Local Band Alert: ThisisReno takes a closer look at local bands in this series of 5-minute interviews. This week we interview Inside Straight.
Inside Straight is a group of musicians from different areas of the country who met and joined up together in Nevada to form the group. They are a sober band and between the four of them have almost 75 years of sobriety. When they play benefits for the AA Clubs, they are known as Rule 62.
As musicians devoted to their craft and to their way of life, they guarantee that the music they play will be as good at the end of the night as it was in the beginning – more likely better as they get warmed up. They are a fun-loving group and the passion and love they bring to their music is shared with all who listen. The band loves to get the crowd involved when playing.
The band line-up includes:
Dennis R (lead guitar, rhythm guitar, lead/backup vocals): Dennis brings a classic country guitar sound to the group, while vocally stretching from Bachman Turner Overdrive to Lynrd Skynrd to The Eagles to Darius Rucker.
George N (bass guitar, vocals): George offers vocals from Johnny Cash to Waylon Jennings to Alan Jackson to the Eagles.
John C (lead guitar, rhythm guitar, lead/backup vocals): John’s vocals range from the Moody Blues to The Allman Brothers to the Eagles to blues numbers.
Ellee M (drummer, lead/backup vocals): Ellee sings classics from Linda Ronstadt to Emmy Lou Harris, Sara Evans to the Eagles and Little Big Town.
ThisisReno: How did the band get started and who are your fans?
Inside Straight: We first formed 19 years ago when John, George, and Ellee formed a band in response to a need from some local venues in Carson City; they were looking for a band to play at various events. The band was together for about two years, but then dissolved. Approximately two-and-a-half years ago, Inside Straight got back together. Dennis joined the band in September of 2016.
Our fans are people who like Southern rock, country, classic rock, and blues. We are still developing a following and look forward to opportunities to play the local venues so we can share our music.
ThisisReno: How would you describe your sound and style?
Inside Straight: The members of the band enjoy playing music together, a fact which shows in every performance. Each selection is practiced multiple times at twice-weekly rehearsals to ensure that the band is putting forth their best efforts. Inside Straight’s music is hard-hitting, passionate, and played with joy. I guess we would have to say that our music reflects our love of playing music together and the unbridled joy we bring to performing live.
ThisisReno: If you had the chance to open for a major touring band, who would it be?
Inside Straight: We would be proud and honored to open for Toby Keith and his band. Toby Keith is a great country artist and one that every member of the band loves.
ThisisReno: How can your fans get in touch with you?
Inside Straight: We have a Facebook page. There is a phone number there that anyone can call to get in touch with the band. You can also leave us messages on our Facebook page. We will respond to all inquiries.
ThisisReno: What is your favorite thing about Reno?
Inside Straight: There are quite a few local venues to play, which is something that we like. Additionally, we meet so many fun and interesting people at the gigs we play. I would have to say that the people who come out to see the bands play are what we like about Reno the most.
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John Tuckness has been photographing rock concerts in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area and as far as Northern California since 2004. He tries to attend as many shows as he can. John knew he wanted to be a concert photographer when he went to his first concert, Kiss and Montrose way back in 1976. He saw three guys shooting the show and thought to himself, “that’s what I want to do.” After many years of undercover work (sneaking his camera into venues), he finally got noticed and started getting photo passes through PR people and the bands. John has had many of his photos published in newspapers, websites and band autobiographies.