Forged in the blazing heat of the Austin, Texas music scene, Street Light Suzie is a rock quartet like no other. Band leader and songwriter Wiley Ross started the group as a trio in 2008. After touring the country, including a packed show at LA’s Viper Room, personnel changed and Ross decided to mold it into a fearsome foursome. This gave Ross the chance to do more as a showman and add keyboard to the mix. The band has continued to pl
ay Texas and the Midwest. In September of 2011 their blistering demos caught the ear of Guns ‘N Roses alum Gilby Clarke. The union was a resounding success as the band traveled to LA to record in his studio. The result is the critically acclaimed “The Red Album” and the single “Drunk ‘N Lonely”. The group has also been successful placing their songs in film and television, including credits on CSI, Nikita, Ringer, VH1 and E! shows.
Ross, a powerful vocalist, is described as a “cross between Zakk Wylde and Billy Gibbons”. A virtuoso guitarist, keyboarder and songwriter, he is also known for his artwork. He has painted murals for the city of Austin, displayed paintings in the state capitol and delights fans at their live shows with his hand-painted T-shirts. (see Facebook.com unbleached T’s by Wiley).
Holding down the bass guitar is Joe “Oso” Morales, long-time friend of Ross and occasional co-writer. Oso was the first new man in the lineup. Rob Williamson is on drums and is a renowned Austin percussionist and well-traveled road veteran. Together Morales and Williamson form the pillars of rock in the band’s sound. Newest to the lineup is guitarist and backup vocalist Nikkoli Kade Kubena who is a front man and band showman in his own right in the Austin scene.
Together this incendiary quartet brings back hard rock and roll the way it was meant to be played. “It may sound gritty but it goes down good”, reports KLBJ-FM in Austin. Read more reviews, hear music, see videos and more on the band’s official website: www.streetlightsuzie.com.