Country Highway 305
Robby started playing guitar at around 14 years old and leaned towards the Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash songs, mainly to please his father. It didnt take long to fall in love with country music after learning most of the guitar riffs in popular songs. He has played in several bands in his younger years and then went on a 10 year absence from playing.
He now plays every Friday night with stress free Hwy 305 band. Some people have different fixes for relieving stress. Every Friday at 6 to 9 his stress goes away temporarily because he just loves playing.
Andy Phillips started playing acoustic guitar at the age of seven, Andy didn’t perform in a band until he was in his mid-50’s. James Phillips, Andy’s Dad, showed seven year old Andy three chords on the guitar. Afterwards Andy began playing by ear and has continued to do so to date. Before joining Highway 305, Andy was no novice to the stage. He had played special music at church since his teen years, but always as a solo or duet act.
In 2012 Andy followed his heart and found himself on the stage with Highway 305. Playing with Highway 305 is the fulfillment of Andy’s lifelong desire to pick with band members whom he respects as musicians and loves like brothers.
Oscar was born in Sacramento, Ca. in 1966 and moved with his family to MS in 1971. His father baught him his first drum set at the age of ten and it didnt take long to figure out that he had the knack for banging on the skins while playing along with such bands as REO Speedwagon and RUSH. He learned to sing by spending time with and listening to his father sing along with the radio and learned to pick out the harmonies on the old country stations.
Oscar has been in several bands throughout the years and started a few as well. He has played with many of Memphis’s finest musicians as a former owner of the World Famous Hernando’s Hideaway in Memphis, Th. but has never been in such a stress free band like he is now with the HWY 305 Band at Sweetpeas table in Olive Branch. He still plays and sings mostly country music every Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and if someone requsts an old rock tune, they just might play it.
Patty Noe Lovett
Patti Lovett has been singing since she was a small child. It wasn’t until 5th grade that she sang her first public solo, and she’s been singing ever since.
Born and raised in Kentucky, she sang in chorus and choir all through school. After graduation, she found her love for karaoke which landed several invitations as a guest singer for multiple local bands.
In 1997, she relocated to Mississippi. Over the years, she has continued singing Karaoke as well as Sunday mornings in church. She was invited to sing with a dear friend of hers that was one of the bass players with a local band, and she has been singing with them ever since. You can hear her every Friday night with Hwy 305 Band at Sweet Peas Table in Olive Branch.
If it has strings on it Robert can probably play it! Starting his musical career singing and playing solid rhythm guitar behind a seasoned fiddle player, Robert quickly took up the mandolin, fiddle, bass and eventually the instrument he fell in love with, the pedal steel guitar. No stranger to the Nashville misic circuit, Robert served as the “steel man” for singer/songwriter/movie star Mark Collie for more than 10 years. choosing family over a life on the road, Robert’s attention quickly turned to the local music sceen. He now plays pedal steel guitar with the HWY 305 Band at Sweetpeas Table every Friday night from 6-9 where his talents shine.
Thomas Dunavent plays bass with passion. He closes his eyes because he feels the music in his soul and doesnt need to see the fret board. Hailfrom a musical family in the heart of the MS Delta,
Thomas started playing guitar at the young age of 13. influenced by country, rock and blues he played rhythm guitar in a band with high school friends until the mid-70’s when the “Urban Cowboy” craze caused the band to take on a country format. Switching to electric bass, he began playing with long time friend Mike Ellis and the Downhome Band with whom opened for such bands as Tanya Tucker, Freddie Fender, Steve Wariner and others as well as backing up Johnny Russell and Guy Hovis. Thomas moved to DeSoto County in 1993 and eventually found an old “Kay” bass. He recieved his license to drive it in 2004 and has been making up for lost time every since. Thomas doesn’t say much, he doesn’t have to; his music speaks for itself when he plays every Friday night at Sweetpea’s Table with the Hwy 305 Band.