Meet the BAnd
Hailing from Shreveport, LA, Gabby Rae is a versatile and passionate performer with a musical journey that weaves through various genres and styles. With a foundation in classical training and a flair for music theatre, Gabby Rae brings a unique blend of artistry to every stage.
As a seasoned performer in the Shreveport/Bossier Area, Gabby Rae has performed as lead vocals in former variety cover band, The Social Brigade. Additionally, she was in an acoustic trio known as Lady and the Tramps, where a blend of acoustic soul, rock, and blues came together. Beyond the stage lights, Gabby Rae performs in the local acoustic scene, delivering a diverse set that reflects their musical influences and personal expression.
Fun Facts: My favorite tv show is Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. I don’t want to admit how many times I’ve watched it. I would love to voice a villain in an animated film, preferably one with music. The villains have the best songs!
I have two dogs, Buddy, Doctor (yes, from Doctor Who), and a cat, Mazikeen, who lives up to her name… She’s named after a demon who causes minor annoyances.
Tim "Not the director" Burton
Bassist/Button Supervisor/Truck Loader
Tim Burton was born in Vacncover, WA and moved to Shreveport, LA at 11 years old. He attended Trinity Heights Christian Academy, and ultimately graduated from Byrd High - class of 1979 woot woot!!
Tim is a multi-instrumentalist, with experience playing the clarinet, tenor saxophone, and guitar, though when he picked up the bass, he never looked back.
Tim featured in Rapid Fire, Masada, and the Real World in the '80s and '90s before getting married and starting a family. The group took a hiatus in early 1991 after recording 8 songs. At that time, Tim decided to focus on providing for his family and retired from playing.
Fast forward almost 30 years. In 2018, Tim moved back to Shreveport and rekindled his relationship with his first love from high school, Rhonda Brakefield. They started going out and seeing local bands, which had Tim itching to play again. He started jamming with friends and was introduced to several of Shreveport's finest musicians. Shaking off almost 30 years of rust, he was getting his chops back. In late 2019 he met Chris Hirsch, and it all changed. Chris had just finished his album, "Fortune Favors the Bald," and was putting together a band with his brother. Tim joined the group and they have been playing together in some form or fashion ever since.
In late 2021, young Hirsch decided to start a new project, one that focused on fun, upbeat party music with a twist. Basically rocking it out! He brought in Chris Robinson on drums and Earl Stout on lead vocals. The first rehearsal drew instant chemistry. Something special was here... in the bubble.
They raise the energy level anywhere they play together. The best part for Tim is not only that he is playing with some of the best musicians ever, but that they are all great friends.
Tim's influences include Geddy Lee and Chris Squire.
He loves progressive rock, 70's, 80's... actually a little bit of everything... nothing is off the table.
When songs are brought into "The Bubble" they are deconstructed, reconstructed, and come out with a fresh twist. It keeps it fun for everyone around.
Chris "count me in" Robinson
Christopher has long enjoyed a career of beating things with sticks and being as creative and emotive as possible. The love of music led Christopher to Atlanta, Nashville, Detroit, Los Angeles and a great portion of the Continental United States. "I thrive on the feeling of whole harmonic vibrations! All styles, all smiles"
Dean "Maestro" Mayeaux
Possibly a wizard
Hey everyone! My name is Dean and I'm excited to come aboard as the new keyboardist for The Barksdale Bubble. A couple of fun facts about me:
- I was born in Alexandria
- I graduated from NSU in 2020
- I've been the band director at C. E. Byrd High School for 4 years
- My favorite band is Styx
- I have 2 cats
- I enjoy tabletop games, movies, and good food