Darlene Nelson: Band Leader, vocals, acoustic guitar, fiddle

Darlene began singing at the age of five! She fronted her first band "Showdown" from 1987-2000.This band also included her husband, Ken Nelson and her Father, Pat Krings. In 1995, Showdown received an academy award citation of Minnesota Ballroom Dance Bands from The Minnesota Ballroom Operator's Association, in recognition of outstanding entertainment.

Darlene has performed on numerous TV/radio and stage shows with many stars of the Grand Ole Opry. Such performances include: The Ernest Tubb Record Shop's Midnight Jamboree live radio show broadcast on 650 WSM. Plus, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, The Nashville Palace; Opryland Hotel and The Shotgun Red Variety Show, Nashville NightLife Dinner Theater and The Famous Saloon, to name a few. Darlene was also a multiple winner of Nashville's "Be a Star" and has also recorded in Nashville. Her talents have also brought her to stages in Branson!

Some of Darlene's favorite things to do is, watching the Minnesota Twins, and Minnesota sports teams; studying the Bible, fishing and family gatherings.

Darlene is delighted and proud to present her band "Darlene And The Boys" for any event!

Her engaging smile, high energy and professional stage presence is a real crowd pleaser!


Kenny Nelson: lead guitar, acoustic guitar; banjitar and website maintenance

Kenny began pickin' the guitar at age nine.

In 1981, Kenny joined Larry Schorn And The Schorn Side Of Country band, based in River Falls, Wisconsin. He remained in this wonderful band until 1986, when Larry passed away.

In 1987, Kenny and Darlene married, and formed the "Showdown Band" which was in high demand all around Minnesota, Wisconsin and beyond. 

Kenny had the wonderful opportunity to appear in concert/s and become friends with Bob Wootton (Johnny Cash's lead guitar player of thirty years). 

Some of Kenny's favorite artists/musicians include: Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Roy Clark; Nashville's "A Team" session musicians and Marty Stuart And The Fabulous Superlatives.

In his spare time, Kenny operates Nelson Recording Studio in Cottage Grove, Mn. He also enjoys church activities, the Minnesota Twins; fishing; photography and family functions.


Ed Schmidt: vocals, pedal steel guitar; guitar (utility musician/saxophone; accordion).

Ed is an outstanding musician! He brings so much to any performance with his utmost professionalism.

He began performing at age 15, along with his Brother, Steve in their Parent's band.

He excels on pedal steel guitar, guitar; saxophone, accordion and sings a great classic country song to boot!

Ed has backed up many Grand OIe Opry stars and classic country singers such as: Dave Dudley (three years), Stonewall Jackson, Johnny Counterfit to name a few. Some of Ed's favorite artists include: Vince Gill, Dale Watson; Ricky Skaggs and Junior Brown.

Ed also enjoys activities with his Grand kids, fishing and relaxing on his porch.

Ed and his Wife Joanne make their home in Fox Creek, Wisconsin.


Kevin Barnes: vocals, bass guitar

Kevin is a bonafide classic country singer! He began his music career while still in his teens, traveling and playing bass guitar for a notable country gospel band based in Illinois.

Kevin not only sings lead, but is also a very gifted harmony singer. He brings so much to any performance, and is an absolute delight to share the stage with!

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys recording, seeing and hearing other local bands and camping.

Kevin and his Wife, Denise reside in St. Paul Park, Minnesota.


Mike Peterson: vocals, drums

Mike is like a human metronome! He's as solid as a rock laying down the groove on his custom Roland V Drums! He makes it so easy to perform music with!

Mike has drummed and entertained audiences for many years. He was part of the very successful band, Nashville North and also presented his drumming expertise in the Alex Parenteau and Silver Wings band.

Another thing you'll notice about Mike...his big smile! He also adds that nice high vocal harmony!

One of Mike's favorite hobbies is a good game of golf!

He and his Wife, Donna reside in Lindstrom, Minnesota and seasonally in Mission Texas.






Duane Nelson: vocals, pedal steel guitar, guitar

Duane joins us on some dates in which Ed Schmidt cannot. We are always happy to have him!

Duane is a very fine musician. He has been a road warrior for many years, performing with numerous top notch bands all around the upper midwest!

"Dewey" has performed in Nashville in many clubs on Broadway and other locations and has shared the stage with many national acts.


Danny Roussin "Danny Roo" Drums

Danny is our first call for drums in the absence of Mike Peterson.

Danny Roo is a very versatile drummer with many years of laying down the groove

for local, regional and national acts!






Darlene On The Shotgun Red Variety Show Nashville