No matter how talented an artist may be, they are still only as good as the band behind them. Sonny Burgess is blessed to be able to travel and perform with some of the best in Texas.
BRYAN GRENVALL - Lead Guitar
Born and raised in the Dallas area, Bryan has played guitar in bands since high school covering Rock, Jazz, Blues, Country and everything in between. From traveling the Southwest playing guitar in a Top 40 Country band (opening up shows for George Strait, Keith Whitley, Steve Wariner, T. Graham Brown and many more), to working in the production side of the industry (mixing monitors for a regional sound company, working with artists such as Burt Bacharach, Eric Clapton, Merle Haggard, etc.), Bryan has been involved in many facets of the music business. Recent years have found him working with Texas singer/songwriter Chris Rivers (as part of the Gilley's Dallas official house band), as well as a stint playing guitar on tour with country music star Doug Stone.
As part of the Sonny Burgess band, Bryan says, "I've known Sonny for quite some time and have always loved and respected his work as a musician, singer, songwriter and all-around nice guy! After so many years of friendship, getting to play music with Sonny is truly a highlight in my musical journey...what a band!!!"
JOHN LAIRD - Bass Guitar
In the last few years he has had the honor to play Bass Guitar in some of the best regional bands in Texas. In addition, he has also been fortunate enough to have played with Johnny Lee and the Urban Cowboy band for 3 years, and the legendary Janie Fricke for the last 7 years.
It seems when one door closes than another opens as changes brings John the opportunity to play Bass Guitar with the Sonny Burgess Band. When asked if he would like to play in the Band all he could say was “I look forward to playing with my old friend Sonny Burgess”
SHANE McCAULEY - Drums
2005 Louisiana Hall of Fame inductee Shane McCauley brings a range of experience to the band. He has toured and worked for artists such as Connie Smith, Jean Shepherd, Jack Green, Dell Reeves, Drifting Cowboy’s, Vince Vance and the Valiants, and many more.
He has recorded and been on albums with Shot Jackson, Roy Acuff, Marty Stewart, George Jones, Clay Blaker, Willie Nelson, Jody McCauley, Buddy Emmons, John Hughey, and Vince Vance and the Valiants, In addition he has appeared on television numerous times including performances with Clay Blaker (Austin City Limits), Giant Records Chris Ward (CMT, GAC), Capital artist Gene Stroman (CMT, GAC), motion picture soundtrack video for the independent film Pearl, Jean Shepard (Branson), WSM Grand Ole Opry and Percy Sledge, Jean Knight, John Fred, Clarence Frogman Henry and Vince Vance and the Valiants (Louisiana Legends).
He currently works as Producer/Engineer at www.in-houserecording.com and tours with long time friend Sonny Burgess.
GLEN RODGERS - Keyboard
Glen comes from a diverse musical background which includes Classical, Gospel, Country, Rock and most things in between. He's played with several national acts, performed on radio, appeared on satellite and local TV and has worked as a studio musician. His resume also includes touring all over the U.S.(many times), Mexico and even went on an Armed Forces Entertainment Tour which included Italy, Sicily, Germany, Lebanon, Jordan, Crete, Egypt, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus.
When asked which style of music he prefers, Glen's response was, “I enjoy playing country more than any other style and Sonny Burgess certainly has his act together. I'm thankful for the opportunity to work with such a great Singer, Entertainer, and Song Writer who's also a great guy. Those characteristics don't always come together. Sonny never meets a Stranger!"