Shotgun Wedding infuses Dennis' guitar pickin', Wade's boogie/stride piano, Hilary's gorgeous voice plus Chuck Burgi and Andy Cichon providing the most solid backbone on drums and bass. Dennis, Hilary and Wade all share lead vocal duties then blend together, with Andy, to create beautiful vocal harmony. The band is hearkening back to the classic days of country, re-imagining songs by Merle Haggard, Earl Scruggs, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Ernest Tubb and the Texas Troubadours, Bob Wills, Tanya Tucker and Hank Williams. Raw, honest and from the heart, Shotgun Wedding takes a unique approach to a time-honored genre. Oh, and no bones about being a country band from NYC. No cowboy hats or western style suits here...Hence, a city country band.
Dennis DelGaudio (Guitar/Vocals)
Guitarist Dennis DelGaudio began his musical career at the tender age of 13, and since then the versatile musician has performed everywhere from dive bars to Broadway to arenas. After years spent fronting his own band as well as guesting with the likes of the Turtles and Peter Noone, Dennis became the lead guitarist for the entire run of the Broadway smash hit Movin’ Out. He was part of Billy Joel’s historic Last Play at Shea concerts, and became a touring member of Billy Joel’s band soon thereafter. In addition to his extensive performing résumé, Dennis has worked as a composer for television and independent film. A native New Yorker with a virtuosic guitar style and Merle Haggard-inflected vocals, Dennis personifies “city country.”
Hilary Gardner (Vocals)
Hilary Gardner’s musical career began in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, where she sang country tunes in dive bars every weekend. She went on to complete a classical voice degree while working steadily in jazz, fronting numerous small ensembles and big bands. Multi-platinum recording artist Moby featured Hilary prominently on his 2009 release, Wait For Me. Hilary made her Broadway debut in 2010 as the featured vocalist in Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra-inspired musical, Come Fly Away. Shotgun Wedding has brought Hilary back to her country roots, right in the heart of New York City. Who says you can’t go home again?
Wade Preston (Piano/Vocals)
Originally from Long Island, NY, Wade Preston spent many years in Los Angeles, during which time he firmly established himself as one of the area’s preeminent boogie pianists. Upon his return to New York, Wade joined the Broadway cast of Movin’ Out. Combining his dynamic piano playing with an exuberant vocal style, Wade played to sold-out houses from 2002-2005. Billy Joel was so impressed with these performances that in 2008 Wade was asked to stand in for him during the months of rehearsals needed for the Last Play at Shea concerts. In 2009, Wade performed at the PA Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C. for President Obama, Vice-President Biden, and PA Governor Rendell. Wade brings a touch of boogie and stride piano to Shotgun Wedding, reminding us that honky-tonk and boogie-woogie are, after all, kissin’ cousins.
Andy Cichon (Bass/Vocals)
Before his arrival in New York City, bassist Andy Cichon was well known throughout his native Australia for, among other credits, his association with the revered blues-rock band Rose Tattoo. He began his U.S. career by touring nationally with Five For Fighting, and eventually joined Shania Twain for both her Come On Over and Up world tours. From 1999-2010, Andy was an integral member of Billy Joel’s band, sharing the stage with the likes of Paul McCartney, Roger Daltrey, and Steven Tyler. Andy’s vocal contributions and rock-solid bass sound help Shotgun Wedding put the “roots” in “roots music.”
Chuck Burgi (Drums)
Chuck Burgi’s résumé reads like a “Who’s Who” of rock and pop music. After an early stint with guitarist Al DiMeola, Chuck teamed up with Hall and Oates for two platinum albums and two world tours. He recorded and toured with everyone from Michael Bolton to Diana Ross to Bon Jovi to Meat Loaf, then entered the world of Latin pop as the musical director for Enrique Iglesias. Chuck was the original drummer for the hit Broadway show Movin’ Out, and since its closing he has been touring the world drumming for Billy Joel. Trust Shotgun Wedding when we tell you that Chuck’s relentless groove is deeper than the Mississippi River.