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Jeff Fleury grew up in Saranac Lake, NY, the heart of the Adirondack Mountains.  As an accomplished trumpet player in high school, Jeff taught himself to play bass at the age of 17.  After playing for his high school's swing stage band, he went off to college where he mixed playing rugby, football, and performing with jazz, blues and rock bands.  

After college, Jeff began a 20+ year career in public service in Hanover, NH, continuing to play bass with local groups. After his service retirement, Jeff began to play the low end for several bands, including Moose In The Marsh, a popular multi-genre dance band in Sunapee, NH, where Aerosmith's Steven Tyler has a home.  Jeff also played with the Joe Mitchell Project opening for blues guitarist Ana Popovic.  

Jeff moved to Nashville, TN in 2017 to follow his passion and pursue a second career in music.  Jeff completed a year and a half residency with Mike Hayes at B.B. King's Blues Club in downtown Nashville, soon becoming known as the top blues-rock act in Music City.  Jeff then was chosen to play bass and become the bandleader for Southern Fury, a southern rock band that has shared the stage with international acts such as Blackberry Smoke, Molly Hatchet, .38 Special, and Bad Company, just to name a few.  

Jeff believes the bass player has certain responsibilities.  "I listen to songs and hear a bassist trying to compete with the lead guitarist during his runs on his lines.  My personal belief is that is not the job of a bassist.  The main responsibilities of the bassist are to fill the low end of the sound spectrum with beautiful tone and to work with the drummer on rhythm patterns to create the bass line and complete the rhythm section of the band.  Get in the pocket, stay in the pocket.  If you want to get all fancy, that's fine, but grab a six string Strat and play that." Jeff is known around Nashville for his tone that he creates with his bass guitar.  "You have to look at the overall sonic picture of a song.  If there isn't a solid bass tone, the whole sound of the song suffers.  The solid bass tone and creating the groove is the key to a solid foundation for a song."

Jeff possesses a valid Tennessee LEOSA card which enables him to carry a firearm concealed anywhere in the United States, providing added security for groups he plays with.  "These days you can't be too careful.  I don't always carry and I'm not a gun nut, but I'm proficient and knowing I am ready to protect my bandmates gives them a sense of security and puts them at ease."  

 

Jeff and his wife Carolyn live in Franklin, TN and have five children ranging from 25 to 21 years old.