SOUTHERN ROCK and COUNTRY
Jimmy Riot- Bass
James Elliott was given his nickname "Jimmy Riot" on a 2000 Leona Naess European tour. Born in NYC, Jimmy grew up in Glens Falls, NY and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy. He played bass in the U-Pitt Jazz Ensemble under jazz great Nathan Davis and attended the Manhattan School of Music, studying under the legendary Anthony Jackson while doing upright bass gigs outside of school with Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald. Jimmy then founded power-trio Skunkworks and opened for Pantera, The Offspring, Pennywise and The Toadies, and co-headlined shows with Stuck Mojo. He then played bass for Patti Rothberg (EMI) and toured opening for Chris Isaak, the Wallflowers and, on the summer festival circuit, shared the stage with Iggy Pop, Korn, 311, No Doubt etc. and opened for Everclear. He appeared on David Letterman and Jay Leno with Patti and did a special homecoming gig at Tramps NYC with Omar Hakim on drums. As a member of Swimmer (Maverick), he toured with Fuel, King's X, and opened for Sugar Ray. Jimmy played for Leona Naess (MCA) doing tours with Travis, Eagle Eye Cherry, and performed on the Craig Kilborn show. He was then bassist and musical director for Alexa Ray Joel, performed on Jimmy Kimmel and produced her EP "Sketches". Jimmy was a member of The Woodstock Era Experience and The Orion Experience in New York before moving to Minnesota to join JT & the Gunslingers.
From small town USA comes the quintessential small town story. Young man working on a farm playing sports graduates high school and joins the Army.
While as an Army Ranger JT had a songwriting contract offer from Paramount writers group but due to his commitment to his country JT felt that he would be unable to fulfill his contract obligations to the fullest, so he passed on signing.
Since being honorably discharged from the military JT has written songs for Scholastic publishing company for audio books and has gotten a lot of interest in songs from up and coming country artists.
Jeff Stewart - Drums, Vocals
Waseca born and Rochester raised, Jeff first cut his teeth in the drumming world with a Muppets drum set at the age of 4. It wasn’t until he was in high school and got his first job that Jeff was able to obtain his first real drum set at the age of 16. All those years of air drumming along to his favorite albums paid off and Jeff quickly made up for lost time by joining his first gigging band, SUMMER WINDE, just two years later. It was in this band 20 years ago that Jeff first shared the stage with fellow NASHVEGAS member and long-time friend, Todd. After a long run with SUMMER WINDE, Jeff and Todd would share the stage again with JAGGED EASE.
After his time in JAGGED EASE, Jeff dove into the Twin Cities music scene with the rock band THE EFFENHEIMER SISTERS as well as a year-long stint with THE CLEANEST DIRTY SHIRT COMBO, a Johnny Cash tribute band.
Jeff made his return to the SE Minnesota music scene to join forces once again with Todd to form NASHVEGAS and is now the thump in your chest at JT & The Gunslingers shows.
Todd Owen- Lead Guitar
Todd is known for his masterful playing of the "Doghouse" upright bass and is equally adept at manipulating twang from a Gretsch or Telecaster his very appropriate nickname that was given to him by regional legends is "The Telemaster". He began playing guitar as a young boy emulating his father, Wayne Owen, who fronted bands while Todd was growing up. Todd was gigging regularly by the time he was 15 with his father’s band SUMMER WINDE.
Todd has also played guitar in the Minneapolis country outfit LAZY IKE AND THE DAREDEVILS as well as Rochester variety bands JAGGED EASE, NASHVEGAS and ADAM’S EVE.
In addition to NASHVEGAS, Todd fronts and plays upright bass in the retro rockabilly group HILLBILLY SWING KINGS.