The ROXELDERS are here to entertain you, to engage you, to seduce you. A four-piece original-song band, our music runs the gamut from ballad rock to heavy metal, from jazzy pop to dreamy lyricism. We like to think we’re on the alternative side of rock music, but our inspiration comes from solid rock roots.
The band will always be Doug McChesney’s brain child, and he is definitely the one who made it happen. Corn-fed and-Minnesota bred, Doug spent most of his life in a little town called Walnut Grove, which he describes as “about as close as I’ll ever come to Laura Ingles Wilder of Little House on the Prairie fame.” He is a composer-lyricist of what he calls alternative rock. That begins to describe it, but you have listen to discover for yourself. Raised on ‘70s and 80’s rock, he “graduated” to heavy metal of the ‘80s and 90’s. “Now I’ve morphed into a balladeer of sorts,” but the elements of his past are still there, and it is those elements which brought Doug and his music to where they are today.
A Duluth native, Paul Ekberg has been playing drums since he turned 10 years old, and he’s not about to stop. He and some friends formed their first band in 1980, and the pinnacle of that musical incarnation was winning the 1981 Battle of the Bands, the prize for which was studio time to make their first recording, just a cassette back then. The band members remain friends to this day. Paul moved to the Twin Cities after his university years in Iowa. He played 12 years with Spy Johnson, recording two CDs with the band and doing a lot of gigging in and around town. The band members went their separate ways in 2010, and Paul has been involved in a number of projects since then, most recently joining The ROXELDERS. Turns out that Paul and Doug McChesney are Saint Paul neighbors and have known each other for years, but only recently have they finally made a professional connection.
Randy Bourne, the eldest of The ROXELDERS, is the only non-Minnesotan, but he’s lived here since 1974. He started out as a southern boy in a small Virginia town just north of the North Carolina state line, but he’d given up his rebel ways by the time he reached college age. In his case, it was conservatory, which makes Randy the only classically trained member in the band. That’s right, he a newbie to the world of rock and roll. Randy was an announcer for MPR for 17 years, serving as Assistant Music Director, as well. Co-founder in 1984 of Lyra Baroque, the Twin Cities period-instrument orchestra, he was Artistic Director for 15 years, which included improvising continuo parts—think keyboard accompaniment—for practically all the music Lyra performed, a skill which serves him well playing keys for The ROXELDERS.