Meet the Band:

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Carson Peaco

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Carson Peaco was raised in sunny Virginia Beach and is a long-time music professional. Carson began playing guitar at age 9 and brass instruments at age 11. While in the concert and marching bands at Princess Anne High School in Va Beach, his band director noticed Carson's keen ear for arranging, and enlisted Carson's help in arranging for Princess Anne's award-winning field shows, while Carson expanded his interest in arranging on multiple instruments, including euphonium, trumpet, organ, and piano. Carson was then requested by the school at the recommendation of his peers to form and direct a pit band for a school presentation of 'The Gong Show'. In the same year, Carson was offered a music scholarship for his euphonium skills, and majored in Applied Music on euphonium and brass at University of Southern Mississippi (Jimmy Buffett's Alma Mater). While studying there, Carson took up playing the piano as well. After leaving college, Carson began his professional music career as a keyboardist and singer in Virginia and the Carolinas.

After playing keyboards and singing in numerous Hampton Roads show and dance bands including Pinch, Rush Hour, Changes, Memories, U.S. Springfield, and Bill Deal and The Rhondels, Carson co-founded The Atlantic Avenue Band, a five-piece Top-40 and Beach band. The band toured Virginia and the Carolinas extensively and in the summer of 1986, went on to set sales records in Myrtle Beach at the famous Port-O-Call Lounge, records which stand to this day. In 1986-87, Atlantic Avenue Band, with the support and friendship of 'Crazy George', also showed strongly at 2001 Nightlife, Crazy George's premiere Myrtle Beach nightclub. Times and US presidents changed, and when new 1986 drinking-age and tax laws began to ravage the once thriving food and beverage industry, entertainment budgets shriveled, and Carson left the group in search of a more tropical and profitable sound.

The result was an automated, digitally sequenced duo called Double Shot, which specialized in Beach, Rock, Dance, Island, Funk, Country, and Classic Rock, and played in upscale Southeast coast island resorts and hotels. In 1988, Carson and his duo Double Shot settled in Charleston South Carolina, and what was to be a Trop Rock and World sound began its development. For lack of available players, Carson began playing guitar professionally at that time, as well. Carson began writing and arranging new songs in earnest, and things were beginning to turn around… incorporation was imminent…. Disaster struck again, and in Sept. 1989, Hurricane Hugo wiped out all of Double Shot's lucrative Charleston accounts overnight. Faced with going back on the road up North for the winter with a sound and repertoire tailored for the South, Carson slowly lost enthusiasm for the group. Eventually reduced to working for half of the former SC pay, the group was finally dissolved in 1994. This temporarily ended a 15-year stretch as a full-time professional musician.

Carson's interest in music revived again in 2002, where he found himself in the Miami/Ft Lauderdale area, and after a few false starts he eventually returned to Charleston, and connected with some old band friends from Princess Anne High School, and began development of his current studio project, Geo Creaux and The Cuddlefish- a Trop Rock and World trio featuring a tropical style, blending Rock, Reggae, Cajun/Zydeco, Latin, Beach, Shag, and Country influences into a homogenous crossover mix of Island-style music. The name Geo Creaux itself means ''World Cross', and fits well, since Carson's first name is actually George. Calling on his experiences during his 7 years in South Florida and the Florida Keys, as well as having lived near the Atlantic Ocean all his life, Carson has concentrated on developing a fun, danceable, and commercial sound for his original and cover tunes… now functioning as the audio and video engineer and producer in his own home A/V studio.

In 2008, while working in Raleigh, NC, Carson also got the opportunity to play keyboards, percussion, and guitar as a studio session musician, as well as helping out with the vocal arranging on the 'Speak Out' album by Keith Poppin, an old-school Reggae recording artist and long-time friend of Bob Marley.

Carson performs lead and backing vocals, plays keyboards, keytar, acoustic and electric guitars, percussion, and programs all music computers. Carson also designed and constructed many of the Geo Creaux percussion instruments, including a custom 22-chime wind chime set.

Carson's hobbies and interests include: Marine, Reef, and Fresh Water aquarium keeping, dog and bird training and breeding, hiking, fishing, boating, snorkeling, SCUBA, astronomy, photography, Snarkastic humor, cooking, counseling, computers, science, science fiction, and backyard philosophy.

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Vicki Fralix Coyne

Born in Charleston, SC, Vicki grew up with a natural love for music, having had a mother who played classical music to surround the child in music even before she was born. Vicki joined the church choir at the tender age of five, encouraged by her Grandmother, who played organ for the church, and her other cousins, who also sang in the choir. Having a good ear for music, Vicki began piano lessons in first grade and performed in several piano recitals. When the family moved to Virginia Beach, the family-heirloom upright-piano went along and Vicki continued reading and playing music on the piano in her spare time.

