Worked with the local groups “The Melody Ramblers” for 15 years (1980-1995) at fairs, festivals, weddings and bars (one of Michelle Wright’s first bands, where I was a bass player 1979-1980) and opened up for her in 1991 at Chatham’s Jaycee Fair.
Worked with the “B.J. Preston Band” occasionally at clubs, fairs, and festivals. Had to opportunity to open up for such acts as Suzanne Gitzi – 1996, Duane Steel – 1996, Jason McCoy – 1996, Blue Rodeo – 1995.
Worked with recording artist “Terry Hill & Highwater”.
Recorded with the group “Rebecca & Kickin’ Horse” on the song “Changes In You”.
Worked occasionally on the road in such fine clubs as Golden Nugget – Thunder Bay, Golden Nugget – Winnipeg, Golden Nugget – Kingston, Silver Saddle Saloon – Thunder Bay, Maple Leaf – Timmins, Jesses’ – Wallaceburg.
In July of 1997, I helped create the band “Southward”, backing up impersonators on a Las Vegas style show known as the “HITS TRIBUTE TOUR”. This show is basically a country oriented show with tributes to Garth, Shania, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill. In this show, I get to play Dobro, Slide & mainly Steel Guitar. I was asked to become the band leader in 1998, which has allowed me to expand my knowledge of organization, preparation & human relations within the show. I enjoy it greatly & it has assisted in bringing me to a higher level of showmanship, a better quality of work, with higher pay, without having to go out on the road & leave my family & day job. These shows are one-nighters & usually only a few hours from home. It’s a real thrill to watch people’s reaction to these impersonators too! All the hours of homework & preparation really pay off in this show. …very rewarding! It’s the year 2000 & the future looks bright playing the instrument I love…the Steel Guitar!
As well as the steel guitar, dobro, and slide guitar I have enjoyed meeting and playing with all the fine musicians along the way. I also enjoy acoustic guitar playing, singing harmony and lead vocals. Playing good music has always been my top priority and would like to pursue this as a full time career. I am currently a factory worker and I am filling up my spare time with practicing and part-time fill in playing gigs. I am willing to travel for part time and/or full time work.
1976 – 1981 – Bass Guitar
1981 – 1995 – Steel Guitar
1995 – 1997 – Dobro, Slide Guitar
1970 – 1997 – Some Acoustic Guitar
1976 – 1997 – Harmony & Lead Vocals
UPDATE ON HISTORY:
1997 – JOINED THE “HITS TRIBUTE TOUR” OUT OF WOODSTOCK,ONT., BACKING UP SUCH IMPERSONATORS AS GARTH, SHANIA, ALAN JACKSON, GEORGE STRAIT, TIM MCGRAW , FAITH HILL, REBA, LEANN RIMES & ROY ORBISON.
1998 -BECAME BAND LEADER FOR THE “HITS” ALLOWING ME TO FOCUS ON THE WHOLE SHOW STRUCTURE & IT’S MEMBERS.
2000 – HIRED BY “LEGENDS ALIVE” OUT OF T.O. TO DO A WESTERN TOUR, PLAYING SLIDE & STEEL FOR SUCH IMPERSONATORS AS GARTH, SHANIA, CHER, BUDDY HOLLY, JERRY LEE LEWIS, BARRY MANILOW, Z.Z. TOP, & THE BLUES BROS.
2001 – JOINED THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE SHOW “SHANIA LIVE” OUT OF WINDSOR. IT’S CALLED ULTIMATE BECAUSE THEY USE NO TRACKS..THIS 7 PC. BAND HAS ALL THE INSTRUMENTATION & BACKGROUD VOCALS TOO. ANNETTE LAFOND,, A WINNER ON THE “YOUR BIG BREAK” SHOW IS A GREAT SINGER & DOES AN EXCELLENT JOB IMPERSONATING SHANIA TWAIN.
MY EQUIPMENT NOW CONSISTS OF: FRANKLIN STEEL, MELOBAR SLIDE GUITAR, PEAVEY VEGAS AMP, PROFEX EFFECTS, WIRELESS MIKE & GUITAR
Rene… opening up for “The Roadhammers” at “Twister” with “The Demelo Brothers Band”
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