Off the Wagon started with a few friends, Kevin, Aaron and Bill playing at the Andover Open Mic summer season in 2013. In the fall they met Ryan who liked the music style that they were working on. By winter they had decided they needed a drummer to fill in the backbeat of the group. Kier responded to a FB post and the beginning of 2014 started with a practice in the very cold garage. With the smell of kerosene and seeing our breaths we all had a great time anyways and decided to set practice twice a week and learn 50 songs in about 2 months. The first show was at the Hornell Moose in the spring of 2014. The Hornell Moose continues to be one of our steady favorite places to play several times a year. Since then the band averages 20 – 25 shows per year with the majority being during the summer months. We play summer fests, County Fair, Moose, Elks, VFW’s, Legions, other private clubs and the occasional private parties.
|Bill Bryan – Guitar/Harmonica/Vocals. Bill has been a member of two local bands. He has coordinated and played Music on Main Street in Andover during the last four years. He has written many songs in the country/rock genre. Bill brings playing experience and a desire to not only enjoy what the band is playing, but a pumped up attitude to ensure the audience is involved and has a good time.|
|Aaron Bridge – Rhythm and Slide Guitar/Harmonica/Banjo/Lead Vocals. Experienced with many instruments and over a decade of musical love and involvement Aaron brings his wide variety of talents to “Off the Wagon” in hopes to create a sound and group that is enjoyable for all ages, whether it be easy listening in the park or a rowdy bar scene. As the youngest member of the group he hopes to give the old a new sense of style, and that doesn’t just mean the music.|
|Kevin Bridge – Guitar/Vocals. His love of music and playing began over 35 years ago when he bought his first banged up six string from a friend at the ripe age of 17. Always being a fan of the acoustic guitar he is recognized by many locals as the campfire king, or a party in a box, because of his warm constant energy and a permanent invite to everyone’s house parties as long as he brings his guitar. His spot on harmonies and southern influenced leads and rhythms bring a strong piece to the “Off the Wagon” sound.|
|Ryan Gough – Bass/Vocals/Mandolin. An experienced musician in the area with a wide variety of musical styles. Ryan is exploring the acoustic experience with “Off the Wagon” and enjoying every minute of it. Playing bass for more than 25 years he brings his sense of professionalism and fun to the band. In recent years Ryan has added a full size acoustic upright bass and plays mandolin on several songs.|
|Kier Dirlam – Drums/Vocals: Kier has been involved in over a dozen musical groups playing drums, guitar, keyboards and singing. He has written over 100 songs in a variety of genres from country to punk, metal to new age. He joins “Off the Wagon” after a long vacation from drumming and is enjoying the sounds of the skins under his sticks.|