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Dry Town, a local, high-energy, modern country band, will rock the house from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Ohio Music Shop, 118 E. Main St. Kent.
"We play country and classic rock," said Dry Town's drummer Bryan Satterlee. "The music we play has more of a rockin' style. We also have a steel guitar player who plays the harmonica, so we have the ability to do some traditional county songs as well."
Dry Town features the vocals of Avonlea Wensel.
"My friends say I can really belt it out," Wensel said. "This is my first band, but my family has always been into music and played in bands. I have always loved singing and I'd like to think it comes to me naturally. I love country and bluegrass and all music. It's my life and I know this is what I want to do."
The band's members, lead vocalist Wensel, lead guitarist Jim Stafford, bass guitarist Brian Fish, drummer Bryan Satterlee and rhythm guitarist and harmonica player Mark Dershaw, all come from varying musical backgrounds.
"I am a rock 'n' roll guy," Satterlee said. "I have been playing drums for over 30 years now and I've been in every kind of band you can think of, from rock 'n' roll to classical music. I became interested in playing modern country because it has a classic rock twist to it."
Dry Town loves what they do.
"I love the rush I get when we're one stage and the crowd is really into it and singing along," Wensel said. "We love how playing makes us feel. Another thing I really like is meeting people. We're always meeting new people when we play out and I've made some great friends and met good musicians from our shows."
On Friday, Dry Town will play a little bit of everything, including Gretchen Wilson, Miranda Lambert, Heart, Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean.
"We've got a good mixture of songs and we all take turns singing lead vocals," Satterlee said. "People always come out to us after our shows and tell us we're different than bands they have seen. The venues we play are always packed and no matter who's in the crowd, they should expect to have a good time and hear amazing vocals."
Jeff Fulkman, the co-owner of Ohio Music Shop, said this is the first time he's had a country band perform.
"We've had blues, rock 'n' roll, reggae, Irish music and classical music, but never country," Fulkman said. "But we've seen great feedback about this band, so we thought we should have them come in and play."
Ohio Music Shop, a guitar shop and music venue, has a large stage, theater seating and an open bar for all events.
For more information, call the store at 330-673-4700 or visit online at www.ohiomusicshop.com.
Contact this reporter at 330-298-1123
Look forward to hearing/seeing them again. Hopefully they will be in the Chardon/Burton area soon. Bass player keeps things moving! All vocals clear and power driven! Excellant group. No one should miss an opportunity to hear/see DRY TOWN!