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Meet The Band

Joe Hess – Lead Vocals/Acoustic Guitar

Joe was born on April 26, 1976, in Indianapolis, Indiana at Community East Hospital. Joe has been playing music since he was 12 years old where he cut his teeth on such bands as Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, Metallica and Whitesnake. His junior year of high school he was introduced to country music while in a building trades class. “The radio played country all day long and I was stuck listening to it.” It didn’t take long before Joe began tapping his foot and singing along. Next thing you know he’s sporting a cowboy hat, wranglers and boots! “I had been bitten by the country bug.” Joe had been playing guitar for about 6 years at that time when he began focusing on learning country songs. What better time to start listening to country music than when Garth Brooks was hotter than hot and climbing fast. “My greatest influence of all time is Garth Brooks!” Other artists of the time that influenced Joe were Travis Tritt, Brooks N Dunn, Alan Jackson, Mark Chestnut, John Michael Montgomery, and Randy Travis to name a few! During the early 2000’s Joe became interested in names such as Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, and Diamond Rio. These influences are remarkably evident in Joe’s style.

Tony Randolph - Drummer

Tony is a born and raised Hoosier with southern ties. His family hails from the backwoods of Kentucky in Perry County in a small town called Hazard. Surrounded by musicians, starting with his father Lonnie, uncles Jimmy, Bobby, and Jackie, Country music is where he cut his teeth. Family reunions with the flat tops, picnics and gatherings where he would get up onstage and play Wild Wood Flower, Your Cheating Heart, George, Merle and Hank at 6 & 7 years old was the norm. Through them his love for music was realized. His uncle Jackie used to sit him on his knee while playing the drums before he could even walk. Playing gigs at the local lodges before and into his early teen years is how it all began.

In his teenage years Tony started the normal progression of shying away from his country roots to more Classic and Harder Rock. Tony played in several bands in the Muncie and Indianapolis area trying to reach that dream of the tour bus. At that point his influences in music ranged from Led Zeppelin, Styx, Rush, Journey into the 80’s metal music. All that being said, he always had that “Country Thing” about him that pulled him back.

His influences include drummers from all walks of music including Rich Redmond, Mike Portnoy, Peter Chris, Neil Pert, Tommy Aldridge, and Kenny Aronoff; but the biggest influences have been and always will be his father and uncles.

Tony has spent the last two years playing with Joe Hess and The Wandering Cowboys. “It’s a blast, there is something about when you get the right combination of guys onstage that just clicks.” Before playing with Joe, Tony played and traveled with lifelong friend and Nashville hopeful Brian New. Prior to that Tony played in a country band called “Wanted”, which is where most of his past experience came from. Tony played in this band for the better part of 21 years with his dad and was fortunate enough to share some great opportunities together opening for several national acts in the 90’s such as Steve Warner, Little Texas, Billy Dean, Doug Supernaw, Patty Lovelace, Leroy Parnell, Gibson Miller Band, Mel McDaniels, and many others. “Theres no better feeling than sharing the stage and those experiences with my father.”

All that being said, for this drummer, the most important things in life are pretty simple…Family. Tony and his wife, Lynn, have three boys: Joshua, Hunter, and Jarrett. Sharing time with family, whether it’s at basketball games, wrestling meets, camping, fishing, vacationing or just hanging out, is what drives him. And yes, it’s a “Family Tradition” knowing that his boys are musicians as well.

As with all musicians, the dream of entertaining on the big stage and playing to a packed house is always present and is still alive and well in Tony. “Nothing can replace the feeling of being on stage with a band, entertaining a crowd and drawing from their energy night after night.” The crowd not only influences but drives a musician to do what they do.

Larry Shepard - Lead Guitar/Backup Vocals

Larry Started playing music at a very young age. He comes from a long line of Country guitar pickers that he followed right into the fire. He was playing some of his first honky-tonks as early as age 13. Over the last 30 plus years of his career, Larry has found himself in some pretty cool situations musically. Larry was fortunate enough to play for the Hee Haw tour, sharing the stage with some of Nashville’s most amazing players. In the 1990’s and into the millennium, Larry was in a local rising country band named Southern Draw. During that time, the band played hundreds of shows on some of the largest stages and opened shows for numerous national recording artists. They also recorded a very successful album. Larry also owns and operates a construction company which he took some much needed time off from music to develop. Today, his construction business is running smooth and he’s back to pickin’ his guitar whenever and wherever he can. Larry also plays other instruments such as drums, mandolin, banjo, rhythm guitar, and he sings harmony vocals.

Tracy Mckee - Bass Guitar

Tracy McKee was born and raised in Kokomo, IN and now resides in Nashville, TN.

He began playing bass at the age of 14 and within about a month he was up playing at his small country church. As his playing progressed, he started playing with local bands and also became bassist for Oakbrook Church, a mega-church in Kokomo. There, he learned to read charts, music theory and to play complex arrangements in a demanding production environment. During this time, he spread his wings and began playing with bands that were playing throughout the Midwest.

Two years ago he joined up with a Nashville-based band and began touring all over the U.S. and eventually moved to Nashville, TN. Since his arrival to Crazy Town, he has played with some of the best musicians there and has even had the honor of playing for John Berry at The Grand Old Opry. Tracy has also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with artists such as Cole Swindell and John Rich of Big and Rich. He has played with musicians that tour with the likes of Dierks Bentley, Terri Clark, BR549, Craig Morgan and many others.

Tracy is now concentrating on producing and recording session work and still plays with several Nashville artists.

He recently joined back up with Joe Hess and The Wandering Cowboys, a touring band based in Indiana, and says, “I don’t mind the weekly commute at all, just because Joe and the guys are as good or better than what Nashville has going on.” Tracy say’s that, “Being a musician, travel is going to be involved, period.”

Tracy is very happily married to Amy and is the proud father of Dustin, Emilee, Shana, and Walyn.

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