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Last Update: June 12, 2012
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||I was invited by a friend to see this band. I drove two hours one way and I really enjoyed their musical talent. They had a wide selection of music. I would drive two hours again to see them.
RoadTrip is primarily a classic rock band playing tunes by the Jefferson Airplane, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Crosby, Stills Nash and Young, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Janice Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tadeschi, The Who, CCR, Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder and many, more; Among some of the newer stuff we play you'll hear some Kelly Clarkson, Adele, Cee Lo Green, Matchbox 20... We'll even play some of our original songs............ all while boasting near flawless harmonies.
BOB RALSTON - RYTHM GUITAR, VOCALS Bob grew up in Rome, OH, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain and on the banks of the Ohio River. Bob began singing and entertaining his family and friends at a very early age. As a young by, Bob attended the Rome Methodist church and had memorized all the songs in the hymnbook by the time he was 10 or 11 years old. This is where Bob learned to sing and harmonize with others. Bob continued his musical training playing trumpet through elementary, High school and college. It was the trumpet that got him in his first musical group “Steve McKee and the Expressions” doing tunes from Sam and Dave “Hold On I’m Comin”, “Sweet Soul Music” or Wilson Pickett’s “Midnight Hour”, or Eddie Floyd’s and Steve Croppers’ “Knock On Wood”. Ironically, Bob met Steve Cropper 30 years later when he attended a gig with his friend Johnny Neel (a Grammy nominated piano player and former member of the Allman Brothers). Bob knew he couldn’t sing and play trumpet at the same time, so he taught himself to play guitar and began writing his own songs and signed a recording contract with AMG, promptly recording a two sided single at Rusty York’s Jewel Recording Studio of Cincinnati. Bob also recorded two songs at the same studio with Kenny Van Zant. He recorded at Artist’s Studio in Lockland and Reel Pro Workshop with the late Roger Codle in Carthage, OH. In the late 80’s Bob landed another recording contract with Troll Records and Publishing Company of Miami while playing at the Reunion Tower in Dallas. He was flown to New Orleans where he recorded at Ultra Sonic Studios and then a second album at Southlake Studios where he played with Boney James and famed engineer and piano player David Torkonowski. Bob played live on radio WWOZ New Orleans with Dave New Years Eve 2009. Bob recorded with George Porter Jr. of the Funky Meters (George has played with Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffet and Robbie Robertson. Rolling Stone stated, “The Funky Meters may well be the finest performing band in America”). Bob’s self-titled album is called “Port of Entry” and has a who’s who list of players including David Yorkonowski, George Porter Jr., and Tommy Malone. Bob next recorded with Johnny Neel at Straight Up Sounds. Bob wrote 11 originals for the album titled “Going For a Ride”. Eddie Vest also played on this album. Bob has played at the Bluebird Café, the Gibson Café and other places in Nashville including Painter’s Alley. He has played the famous Storyville (now Margarita Ville) in New Orleans and the A-Bar. Bob says he could go on forever about his past but is much more excited about the future with RoadTrip. “The band has a chemistry that is unlike anything I’ve played with. Eddie and Tracey are like siblings to me and our harmony shows it. Kevin and Mike round out the sound and push us to do really great things musically. I love playing in this band and he future us where we are heading. Put us on your destination as your next RoadTrip.” MIKE FORDYCE - BASS GUITAR, VOCALS "I've mainly played with a group of guys I grew up with in a band called Balance and a few projects here and there. I love learning new music but, writing especially. I am also playing with a Christian Rock band which has been great. Being married to Tracey and Eddie's niece has givin me the opportunity to play music with them. I just love playin music! And, it makes it nicer when you've got the pleasure to play with this group of talented members". (Don't let Mike fool you. He totally rocks on that bass! He's being pretty modest with his bio here)!
TRACEY VEST - VOCALS, KEYBOARD Tracey was only 5 when she began singing with her dad's band at many UAW events and Masonic Lodges. TRIO and RoadTrip member Bob Ralston sometimes played in that band as well, so, Tracey has been singing with Bob off and on since she was only 5 years old ........ (around 20 years... or.... maybe a few more..... She sang in all her elementary, Jr high, and High school talent shows, starred in a few plays, and continued to do so throughout college. Tracey went on to play in community theater, with many starring rolls. She has played too many venues to list, but the coolest ones include the famous Tootsies in Nashville, Carnival Cruise Line and she even graced the Ryman stage and the old Hee-Haw stage. She won a Tri-State talent contest for a TV show called "You Can Be A Star", but the show was cancelled two weeks prior to her taping date. She joined the band "RIO" (Kevin was on drums), which at one point opened for McGuffy Lane. And later joined the band "Loose Enz" . She played the Dayton circuit with "DreamCatcher" (Trio and RoadTrip members, Bob and Eddie were also in this band) and for awhile with High Note and Timeline. Tracey has done, and continues to do a lot of studio work and loves it as much as playing live. Her favorite female vocalists to sing are Stevie Nicks, Janice Joplin, Susan Tadeschi and Bonnie Raitt.
EDDIE VEST - LEAD GUITAR, VOCALS Eddie has been playing guitar since he was about five years old entertaining the guys at the Moose Lodge with his daddy. Eddie has played in too many bands to mention but some of his favorite projects have been Straight Up, Richard Noggin, and all original band UNBOUND who was signed by J-Bird Records in the late 80's. Eddie will play with anyone at any time if his schedule allows. Not only is he a member of RoadTrip and RoadTrip Trio, he plays with the blues band Warehouse Sound Project. In each of these projects you can hear Eddie scream on his guitar or use his J-Station to mimic a piano, organ, trumpet, or most any instrument a song calls for.
KEVIN COGGESHALL - DRUMS, VOCALS Kevin grew up (that is debatable) in Hamilton, Ohio. Playing drums (or pots and pans, Tupperware, and many other kitchen appliances) was something that he just always did. He sang in church and showed off his vocal and drumming talent in the award winning play “The Drummer Boy” (Van Buren School) in ’66! In the mid 70’s he played in an original rock band “Freedom Highway”. Once graduated, Kevin went on the road, playing all over the Midwest in many different bands. He spent the 80’s playing in the rock n roll capitol of the world, CLEVELAND! He spent about 6 nights a week playing all kinds of music with area bands KICK, PUNCH (2 different bands). He opened for and played with Bo Diddley in Akron, Ohio, along with many studio and live gigs. Tired of the violent bands (just kidding) Kevin returned to his hometown to get involved in the music industry side of things. After a stint at Buddy Rogers Music, he became a music manufacturing representative and worked with most major music companies. Playing never stopped, as he was a member of the RIO band with Tracey, opening for McGuffy Lane. He joined a popular area band, the Cincinnati Shakers, which played all over the Cincy area, opening for Grand Funk in ’93. He joined the house band at the Crystal Palace in the crazy band, The Barstool Gypsies! Influences include The Beatles, Led Zepplin, Chick Corea, and especially Steve Gadd, the baddest drummer in the WORLD. Yes, he said BADDEST!
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