Sage Guyton sings, wrestles with an acoustic guitar, and writes a majority of the band’s original material. Though he imagines himself the “leader” of the group, most important band decisions are, in fact, made behind his back by the rest of the band members during secret late-night meetings. As a frontman, his avuncular personality and hospitable, upbeat vocal style help to create the energetic yet easy going atmosphere that has become the band’s trademark. Never one to shy away from ridiculous rhymes or gratuitous word play, Sage has a wayward way with words, and his songwriting has received accolades and tirades by wisemen and fools, respectively.
Dave “Pappy” Stuckey is a music legend in his own right, and an indispensable part of The Lucky Stars long-running lineup. Though best known as a singer and songwriter of the seminal L.A. Hillbilly band, The Dave & Deke Combo, and more recently, Dave Stuckey And The Hot House Gang, it turns out that this multi-talented character can play drums to boot! The Lucky Stars first discovered Pappy’s talent when they needed a last-minute fill in on drums for the Buckingham Palace Barn Dance. His nuanced brushwork and blazing paradiddles so impressed the band (and the Queen Mother herself) that they asked Pappy to fill in full time, where he can be found to this very day governing the band’s swinging rhythm section from his rightful throne.
Highly prized Bass fiddleman Wally Hersom, brings his well-honed style and expertise to the band’s rhythm section. His driving talent (on top of the beat as well as behind the wheel) assures that the band is always in and on time. This lanky, bespectacled California native, is the mastermind behind his own “Wallyphonic Studios,” where his consummate skill as a recording technician and producer can be heard on many popular recordings, including those of The Lucky Stars. Wally’s legendary status and low-profile antics make him a popular favorite with the young folks who can often be heard chanting his name between songs at the band’s live performances.
Russ Blake is the taciturn guitar player The Lucky Stars spent over five years searching for, and it wasn’t because he was hiding either. In fact he had been right in front of them the entire time heckling and taunting them from the audience at nearly every show. After one such evening of particularly cruel abuse, Sage pulled this guy aside after the show and asked if there was any way that he could be persuaded to stop his scathing remarks. “Sure thing,” replied Russ, “Just let me play guitar in your band and I won’t say another word again.” We did and he hasn’t, but now his eloquent musical phrasing and twin-guitar retorts have become an integral part of the Lucky Stars’ aural tapestry.
The often late, but always great Jeremy Wakefeld plays a Bigsby steel guitar (and how), proving the age-old adage that ‘three necks are better than one.” Since joining up with The Lucky Stars, old J.W. has become an internationally known and respected talent. During that time he has played with a wide array of performers and has released his own well-received solo, steel guitar recording entitled “Steel Guitar Caviar.” Jeremy’s artistic skill was exploited by the band when he was tricked into designing both 45 record jackets, their second CD album cover, The Lucky Stars matchbook covers, tee shirts, etc…