Local Band Spotlight

Local Band Spotlight: Shooter Sharp & The Shootouts


Name of Band/Act: Shooter Sharp & The Shootouts

When did band form: October 2015

Members: Ryan Humbert – Lead Vocals/Guitar; Brian Poston – Lead Guitar; Dan Nauss – Bass/Backing Vocals; Emily Bates – Backing Vocals; Dylan Gomez – Drums; Al Moss – Pedal Steel/Backing Vocals.

About the band: Shooter Sharp & The Shootouts are a high-energy, vintage country western & honky tonk music group. They feature a mix of original tunes and choice classic covers in their show and on their self titled debut album. The Shootouts debut album was recorded at Crushtone Studios in Cleveland with award winning engineer Jim Stewart in April of 2016. Originally meant to be a small set of demos, the group ended up recording ten songs in less than 24 hours.

Led by award-winning singer-songwriter Ryan Humbert, the Northeast Ohio based band has opened for Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jim Lauderdale, Radney Foster and many more. Since they formed the group has been performing all over the area including shows at Cain Park, The Music Box Supper Club, Canton First Friday, The Stark County Fair, The Kent Heritage Festival, The Kent Stage, The University of Akron, The House of Blues Cleveland, Stocker Arts Center and The Beachland Ballroom.

Shooter Sharp & The Shootouts were also invited to perform a headlining set at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in October 2016 for the American Music Masters weekend celebrating the music and life of Johnny Cash.

Their song “If I Could,” has been heard on 91.3 FM in Akron, 90.7 FM in Youngstown and on www.the330.net.

Why you should see their show:  If you’re looking for a fun band with classic country, a throwback look and sound that stays far away from any of today’s overly manufactured pop-country hybrids than Shooter Sharp & The Shootouts show is for you. If you are a fan of Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings or Patsy Cline you will love their music. The professionalism and musicianship of the members is apparent in everything they do from their album to their live shows. They will take you on a musical journey with music that no other band in the area performs, and do it with an appeal that will make any music lover a fan.

Videos/Music: You can follow Shooter Sharp & The Shootouts on their Facebook page Here and watch videos of their live performances on their YouTube Channel Here.  You can find out more about the band, upcoming shows and purchase their debut album on their website Here.

Upcoming Dates: Friday, March 17 at Akron Civic Theatre in Akron, Ohio (Humbert solo opening for Levi Lowrey who has written and performed with Zac Brown Band); Saturday, April 29 at Beasts n’ Brews at Legacy Village North Union Farmers Market in Lyndhurst, Ohio and Tuesday, May 2 at City of Green Concert Series & Farmers Market Kickoff at City of Green Outdoor Amphitheater in Green, Ohio.

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