Topper is a national circuit touring/recording band from Atlanta, GA, in business for over 30 years.
They can cover virtually any style of popular music true to form vocally
and instrumentally. Topper's original music is hard driving,guitar oriented rock,featuring the five octave range of singer, Pete George. They can also write songs in any genre of popular music.(Rock,Pop,Country,etc) Topper releases product on their indie record label, Ring Records.
The show, Voices Of Rock is just one example of Topper's versatility. The band's expansive song list can be configured to fit any occasion,whether it be concerts, clubs, casinos, festivals, corporate and private events.
This legendary band has toured all over the USA,as well as Europe and The US Virgin Islands. Topper has become an institution with it's incredible long, successful run as one of the best live bands to come out of the Southeast USA.
Electric/Acoustic Guitars, Roland GR-1 Guitar Synth, Vocals
David grew up living in the Panama Canal Zone,San Antonio,Texas,and Northern Virginia
with his father,an Air Force officer/pilot,his mother and two sisters.
David started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager,learning from blues masters,
B.B.King, John Lee Hooker, and Buddy Guy. Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck and Roy Buchanan
were also big influences. He is proficient in most styles of popular music. (Blues, Jazz, Funk, Rock and Country) His signature screaming guitar is a big part of Topper's sound. David has been band-leader / manager of Topper for over 30 years.
David is an endorsed artist with several musical instrument and pro audio companies. He currently resides in Fannin County, GA.
Lead Vocals, Keyboards
Pete grew up in Decatur,Alabama,singing in school choirs and participating in high school athletics. He was taught to sing properly by his high school vocal coach /teacher, who realized
Pete was born with an incredible, natural talent. A phenomenal singer with a five octave range.
Pete has the uncanny ability to nail the style of almost any major vocalist in popular music.
His voice has been compared to Steve Perry, Lou Gramm, Paul Rodgers, Don Henley and Sam Cooke
to name a few. His lead vocals and song writing are featured on all of Topper's original material
and recordings. Pete has performed with Topper for most of his professional career.
Pete lives in Mississippi with his family.
|Dexter (Dex) Hudgins
Drums, Harmonica, Vocals
1970's -1990: Dex is a native Georgian, grew up in Decatur and got his 1st drum set at 11 years old. Atlanta rock and roll music scene was growing and Dex took full advantage at age 16. Playing all the local Apartment Club Houses with Mike Rogers (Better known as Beef among you Titans). At 19, he received the opportunity to play with the Classics Four. From there, traveled the Southeast with many other bands including Shayde, Art Skool, Dreamer. Then landed a gig with Ellen McIlwaine touring promoting her album “Everybody Needs It”, which covered the northeast and Canada. Returning to Atlanta home base and joining blues enthusiast Billy George of Outta the Blue. OTB traveled the southeast and got the attention of the promoters for New Years Eve 1985-86 gig opening for Greg Allman's solo tour at Center Stage for Greg's I'm No Angel show. From there, Dex played with Coda, Billy the Kid, and The Frank Dryden/Bubba's Bible Belt Blues Band.
1991-1995: Moving to Orange County California, Dex experienced various styles of Long Beach raunch-n-roll with Cadillac Tramps, Rolling Stone style, Jimmy and the Mustangs, Industrial Grind trio The Remnants, and Texas swing band Cabin Fever.
1995-1998: Moving to Houston, TX: Dex played with Ty Southerland & The Semi Automatics, Steve Radney, Terry Green, Chad Thomas & The Crazy Kings and “Mr. Politician” Bert Wills.
1998-2006: Moving To Chicago: Dex played the blues scene there and became a familiar face in area clubs drumming behind artists such as Hubert Sumlin, Harmonica Hinds, Sammy Fender, Todd Tijerina, Jon McDonald, Carl Davis, Elmo Bliss w/ Michael Bourne and Tom Holland & The Shuffle Kings. Dex spent nearly two years from winter 1998 to fall of 2000 as music director/drummer for Mandi Loomis at the Chicago House of Blues Hotel. Hiring local musicians such as Orlando Wright (Buddy Guy), Mike Wheeler (Chicago Playboys), and Daryl Coutts (Ronnie Baker Brooks) and also Atlanta guitarist Jeremy Graff (Riggs), to perform not only in the hotel’s “Kaz Bar Lounge”, but to do corporate gigs and record Mandi's CD as well.
2006-present: Back in Atlanta, Ga: Dex played with Donna Hopkins, Sammy Blue, and Brian Ashley Jones; he also hooked up with his old high school buddy Michael “Beef” Rogers for a few gigs too. Eventually Dex put his own band together called “Dive Bar Kings” and is playing local bars from time to time. For 2016, Dex accepted an offer to join an extraordinary touring show band called “Topper/Voices Of Rock”.
Randy grew up in the Atlanta, GA area, playing bass in recording studios and live venues while still in his teens. He is also a skilled guitarist & vocalist. Randy was a member of Topper in the mid/late '80s when the band was doing resident performances at The Mint & Palace Station casinos in Las Vegas. He also played live venues throughout the Southeast and recorded with Topper during this period. Topper is proud to have Randy back in the band on bass with his impeccable precision, tone, chops, taste and unique personality.