Erie’s New Direction

By Jenna Croyle

Music can change the way a person thinks, speaks and feels and even in some cases, shape the face of an entire generation. When it comes to music I do not discriminate, I am a lover of all styles and genres, taking from each the best parts that will not only enrich my life, but also allow me to simply enjoy the experience.

The more diverse a band is, the better the appeal and that band’s ability to bridge not only a music lover’s thirst for variety, but literally the generations as well.

This week’s featured musical artists, the New Direction Band has the versatility, talent and colossal repertoire that allows them to draw together people of all ages and from all walks of life into one unique celebration of the best music of our times.

This sundry of exciting musical artistry is made up of Doug Hart on Lead Guitar, Synthetic Guitar, Lead Vocals and Harmonies, Dale Stauffer on Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards and Harmony, with Bryan Loomis on Rhythm Guitar and Vocals, Mitch Aldeman on Pedal Steel Guitar and Lead Guitar, Mike Bidwell on Bass and Vocals along with Bill Aduitori on Drums.

Much like a car radio possessed, playing every song you could possibly want to hear from all the chart toppers of today, along with a hard-hitting blast from the past that will rock and roll your soul, the New Direction Band does it all and does it best over all the rest.

If you are a fan of The Allman Brothers Band, John Cougar Mellencamp, Wild Cherry, The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Guns & Roses, The Doors, Bryan Adams, Billy Joel, Bad Company, Bruce Springsteen, Tommy James, Wilson Picket, Georgia Satellites, Kid Rock, Johnny Cash and even the King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Presley, this band has the rock that will roll you out on to the dance floor and keep you there all night.

For those of you who would like to hitch your wagons to some down-home Country greats, the New Direction Band will Round Up some heavy hitters like Tracy Byrd, Brooks & Dunn, Dwight Yokum, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Merle Haggard, Neil McCoy, John Anderson, Big & Rich, Jason Aldean, Chris Cage, Cowboy Troy and of course, Tracy Atkins along with many more.

As 2011 RockErie Music Award Nominees for Best Country Band, the New Direction Band honestly covers the widest array of Country and Rock & Roll song selections of any band of its kind playing out in Erie today, offering spot on, granny-slappin covers of songs like Honky Tonk Stomp, Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy, Swingin’, Take My Drunk Ass Home, Trashy Woman, Workin’ Man Blues, You May Be Right, Sweet Child Of Mine, Summer Of ‘69, Roadhouse Blues, R.O.C.K. In The USA, Pride and Joy, Play That Funky Music, Pink Cadillac, Little Sister, Mony Mony, Mustang Sally along with so many more to give anyone and everyone, young or old a killer party night.

Not only does this band have a song and set list that will blow your mind, most importantly they have all the talent and musical ability to pound out the hits as they were meant to be played, along with an electrifying stage presence that delivers a supercharged stage show every time.

With amazing vocals that rock, riffs that roar, bass lines that boom and a party that just won’t stop, the New Direction Band makes for a dern tootin’, Country-fied Rock & Roll bash that will blow your socks off.

Shiney up those dancin’ boots, keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel and Rattle Your Hocks on over to the next New Direction Band show for a Rock & Roll Country frenzy of a lifetime.

For more information on the New Direction Band and their show dates, please visit their Facebook page.