while sitting on the porch playing old country songs with his dad. He studied music for couple years after graduating high school. He was influenced by country music greats….Chet Adkins, Merle Haggard and many other country icons.

Will moved to Phoenix, Arizona and began to play the C&W club circuit. He combined a smooth, melodic tone with his love for traditional country to create his own unique sound on his Fender Telecaster. Will’s distinctive sound has been heard in many groups in Phoenix including Young Country, Jenny Lynn & the men and many other country artist’s for over 25 years. Will moved to Tucson, Arizona where he played great country night clubs including Mavericks, Eddies, and the C note for six years.

Will played in Reno, Nevada with the Seven Days Gone band for three years and Boise, Idaho with Denae Gardner and other country groups for two years.

Will has also worked as a soundman for several groups and night clubs, which has helped to develop his understanding of music and equipment.

After playing guitar with the Tone Pony Band in the beautiful Bay Area of California for a year, now Will has found a home with Diamond Ridge.