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Road Trip was formed in April of 1991 in Kingston, WI. Cousins Richie Plath and DJ Doty started the band with friends from the area just for something fun to do. They both were very interested in music at a young age and it led them in competing in air band competitions back in the 80’s. Eventually they decided to learn how to play for real, and before you know it they were playing for the town events in a band called Bad Attitude. One day they decided to get more serious and they changed the name and recruited some serious musicians and started Road Trip.
They were and instant hit and a booking agent took some interest in them and started booking them all over Wisconsin. While in Oshkosh playing at a bar they met their now co-lead singer Amy Jo Doty (Johnson). The band became more focused and started working on production, musicianship, showmanship and branching out further throughout the Mid-West. They started writing and eventually recorded their first album that consisted of covers and originals. Soon after that album they recorded a live album with all originals. It was a fun time for the band, but emotionally difficult. They started out playing for fun, and now it was turning into a real business.
The band lost and gained many members during the growing times. The line up stabilized with some excellent musicians and Road Trip went back into the studio and recorded two more albums. These two albums gained the band a lot of attention with the media. The band was getting great opportunities to open for bigger bands including Sheryl Crowe, ZZ Top, Collective Soul, Ted Nugent, Jefferson Starship, REO Speedwagon, 38 special, Three Dog Night and Head East. They pushed hard to possibly be signed or recognized in any way with a record company, but it seemed to be almost impossible without a connection. The band and the fans loved the music, and sold a lot of CDs in the process. Eventually the line up changed and the band’s focus changed as well.
Road Trip today is all about capturing their audiences, reaching out to the world and showing them how to relax and have a wonderful time regardless of how difficult life can be. They love playing other artists music as well as their own. They added 10 large video screens to their show, with all original videos playing on stage with them during the show. Each video was created by Road Trip to move with each song. The band now takes their audiences on an all night journey with their eyes, ears, mind and emotions.
Road Trip now has 2 lead singers, Amy Jo Doty and Richie Plath, lead guitarist, Jason Busse, rhythm guitarist, DJ Doty, bass player Flap Welsch and drummer, Andy Welsch.
The band is always recreating itself. They are always looking for the next thing they can do to enhance the live performances. This year Road Trip is focusing on recording another live album, but this time it will be some of their favorite cover songs mixed with a few of their new originals.