For years, Lincoln Road has been Artesia’s most popular party band.

They have gained regional attention for their musical skill and ability to amuse just about any crowd. Playing locally at private events, community festivals, and many favorite restaurants and bars, the band thrives off the opportunity to showcase their skill in front of large audiences. “Crowd participation fuels us,” they explained. “Our job is to be your opportunity to forget about your troubles for a little bit and just enjoy life.”

The six-piece band is comprised of a diverse group of individuals; a banker, an oilman, a farmer, an insurance agent, and a foundation director make up the unexpectedly ideal collection of talent. Despite their unique backgrounds and different lifestyles, the friends have come together and created a family bond through their love of music.

This deep-rooted bond began decades ago as several of the members recollect old memories of performing together in school and church when they were younger. From scholarship pageants and show choir, through college and into adulthood, the members of Lincoln Road have gained years of experience and a confidence that resonates when they perform together.

In 2005, Robert Chumbley and Chad LaRue began playing together in the band 100 Proof, of which they were founding members. The band evolved through the years but the two friends continued playing together. In 2007, the band’s soulful spirit resurfaced when Rob and Chad met Scott Bogle. Scott brought with him exceptional knowledge and talent as he had been playing in local bands since 1989.

It was in 2011 that the group formally became Lincoln Road. The next year, Tao Chumbley and Shannon LaRue, the wives of the two friends, would join the band. While there was some hesitation in the beginning, the couples agree that being able to gig together and perform side by side is an awesome shared experience. Both females bring a unique style and share the mic as they shuffle through their setlist. In 2018, the band added Scott Montgomery on the bass guitar. Scott’s professional training and experience with the U. S. Marine Band gave Lincoln Road a solid rhythmic foundation. With his addition, the band felt complete, “Everyone knows their part and their place, it just comes together beautifully,” explained Chad.

When it comes to versatility, few cover bands can out-flex Lincoln Road, whose setlist ranges from George Strait to Nine Inch Nails and from Bruno Mars to Bob Dylan. “There’s nothing off-limits, good music is good music – country, rock, blues… if it has a good beat and people can dance to it, we’re gonna play it,” explains band member Scott Bogle. The band credits their versatility and eclectic setlist to set the stage for a successful show.

Over the years the band has created many memories together. Shannon fondly remembers the first time they played “Sweet Caroline” and the entire crowd at the Adobe sang along “bop, bop bah!” This classic cover is proof that no matter who you are or where you’re from, music has the power to bring people together. Despite our differences, music allows us to express ourselves in a common way. When we let the music unite us, we become a better community.

To book Lincoln Road:  Facebook @LincolnRoadNM

Get to know Lincoln Road with a Little Q&A!

Where did the name come from?
The name Lincoln Road is based off the road where we practiced.

Who plays what?
  • Scott Bogle: Guitar and vocals
  • Scott Montgomery: Bass and vocals
  • Shannon LaRue: Percussion and vocals
  • Chad LaRue: Guitar and vocals
  • Robert Chumbley: Drums and vocals
  • Tao Chumbley: Vocals

If you could open a show for any artist who would it be?
The Eagles or Tedeschi Trucks Band

Favorite song to perform as a band:
“Long Train” by the Doobie Brothers

Major influences:
Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, the Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac

Article originally published in Focus on Artesia 2020 Summer edition.