Lead vocals & guitar
Original CWB member, since 2004
In 1999, Diva D formed a Judds Tribute act performing as Wynonna. In 2000, along with Candy as Mom, Naomi, the pair appeared on Dick Clark’s TV show “Your Big Break”. As a tribute artist, Darla shared the stage with some of Canada’s best, touring with the acclaimed Legends of Rock N Roll and Legends Alive! Stops included the Merritt Mountain Music Festival, Calgary Stampede, and Lady Lakes, Florida. While with the BC public service, Darla created and produced an annual tribute show highlighting a cast and crew comprised of only BC government employees. From 2002-2009, her benefit show titled, PopStars! contributed nearly $52,000 to local charities. After Darla’s first band, DC Express, disbanded in 2003, she reached out to guitarist Karen with the idea of forming Victoria’s favourite country band, Chick Wagon…
Lead guitar & vocals
Original CWB member, since 2004
Karen’s guitar obsession began when she was 11 years old. Musical talent and determination led to extensive performance experience for this Powell River native. From live radio and TV, to intimate coffee houses, folk clubs, and international music festivals, Karen has done it all! As a member of several Victoria-area bands, her expertise crosses multiple genres including, blues, bluegrass, folk, acoustic roots, classic rock and country. In the mid-90s, Karen’s duo Fischer & Lee were described as ‘Indigo Girls meets the Carter Family’, shared the marquis with Saltspring Island’s, Valdy, who also produced their 1998 CD, Rise. It was early 2004 when Karen boarded the Chick Wagon adding her lead guitar chops and vocals to the Band’s distinct sound.
BASS & BG VOCALS
Joined CWB in 2011
Doc taught himself to play both six- and twelve-string guitar many years ago, in another life, on the far side of the Rocky Mountains; Gordon Lightfoot was his idol. One fateful day, he blew the dust off his prairie roots and moved to Victoria. Shortly after arriving, Doc landed a spot in his first westcoast band. Since then he’s enjoyed playing blues, folk, vintage country, vintage rock, country rock, and contemporary rock, with various groups, playing both bass guitar and six-string guitar. He continues to perform solo, in ad hoc groups and at open mic venues around town.
DRUMS / PERCUSSION
Joined CWB in 2015
Starting in his early teens, Patrick studied, taught, and played drums in southern Ontario. During those years he played diverse musical styles ranging from George Zepp’s Hungarian Polka Band, to Labrynth covering tunes by Paul McCartney’s Jets and the Allman Brothers, followed by the spiritually-based folk/rock band, Massebah. His drumming talents helped fund his way through high school and a University degree. He then took a brief hiatus from drumming to focus on his day job, and, what was most important to him, raising a family. After settling in Victoria, he honed his drumming chops as a long-term member of local band, Shades of Blue. In 2015, Patrick earned the nickname “Dusty” when he joined the Chick Wagon Band. He loves to be asked how he got his nickname, the comradery of the band members, and playing quality music that makes people dance!