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Easy Rider creator, front man, and lead guitarist is Mike Miller. While he is a little younger than most in his field, he is not lacking in his extensive knowledge of roots music. He has been rocking his brand of Soul, strong vocals, slide guitar, and Jerry Garcia licks since 2008 and has adapted it his to his own style and tone which is rarely emulated. Mike lives every day inundated in music. He has also become a hired gun in the music scene. He works as a hired sub for bands or studio work that needs done. He has become one of the most hard working local musicians in the area, playing in 6 different projects and touring all over the country from Coast to Coast each year. He also hosts a weekly open stage that has successfully been running for two long years.


Aaron Miller (Bass/Vox) is a seasoned veteran of many styles of music and has been a staple in the Peoria scene for years. Performing in such groups as The Creek Road Ramblers and Brainchild, not to mention hosting multiple open stages, Aaron is one of the busiest and most in demand musicians in the area, and a bit of a local legend!


Nick Fairley (Drums) comes from a diverse musical background, having played in Classical, Jazz, Latin, Rock and blues ensembles over the years. He's been steadily backing a number of great projects around the area, catching the eye of all the heavy hitters on the scene. He frequently performs around Central Illinois as a freelance drummer and percussionist and is also available for private drum instruction.


Easy Riders have come a long way in a short amount of time

forming into an energetic show that keeps the people moving.

The Easy Riders guarantee to cultiivate that vintage sound of music.




NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS



The Easy Riders have successfully hit the road and played over 100 shows in 2018;

including but not limited to: 



- Being the house band for the VIP tent at their eighth appearance at Summer Camp Music Festival; playing three to four sets over three nights and rubbing elbows with some top touring musicians. Mike, Kid, & Aaron were lucky enough the last three years to play a improvisational one hour set with Victor Wooten & Roosevelt C. (The Lee Boys).


-The band also spends time touring twice a year. We recently just got back from our Mountains &  the Moon tour in Jauary.  We played through Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, & Iowa. They played a variety of places from 5 star restaurants to popular local music venues, Brewery's, Hot Springs, Coffe spots and Historic downtown venues.  Things look real promising and gaining a lot of traction the pass couple years.


Easy Riders has played events such as Blues Fest and Summer Camp Music Festival (8 years in a row), and have also opened for The Marshall Tucker Band, John Kadlecik Band(Further w/ members of Grateful Dead). They Have also shared the same bill as MOE. Bob Weir, Umphrey's McGee, Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band & Dead & Co.) The Wailers, Buddy Guy.


The Easy Riders were represented on KCSU Radio Show Fort Collins, CO on 4/6/11. on Morch 3rd 2018 Easy Riders will be showcased on WQUD Vintage Radio 105.5 (stream live @ wqudfm.com / WQUD-FM at the app store) We will preform a Live set in studio, and will play tracks off there new album Mountains & the Moon. They will also do a interview & give away t shirts and a cd live on AIR.


Back in 2010 The Easy Riders were hand selected from this region to represent Peoria IL for The International Blues Challenge, "Road To Memphis" and shared a bill with The Johnny Winter Band. In 2016 they have been invited to play again at the Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival.


In past years for Halloween events, the band has covered The Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, Warren Haynes, Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks Band, B.B King, Joe Cocker, The Beatles, and The Band. This year we will be covering Dr. John! In 2012 they capped a busy year off with a packed house NYE event, in Chicago IL. And in 2013 they hit the road harder than ever in support of their first Album "Earthbound". New original songs are being written often and ancient classics being resurrected in a new light. 


On Sept 8th 2017 Easy Riders released there second Album "Mountains & the Moon". This is  a 9 track album consisting of new original music. Track 1 Taken' the show on the Road,  was featured on 99.9wwct Local Music Showcase. You can find both albums on Apple itunes , and on Spotify & all streaming sites!


The Easy Riders hope to see you on the road in 2018!

For questions or booking Email:easyridersmusic@gmail.com

What Inspires Us

Despite sharing many of the same interests and pastimes, we all are inspired by different things that lead us to work seamlessly in a creative setting. Traveling seeing new places, & watching our peers keep pushing us to do what we love!

Our Influences

 

Vintage styles from early rock & roll & hall of fame blues to Jerry Garcia. 

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