ABOUT SHERRI MCGEE
Sherri McGee knew she wanted to play drums since she was a toddler. Before getting a real drum kit, she played along to Tom Jones and Monkees records using two hairbrushes on a green Naugahyde recliner, and one of her earliest influences was watching Karen Carpenter on tv. Sherri has been called a cross between Patsy Cline and John Bonham.
For several years, have been a “go-to” drummer for various bands needing a trustworthy, competent player to “fill in” with little to no rehearsal for last minute/emergency gigs.
Sherri started playing drums at the age of 9 when she joined the 5th-grade school band, in Glasgow, KY. By the time Sherri entered high school she was in marching band, concert band, stage band, and prep band as section leader and lear snare drummer.
At age 15, Sherri joined The Flying Scotsmen, a 17-piece swing/Big band with all older men, playing songs like “Moonlight in Vermont,” “String of Pearls,” and “In the Mood.
After high school, Sherri moved to Lexington, KY where she played top bass drum in the University of KY marching band.
Sherri quickly became part of the Local music scene and played in the Twinkettes, a 3 female fronted Motown-type band, Spree 33, a versatile new wave cover band, and was one of the founding members of Velvet Elvis, an original pop/rock band that released their own EP, and a full album before securing a record contract with Enigma Records. Velvet Elvis released a record produced by Mitch Easter and toured all over the USA; filmed two videos for MTV, were favorably reviewed in Musician Magazine and Rolling Stones magazine among many other industry publications. They toured with bands, Let’s Active, Adrian Belew and the Bears, and UB40 to name a few.
In her mid-twenties, Sherri moved to Los Angeles (Hollywood, CA), where she played with bands across many genres! She played and rehearsed with various bands at least every night while working during the day as a recreational therapist in skilled nursing facilities.
Sherri toured up and down the CA. Coast, in and around Hollywood.
Sherri joined Loaded, fronted by Mark “Muddy” Dutton (Burning Tree, Chris Robinson Brotherhood) which toured Europe/Finland.
Sherri was seen by Kathy Valentine of The GO GO’s, and was asked to help found The Bluebonnets, an all-female blues band with Kathy V. on lead guitar. They toured parts of California and Texas. Played many “high falutin’” gigs like Angelica Houstin’s wedding (shared the stage with Mick Jagger, Seal, Harry D. Stanton, and more!)
Sherri has worked with: Craig Ross (Lenny Kravitz), Denny Freeman (Bob Dylan), Jimmy Vaughn (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Ian Moore, Clem Burke (Blondie), James Intfeld, Rosie Flores, etc.
Sherri also played high-powered Bluegrass with the Cousin Lovers; honky-tonk with Miss Melba Toast, and with Neil Mooney, who toured the US from west to east coast and back… 22 shows in 21 days.
Sherri is always in high demand to play live shows, record, and tour, as her experience and diversity in multiple genres, sets her apart from many other talented and well-established players. Sherri is a dynamic and unique performer and brings many different personality types to the stage. She is versatile and confident in any situation.
In her late 30’s she moved back to Lexington, KY, where she resides today. Armed with knowledge, experience, and notoriety, Sherri continues to play in numerous bands, hometown faves, friends, as well as new adventures such as hardcore punk of (Yellow Belts and Skull Head), Tail Dragger, South 75, Sofa King Deluxe, Jesse Taylor, KY Brushfire, Concrete Lilies, Dirty Soul, Keith Hubbard Band, Royal Bat Fangs (surf band), The Yonders, March Madness Marching Band, Pauly Zarb, Rhyan Sinclair, and All the Little Pieces… and so many more!
Sherri is the co-founder/songwriter/drummer/manager/handler for the Honky-Tonk harlot, Little Miss Tammy Smith. https://youtu.be/CWc8qxEI0AM
Sherri is currently working on the development of “Lovin Drummer,” a program for seniors and others that uses rhythm and percussion in a friendly “drum circle” atmosphere to promote health and wellness.
In September Sherri McGee and Kelly Richey joined The Binders, an all-female band based in Lexington, KY, for a New Years Eve show, which featured hit songs by key women in Rock. Sherri and Kelly met while both touring extensively with major label bands, but never had the opportunity to work together until 2017. Sherri was touring with Velvet Elvis and lead guitarist, Kelly Richey, was touring with Stealing Horses, on Arista Records.
Kelly Richey formed the Kelly Richey Band in early 1990, fronted her power trio, touring the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia, and released 16 CDs throughout her 30-year career. Kelly asked Sherri to join forces with her in developing an all-original power duo, inspired by the White Stripes and the Black Keys. This new power duo is called The Spear Shakers, and they are a force to be reckoned with. The Greek goddess Athena literally means “Spear Shaker” – she shook her spear in the face of justice…
The Speak Shakers are currently booking 2019 and playing a handful of music venues and festivals while they are in the studio recording a new release and shooting their first music video for late 2018 promotional release.
Keep your eyes wide open as the Spear Shakers explode on the scene this fall—the most powerful project to-date featuring a combo powerhouse!