Ernie Kucera of Bruno, Nebraska established a four piece band in the mid 1960s that began to light up the dance halls of the Midwest and beyond.
Original members were Ernie Kucera, Larry Sedlak, Lynn Lueben, and Art Hoffbar. The Countrymen eventually entered a competition; the Marlboro Country Music Contest, winning the local, state and national levels and gaining an appearance on the Grand Ole Opryand a recording contract, but before this could be realized, the band broke up.
Ernie continued working with new musicians and remaining members. Among them were: Larry Sedlak; Bob Pasonault (of The Troubadors & the Vince Kavanaugh Show; Kelly Kurtenbach; Glen Barber of Bitter Root & Shannon); Teresa Swerczek; and Ron Zoucha (of Carolina, Country Drifters, CC & Company).
Ernie continued playing until he was diagnosed with cancer in 1992 and passed away July 27, 1995.
The band continues to honor his influence as The Countrymen.