Band Members

Keith Ladd - Lead Guitar

 Keith Ladd, born and raised in Lee’s Summit, MO, has always had a great fascination with American Roots music. He started showing interest in playing the guitar at five years old but didn’t start his real studies until he turned 10. While growing up, he played in multiple country and rock bands around Kansas City before he started to create his own music. He released a self-titled EP at the end of 2016 before joining the Heather Newman Band at the beginning of 2017.

Ryan Matthew - Piano/Organ

 Ryan was born and raised in Omaha, NE. He was introduced to many forms of music from a young age and began classical piano at 9. He performed in multiple instrumental and choral ensembles throughout high school and college, and studied jazz and classical piano, voice, and percussion at Valparaiso University in Indiana, graduating with a Bachelor's of Arts in Music in 2009. Ryan has taught piano and played with various artists in Northwest Indiana and Chicago, before moving to Kansas City in 2016. 

Cole Dillingham - Drums

Cole began to play and read music at the age of 10, including flat picking, drums, guitar, and bass.  His most formal training with his drum set brings him much joy although you can still find him slinging a guitar or bass from time to time. Moving from different bands over the years, Cole found himself in the midst of the blues world in Kansas City. He joined the Amanda Fish Band in 2014 where he played drums, guitar, and bass. November of 2016 he combined forces with Heather Newman, creating the solid rhythm upon which the band builds their blues.