Vicki became involved in the school chorus at Pembroke Meadows Elementary, and at the chorus teacher’s urging, Vicki auditioned for the All-City Chorus. In spite of having a cold at the time of the audition, Vicki was chosen to participate and spent an intensive weekend learning and practicing music for the concert that would follow on Sunday night. Vicki’s love for music grew, and she picked up playing guitar at age eleven, and recorder at age 12. In seventh grade, Vicki joined the school band, playing clarinet, which she continued to play through Junior High School and High School. Her love of music was evident as she progressed from ‘B’ band in eighth grade to ‘A’ band in ninth grade and on into ‘A’ band in high school.

When out picnicking and singing with neighborhood friends at the age of 14, Vicki and her friends were approached by the manager of the local park and asked to perform before one of the weekly movies put on by the park to draw visitors. With the aid of several other friends, “Chance Encounter” was born. Chance Encounter performed several songs, among them a few Eagles tunes and a couple of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young tunes.

At Princess Anne High School, Vicki was part of an award-winning marching and concert band, travelling and performing at various marching and concert competitions. She attended Princess Anne High School and was part of the group of “Fabulous Marching Cavaliers” all three years that the band took first place in both the marching and concert competitions at the Apple-Blossom Festival. The three-year consecutive wins “retired” the ‘Queens Cup’ and the trophy was given a permanent home in the trophy-case built especially for the band in the school’s main foyer.

Vicki’s musical passions were confined to home enjoyment only, for many years, until she was given the opportunity to join Geo Creaux and The Cuddlefish. She and her brother, Jim Fralix, had been friends with Carson Peaco since Vicki was in fourth grade, and Carson had been in band with Vicki at one point and with Jim at another point growing up, so the group was a way for the three to enjoy and continue their friendship and to indulge their passions.

A friend of Carson's, David McLaurin (saxophonist for the Bruce Springsteen tribute band, "Bruce in the USA"), offered to sell Vicki his EWI (pronounced "eewee'), an Electronic Wind Instrument, and Vicki jumped at the chance to own the instrument. With the EWI, she would be able to play a variety of digital instruments via MIDI (Miusical Instrument Digital Interface), such as trumpet, trombone, saxophone, and harmonica in addition to having a wide variety of synthesizer sounds at her disposal for some interesting twists to both cover songs and originals. Vicki always loved to get her hands on different instruments and learn how to play them, although the clarinet and piano were her primary instruments. The sound of Vicki's new ukulele is perfect for the type of music Geo Creaux and The Cuddlefish performs and rounds-out some cover songs to give them more of a "Trop-Rock" feel.

Vicki performs lead and backup vocals and plays the EWI, the Ukulele, and multiple percussion instruments for Geo Creaux and The Cuddlefish.

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Jim Fralix

Jim was born in Charleston, SC during the summer of 1962 - 5 years before the summer of love. Bill Mouboqette of the Boston Red Sox celebrated his birth by pitching a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox that very same day. Jim lived in Charleston until shortly after starting first grade, at which point his family moved to Va Beach, VA . Luckily, Jim managed to find them again.

Jim spent his formative school years attending Pembroke Meadows Elementary, Independence Jr. High, and Princess Anne High Schools in Va. Beach, VA. Towards the end of the 5
th school year the children were tested to determine whether a particular child might be reasonably expected to have the capacity to learn to play a musical instrument. Jim was indeed found to be particular, and also tested positively for musical aptitude. Jim got to pick the much cooler instrument of saxophone as opposed to the clarinet his sister had already been playing for three years at the time. Luckily his sister Vicki eventually got over this and forgave not only her brother but also their parents.

Jim's earliest musical influences were mostly whatever albums his parent's played, and whatever top 40 songs were being played on the radio during the bi-annual trips back to Charleston to visit with family during the summer and during Christmas break. As happened then, and still happens now, with popular music there were/are a few good songs mostly dominated by forgettable tunes that follow the formats and/or formulas most popular at the time. Jim's first album purchases included one that had the song
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (as performed by the “California Poppy Pickers”) and a K-Tel album (who remembers K-Tel now? Can I get a 'hell yea' from anyone?) that had “Philadelphia Freedom". Both albums had many more good songs, that Jim didn't know, than Jim bought the albums for. Among the songs from those albums Jim had no prior clue about were “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress”, “Maggie May”, “Mama We're All Crazy Now”, “Little Willy Willy” and “Jackie Blue”. And then also there was Jim's sister playing stuff like Cat Stevens – pleasant enough at the time but increasingly appreciated as time passes.

