City Limit has been together since 2016, adding keyboardist Neil Gillespie in 2017 and bassist Darryl Dardar in 2019. We are a regional band playing in mostly East Tennessee and surrounding states. We play a mixture of about 50% Classic Rock and Bob Seger style Rock & Roll (much from the 80's), 20% R&B, 20% Soul and 10% contemporary hits like Uptown Funk and Locked out of Heaven by Bruno Mars.

Band Members

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Neil Gillespie Neil Gillespie, Keyboards & Backing Vocals Neil is City Limit’s 2-handed secret weapon. Well versed in Jazz, Rock, Funk, Soul, Blues and R&B, Neil produces a kaleidoscope of sounds from his array of electronic keyboards. From soulful Hammond B3 sounds and slick piano to searing synths, soothing strings, crisp horn sections and special effects, audiences hear what he’s doing but don’t expect it’s coming from the keyboards. Overdubs on a click track? Not for Neil. He does it all live. Horns or strings simultaneously with piano or clavinet? Not a problem. Neil grew up just outside New York City in West Hempstead, NY, learning classical piano from age 6 around New York City, where he won classical competitions at age 12 and played in his first Rock band “Bandersnatch” at 14. He attended the University of Notre Dame majoring in Business administration, later gain... View Profile
Clinton Young Clinton Young is the consummate entertainer. The ever energetic lead singer loves to mix with audiences by going out to the dance floor and to tables to serenade couples at every venue. Clinton was born into a musical family. His Dad played in a 15-piece orchestra at the age of 16, moving on to play with many more until the late 60's. Clinton's Mom was also was very talented singer/pianist ... it was a natural progression for Clinton. When asked about degrees, Clinton said, "I have masters in rhythm a minor in soul and a PHD in the blues!" In addition to his Mom & Dad, Clinton's greatest influences come from Bob Seger, Delbert McClinton, and Ray Charles. Clinton prides himself on his ability to interact with people in the crowds we play for "to make them feel they are part of our show , to connect on a personal level." Witness one of our performances and you can tel... View Profile
John Baisden John's steady, funky and tasty beat is the heart and soul of City Limit. You'll not hear a more precise yet tasty skins player than John in East Tennessee!... View Profile
Darryl Dardar Bassist Darryl Dardar has played with some monster bands out of Georgia and now City Limit is privileged to add his funky, punchy, and powerful bass to our sound. Darryl’s superpower is “groove”. He locks in the beat with the drummer to create the “Dance Groove” City Limit fans love. Just listen to his work on "KIss", Uptown Funk and "Get Down Tonight". No slave to the root note, Darryl moves up and down the scale to create harmonic in addition to rhythmic motion. He uses picking position and strength to create a variety of sounds from his rig. One listen to the funky, punchy yet powerful sound he has and you'll agree. City Limit is blessed to have "Double D". Darryl grew up in a musical family, playing gospel, country, and anything else he could learn from family and friends at age 9. His biggest influences were his Dad, a jazz guitarist in the 40’s and... View Profile
Dave Eckman Sax man "super" Dave Eckman lights up an audience with his energetic, funky jazzy sound. Dave plays in a variety of acts in East Tennessee including Soulfinger and Alien Love Charm. Dave Eckman is a performing artist for the Antigua Winds Saxophone company. With influences from great saxophonists like Marc Russo and Lenny Pickett in his playing, he is one of the most in-demand sax players in Knoxville, Tennessee. Dave also has a background in classical music. He's performed works by Ibert, Milhaud, Maurice, Glazounov, and others with various symphonies across Florida. He has been playing the saxophone for more than 30 years and holds a bachelor's degree in music from the University of South Florida. His classical instructor was James Bishop. His main projects are City Limit, Mighty Blue and Soulfinger. Dave teaches saxophone at the Music Arts school in Oak Ridge ... View Profile
Roger Coleman Guitarist Roger Coleman's tone is one of the tastiest ever. Roger gets the signature licks down from every song, yet adds his own special sauce to a solo that is easy to listen to and gets into your feet.... View Profile