Skeeter Creek started off as a Bluegrass Band in 2002, formed by the late Tim Seabolt of Walton, West Virginia, and Joe Kulewicz from the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. Skeeter Creek has become much more than a band, it’s a way of life for these talented, professional musicians.
Skeeter Creek has built a reputation as “THE hardest working, most dedicated musicians to come from the Northeast Country Music scene in years”.
“It’s just what we do. We play music that we love to perform live. It’s more than music, it’s ENTERTAINMENT.“
Over the last few years, Skeeter Creek has been fortunate enough to have played with some of the best musicians and performers, performing with Artists such as Parmalee, Locash,Lonestar,The Marshall Tucker Band, The Charlie Daniels Band,Confederate Railroad,Darryl Worley, Rhett Atkins, Chad Brock, Jeff Bates, Jim and Jeff Hagar (Hee-Haw), Pirates of the Mississippi, Emerson Drive, Mark Wills, Chris Cagle, Luke Bryan, Ashton Sheppard, James Otto, Billy Currington, Phil Vasser, Tricia Yearwood, Toby Keith, Faith Hill, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts, Lee Brice, David Allen Coe, Steve Azar, Jaron and the long road to love, Darius Rucker, Ray Scott, Sheryl Crow, and the late George Jones, to name a few.
Ranked#1 in the Metroland Magazine Reader’s Poll for Best Country Band (2011-2015) and the Capital District’s Best Cover Band in all genres 2013-2015 (Rock, Pop, Country)!
Joe Kulewicz is the co-founder and only original member of Skeeter Creek. He has been playing locally since the late ’80’s and has been a Country music fan since childhood, being brought up on artists like Charile Pride, the Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Willie Nelson, John Denver, and several others.
Joe plays Fender Telecaster guitars and Fender Amps.
Dave Ahl broke into the local music scene back in the early 1990’s. He was both a singer and a Drummer, and played the Drums for a few local Country Bands, including “Broken Aero”, who backed up recording artist Valerie Delacruza at Countryfest in 1998. Leaving the Country scene, he started a Pop/Rock/Funk band here he took the reins as both Drummer and lead Vocalist. He then took the stage as lead Vocalist for a local Country band for a year and a half. He is a member of the Skeeter Creek family, and lead vocalist for the band.
Renee Lussier-Ahl began singing on stage at age 8, then formed her band, “Renee Lussier & BranchWater” at age 14….entertaining audiences throughout the Capital Region and surrounding areas ever since! By the time she was 17, she had the extreme pleasure of sharing the stage with various national acts including Jimmy Wayne, Steve Azar, and CountryFest 2009 (Montgomery Gentry, Heidi Newfield, Jason Michael Carrol, Sara Buxton, and The Lost Trailers). North Country Music Awards Best Female Vocalist 2014-2016. She would like to thank everyone for their encouragement and support….family, friends, fans and sponsors!!
Juan “Bon Jovi” Lopez completes the rhythm section of Skeeter Creek Keeping a steady rhythm, and pulse. Juan is one of the top bass players in this region and he knows the importance of locking in with the drummer. Moving the song along and keeping them dancing all starts with Juan Bon Jovi.
Jeff Dudwoire has been playing drums since he was 15. He started with the guitar, trying to follow in the footsteps of his greatest adolescent musical influence, his father, but it just didn’t feel right. One afternoon, at his fathers rehearsal room, he sat behind his drummers kit and alas, he found his love and passion and never looked back. He self taught the basics, but has taken professional drum lessons from Mike Johnston (educator and former drummer of Simon Says) and Dante Roberson (Alicia Keyes). Whether its country, metal or pop, Jeff, defines his drumming styling by understanding texture, accents, having a solid meter and feel for his instrument. Jeff’s passion for drumming is clear and evident by his live performances. If you’ve seen him live, you already know this. Jeff bleeds passion for his craft and always leaves a little bit of his soul on the drum throne.
Dominic Paratore studied music at Berklee College of Music and Suny Albany and soon after embarked on his long musical journey. He soon found himself playing keyboards for the pop rock recording group “Ariel” and was the songwriter for their 1984 release “Rock N Roll Eyes”. As the 1990’s approached Dominic formed the top 40 group “FreeTime” and became the bands front man and keyboard player until a call came from Country recording artist “Alex Craig”. Country music and his piano sounds became a natural. Dominic then formed a songwriting team of Gorman, Capolli and Paratore and many of their songs became features for the Alex Craig band. He now is a proud member of the Skeeter Creek family. His favorite SK moment is strapping on the keytar. His pet peeve is heading to a SK gig and his GPS starts recalculating.
James Rissacher lives just south of Albany and grew up playing rock, blues, jazz guitar and graduated first chair classical guitar at SUNY Fredonia with honors. Since then over the last 20 years he has performed in classic music venues throughout the U.S and Europe and has recorded with numerous musicians.
James’ diverse background in and passion for guitar provides a special avenue for mixing different styles and improvisations within the particular genre he is playing. He likens music to food and needs variety to stay satisfied.
Leo Bouchard could be seen playing bass with many local bands in the late 80s early 90s. Finding there was a much greater need for a good soundman than a bass player Leo dedicated his focus to sound. Over the next 15 years Leo worked with many local and national acts such as BB King , Debbie Harry , Boys to men , Kansas , Radio Head and more. In 2006 Leo decided to temporarily retire from doing sound to refine the good side of life. Leo came out of retirement and started doing the house sound at the barrel saloon in Albany where he met Skeeter Creek. The rest is history.