Easy Rider creator, front man, and lead guitarist is Mike Miller. While he is a little younger than most in his field, he is not lacking in his extensive knowledge of roots music. He has been rocking his brand of Soul, slide guitar, and Jerry Garcia licks since 2008 and has adapted it his to his own style and tone which is rarely emulated. Mike lives every day inundated in music.
Pat Connolly (Bass/Vox) is a Senior Music Business Major at Bradley University and is studying classical guitar. Pat plays in two Jazz bands and a classical guitar ensemble.
Brian Railey (Hand Percussion/Vox) a well rounded musician with harmony and lead singing abilities. Brian is a great auxiliary piece to the band.
Nick Fairley (Drums) also a music business major and is in The Illinois Central College Concert & Jazz Band. Nick has also played on Danika Holme’s debut album, “Second Chances”, and has played with The Central Illinois Youth Symphony as well as The Peoria Jazz All-stars! Nick has been steadily backing a number of great projects around the area,
catching the eye of all the heavy hitters on the Jazz scene.
Easy Riders have come a long way in a short amount of time
forming into an energetic show that keeps the people moving.
The Easy Riders guarantee to captivate that vintage sound of music.
The Easy Riders have successfully hit the road and played over 100 shows in 2013;
including but not limited to:
- Being the house band for the VIP tent at their fourth appearance at Summer Camp Music Festival; playing three sets over three nights and rubbing elbows with some top touring musicians. Mike & Kid were lucky enough to play a improvisational one hour set with Victor Wooten & Roosevelt C. (The Lee Boys).
-The band also spends each spring on a Colorado tour. A few cities on the 2013 tour were Fort Collins, Fraser, Breckenridge, Nederland and two shows at Quixote's Treu Blue in Denver.
Easy Riders has played events such as Blues Fest and Summer Camp Music Festival (4 years in a row), and have also opened for The Marshall Tucker Band.
The Easy Riders were represented on KCSU Radio Show Fort Collins, CO on 4/6/11.
Back in 2010 The Easy Riders were hand selected from this region to represent Peoria IL for The International Blues Challenge, "Road To Memphis" and shared a bill with The Johnny Winter Band.
In past years for Halloween events, the band has covered The Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, Warren Haynes, Allman Brothers Band, and Derek Trucks Band. In 2012 they capped a busy year off with a packed house NYE event, in Chicago IL. And in 2013 they hit the road harder than ever in support of their first Album "Earthbound". New original songs are being written often and ancient classics being resurrected in a new light.
The Easy Riders hope to see you on the road in 2014!