LUKE ELMS: GUITAR AND VOCALS Growing up a farm boy from the panhandle of Oklahoma, music was always in Luke's blood. His Dad and Mom taught him music theory, piano, and vocal lessons from an early age and he began performing at church and in nursing homes at the age of three. In high school, Luke joined his good friends Jarrod Moore, Jimmy Wiley and Austin Hanes in the band Southern Exposure, playing bass. They had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to open for the red dirt country legends The Great Divide at OPSU homecoming. Southern Exposure continued playing together well into college. In college, Luke joined Jimmy, Jarrod, and Kyle Nix (of Turnpike Troubadours fame) playing bass in the country band Bad Boys of Country. The band had the great pleasure of playing venues around Stillwater and opened for Jason Boland and The Stragglers in Pawnee, which is still a great memory. Luke subsequently went to medical school and eventually moved to Orlando for a surgical residency, where he met Matt and together with Chad Smith and Ryan Wright, Redwax was born. Luke and Matt would eventually split off and form BLUEANIMAL. Luke changed from bass to electric guitar, and concentrated his efforts more on vocal performance and songwriting. Luke considers red dirt bands such as Cross Canadian Ragweed, The Great Divide, and Jason Boland and the Stragglers as his country influences. Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, and Cracker are his rock influences. Luke considers the 90's some of the best music ever made.