Shady Drive is most often a power trio consisting of Rob ‘Shady’ Hayes (guitar/vocals), Mike Starcher (drums/vocals) and Blake Kniola (bass/vocals). The band also has the unique ability to add keyboards, saxophone and a three or four-piece horn secti … show more
Shady Drive is most often a power trio consisting of Rob ‘Shady’ Hayes (guitar/vocals), Mike Starcher (drums/vocals) and Blake Kniola (bass/vocals). The band also has the unique ability to add keyboards, saxophone and a three or four-piece horn section at a moment’s notice. They’ve performed relentlessly in Northeast Ohio over the past 12 years and have been featured regularly at The Fairview Tavern, Shooters on the Water, The Sly Fox, Park Tavern, John O’s at Clay’s Park, Halloran Park, Twilight at the Zoo, House of Blues – Cleveland, Hard Rock Cafe, The Blue Turtle and Club Velvet in addition to a heavy schedule of private events and weddings. Their CD of original material “Darker Shade Of Blue” is getting heavy airplay on BluesMusicFan.com, and was ranked #3 in the Internet radio station’s list of the Top 20 Blues CDs of 2015. Here’s what the station’s website had to say:
[#3 ] – DARKER SHADE OF BLUE – SHADY DRIVE
OK we know that question is going to be asked a lot. This Cleveland trio proves that Cleveland really does rock … the blues! The album is full of blues originals, and one audacious cover of “Folsom Prison Blues”. Independently produced and a cut above the others, our own DJ Siani (in New Zealand!) stumbled across this album from an Ohio band, and told the rest of us about it – and we were pretty much all hooked and big fans – and we want more!
Chris Allen: These guys are the definition of a working man’s blues band. A rocking self-owned sound and true passion for what they do.
Shady Drive cranks out fan favorites by: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, CCR, The Beatles, The Blues Brothers, Eric Clapton, George Thorogood, Led Zeppelin, Sublime, Weezer, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and ZZ Top… just to name a few.