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An unexpected delight! Writer out to eat when she hears local band for the first time

  • From right are the members of Most Wanted: Joey DeNeal on lead guitar; drummer Jeff Stoffle; bassist Donnie Lampley and David Bolin on steel guitar.

    From right are the members of Most Wanted: Joey DeNeal on lead guitar; drummer Jeff Stoffle; bassist Donnie Lampley and David Bolin on steel guitar.
    Marsha Shull photos

  • David Bolin on steel guitar in front, with bassist Donnie Lampley.

    David Bolin on steel guitar in front, with bassist Donnie Lampley.

 
By Marsha Shull
Contributing writer
updated: 3/13/2022 7:16 PM

Hunger was all I was thinking about when we stepped into the local El Ranchito Mexican restaurant for a Wednesday night dinner. Two steps into the main room and we heard music playing that filled the air with fun. There they were, four hometown guys making the room come alive.

Unknown to me these four guys have been playing there for over five years twice a month on a Wednesday night. They call themselves, "Most Wanted."

Joey DeNeal is lead guitar and singer with the band. Joey is one of those hometown Harrisburg boys. When he is not singing around town he plays music with others at the Kentucky Opera once or twice a month.

Donnie Lampley, on bass, is from Thompsonville, just a few miles down the road. Singing and playing comes naturally to him. Children sometimes will come and look at Donnie with his long white beard and wonder if Santa took up a hobby in the off season. He just smiles and leaves the kids guessing.

Jeff Stoffle, the drummer, is from Benton, and also plays music with a family gospel group on any day that ends in "Y."

David Bolin on the steel guitar is another Harrisburg hometown guy. Many recall him around these parts as the butcher at the Uptown Market that was just off the square years ago.

All four guys tell you they do this for the love of music and keeping them feeling young at heart.

Watching people unwind, relax, even if for a few minutes while dining, puts a smile on their faces as they play one more song for any kids young and old to enjoy.

Come hear them play this Wednesday night, the last Wednesday of this month at the restaurant at Parker Plaza, where food and friends make life better.