Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Shelby began singing at age 7 with a little coaxing from her dad, singing country favorites of his which eventually became her favorites as well. She honed her vocal and harmony abilities while singing and playing with her dad's band, The Moonlighters. Shelby "semi-retired" for 15 years to raise her two kids, and returned to performing in 2004. Over the past few years, she has had the privilege of performing with Nashville artists David Frizzell, Tommy Cash, Georgette Jones, Mickey Gilley, Marty Haggard, Hawkshaw Hawkins II and Darryl Lee O'Donnell, and local bands as well. In 2006, she formed the band, Make Mine Country, following a request to provide music during the weeklong Pennsylvania Farm Show. Shelby's distinct voice can be heard on lead and harmony vocals on most of the Make Mine Country songs. She recorded two of her original songs in Nashville in July 2008. And in June 2009 and March 2010, she and the band were featured at the world famous Wheeling Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia. In October 2013, she and Jim became two of the newest members of the Wheeling Jamboree.
Pedal Steel and Lead Guitars, Vocals
Jim began his music career at the age of 14, learning the guitar with a little motivation from his dad. He had his first playing gig at the age of 16 in a local club with the Cameos, a well known rock and roll band in the Huntingdon area. He also played locally with Fred Bunn and the Imperials, George Reihart and the Fugitives, as well as Vernon Dale and the Outlaws. Jim went on to learn the pedal steel under the guiding hands of renowned Nashville steel players Jeff Newman and Buddy Emmons, and played with the Country Inspirations for a number of years through the mid '80's. After a 10 year hiatus, he returned to playing at local music jams and with a number of local bands before landing a spot with the Make Mine Country Band. He is best known for his riveting steel licks, his leads on the Telecaster and his fine vocals. In October 2013, he and Shelby became two of the newest members of the Wheeling Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Bass Guitar, Vocals
Curt started playing the bass guitar at the tender age of 8 after watching his grandparents perform with Jim and Jesse. He comes from a long background in country music and has played with several local bands as well as Nashville artists T. Graham Brown, Connie Smith, Ferlin Husky, and more recently Marty Haggard, Tommy Cash, Johnny Counterfit and Georgette Jones. He knows those classic country songs as well as the newer country music. And he can play them as well as he sings them! Whether we need a bass player, a lead player or a rhythm player, Curt fits the bill. And he can sing those pretty harmonies too! A great evening is guaranteed with Curt onstage.
Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Banjo, Vocals
Pat comes from a long line of local country bands and Nashville artists including Mark Chestnutt, Connie Smith, Confederate Railroad, Ferlin Husky, Mandy Barnett, Darryl Lee O'Donnell and many more. His musical career started in Milroy a few years ago under the guiding hands of local musician Bill Bitner. He is one of the hottest lead players in Pennsylvania and is an integral part of the band. And did you know he plays a banjo too? He won the Raystown Tri-County Banjo contest in 1979, 1980 and 1981. He had his own bluegrass band called The Legends and spent seven years playing the clubs in Nashville. He spent a few years playing bass behind Bobbie Cryner. Come out and listen to his mesmerizing guitar licks and his lead and harmony vocals. You won't want to miss a show when Pat is onstage.
Jody's drumming background is from a rock and roll standpoint, but he has also played classic country music with some local bands. Jody is great to have with us as he keeps a steady beat and turns it up on those old rock and roll numbers that we do. One of these days we'll have him on vocals!