K&B's cast of characters has changed a bit over years, though perhaps not to the extent you would have expected. Sure, we've seen a few drummers shuffle through, but as yet there's been no instance of spontaneous combustion on the drum throne, as sometimes befalls other bands.

Kitchens & Bathrooms Today

Clay Combs (Lead vocals, guitars, bass, 1994-)

Clay grew up in Memphis, first-generation to parents who immigrated to the United States from Texas. In a house in which the TV was always on, what he remembers from childhood is the music wafting from his father's home office: 1970s country radio and LP records from Nashville's hit parade. After being introduced to strange new sounds at school, the inevitable mash-up ensued. To this day, his songs remain equal parts KISS, Willie Nelson, and the Broadman Hymnal.

Chris Wood (Guitars, 1994-)

Facing an academic admissions panel, Chris was once asked to identify his greatest weakness. He replied, "I've always regretted that I was too short to play power forward." Today he is a tenured associate professor at the leading College of Pharmacy in the Southeast.

Steve Willett (Drums, percussion, backing vocals, 2002-)

Back in the mid '90s, Steve played with Chris in a band called Three, and Willett was known to be a straight shooter, a square G. So when K&B were asked to reconvene to play a party in 2002, it didn't take long to decide whom to call. After three years out of the game, the lads discovered that they had forgotten to remember one thing: Music rocks. What began as a one-off turned into the band's next phase. Now Steve's steady backbeat and strong backups provide a foundation for the whole sound.

The Dear Departed

Mike Augspurger (Bass, 1994-1995)

Though Mikey's bass tenure lasted but a year, it has spawned legends as rangy as his 8½-foot wingspan. Some—including the widely-rumored "Jm J Bullock Incident"—are patently untrue; others are based in actual fact. Once, for example, Mike proposed that for a July 14th gig, the band cover Rush's "Bastille Day" in its entirety. Yes: such unimaginable stories of rock 'n roll excess are true. Perhaps Mike realized he couldn't carry on like that forever; he traded the wild life for the Ivory Tower. Today, he and his wife are professors in Iowa.

Thomas J. Carty (Bass, backing vocals, 1995-2004)

Tommy C. knew Wally from childhood, and as teenagers the two worked with Chris at the Bartlett [Tenn.] McDonald's. From such lofty heights, Tom began the perhaps-inevitable decline, his path leading through Columbia, Missouri (Mizzou '93, English) and on to an M.A. in Archaeology and subsequent career in the field. Today he lives quietly in St. Petersburg, Fla. But for a few fleeting, shining years, he kept the low side low for K&B, appearing on These Modern Nights and Put One In The Brain—that's his Hand of Attitude on the cover.

Sean Lee (Drums, vocals, 1994-1996)

Alumni of both Rhodes College and pop outfit Nuclear Café, Sean and Clay formed K&B in 1994 with Mike and Chris. After punishing the skins on The Sound & The Furry, Many Moods and most of Modern Nights, Sean returned to his native Tri-State area in 1996. Today he lives in New York City, where he leads his own band and cuts voiceovers for blue-chip clients.

Wally Peterson (Drums, backing vocals, 1996-1999)

Fresh back from a tour of Asia—with the U.S. Navy, not, as previously claimed, with a Flock of Seagulls tribute band—Petey was persuaded to move from his Washington State base back to Memphis, settling comfortably into the K&B drummer's throne (now chilly after Sean's much-lamented departure). After gigging extensively and appearing on two tracks for These Modern Nights and the entirety of Put One In The Brain, Wally moved to North Carolina in 1999 to be closer to family. He remains there, but continues to keep the rest of us abreast of the best new music on offer.