When you hire Shawn Gerhard's 'Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute', the band you get is a true Nashville 7 Piece country music band. We keep it old school - lead guitar, steel guitar (with some lap steel thrown in for good measure), acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drums, keys and piano, and an actual fiddle player. It's a true 'Garth Brooks concert' experience!
Shawn Gerhard - Shawn is the #1 Garth Brooks Tribute artist in the world. Paying homage to the #1 selling solo artist of all time, Shawn has opened up for more than 30 stars in his music career, and is no rookie to the main stage! When Shawn takes the stage, you will see why he’s the top Garth Brooks tribute artist anywhere; from ‘Much Too Young’ to ‘Fever’ to ‘Shameless’, this is as close as you can get to a real Garth Brooks concert!
Sean Harrison (bass guitar, backing vox, band leader) - For more than thirty years, Sean has been singing and playing bass guitar up and down and back and forth across the United States, with acts ranging from country artists to hair bands to Elvis impersonators. Initially cutting his teeth on bands like Rush, Yes, Kansas, ELP, and the Beatles, he hit the road at the age of 21 and never looked back, eventually landing a small deal with Blind Gypsy, and touring with and supporting acts such as Cheap Trick, Aldo Nova, Blackfoot, Triangle, and many others. After moving to Nashville, Tennessee, he recorded a record with Kelly Holland of the critically acclaimed band Cry of Love, toured with Troy Olsen and did fill in shows with acts such as LoCash, Jami Grooms, and many others.
Joe Cook (lead guitar, backing vox) - Joe is the lead guitarist and provides backing vocals for the show. Joe brings a certain flavor to the show that is seldom found – He’s been the lead guitarist and utility player for many top country artists out there today. His credits include Alan Jackson, Mark Chestnutt, Chris Cagle, Terri Clark and many more. Joe is also an accomplished songwriter from Nashville Tennessee, who on occasion can be seen performing around town or around the country.
Derek Wolford (drums, percussion) - Derek has been professionally involved in the performance and business side of drumming. Over the last two+ decades, he has also sustained a career in the music manufacturing industry with the leader in drums and percussion, Pearl Corporation. He is presently the Marketing Manager of Integrated Media specializing in web marketing/social analytics and audio/video production. He has maintained a healthy performance schedule and also ventured into studio work having played drums/percussion on Billboard Top 20 charting releases from Craig Morgan, Rodney Clawson, & countless custom sessions. Derek has also conducted numerous interviews and has had articles appear in Modern Drummer Magazine, Tom-Tom Magazine, Pearl Drums.com, Modern Drummer.com, and was featured in Drum Business Magazine and KMWorld.
Billy Welch (keys, piano) - Billy has played and toured with everyone, from Trace Adkins to Mindy McCready to Jake Owen, and a ton of others. He’s worked with acts on Capitol, Virgin, Atlantic, RCA, and Universal, and he also writes jingles, does session work, does product demos for numerous instrument companies, and is an endorsing artist for Nord Keyboards. Shawn occasionally shares Billy with Dan Tracey’s band, Lipstick Blond, when Dan isn’t busy touring the world playing guitar in The Alan Parsons Project.
Joseph Shackelford (fiddle, acoustic) - Joseph is transforming the perception of what is possible with the violin and genres such as Rock, Country, and blues. Described as the “Jimi Hendrix of Violin," Joseph has a captivating stage presence that thrills and excites. Joseph studied violin performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has worked with artists such as 3 Doors Down, Ben Folds, ABBA - Arrival from Sweden, Dwight Yoakam, Travis Tritt, Easton Corbin, Doug Supernaw, Luke Combs, and many more.