Local Band Spotlight

Local Band Spotlight: Country Reign


Name of Band/Act: Country Reign

When did band form: 2016

Members: Justin Schrock-Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar; Melissa Wilson-Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar; Mark Simmons/Lead Guitar; Mike Wise/Bass and Mike Woolard/Drums.

About the band:  The Country Reign band may have formed less than a year ago, but the members of the group bring years of experience performing with various groups all over Northeast Ohio and beyond. Wilson hails from Garretsville, Ohio and played with the State Line Band before she moved out west. In Seattle, Washington she was the lead female vocalist for Latigo Lace, a regional country band that played all over the Pacific Northwest. She returned to Ohio and joined former members of the Backroads Band (Schrock and Wise) and Dixie Soul (Woolard), and formed Country Reign last fall. The band went through a couple changes on guitar before settling in with Simmons.

The Akron based group has already played shows at venues all over Northeast and Central Ohio and will be performing at Portage County’s largest bike rally, Thunder in the Boro on June 24. The rally benefits Operation Comfort Warriors and will include live entertainment, bike rally & show, poker run, vendors and more. The event takes place at 9244 Market Square Dr. Streetsboro, Ohio. Country Reign was also invited to perform on September 9 for the Live & Local Saturday Nights at Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown, Ohio.

Why you should see their show: Country Reign is comprised of seasoned musicians that are not only band mates, but get along on and off stage too. Their attitude towards eachother shines through in their performances and the fun they have on stage. The group mixes in today’s modern country along with danceable Country throwbacks, but always provides a few surprises in their shows. The group doesn’t consider any genre off limits and will often add a rock or disco song to mix it up, or even an occasional pop favorite. No two shows are ever the same the band is consistently learning new tunes to keep it fresh. At the end of the night Country Reign’s goal is to be remembered for the tight live music, great singing and hell of a good time.

Websites/Videos: You can follow Country Reign and get show updates on their Facebook page Here or on their website Here and watch videos on their YouTube Channel Here. You can also follow them on Twitter – @country_band and Instagram – countryreign.

Upcoming Dates:  Saturday, April 22 at Nathans Patio in Canton; Saturday, April 29 at Wing Warehouse in Cuyahoga Falls and Saturday, May 6 at Time Out Sports Bar & Grill in Windham.

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