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Meet the Band!
Niki Leigh Dillon
Niki joined the band as the lead vocalist back in 2012. From a very young age, it was obvious that singing was her greatest passion and it definitely shows through her performances. She tributes musical greats Pat Benatar, Ann Wilson, and Stevie Nicks as her earliest rock n’ roll influences and credits them for creating her never-ending love affair with music. Being able to perform this genre of music has been a dream come true and has allowed her to channel her own inner-rock child onstage.
As one of the original members of The Nailers, Michael has played lead and rhythm guitar for the band for the past 22 years. He recalls picking up his first acoustic guitar as a young teen and how quickly he realized he had a passion for the 6-string instrument. His musical influences include some of the greatest artists of all time. Bands like KISS and Aerosmith quickly caught his attention and left him dreaming of performing onstage. At 18, the ‘childhood fantasy’ shifted into reality when he played ‘Cat Scratch Fever’ for his first live audience. Michael has been entertaining crowds with his self-taught talent ever since and his love of ‘guitars’ continues…. just ask him how many beauties he has in his collection, we dare you!
Rod "The Snake" joined the Nailers in March 2005. He was born in southern Cali and moved to Houston after spending some time in Philadelphia. He picked up the guitar after getting a copy of Van Halen, and credits Doug Doppler for teaching him some “stuff” on guitar. Rod is a true rocker at heart - you'll witness it first-hand when you watch him perform onstage.
Bruce is a seasoned recording and stage-experienced musician who's been playing drums for the better part of 50 years. He has toured with some upstart original acts and cover bands playing venues on the west coast and in the Midwest. Music genres include but not limited to southern rock, classic rock, pop, alternative, new country, blues, and funk. He is originally from Vancouver Washington, moving to Houston in 1991. No stranger to the stage, he started playing drums at age 10 and did his first gig at age 12. Playing music throughout the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and currently in this 21st century, Bruce has kept himself busy playing with a country band Story Book Road for the past five years as well as a Southern Rock Tribute Band project ending in July of 2022 called Redd Sky. Bruce has worked with other Houston cover bands in the last 12 years in the Houston area (Magnus Heart, Trick Dog, The Ernie Trevino Band, Daze of Nite, Triple Shot).
Influences: Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, The Allman Brothers Band, Toto, The Beatles, AC/DC, Styx, George Strait … many more.
Darrell Jozwiak on bass provides the groove that drives The Nailers' rhythm section. Darrell has been
influenced by many 70s and 80s rock artists such as Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, The Eagles, Van Halen, and Journey, just to name a few. Country music has also had a major influence on Darrell and he enjoys listening to music across all genres. Darrell says “I have been so blessed over the years to be able to play music with some of the finest musicians around and I am very happy to be a member of the hottest band in the Houston area, The Nailers!!!
Steve Vonderheide has played keys in bands in California, New York, and Maine, but has been gigging in Texas since 1998 and even did a 5-year stint with The Nailers at the turn of the millennium. Steve's musical skills are often accompanied with bouts of bizarre and unpredictable behavior. He has begun insisting that the other bands members call him "Your Excellency" because we " already have a Steve in the band."
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