Chris "WHIT" Whitaker
Whits first had the vision of putting a band together in early 2016. It started as a just for fun local band but almost immediately became a full time job. Raised by a choir director Whit was raised like most southern kids, in the choir at church. This is where his love for music began. It wasn't long before he found out about Waylon Jennings and the Outlaw country scene. This is where he fell in love with the real working mans side of country. Whit describes his country as "real" and "gritty". "I want people to feel what I sing, not just hear it". With a voice that is unmistakable you'll know right from the first word that you have an outlaw on your hands.
Brandon D Ashley, Lead guitarist.
Brandon grew up in rural South Carolina listening to southern rock, blues and country. Turned on to music at a young age by his father, he always knew deep inside his calling was in music in one way, shape or form. He got his first guitar from his parents at the age of 14, learned a few chords, and pursued music. Guitar was always his main love and focus, but being a lover of music he has learned to play at several instruments, not limited to but consisting of, piano, bass guitar, drums, banjo, mandolin and ukulele. From age 17 until today at 35 he still continues to bend guitar strings night after night, playing with numerous bands over the years until he found his home with a group of guys who ended up being known as WHITS END based out of Kershaw s.c. WHITS END now plays multiple high energy weekly shows and continues to grow and move on to bigger and better things. When he's not
playing with WHITS END he hosts open mic nights to bring other musicians together and share their craft. One thing is for sure, if you want to know someone who lives, breathes and sleeps music, Brandon D Ashley is your guy! In the words of brandon himself, "Rock on my friends"!
I am Franko, not your typical, Country bass player, for sure, I live "The Lifestyle of the Poor But Famous" an expression I use all the time, and reminds me of who I am and where I came from. Born David Franco Ocasio, from Canovanas, Puerto Rico. Coming from a family of musicians, life had different plans for me, during my late 20's when I received "The Call from Music". My first official band Dash 20, an all Army Soldiers band, when I was stationed at Camp Coiner, in Seoul, Korea in 2003. Immediately, after my first official show, I knew, I was destined to perform. Stationed on Fort Bragg, NC, I started playing rock for great bands, like, Kauchn, Refueled, Lost Cause, New Machine and Universal/EMG recording band The Fifth. During those years, I have the opportunity to travel nationwide, play Festivals, like Farm Rock, Rock n Skull, Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, and Blue Ridge Rock Festival, to mention a few. As a mature as a musician, I wanted more, and that's how I came to Country, in 2017, McBee SC native, Country Rock artist Barry Brown was looking for a bass player, and I was looking for an opportunity, to prove myself in this new genre. Now in Country, I had the opportunity to fill in for the talented Ryan Trotti and Robert Cellucci, played big festivals, like the Pecan Festival, Pee Dee State Fair, Farm Jam and Carolina Country Music Festival and a week rundown residency at the World Famous Grizzly Rose in Denver Colorado. Hungry looking for a permanent band, I came across my new home, Whits End, phenomenal band, phenomenal group of friends looking for a new bassist, while I was for a band like them ( I was a fan of them, before way before the audition, lol). Franko use, Ampeg cabinets, Orange Amplification, Fender and Gibson bass guitars.
Steven Branham - Drums
Born and raised in Camden, SC, Steve-Ø began playing drums at age eight and never looked back. While never having a formal lesson, he played through middle and high school along with church orchestras through his teenage years before enlisting in the US Coast Guard, where he was selected to play in the ceremonial band at graduations. He served honorably and was discharged in 2010. After his enlistment, Steven came back home and immediately began playing with old friends and established a few projects and worked as an EMT before ultimately joining Whits End in August of 2018. The band had already been told about him recently by some mutual friends, an audition was scheduled, and his spot was won that same night. You’ll always spot him wearing black, shades on, no filter.
Coming from the Kershaw area Dillon has loved and played guitar ever since he could get his hands on one. Not only does he love outlaw country, 90s, and 2000s country he also has his heart in rock and roll. Pulling influences from Jimmy Page, Slash, Joe Perry and Josh Homme he is always finding ways to throw them into his style.