MEET THE BAND
Don Ian has been a familiar face on stages and studios in Hollywood for the last 2 decades. He has toured extensively in the US and overseas with modern country acts from Nashville, Tennessee to Baghdad, Iraq. He has appeared films and on television for Disney, the CW and the WB, most recently in the final season of the hit CBS drama The Mentalist. Don's most recent band, King Mersey, is a high energy early rock revue of the Beatles' Cavern and Hamburg years featuring the hits of Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry as well as The Dave Clark 5 and The Yardbirds.
Guitar, vocals, mandolin, pedal steel, dobro, banjo, and bass
Don started playing electric bass in the early seventies. His earliest musical influences include Buck Owens and Don Rich, the Louvin Brothers, and classic country music from the 50s and 60s. He spent much of the eighties playing jazz, soul, and R&B. Over the years, he learned to play other instruments including guitar, dobro, pedal steel, banjo, and mandolin. A versatile and natural musician, Don is as comfortable playing mandolin in a bluegrass band as he is playing guitar in a blues band or bass in a soul band. Having a deep connection to American roots music and a broad musical vocabulary, Don is able to add that "extra little something" to Kai’s music.
Jim comes from a music industry household. His father was a D.J. and program director at KRLA and other radio stations in California throughout the 60’s and 70’s. His mother, a music business executive. He took up the drums at 15 and upon finishing high school, attended the Dick Grove School of Music. During the 80’s & 90’s he worked in promotion for record distributors Sony & WEA. He’s been running his own recording studio since 1999 where he’s worked with Kai Clark, Brian Bell (Weezer), Daron Malakian (System of a Down) and Tony Award winning singer/songwriter Stew (Passing Strange) among dozens of other artists.