Kevin animates the stage with his rockin’ bass and groovin’ moves. He works with our sound and light technician to provide a great sounding as well as visual show. Kevin also plays for East River Rock, co-runs a weekly open mic night at a local VFW, and is a constant promoter for everyone musical. Offstage, Kevin loves to fly remote control airplanes, go camping, oogling old cars, and jammin’ with his grandkids.
Deb, our dancing lead/background vocalist and band secretary has an infectious smile and her vocals fly. If she wasn’t playing on stage, she’d be out on the dance floor with our sound technician (who also happens to be her husband) Earl! She’ll occasionally pull the sewing machine out and do a little quilting, but since picking up the guitar twelve years ago, mostly all her hobbies revolve around music in some way. Outside of the band, Deb also performs solo/duo acoustic shows. She occasionally teaches beginner guitar, likes to go camping, and loves to cook with her grandbabies.
Joe, our rock steady drummer…An engineer with an extremely funny sense of humor…if you like it dry! The story is: Right around the same time, he bought a set of drums, a truck, and got a girlfriend. Which of the three do you think he still has?
“Captain” Kirk, our amazing lead guitar player and lead/background vocalist, plays everything from classic country to heavy metal and makes it sound sincere. He’s been playing since he was 19 years old, even touring the country full time until taking some time off to raise his two beautiful daughters. Off stage, Kirk enjoys hunting, finding cheap guitars and re-vamping them into great sounding guitars, and watching old movies with his dog, Odin.
Earl, our talented sound technician. While he may look like he’s playing games on his iPad, he’s really working all night long making us sound our best. This guy gets constant compliments on his mix which makes vocals the star, as well as banishing mud by bringing out each individual instrument. He’s got the gear to run anything from a solo/duo acoustic show to a full on street dance. Earl is married to our lead singer, Deb, and between the two they have a 5 piece “Brady Bunch” with three grandchildren . He’s a business owner and carpenter who enjoys specializing in the head-scratching, complicated stuff. If his mouth is moving, you can pretty much bet, he’s joking! You may catch him swinging Deb out on the dance floor for a two-step or waltz, or he may just break into a spontaneous jig on his own! He likes playing the daily Isaac Asimov’s Super Quiz.
Kevin and Kirk met while playing for the Country Crossing band. Deb filled in for Country Crossing’s lead singer a couple of times since 2012, and was invited to join the band full time in 2014. In 2016 Kevin, Kirk and Deb started the Shotgun Drama Junkies, taking the band from doing mostly country to an almost 50/50 mix of rock and country. Joe, formerly part of a trio with Kirk in the early 2000’s called Fade to Grey, was invited to join the SDJ band full time in 2017. Earl, Deb’s husband, provides sound and lighting for the band. With diverse musical interests, the Shotgun Drama Junkies are always spicing up the play list with different songs…even adding an occasional original. We’ve even heard rumors of an upcoming EP!
The Shotgun Drama Junkies name originated from a suggestion by Kirk (isn’t life always full of drama?). The band wanted to keep it short and just use Drama Junkies, but that was already taken so they added “Shotgun” to differentiate. With a history of experience dating back 40+ years, these musicians have played everything from fairs, festivals including Moondance Jammin’ Country Fest, street dances, and nightclubs, to private parties and weddings. Let the party begin!