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.
Mike has been playing live since he was 14 years old but fell in love with drumming at the young age of 11. He has been keeping the beat for the Nailers for 2 decades now and started with the group when the band was new on the scene. Mike's biggest addiction (outside of drumming, of course) is riding his motorcycle. He was heavy into motorcross riding and still lights up when he talks about it. Some of Mike's earliest musical influences include The Who, Led Zepplin, Rush and Aerosmith.
Steve has been playing bass for years, since being weened on Stevie Ray Vaughn, Zepplin and The Who among many others. He cites John Paul Jones, John Entwistle, Chris Squire, Flea, Mark King, Stanley Clark, Victor Wooten and many others as great musical influences. Steve also credits Joe Hubbard and Brad Russell as his greatest mentors. His playing style provides the rhythmic foundation and steady pulse that fills the room and keeps everyone dancing.
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."