Recognized by the music industry as one of the world’s top guitar players. He is acknowledged by the International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame and the International Steel Guitar Convention as one of its foremost players.
Wally has been a featured soloist performing with such artists as Tracy Bird, Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Crystal Gale, Asleep at the wheel, Charlie Daniels, Chuck Berry and many others.
His repertoire also includes several movies including Alamo Bay, Fast Money and Liar’s Moon, with guest appearances on hit TV shows as Austin City Limits, Nashville Now, Tennessee to Texas, night Flight and the hit ABC Comedy show “Step by Step”.
His most recent performances include Disney Worlds Pleasure Island, Church Street Station, Universal City Walk Orlando, and he has just finished a new recording project with famed rock & roll drummer, Liberty Divito (Billy Joel’s Drummer).
As a solo artist, he has recorded five instrumentals albums, “Wally Murphy Live”, “Flying Fingers”, “Bad Boy”, “The Power” and “The Best of Wally Murphy”, and as a vocalist Wally received the coveted Mascot Award for excellence in Rock’n Roll and Country performances.
Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee I have been playing since I was three years old. I majored in music, active in concert band, marching band, jazz band, and orchestra.
Music theory- two years.
RELATED FIELD EXPERIENCE:
Been teaching private lessons, beginners through professionals-1987 to Present.
Attended Dave Weckle and Larrie London professional workshops.
SUSTAINTING JOBS, ARTISTS AND SHOWS WORKED PROFESSIONALLY:
Helen Cornelius Theater, Cal Smith, Smokey Mountain Jubilee, Lonesome Dove, Dollywood Theme Park, Tennessee Music Theatre, Opryland Productions (Governors Palace), Church Street Station, Jim Ed Brown, Johnny Russell, Jeannie Sealy, Con Hunley, Hunley Brothers & Ruth, Randy Parton, Bill Owens, Walter Hanes, Cal Smith, Dave Stanley, Vicki Byrd, Phoenix (group), Staler Brother, Percy Sledge, Duane Dee, Christye Cournlius, Thumbs Carlile, Buddy Emmons, Eddie Miles, Shelia Duncan, Sam & Dave, Phil Campbell, T. Graham Brown, Gene Watson, Lee Greenwood, Atlanta Rhythm Section, J.,D. Summer, Billy Jo Spears, Eagle Mountain Music Theater, Hal Rugg, John Hugley, Vince Gill and Jody Miller, Disney Cruise Lines, and Gaylord Entertainment
Herby Wallace, Jr. (Father) Seven albums, numerous instructional courses, Various studio work, commercial with Phil Campbell. Steel Guitar Shows and Production Shows.
Asleep at the Wheel, Alan Jackson, Marty Stuart, Mark Chestnut, Joe Diffie, Steve Warner, and Paul McCartney.
I owe my inspiration and support to my father Herbert Wallace, Jr., Herbert Wallace, Sr. (grandfather) all of my Family and God above!
I’M HANDSOME.! Excellent health, Married to Laura Wallace (MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE)
John was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, to parents that both played piano (Dad preferred Honky Tonk and Mom - Big Band)
so it's no surprise that his ability came naturally and his style diverse.
Although his first instrument is piano, John plays guitar, bass, chromatic harp and bag pipes (he's Scottish and Irish) with a passing ability on most percussion.
He wrote his first song, "Old Man", at about 14 years old and has had several tunes published and recorded by others. He's a member of ASCAP.
John had fun and an education as a sound technician working for New England Sound studio. While there he was able to work with Huey Lewis and did a remote on Martha's Vineyard for James Taylor.
During his career, John has played with quite a few notables such as: Myles Goodwin (April Wine), Louis Prima, Bruce Springsteen, and Joe Cocker, to name a few, along with recognizable bands, such as, Soul Survivors, New Horizon, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Herb Reed and the Platters. He lead his own successful group, Easy Street, a New England based Top 40 Band for 3 or 4 years in the early 80's.
Having performed across Canada and the U.S. for most of his career, John settled in Las Vegas for 12 years where he had the opportunity to play almost every venue they offered and, for a while, engineered live sound and lighting at the MGM Grand (out of Hollywood Theater) and the Aladdin (Lounge and Theater for Performing Arts). He served as Music Director for several Legends shows in Laughlin and Las Vegas, NV, and a Legend Road Tour. He's done countless country shows and spent 8 years with the Mark O'toole Band (a favorite on the Las Vegas Strip).
He's been privileged to open for such renowns as Confederate Railroad, Brooks and Dunn, John Michael Montgomery, Jefferson Starship and the Commodores.
It's currently a blessing, an honor and a privilege to be a member of STEEL where he shares the stage with such accomplished and seasoned musicians as Wally, Herbie, Lex, Mike and Tina.
Shawn started his music career in Youngstown Ohio, in the mid 70’s, with some high school buddies at the ripe old age of 16. After honing his craft playing the bar circuit throughout northeast Ohio Shawn was invited to fill the lead guitar spot in the county show band “The Coy Sisters”. During his tenure with this band, Shawn played at all of the notable County Music venues in the tri-state area and shared the stage with many of County Music’s greatest legends including Marty Robbins, Porter Wagner, and Ray Price to name just a few.
After relocating to Florida in 1981, Shawn was soon back on the bar circuit playing in various Top 40 rock bands throughout Orange, Seminole, and Volusia counties.
Shawn is always on a quest for the ultimate tone. He plays Gibson and Fender guitars and also builds and repairs his own line of Bro-Tone amplifiers.
Musical influences include just about every professional and non-professional musician/singer he has ever heard: Jeff Noble, Tom Perry, Johnny Cash, Don Rich, Jerry Reed, Robbie Sinsabaugh, Merle Travis, Ed King, Richie Blackmore, Bobby Tocco, Luther Perkins, Johnny Street, James Burton, Greg Martin, Douglas Wimsatt, Lonnie McClearn, Ralph Mooney, Roy Nichols, Elliot Easton, and many, many, many more.
Tina was born in Morristown New Jersey and moved to Florida with her family in 1977. Music has always been a passion in her life, and as a child she sang in the church choir.
At the age of 16 she started singing with a local small town band and then moved on to performing with local bands around Florida throughout the 80’s & 90's when Big Hair, Metal, Glam and Hard Rock Bands ruled the airways.
Some of her musical inspirations include, Patsy Cline, Heart, Pat Benatar, Aretha Franklin, Cher, Joan Jet, Reba McEntire, Madonna, Celine Dion, Whitney Huston, Shania Twain, Lady Antebellum and most recently Lady Gaga, Pink and many more.
She feels very honored, privileged and grateful, for the opportunity to be working with and learning from such accomplished and professional Musicians.