Caleb Reavis grew up in the small town of Reavisville. Mo. He started playing guitar when he was only eight years old, and singing when he started talking! At age thirteen, he joined a country music show near Cassville, with "The Roaring River Sound". In 2008 he trusted in Christ as his Lord and Savior, and began using his talents to serve Him at his home church, Crossway Baptist Church in Springfield Mo. In the Spring of 2013 he entered and won the KWFC 89.1FM talent contest, and was blessed with the opportunity to record his first CD with Pathway Records out of Nashville TN. Also in the Spring of 2013, he met his good friend Doug Clifton, and in the Fall of that year, they decided to form the band "New Road". Caleb is very excited to share Christ's love through music!
Doug Clifton began playing bass when he was twelve years old at his home church, Macedonia Freewill Baptist. Shortly after that, he began playing with The Rickmans, a family bluegrass band from Purdy Mo. In 2000 he was a part of the bluegrass band New Reflections that won the International Band Championship in Nashville TN. Returning to his gospel roots in 2002, he joined together with fellow New Road band mate Nathan Terry, in the Signature Quartet. In 2008 He began playing with The Kellys Gospel Band, then in the Fall of 2013, he and good friend Caleb Reavis formed New Road Doug is very excited about this new band, and can't wait to see what God has in store.
Nathan Terry was the founder and manager of The Signature Quartet based out of Carthage MO for 12 years, and had been singing gospel music for over 15 years. Nathan is the worship leader at First Baptist Church in Diamond MO, and has been married to his wife, Mandy for 20 years. They have 2 boys, Johnathan 19, and Jacob 15. Nathan is looking forward to seeing what God has in store for the future, and is excited to be a part of New Road!
As a preacher's kid Gene began singing and playing Gospel music at an early age. Growing up going to Gospel concerts listening to the popular quartets from the 50's and 60's was a great influence on Gene's love for music and he quickly realized this was his calling in life. After seven years of accordion lessons Gene began to teach himself to play the piano. Influenced by the early quartet piano greats and legendary country piano players Floyd Cramer and Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Gene developed his style. From playing and singing in local Gospel groups Gene's career journey has been an interesting one. In 1983 Gene was hired by Country Music Hall of Famer Grandpa Jones to play the bass guitar. For three years he worked for Jones playing the Grand Ole Opry, Hee Haw and shows all across the country. In the fall of 1985 Gene became a founding member of the pioneer Christian Country band White River. White River had a nine year career with several number one songs including What Ya Gonna Do?, Rodeo Preacher, I Like My Gospel Country and more. White River was Band of the Year in 1993 for the Christian Country Music Association. Gene's songwriting career began in 1975 with a number one song, He's Ready To Come & I'm Ready To Go recorded and performed by The Rambos. His most notable song from 1986 is He Didn't Throw The Clay Away, originally taken to the top of the charts by The Lesters and recorded by many groups since including The Cathedrals. Gene wrote another hit Sing Me A Song About Jesus recorded by The Florida Boys. Gene also loves Bluegrass music and is co-host of a syndicated Bluegrass Gospel radio show called Believers Bluegrass, and is one of the emcee's at the largest Bluegrass festival in the midwest, The Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival, Conway, Missouri. Gene is married with 5 children and 7 grandchildren. When not performing he loves to smoke meat and ride his motorcycles.
Billy Summers was born in Tulsa Oklahoma but he and his parents moved to Southern California in his early years. Billy has been drumming since the age of 12. His first band was with his uncle and family friends. They played 50's and 60's rock and country music of the day. As a young man he played rock and country rock around Southern California with several different bands. After moving to Arkansas in 1992 he played with another family and friends band known as the Clifty Drifters. He has played with some of Eureka Springs' finest players including some from the Pine Mountain Jamboree and the Ozark Mountain Hoe Down. During that time he became acquainted with the Roaring River Sound Band and played with them for 2 seasons at the theater near Cassville. It was there that he met a young Cale Reavis and through him Doug Clifton and the other members of New Road Band. “I'm brand new to this band and to Southern Gospel Music in general, but feel truly blessed to have been asked to join this fantastic group of dedicated young men".
Bob Ashley lives in Hollister Mo. with his wife Donna, and has a Son, Taylor who lives in Roanoke Texas, and a Daughter Alissa who, along with her husband Keith Blair, live in Ozark Mo. He and his family are members of Faith Life Church in Branson Mo. and is on staff in the music team there. Bob became very interested in Gospel music at about age 10, and has been with many groups since that time playing Lead, Steel, Bass, and Acoustic Guitars.
Tim started playing bass in Church at age 12, and started learning guitar from his Dad shortly after that. “I promised God if he would bless me with musical ability, I would always use it for him. He's certainly kept his end of things. My music is my ministry, and I am very thankful and blessed to have played in some really anointed and talented gospel bands spanning over three decades. In recent years, I have engaged in acoustic music heavily and I love it, but something was missing. Since joining New Road in the fall of 2016, I feel much more fulfilled playing lead guitar with these wonderful, talented people. I'm so thankful for my beautiful wife of 30+ years, wonderful daughter and awesome Dad, for their support and encouragement. Most of all, I give my thanks to the King of Kings for such an undeserved, yet wonderful life with family, friends and good old gospel music!”