THE BAND

Dance, Blues, or Rock classics — it’s music that lifts your spirit…

The band originally started in 2013 as the Jeska Bailey Band fronted by Jeska and Kevin Collins. As time went on and popularity grew, so did the band. After reaching six permanent members, the name was changed to a more fitting Jeska Bailey and the Platform Souls.

Jeska and her gang have performed at events and venues all over San Angelo as well as on the road in Midland and Austin. They brought original music to the 2014 and 2015 Simply Texas Blues Festivals and the Tall City Blues Fest.

They were tapped to open for Los Lonely Boys and Los Lobos and were honored to be named San Angelo’s “Favorite Live Band” for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016.

Got a gig coming up that could be a lot of fun? Call ’em and they’ll make sure it is!

The Band

ARTISTS

THE MEMBERS

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Kevin Collins

Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
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Kevin Collins has been in the music industry in one capacity or another for more than thirty years. While his usual instrument of choice as a rhythm guitarist is his Fender Stratocaster, he’s also ventured into other territory with the bass guitar and even the Hammond electric organ. CLICK FOR MORE
Kevin Collins


Kevin Collins has been in the music industry in one capacity or another for more than thirty years. While his usual instrument of choice as a rhythm guitarist is his Fender Stratocaster, he’s also ventured into other territory with the bass guitar and even the Hammond electric organ. His musical background includes a wide array of genres, from country, to Latin, to rock ‘n’ roll, and rhythm and blues.


Kevin has played music with Jeska Bailey for more than a dozen years, with their more recent venture as an acoustic duo called the Jeska Bailey Band, which changed to Jeska Bailey and the Platform Souls when they expanded the group to six artists. Prior to this, Kevin played with Stephen McLaughlin for several years in The Funky Munkys and Psychedelic Highway. Kevin and Stephen’s musicianship, however, reaches back over fifteen years.


Kevin is a native resident of San Angelo and a tennis pro. He and his wife, Kim, have two children, Kanton and Katy.

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Greg “Sugarfoot” Hickey

Bass Guitar
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What started with a kid picking up a trumpet for middle school band, Greg Hickey had no idea he would become a foundation player in one of the most recognized blues bands of a town he calls home. Nor did he know he would be called Sugarfoot. CLICK FOR MORE
Greg Hickey


What started with a kid picking up a trumpet for middle school band, Greg Hickey had no idea he would become a foundation player in one of the most recognized blues bands of a town he calls home. Nor, did he know he would be called Sugarfoot.


“I’m not from San Angelo, but it’s the closest thing I have to a hometown.” Greg grew up in a military family that toted him to places as far as Germany, Hawaii, California, and eventually San Angelo where he attended middle school. It was there that he would cross paths with Jeska Bailey for the first time, but he wouldn’t pick up a bass guitar until years later, around age eighteen.


“I’ve always found myself attracted to the small things when it comes to any musical piece, and the bass guitar is such an underrated instrument,” Greg explains when asked what attracted him most to his craft. No doubt, the bass guitar is often the unseen glue between the rhythm and the melody. Greg’s passion comes from following a vocal intro or guitar solo with “an especially tasty groove that makes the ground rumble beneath your feet.”


Greg joined the Platform Souls in 2014 after bumping into Jeska during one of her gigs with Kevin Collins at 3 Parrots Tacos. As they caught up and reconnected, she learned that he had picked up a new talent since last they met. Months later, as Jeska was retooling her lineup, Greg received a phone call. “He must have locked himself in a closet with his bass guitar and amp!” speculated an eager Kevin Collins as he realized their new bass player had been hiding in his back yard all along.


Some of Greg’s influences are numerous, including John Entwistle of The Who, Michael “Flea” Balzary of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Bruce of Cream, John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, and Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith. But none compare to Geddy Lee of his favorite band, Rush, whom he’s seen in concert many times.


Greg is a mental health crisis team coordinator for MHMR Services for the Concho Valley. When he’s not slappin’ groovy licks on his bass, Greg is spending time with his lovely girlfriend or getting lost in a good book. His favorite quote is from Mahatma Gandhi, “Speak only if it improves upon the silence.”

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Jeska Bailey

Vocals
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“When I was little, I found a Celine Dion cassette tape that belonged to my parents,” she recalled. She tells the story of sitting on the floor and writing out all the lyrics, stopping and starting the tape over and over, memorizing everything about it until she could sing it just like Dion -- perfectly. CLICK FOR MORE
Jeska Bailey


“The first time I ever sang the National Anthem in public, I had the lyrics written on my hand because I was so terrified that I was going to forget the words,” shared the lovely Jeska Bailey. If you’ve ever been to a Platform Souls performance, this may come as a surprise. But her talent as the lead vocalist and namesake of her band did not come cheap.


Born in Fredericksburg, Texas, Jeska grew up in San Angelo and began her music career early as a singer in middle school choir, and she even dabbled in opera. “When I was little, I found a Celine Dion cassette tape that belonged to my parents,” she recalled. She tells the story of sitting on the floor and writing out all the lyrics, stopping and starting the tape over and over, memorizing everything about it until she could sing it just like Dion — perfectly. Other major influences are Whitney Houston, Fiona Apple, Kelly Clarkson, and even Ben Folds.


Jeska has performed in several bands, some with Kevin Collins and Stephen McLaughlin, since she was just eighteen. Shortly after her daughter, Isabella Jane, was born, Kevin approached Jeska about singing backup for a blues band called River City Blues. “I had never sung the blues before, but quickly fell in love with it.” She and Kevin turned it into an acoustic duo and renamed it Jeska Bailey Band. As time went on, the band took on more artists, and it was renamed again to what it is today. “I have been along for the ride, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”


Jeska’s hobbies and professional activities are numerous. And with a particular talent for turning her hobbies into paying jobs, it’s sometimes difficult to tell if she’s working or just having fun. “I pretty much have the best job ever!” the former model exclaimed as she described her photography business, which focuses on children and family portraits. Jeska is also co-owner of One Perfect Party, a service that lets her dress up as princesses and superheroes while she entertains at children’s parties. She loves to paint with acrylics and crochet when she has the spare time, and even enjoys some impromptu modelling once in a while.


