Who is Smokin' Gunnz?

“BRIEF BIOGRAPHY”

 

(Smokin' Gunnz is a powerful 4 piece southern rock band,

dedicated to bringing only the finest live music to the stage)

Robert Morris: Lead Vocals, Drummer

Robert, better known as Bob by all his friends and band members, is a native of Hershey, PA. Bob came from a home of musicians and sat up to his very first drum set at the age for 4. Ever since then, it was a romance that he would not forget or put aside. Also, through the years, as Bob matured musically, he not only fell in love with playing the drums, but also mastered his voice to where he can sing anything with no limitations. Bob's talents have even landed him a spot on a national television show called 'Your Big Break', which aired in the summer of 2000. Bob competed against some of the greatest talents from across the globe to land himself a solid runner-up position.  Bob's previous experience in music has been a very long one. He started out by singing & playing in his family’s band when he was only 5 years old, making appearances all over Pennsylvania . Since then, Bob has played in bands such as The Morris Bros. Band, Maskeraid and Jack, which have been local favorites for years. Having the thunder foot of Bob Morris behind the drums and a whaling voice sounding like Skynyrd's very own Ronnie Van Zandt and Allman Bros' own Greg Allman, is the perfect compliment to this Southern Rock power house of a band. Bob as well is an accomplished song writer having a CD of 11 songs of pure originality and Southern Fried Pride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Rick Marko : Bass Guitarist, Back-up 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 abilities.

Recently, while 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 Guitars, Back-up Vocals

 

Chris got his first taste of music at an early age by way of his Mother's record collection. Groups like The Faces, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple and even Kenny Rogers, are among the groups that first peeked Chris' curiosity. Chris started playing in the early 80's. Seeing the music on MTV, as well as hearing it, was a major influence on Chris and it wasn't long before he picked up his first guitar -- & he’s been playing ever since. With roots in Pennsylvania and the great state of Texas, it's easy to hear his love for 'Southern Fried Rock and Roll'. A guitarist till the end, Chris also brings to the group his vocal abilities, which adds to the Gunnz' searing four-part harmonies.  Chris brings to the table his love of all music and his experiences in it, while learning from the others. Constantly growing as a musician, and maybe even kicking some ass in the process. This is one Gun you want to keep your eyes on!!

 

Mike Brady: Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Back-up 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 central Pa. 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, Amberjack. He stayed with Amberjack 'till the late eighties. Figuring it was time for a change Mike joined Disorderly Conduct, a variety rock/new rock band from York. After six years with Disorderly Conduct it was time for another change. Mike drifted in and out of several bands, writing originals, and playing blues and classic rock. 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 rock out the southern rock once again! It took a month for their collective schedules to align and allow Mike and the boys to check each other out. 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. This is a match made in kick-ass-southern-rock heaven and a band you'll have to see, and hear, over and over again, to believe....

 


All members have enjoyed sharing the stage at one time or another in their careers playing with such southern rock greats as Jakson Spires, drummer and co-founder of the  nationally known rock band, Blackfoot. Also to their credits come along with playing and sharing the stage with Molly Hatchet’s founder, Dave Hlubek, lead guitarist. Jakson and Dave have fame for writing such popular songs as, Highway Song, Train, Train, Flirtin With Disaster, Bounty Hunter, Gator Country just to name a few. Jakson Spires has recently passed and we are grateful we had a opportunity to meet and perform with such a great talent . We are also glad to see Dave is back  with his band Molly Hatchet.

 

Sound Engineer

 

 

 

Mission Statement

The entire band has only one goal, and that is that our fans enjoy listening to our music as much as we enjoy bringing it to them. We are dedicated to bringing only the finest performances to the stage . We are sure that like all others who have experienced the performance of Smokin’ Gunnz live, the only thing that will come to mind is, “Where are they going to be playing next?”

 

Sincerely and best regards from,

Smokin’ Gunnz

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