Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, 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, MickeyGilley 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 October 2013, she and Jim became two of the newest members of the Wheeling Jamboree.
Pedal Steel and Lead Guitar, 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 17 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, Lead Guitar, Vocals
Curt comes to us from a long background in country music and played with several local bands. 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! We are guaranteed a great evening when Curt is able to take the stage with us.
Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Banjo, Vocals
Pat comes to the band from a long line of local country bands and Nashville artists including Mark Chestnutt, Connie Smith, Confederate Railroad, Ferlin Husky, and many more. He is one of the best lead players in Pennsylvania and we are happy to have him as part of the band when his busy schedule allows. Come out and listen to his unique guitar licks and his harmony vocals. You won't want to miss a show with Pat.
Jody's drumming background is from a rock and roll standpoint, but we are slowly but surely teaching him about classic country music. 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. We are fortunate to have Jody as part of the band.