South County Band
Founder and lead vocalist. Growing up in the rural farm land of Southwest Michigan, John has had country music at his core since a very young age. John enjoys leading the band with enthusiasm and pushing each members talents to the limit. Standing in the crowd at a South County show, you will have no problem picking this country boy out. Excited about the places where South County is headed and enjoys playing each and every show with passion and heart. He would also like to say thank you to all the service men and women out there in the United States Armed Forces. He would love to meet each of you at a show and shake his or her hand. God Bless.
Kirby has a long list of bands and music projects he has worked on in his long career in music. It all began when his friend started introducing Kirby to different music genres he hadn’t heard of before. They would play records like Green Day and MXPX and start to learn them on the guitar. That all snow balled Kirby’s musical prowess into something that would drive him to become a better musician and to start writing his own music.
Kirby started up a band with a few friends called S.A.M. where they wrote and performed all of their own music. With Kirby as their lead singer and guitar player they played a few parties but never took their show to a venue. After a couple of the members moved, Kirby’s next venture was a part of 7 Angry Neighbors, which was a 4 piece band. This was the real beginning to it all. Kirby became the lead song writer and wrote an album with the original members. As most bands do, several more member changes occurred and 7 Angry Neighbors became even stronger. With the final 5 piece that had become, 7 Angry Neighbors had written around 20 songs and had spent about 2 years in the studio recording a full length record. Kirby took 7 Angry Neighbors on the road playing more than 250 shows in less than 3 years playing from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois, opening for national bands such as Mustard Plug, Bobaflex, The Penny Royals, and Karate High School. 7 Angry Neighbors had a few hits being played on local radio stations around Michigan and were starting to make a name for themselves when things went sour. As a result, 7 Angry Neighbors broke up in 2009 and each went their separate ways.
After a month or two Kirby decided to pick up where he left off and reorganized 7 Angry Neighbors with a few fresh faces to become 7AN. They once again rocked out venues with their original songs and wrote more music. After 7AN changed their focus and name to Don’t Fight It, they decided to let life get in the way of their dreams.
Now Kirby has made deep roots in a country band named South County as lead guitar player and back up vocalist. In the short time they have been together, they have already headlined the biggest country bar in south west Michigan, Cowboy Up. Also in the summer of 2011 has booked to headline the Battle Creek Balloon Festival, Kalamazoo Marathon, Vicksburg Car Show, Vicksburg Beer and Brat Fest, and many other venues.With already a list of things accomplished, Kirby plans to see “where this whole music thing can go.” Kirby is very excited to see where his music career will take him next. Kirby uses guitar picks from Steve Clayton, Inc.
As a drummer and percussionist, Jeff has had a well rounded background in Classical, World, Jazz, and Rock/Country music. With two music degrees from Western Michigan University under his belt, he has drummed in bands around West Michigan that have had rotating air play on multiple stations from Grand Rapids to the Lakeshore and up to Luddington. He has shared the stage with such acts as Tonic, Joan Jett, Saliva, Default, Candlebox, Loverboy, The Verve Pipe, and Sugarcult; to name a few. When not drumming with South County Band, he can also be found playing with Douglas James as well as the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra(s) from time to time.
Scott started playing guitar somewhere towards the end of 1992. Learning songs from bands like Green Day, Metallica, Led Zeppelin and Stone Temple Pilots. Scott played everything except country… From 1996 to about 1999 he was played in an Alternative Rock band called Madison Stone. One of their recorded songs was played on WGRD as part of a local artist spotlight. In 2000 he played drums for a punk band, Anti-Committee, whose recorded efforts can be found on the 8 song CD “Discoloration in USA”. From 2004 to 2005 Scott was lead vocalist/lead guitarist in a “heavier” rock band called Left Instead. They recorded a 10 song album called “Behind in the Foreground”. After that project, Scott joined the punk band 7 Angry Neighbors with Kirby in 2005. 7 Angry Neighbors had various recorded works; one single was played on college radio even a few years after 7 Angry Neighbors broke up in 2009.
Scott and Kirby kept in touch over the years and when Kirby told Scott was joining a country band he thought he was making things up. Scott ran sound a few times for Kirby’s new country band South County and was impressed with the energy of the band and how Kirby was translating his guitar style into country. After finding out they were going to have an opening at guitar, Scott concluded (upon South County’s approval) that he too was going to play country music.