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Make Mine Country

The Make Mine Country Band is a four-piece group of seasoned musicians from diverse musical backgrounds with their roots in traditional country music. The primary goal of this band is to make the audience happy, see smiling faces and tapping toes while they perform the music they love. The band prides itself in working with a venue to make the experience a good one for all involved. Whether you want to hear a steel guitar laden country ballad, a classic upbeat rock and roll standard, maybe a little bit of the blues, a rousing bluegrass tune or two, or even a few corny jokes, this band is what you are looking for.  The band has traveled from Sullivan County, to the Kettle Creek Music Fest, to a private dance party in Maryland, to the Pennsylvania Farm Show, to the Wheeling Jamboree and all points in between. We love visiting new venues, but also appreciate all those we have had the privilege of performing at/for. Here is a little about us:

Jim Wilson began his music career at the age of 14, learning the guitar with a little motivation from his dad. He had his first playing gig at the age of 17 with the Cameos, a well-known rock and roll band in the Huntingdon area. He also played locally with Fred Bunn and the Imperials, George Reihart and the Fugitives, as well as Vernon Dale and the Outlaws. Jim went on to learn the pedal steel under the guiding hands of renowned Nashville steel players Jeff Newman and Buddy Emmons, and played with the Country Inspirations for a number of years through the mid '80's. After a 10 year hiatus, he returned to playing at local music jams and with a number of local bands including Country Junction before landing a spot with Make Mine Country. He is best known for his riveting steel licks, his leads on the Telecaster and his fine vocals.

Shelby Nestler began singing at age 7 with a little coaxing from her dad, singing country favorites of his which eventually became her favorites as well. She honed her vocal abilities while singing and playing with her dad's band, The Moonlighters. Shelby "semi-retired" for 15 years to raise her two kids, and about 7 years ago, returned to performing. Over the past few years, she has had the privilege of performing with Nashville artists David Frizzell, Tommy Cash and Darryl Lee O'Donnell, and local well-known band Country Legend. In 2006, she formed the band, Make Mine Country, following a request from the Pennsylvania Farm Show to provide music during the weeklong event. Shelby's distinct voice can be heard on lead and harmony vocals on most of the Make Mine Country songs. She recorded two of her original songs Nashville in July 2008, and in June 2009 and March 2010 was featured at the world famous Wheeling Jamboree.

Many of the members of the band have followed in their father's footsteps. That is the same with Ronnie Stewart. His dad was an accomplished, Chet Atkins style guitarist in the Mt. Union area for many years whose band, the Jack's Mountain Boys, Ron played in. Ronnie won his first talent show at the age of 8 and has gone on to win many more over the years. Ron is great bass and rhythm player as well as a great vocalist whose songs range from a foot stomping Grandpa Jones tune to those slow ballads that made Conway Twitty and Vern Gosdin famous.