4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
With an impressive background of professional experience , The Railway Kings go far beyond merely presenting covers in the typical “bar backdrop” format, and instead motivate audiences to stay for the music. Their re-inventions are thick with originality, while still ringing true with everything listeners love about the songs and want to hear.
The Railway Kings attract and sustain crowds who are eager to cut loose and leave their work weeks behind. With a diverse catalog to choose from, they skillfully deliver the right experience – from classic rock like Tom Petty, to the relaxed sophistication of John Mayer, to modern county-rock (you know . . . the kind that inspires the audience’s word-for-word unison on hits like Jason Aldean’s She’s Country), to universally-beloved anthems like I’m Shipping Off to Boston from The Drop Kick Murphys. Whether at a beach bar, neighborhood hangout, crowded college club or rock-oriented venue, the band radiates a keen American flavor and irresistible vibe that appeal to listeners across the spectrum. Immediately likable, frontman Kyle Rohde steers audiences with ease, inspiring the crowd’s craving to hear what is next . . . right to the end of the night.
Just a short delve into the members’ bios and it’s easy to see why this band commands the loyal following it does, and why venues enjoy patrons who show up and stay when The Railway Kings are on the bill. Their collective professional experience, noteworthy education and long history together set the stage early on for today’s Railway Kings collaboration – one that breathes deeply with imagination, rich textures and an inherent, solid tightness that permeates every piece of what they do.
Kyle Rohde, Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
Hailing from Muskogee, Oklahoma, Kyle was raised on a steady diet of Country, Gospel, R&B, and Rock and Roll – everything from the Temptations to Willie Nelson. Growing up singing in church and in school, Kyle started writing songs and playing in local bands while still in his teens. After experiencing a brief affinity for heavy rock and British metal music in his late teens, adulthood found Kyle gravitating back to the music of his childhood roots. In the late 90s, he began writing songs long distance, collaborating with others between Muskogee and Tampa, eventually moving to Tampa in 2000 and co-founding a band called Soup Bone that played the local scene and released a self-titled CD in 2011. Also during this time through 2013, Kyle worked with current Railway Kings’ guitarist Greg Nokura in the band The Go Daddies for eight years. The following year, Kyle and Nokura formed The Railway Kings with Nokura’s fellow Berklee alumni, bassist Bela Wurtzler and drummer Joe Murphy.
Greg Nokura, Guitar, Vocals
Born in Tachikawa, Japan, Greg started touring America’s southeast at the age of 21, eventually leaving life on the road to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he also played in an original band called Wild Heart, with current Railway Kings’ bass player, Bela Wurtzler. Following their stint in Boston, Wild Heart reformed in Florida, touring up and down the east coast as well as in Cancun, Mexico and St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Landing in Tampa, Greg joined a band called Motel Funk that also included Wurtzler and current Railway Kings’ drummer Joe Murphy. When that project ended, Greg would form a band called The Godaddies with current Railway Kings’ lead vocalist, Kyle Rohde, that would enjoy a long 8-year run before they, Wurtzler and Murphy would ultimately reconnect as The Railway Kings.
Bela Wurtzler, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Born in Boston, and the son of a Boston Symphony Orchestra bass player, Bela brings more than 20 years of experience as a professional musician. A performance major at Indiana University, Bloomington and The Berklee College of music in Boston, he has played in several original and cover bands, and also played for numerous theater companies throughout the country. Bela has shared the stage with many notable acts including, Lee Brice, Thompson Square, Sarah Evans, Little Feat, Pat Benatar, The Average White Band, Orleans, Delbert McClinton, Berty Higgins, Travis Tritt, 38 Special and others. He performed at the 2008 Inaugural Ball at the Smithsonian Institute, along with Keb Mo and Anita Baker, as well as toured Europe, South America and the Caribbean with various artists.
Joe Murphy, Drums, Vocals
Joe Murphy has been playing drums for over twenty years and studied performance/Professional Music at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. He has been featured in Modern Drummer’s magazine “Up and Coming” and has performed and/or recorded from coast to coast in such venues as Boston”s Rathskeller, New York’s CBGB’s, the Kennedy Center and many more. Joe has recorded on album work or session dates at such studios as Newbury Sound(Boston) Hit Factory (NY NY ) and Silver Cloud (LA). Joe has shared the stage with opening acts or direct support for The Ramones, Earth Wind and Fire , The Commodores, Edwin McCain, Sick Puppies, Bush and others. Joe has also been a contract performer for the Los Angeles based production company Perfect World Entertainment (PWE) which specializes in tribute acts and shows. Joe performed in and out of the country for PWE with Disco Inferno and the Spazmatics on numerous corporate events and music festivals. He is also a Drum Instructor in Tampa,FL where he has been teaching professionally for almost fifteen years. Joe’s private studies were under: Joe Porcaro, Gary Chaffee, Bob Gulotti, Dom Famularo, Kenny Aronoff, Lee Venters and Steve Wilkes.
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