Pop-rock/Christian trio The Lee Roessler Band have some really specific opinions on what they like. That list includes Swedish Fish gummy candy, the food at Sonic and the next steps for their band.
The Kentucky-based band members, who grew up across the river from Cincinnati, “just enough country and just enough city,” explained Lee Roessler (lead vocals, guitar) in a phone interview, have been playing together for about two and a half years. After taking up music at around 13, they spent some time playing together as the band, Monday’s Child (when, interestingly, they all played completely different instruments than they do now) before “going our separate ways and finding — well, I found my way back” said Derek Kramer (bass, backing vocals), who also works and attends school when he’s not pursuing his “passion” with the band.
After reconnecting, they produced an EP and in 2009, the band discovered they “know how to choose the right people” to help them move forward. They also credit a habit of prayer — on the road and before shows — with keeping them calm and strong, contributing to their success.
The guys are committed to three things: their band, faith and hard work. But is there anything else? Video games. “I’m really into NBA Live,” admitted Ryan Doyle (drums). Kramer added, “being lazy” is good. “I work so much that I like to really enjoy any down time.” For the band’s frontman, Roessler? “I like to play Scrabble and watch movies — ‘The Goonies’ is probably my favorite of all time.” Appropriate, with everything falling into place, it might just be their time to discover their own hidden treasure too.
Lee Roessler: Vocals
Derek Kramer: Bass
Ryan Doyle: Drums
"What's up, I'm Lee Roessler. I grew up in the little town of California, Kentucky, and I am the voice of the Lee Roessler Band. You'll also find me playing some guitar as well.
I tend to be the charismatic, in your face one mostly because I love life and live to love. The lyrics I write often reflect this attitude because they are all a piece of me. Life has not always been easy for me.
I know where I have been and I know how God has transformed my life."
--Lee Roessler (Vocals)
"I'm Derek Kramer and I grew up in the small town of California, Kentucky. To be honest, I grew up just a normal kid in a small town with two great parents and a sister.
I started playing guitar when I was about 13-years-old and from that moment on there was no other instrument that could catch my eye. When the opportunity came along to take on the role of bass player with TLRB I enthusiastically jumped on board!
I am the type of person who is adventurous, but at the same time likes to know where I'm going and how I'm going to get there, which has inadvertently made me the planner and the big picture thinker of the band.
I am the only band member who has a retirement fund at the age of 18."
--Derek Kramer (Bass)
"Hey I'm Zorin McGuire "Z." I keep the beat on time and the band tight. Things have not always been easy for me. I grew up in the inner city of Over The Rhine, Cincinnati, where life was marked with temptation and hardship for my family and me.
God and music were the two things that kept me positive and strong in order to overcome the many obstacles I faced. I was first introduced to music when I was around 13-years-old. I started playing a variety of instruments, but drums quickly became my passion.
My drums are the beat of my life and my band members will be the first to back me up on that statement. "
--Zorin McGuire "Z" (Drums)