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0 Kings of Oblivion James Dean pictured on left, Eric Beringer pictured on right. Photos courtesy of Tammy Kuxhouse Photography James and Eric got into playing guitar as children, early in middle school. Both did a lot of experimenting and learning on their own through regular practice. They were influenced by many musicians and contemporary bands while growing up and honing their craft. James loved Kiss, and Judas Priest, among others. Eric cites Jimmy Hendrix as one of his first favorites. James and Eric both lived in the area growing up and left, continuing to play music while living in other parts of the country. Eventually, both found their way back to the Midwest and made their homes in Yankton. The men played with various bands and musicians prior to coming together. They have been members in the bands Lctric Riverside Stomp, and Post Position. They collaborated in a two year project with Post Position that culminated in the release of a CD titled 432. After the completion of the album, the band dissolved and Eric and James vBy Aimee Huntley The Yankton band, Kings of Oblivion, have provided a unique contribution to the local music scene since their formation in 2007. The dulcet duo are James Dean and Eric Beringer. The name may sound like it might be heavy metal or hard rock, but the Kings is a self-proclaimed cover band even though the members have written and recorded plenty of their own music. The band’s name was inspired from a song lyric in a David Bowie song titled, “The Bewlay Brothers.” At the time, James and Eric were “going through a Bowie phase”, listening to a lot of his albums and playing his songs. James shares, “There have been other bands with the same name out there. One in the 70’s released an album, but we are the longest running Kings of Oblivion to date.” rm Up t Wa rea With G o-Go! eals-T M jodeans.com 2809 Broadway Ave., Yankton 605-665-9884 Monday-Thursday 11AM to 9PM Friday & Saturday 11AM-10PM Sundays 10:30AM-9PM Family Owned Since 1971 Call & Order Ahead 12vHERVOICEvJANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020 4 $ 00 665.9884 Meals To Go Morning, Noon & Night ~Choose from... •Chicken•Catfish •Walleye Includes mashed potatoes and gravy and steamed vegetable p Pick U thly n Your Mo ar With nd l $4 Cale iona Addit cials Spe ut Our heck OTo Go! C Salads

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