The Shotgun Still Band is true to the new country music that they play and they're bringing it on with just the right amount of rock and roll swagger. Who are they? They're a four piece, high energy, country cover band with Jim Henderson on vocals, Mike Rodenbaugh on guitar, Dan Fiore on drums and Rob Kelman on bass. They play all your new country favorites as well as classic country, southern rock and some dance hits to keep that party moving.
Since early 2012, Shotgun Still has been playing and building a loyal audience in Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts. They're working on originals, but have yet to complete any. Learning covers is certainly a never ending process when you’re trying to keep things fresh so their audience always hears something new.
Go to a Shotgun Still Show and you could hear their take on songs by Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Zac Brown Band, The Band Perry, Gretchen Wilson, Charlie Daniels, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Travis Tritt, Hank Williams Jr., as well as the occasional Guns ‘N Roses, Bon Jovi, Journey, Neon Trees, Marvin Gaye, Bruno Mars, AD/DC, and many others.
Examiner spoke with Jim Henderson, lead vocalist for Shotgun Still.
Examiner: How did you guys come together to form Shotgun Still?
Henderson: "Shotgun Still came together as a reason to carry on the chemistry that had formed in a past band, Durty Scroggin. Actually, three of us Mike Rodenbaugh (Guitar), Dan Fiore (Drums) and myself all played together in the band, Durty Scroggin. We had been a successful local party band and we rocked many of the top venues in New England.
The hardest thing to find in the “band world” is the right fit. So when you find it, you don’t want to let it slip away. We had that chemistry together for years as Durty Scroggin. So after a respite from that band, we decided to get back at it! This time we wanted to do something different then we had in the past. Country was the ticket! So we set out to find the one part that we needed to do that. We auditioned some bass players, and one of the first ones was Rob Kelman. He showed up ready to play, and sing the harmonies. We were all totally impressed and, so it began.
When Rob Kelman (Bass) joined our band, we decided to do something bigger and country style. We became Shotgun Still!"
Examiner: How long have you been playing music?
Henderson: "Every one of us has been playing music since we were children. I guess it has been a natural progression for us to end up where we are now."
Examiner: Who has been your biggest influence?
Henderson: "As a band, our biggest influence has probably been The Zac Brown Band. Their tight harmonies, and musicianship are so good, that you just can't help but look up to them. The way they incorporate so many different musical styles is very representative of how diverse we are as a group."
Examiner: Upcoming dates and the band website?
Henderson: On March 20, 2014, we are playing Toby Keith's, Patriot Place in Foxboro and April 4, 2014 we will be at JJ Sports Bar and Grill in Northborough, Massachusetts.
You can find our upcoming dates, photos and more at our website: http://www.shotgunstill.com/