Al  Simmons – Acoustic Guitar, Lead and Harmony Vocals (Carthage, NC)

“It seemed like everybody in my family played piano.  My piano lesson period was very short because I was too stubborn (and lazy) to learn  the notes since I played by ear.  My cousin played a baritone uke and my Aunt Ella played the guitar—and I wanted to be them. I got a Harmony ukulele, learned three or four chords and I was set.  Then came that first guitar and “thus the story began…”


Al’s music career has run the gamut from singer/songwriter solo performing, acoustic duos and trios, to an album and two charted singles with Rockinhorse Band, and a solo album. He began writing songs and performing in the Asheville folk music scene in the 1970’s . He and Dean Overman met in 1979 and became two of the founding members of the Rockinhorse Band.


After Rockinhorse he continued playing both as a solo act and in various groups (Lazy Boy Rockers, Kingfish Blues Band, and Secret Weapon) throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s. He became a part of the Nashville songwriting community and added to his song catalog. In 2016 he reunited with his old bandmate Dean and his cousin Murphy McNeill to form Berryfield.


“I am fortunate at this point in my life to have both the advantage of the support and love of my wife Kathy and the ability to transition from my other career as a pharmacist to concentrate on music.”


“Murphy, Dean and I share a strong commitment to life balance and professionalism. The harmonies, arranging, and mutual respect make this the best musical collaboration I have ever experienced”