Erie’s Rockin’ Blues

By Jenna Croyle

This week’s featured bands has been performing their special brand of Rock’n Roll Blues since 1992, and have become known not only as Erie’s most wanted Classic & Blues Rock band, but also as America’s Favorite Biker Band.

Rick Magee and the Roadhouse Rockers have not only played just about every place in and around Erie, they have also toured the country performing at Bike events, concerts, rib fests, fairs, and clubs. Over the years the band has shared the stage with legendary artists such as Ted Nugent, Eddie Money, Molly Hatchet, Nazareth, Steppenwolf and Marshall Tucker just to name a few.

With Rick Magee on Guitar and vocals, Dave Brunn on bass and vocals and Bill “Gypsy” Craciun on drums, this three piece band has an incredible rich sound that engulfs any stage and venue they may play as though they were a much larger group.

As one of Erie’s most popular local groups, Rick Magee and the Roadhouse Rockers not only perform classic tunes but also have written and recorded many original songs that have over the years become as popular with their fans as those they cover.

The roots of the Roadhouse Rockers started as far back as 1981 when Bill “Gypsy” Craciun and band front man Rick Magee began working together. In 1992, Dave Brunn joined the duo and the Roadhouse Rockers became the power trio that has entertained tens of thousands throughout Erie and across the country.

As the band takes much of their musical influences from Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and ZZ Top, along with many more, the band has released several CD’s including “Bad Machine”, “Live at Hazen” “Takin’ It by Storm” and “Honor Among Thieves”.

The band’s front man Rick McGee has deep seeded roots in music as he began to play the guitar at the early age of seven. Taking much of his personal musical influences from some of our legendary musical icons such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Jimmi Hendrix and Lynyrd Skynyrd, McGee went on to be a two-time finalist of the Jimi Hendrix Guitar Competition in 1996 and 1999.

Rick Magee and the Roadhouse Rockers profound musical ability and crowd-pleasing talents have earned the group the recognition of not only their fans and peers, but of prestigious corporate sponsors such as Miller Genuine Draft & Miller Lite and Harley Davidson of Erie along with many sponsors across the country.

Rick Magee and the Roadhouse Rockers’ amazing pulse throbbing style of blues-and-boogie that is infused by hard pounding originals and carefully selected covers is sure to make you stand up and get down and party hard when they roar their three piece big rock sound from the stage.

If you have never seen the band before, or are a long time fan, you simply must attend their next show.

For more information on Rick Magee and the Roadhouse Rockers and show dates, please visit their website at