Jim started learning to read and play music on the saxophone in 6
th grade – there were maybe 7 or 8 kids taking the class in Elementary School, trying to learn how to play an instrument. Jim practiced a good bit in the summer between 7th and 8th grades. In Junior High school (which was just 8th and 9th grades at that time) Jim was in the advanced band both years, playing second chair in 8th grade and first chair in 9th grade. Jim received superior marks for Solo and Ensemble festival and was a member of the Jr. Regional band. During this time Jim also took private lessons from Nick Anase, who was an instructor at the Naval School of Music in Little Creek VA. Jim still remembers hearing the first “dirty” joke willingly shared by an adult – Mr. Anase told it and Jim pretended to understand the punch line and chuckled, hopefully convincingly.

In High School Jim received the John Phillips Sousa award which is awarded to the best musician.
Jim arranged part of the Children of Sanchez theme for the saxophone section, which was then featured in the marching band's show. Jim composed a piece for the entire concert band titled
Montage which he was allowed to conduct during the band's Spring concert. The more Jim learned and the better he was able to read and arrange music, the more convinced he was that popular music was crap – pretty much lock, stock, and barrel. As the saying goes, a little learning is a dangerous thing. Jim's playing at the time was fairly proficient and technically very sound, but largely lacking in feeling and emotion. When Jim graduated High School he was about as “legit” a player as you could find, despite a few brief stints in jazz bands.

Jim auditioned and received a partial (thankfully not an impartial) music scholarship to attend USC ( the REAL USC, the University of South Carolina - not the pretender in southern CA). Even though he felt he wasn't ready for college, at his parent's urging he went anyway. The result was pretty much as might be expected. Despite making the concert band (playing bari sax – Jim still has a lust to own a bari sax), and despite his music composition teacher telling him his first 12-tone composition was very very good (when Jim was looking for constructive criticism), Jim dropped out of college in his second semester. Freshmen almost never got to take music composition - he was only allowed because of the full-band piece titled “Montage” he composed in high school. Few freshmen get to play in the concert band. Jim just wasn't ready mentally or emotionally to be on his own at college. Jim partied a lot, even for a college student. One thing Jim wasn't prepared for was developing a friendship with a couple of so-called stoners who had nothing to do with the band or music, they were just guys he met outside of band and became friends with. And he wasn't prepared to be stoned off his butt right as one of those friends started playing
Dark Side of the Moon on the stereo. It was a life changing moment.

No longer was all popular music crap. No longer were “screechy, distorted” electric guitar solos something to ignore or suffer through until the verse or the chorus came back in. No longer was music to be prejudged just because there weren't any acoustic instruments included. There now was a whole world of interesting music beyond what could be written on a page and performed exactly as conducted. There was a world of music where feeling and emotion were center stage. Stevie Ray Vaughan became somewhat of a demigod to Jim, though sadly he didn't “discover” or appreciate SRV until after he had died. Jim had always liked jazz, but came to love the blues. Jim especially came to love hearing slow blues, where the only thing keeping it interesting was the soul and ability and imagination and the expressiveness of the soloist. None of this was written on a score, and Jim couldn't imagine how to leap across the chasm from being a legit player to playing whatever comes into your soul to play. Jim stopped playing and just started listening and appreciating, often to things he should have heard and noticed years ago but hadn't.

So went the next 20 or 30 years of his life. Despite the urging of his parents, some friends and other loved ones, Jim largely avoided playing. There were a few stints, most notably as a “praise band” musician in church, where he played regularly and had fun playing – usually making up his own riffs and fills to fit the music - and also in the Elk's Glee Club, where he eventually was paid to sing by the Glee Club director in the director's church choir - but for the most part Jim did anything else but think about playing or performing music. Strangely enough, despite years of training on the sax Jim's first professional experience was as a singer. Go figure....

So then a few years ago Jim's sister reunited with an old friend of theirs from high school. Carson had been in the High School band with both Jim and Vicki, even though Jim and Vicki weren't in High School at the same time. Jim was glad to see them talking and was happy when Carson came to live in Charleston. Jim was also happy when his wife Mary asked to share their home with Carson while Carson and Vicki started dating. Jim and Mary were alsohappy when Carson and Vicki moved in together and Jim and Mary had the house to themselves again. Jim tries not to measure himself against anyone because everyone is good at something and EVERYONE is better at at least one thing than you are. Carson is (and always was) so much better at hearing parts and arranging music than Jim could ever hope to be. So when Carson offered Jim a chance to be in a band, and remembering the fun he had in high school playing in the “Gong Show” band using music arranged by Carson, Jim decided the time was right to have some fun playing again. Jim's wife Mary was agreeable to the time and effort required, and extremely encouraging about Jim being involved in music again, so here he is, part of the “Geo Creaux” revolution.

Jim hopes you enjoy listening to us – and if you don't, he says you need another margarita or another tequila shot – the more you drink, the better we'll sound! Otherwise, we'll have another tequila shot, and you'll seem much more interesting :-)