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Drinking With Charlie / Bio

Drinking with Charlie started in 2012, when bassist and singer, Shane Smith met guitarist and singer, Jack Ryder. Keyboardist, Leah McDermott introduced them and they instantly connected at a party in Golden, Colorado. The two sat down and had instant musical chemistry. They jammed a few songs they collectively knew, and exchanged each other’s phone numbers. After writing and working together for about year together to create their own sound, they were finally ready to form a complete band. In the summer of 2013, they met drummer Alec Vasquez, while Jack was working at a small sub shop in Lakewood. He invited him to come play with them and after only one session, the four of them knew immediately they had a unique sound. It was then that they all started working together to define Drinking with Charlie’s sound. After playing a show at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, longtime friend of the band Zach Goplen, was invited to join the band and complement the band's sound into what it is today. The band has a rock, funk,blues feel that the band refers to as ”poor man’s music”. Drinking with Charlie strives to create a fresh new sound, collaborating influences such as Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, Johnny Cash, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Manchester Orchestra, and The Raconteurs. The band currently plays in Denver, Fort Collins, Akron[ we love you guys], and the western slope. They are working to capture the state of Colorado, and hope that they can bring ‘jams’ and lots of Drinking With Charlie to everyone nation, and worldwide!

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Band Members
Shane Smith - Vocals, Jack Ryder - Guitar, Leah McDermott - Keyboard, Alec Vasquez - Drums, Zach Goplen - Guitar
Artist Name
Drinking With Charlie
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Fort Collins, CO