One of Jeska’s greatest moments occurred shortly after her daughter was born. “I was driving down the street when I had an epiphany. I burst into tears and immediately called my mother — I never really understood just how much my mother loved me until I became a mother.”


Jeska is married to Jason Bailey, a photographer she met during her prior years as a model. Jeska, Jason, and Isaballa share a full house with their many pets.

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Stephen McLaughlin

Lead Guitar
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What initially started as a stand-in role after the Jeska Bailey Band lost a few members has evolved into two years of cranking out soulful blues and blood-pumping crunch on his Gibson Les Paul Standard as a Platform Soul... CLICK FOR MORE
Stephen McLaughlin


What initially started as a stand-in role after the Jeska Bailey Band lost a few members has evolved into two years of cranking out soulful blues and blood-pumping crunch on his Gibson Les Paul Standard as a Platform Soul. Stephen had played with Kevin Collins in Funky Munky for six years. After leaving, he invited Kevin to join him in his 60’s covers band Psychedelic Highway. So it was natural for them to reread when Kevin’s next project needed a new axe.


“I love all instruments, but only ever wanted to play the electric guitar. It just spoke to me from as far back as I can remember,” he said in an interview as he reminisced on his 30 years in music.


Stephen’s greatest influences are vast, with names as recognizable as Carlos Santana (whom he’s met), Keith Richards, and Eric Clapton all the way to Dickie Betts of the Allman Brothers and Prince. “I used to have a recurring dream about playing in 1940s juke joints with Jimi Hendrix. We were both in old time suits playing on old, big-box guitars” he recalls.


A San Angelo native, Stephen lived and played music in Dallas for a few years before returning home, where over the past 17 years he’s built a prominent and successful advertising firm. “I recently learned a Latin slogan that really struck home for me, ‘Inveniam viam aut faciam!’” citing a response attributed to the Carthaginian leader, Hannibal, to his generals who had declared it impossible to cross the Alps with elephants. “I will either find a way or make one!” His wheelhouse spans television, radio, print, and even theater.


Stephen shares his life with his wife of 21 years, Anissa, and three children, 20, 17, and 10. When he’s not making music or kickin’ it with the family, he’s fixing up the 50’s era building he recently bought from which to run his business.

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Nick Alberts

Drums
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Originally from Dallas, Nick has been playing percussion since he was twelve years old. Coming from a primarily jazz background, his influences span the talents of Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd, Art Blakey, Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, as well as rock and metal drummers, like Chris Adler, Steve Smith, Vinnie Paul, Neil Peart, and Chad Szeliga. CLICK FOR MORE
Nicholas Alberts

Nick Alberts joined Jeska Bailey and the Platform Souls in December, 2014.

Originally from Dallas, Nick has been playing percussion since he was twelve years old. Coming from a primarily jazz background, his influences span the talents of Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd, Art Blakey, Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, as well as rock and metal drummers, like Chris Adler, Steve Smith, Vinnie Paul, Neil Peart, and Chad Szeliga.

Nick earned his bachelor of arts in music from Angelo State University. He works as the Percussion Director for Lakeview High School and Lincoln Middle School in San Angelo, and is also a performer in the San Angelo Symphony.

ORIGINAL SONGS

Cathouse Town

I was born
Here in this cathouse town
I was born
Here in this cathouse town
Where all the boys and men
Used to come lay their money down

Menfolk used to say
Miss Hattie was a saint
Menfolk used to say
Lord, Miss Hattie was a saint
But the preacher come to the river
And he say, “No she ain’t”.

Come ‘cross the river
Boys lay your money down
Come ‘cross the river
Boys and lay your money down
This town was born in a cathouse
And in this muddy river we will surely drown

On the day they closed Miss Hattie’s
They was singing all around
On the day they closed Miss Hattie’s
Lord, they was singing all around
But ain’t no forgiveness
Lord, it’s still a cathouse town.

Dusty Tears (The Devil Drought Blues)

Ain’t been no water this summer
Ain’t been no rain this year
Ain’t been no water this summer
Ain’t been no rain this year
Our fields are brown and fallow
People are livin’ in fear
Seem like every time I cry
I cry dusty tears

Ain’t flooding down in Texas
The creeks have all run dry
Ain’t flooding down in Texas
The creeks have all run dry
Lord a drought do kill you slow
You can feel it while you die
Ain’t no water no where
Dusty tears is all we cry

Everything I worked for
The sun has burned away
Everything I worked for
The sun has burned away
Watin’ for the clouds to come
But the Devil’s here to stay
Ain’t a cloud in the sky
Cry dusty tears today
Ain’t no water no where
Dusty tears is all we cry

Blues Shoes

I’m wearing my blues shoes
I’m gonna walk out the door
I’m wearing my blues shoes
I’m gonna walk out the door
I been abused I been confused
But I won’t be no more

When I put on my blues shoes
It’s time to move on
When I put on my blues shoes
It’s time to move on
Nothin left, nothin to lose
So baby I’m gone

From the top of my head
To the bottom of my soul
From the top of my head
To the bottom of my soul
Walking away, leavin’ the blues
I’m taking control

I’m wearing my blues shoes
I’m gonna walk out the door
I’m wearing my blues shoes
I’m gonna walk out the door
Walking away, leavin’ the blues
I’m taking control