Robert Morris: Drums, Lead Vocals
Ever since he first climbed behind a drum kit at
the age of 5, Bob has maintained a dedication to music that is unlikely to
diminish in the near future. Being brought up in a household of musicians
including both parents and 4 brothers will have that effect on
a person. Bob's dad also started him singing at the age of 4.
acquainted with his Ludwig's over the next several years, he spent his
time refining his skills by playing and singing in a long list of local
and regional acts including Central PA's "The Morris Brothers Band," which
showcased all of the brothers' musical talents. Bob's love for music would
eventually take him all the way to Hollywood, California, in the summer of
2000 to be featured on a nationally-televised, pre-"Idol" talent search.
Often referred to as "the busiest guy on stage," Bob has found
his place in the world not only as the singer but also the drummer of
Smokin' Gunnz for the last 14 years. When he's not behind the drums, Bob
likes to spend his time riding his motorcycle, hangin' with his grand
daughter and writing music with the boys in the band.
Life is good...
Rick Marko: Bass , Vocals
Rick picked up his
first guitar at the age of 12. By the time he was 15, he had
added bass playing to his list of skills and was drafted
into his first band, Lucifer Fox, a local Southern Rock band
in his hometown of Mohrsville, Pa. By the ripe ol' age of
18, Rick found himself co-founding the female-fronted rock
band, Spinster. Three years later, Rick and his twin
brother, Randy, fired up the guitar driven rock band, the
one and only, Holy Smoke, who are still "on tour" to this
day. Since those days, Rick has taken numerous opportunities
to play with other bands, learning many different styles of
music and adding those skills to his impressive list of
taking a short break from music, Rick answered a
bassist wanted ad
from Smokin' Gunnz. Sure of his abilities to perform with a
hard-drivin' Southern Rock band, Rick set up an audition and
was as equally impressed with musicianship of the band as
they were with his. And the rest, they say, is history as it
seems that Rick has found a new home with Smokin' Gunnz
Chris Della Porta:
Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Ever since he picked up his first guitar at
the age of 12, Chris has rarely set it down without damn good reason.
Playing music in his school band and learning how to sing in the choir
were also reasons why he never let the idea of becoming a professional
musician get too far out of reach. Now, as a five year veteran of
and one half of it's guitar slingin' team that distinguishes itself
time the band takes the stage, the idea that a young man once had is now a
a playing style that showcases his Southern and Yankee roots and
vocals that add to the power of this fiery four piece, Chris's stage
presence will demand your attention and keep you coming back for more.
When he's not doing the one thing that he's never given up on he can
usually be found fixing guitars at his day job, riding his Harley, or
hangin' out at home getting new ideas for dinner from the Food Network.
Mike Brady: Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Mike was born and raised in York County, got his first
guitar in 1969 at age twelve, and hasn't put it down since. By the time he
was sixteen he was playing lead guitar in a local oldies/country band,
playing VFW's, American legions, carnivals, and every little bar in south
Age eighteen found Mike starting a four year enlistment in the US
Navy. Stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, he had a first-hand introduction to
the major southern rock acts throughout the mid to late seventies. With a
love of southern rock etched in his soul he came out of the Navy and
joined a regional southern rock band from York called "Amberjack." He stayed
with "Amberjack" until the late eighties playing all over Pennsylvania and
Maryland. Figuring it was time for a change, Mike joined "Disorderly
Conduct" -- also from York. After six years with "Disorderly Conduct" it was
time for another change.
Mike figured it was time to start writing and recording some of his
original songs. In 2005 Mike recorded an original acoustic cd and played
acoustic shows around York. In mid 2006 he saw an ad for a guitar player
for Smokin' Gunnz. It was time to get back to his roots and kick out the
southern rock once again! The fit was perfect: Smokin' Gunnz is a well-oiled southern rock machine and Mike is a seasoned veteran having played
the last 35 years in various bands with a variety of styles. Mike supplies
the slide guitar that is necessary for many southern rock songs. On some
evenings you can even see him use assorted bottles for slide. This is a
sight indeed! Sometimes a beer bottle, sometimes a glass, but his favorite
is the Jim Beam Black bottle.
All in all this is a match made in kick-ass-southern-rock-n-roll heaven
and a band you'll have to see -- and hear -- over and over again to
"They rocked the house every night and the music was fantastic!"
Lyle Sainsbury, Manager of Sacora
Station, 2005 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
"I'm amazed how much they
sound like the original artist!"
Judd Goodman, Owner of Dragonfly
"Lead singer Bobby Morris
should change his last name to Van Zant he sounds so much like him"
Ms. Print, U Dig Magazine
"We had record attendance for
our event and I believe one of the reasons for our success is the
John H. Summers Jr., President &
COO, Gettysburg Bike Week, Inc