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Third Degree is an explosive trio combined of three accomplished musicians playing extremely listenable, uniquely written songs featuring soaring melodies placed atop a classic heavy groove. From the lyrical depth the soft and subtle "Nothing's Good Enough" to the hard hitting, frenzy inducing "You Don’t Know", the band's self-titled debut album has something for everyone.
An effort of this magnitude doesn't happen by chance. Tony Raleigh (lead vocals & bass), Tim Reed (vocals and lead guitar) and Mike Smith (AKA “Smitty” on drums) have devoted their lives to music, exploring many genres with various projects throughout the years. Meeting in 1991, they enjoyed success on the road performing with artists such as Toby Keith, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Collin Raye, Ronnie Milsap, Mark Chesnutt and Steve Wariner. Inevitably returning to their rock roots, they've shared the stage with groups such as Poison, Candlebox, Slaughter and many other rock legends.
Most recently, Third Degree has opened for bands such as 10 Years, Buckcherry, King’s X and Redlight King in April, 2012. The savvy trio now plays over 200 dates a year, showcasing their original music and non-stop dance music with a few rock & roll classics throughout.
The men of Third Degree, undoubtedly, have every component of a history making band. Their songs, their musicianship and their devotion to the trade are undeniable.