the talented band behind Katie
Michael Gallagher - Keys/Vox
Mike started playing the Farfisa Combo Compact and the Vox Continental Organs in various bands when he was a young teen. However, he soon graduated in the early 70’s to playing the Hammond B3 for local Kansas City R&B recording artist, Walter “The Deacon” Smith. He is especially proud that he was able to play some of the best R&B Night Clubs in KC, i.e. The Levee, The Stardust, Roy’s Gold Lounge, The Inferno and the 12th Of Never. Only The Levee remains today. While Mike had already begun his career with the Federal Government, he was able to continue playing on a part-time basis. When he was transferred to Washington, DC in 1978, he met up with well known KC Bass Player Don Hamblin, also a “Fed”, and they formed a very popular dance cover band known as Opus V. A few years later, Mike ended up in New Hampshire and began working for four years with The Rick Clement Experience, a big R&B horn band. For nearly 12 years, Mike stayed away from playing because he was a single father and had other priorities. After his early Federal retirement, he moved back “home” to the KC area in 1998 and has had a great time playing with a lot of old and new friends. Mike also teaches piano and Hammond B3 technique and has studied the styles of many famous musician. Mike is a Life Time Member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local #34/627 Although his college degree is in Health Science Administration, he also maintained a minor in Music Appreciation and took many courses throughout the years. Mike’s current stage equipment includes a Kurzweil PC1SE and a Roland Fantom X6 played thru a Hartke KM200 amp/stereo mixer. Although Mike no longers brings out a vintage Hammond B3 and Leslie 122, he does like to use a Hammond XK1C played thru a Leslie 3300 for Special Shows. His favorate microphone is the old standard – the Shure SM58. Mike has worked with Olivia Newton John, Percy Sledge, Joss Stone, James Gilbert and Johnny Rivers to name a few. Mike recently moved to Eastern Connecticut and is now working with Katie Perkins. Although he has never been in any type of country band, he is enjoying the latest direction his musical career. Looking forward to many exciting Country Shows in the future.
Stef Denegre - Lead Guitar/Vox
After playing in the top clubs in the Tri-State area at the age of 15, Stef went on to tour the US and other countries playing for big acts as well as his own bands.
Stef eventually settled in LA, where he continued performing with recording artists both live and in the studio. He composed, produced and recorded his own albums, as well as producing and composing songs for other artists.
Having had to leave the music business for a few years for personal reasons, Stef is now is back recording and performing again as as solo artist, as well as with great friends and musicians. Stef is currently working on his new album and other exciting projects.
Annie Block - Bass/Vox
Born and raised in Iowa, Annie has always had a passion for music. She studied piano, guitar, French Horn, and voice, and holds a B.A. In Music from the University of Iowa. Annie has always been a band follower and appreciates most styles - especially rock, country and folk. One day she picked up a bass guitar, garnered some expert guidance from Andy Chaney and a few others, and has been playing with local musicians ever since. Annie has found this area of the country to be abundant with talented musicians of all genres and is honored to know many of them personally. She is thrilled to be part of the Katie Perkins Band. “Music is the great soother of the soul.”
Matt Jambard - Drums
Matt Jambard was born in Hartford, CT in 1987. He started playing drums at age 10 with nothing more than a practice pad and pair of drum sticks until age 14, when he got his first drum kit. He has played in the middle school and high school marching band in his hometown of Somers, CT. After high school he pursued a music career at the Hartford Conservatory with a major in recording arts and minor in drums/percussion where he learned arranging, composition, writing, and jazz studies. He graduated in 2007 and has since been actively performing in various bands and artist with different styles ranging from reggae, classic rock, electronic, country, and metal. He has toured and played all over America in many acts on several different music labels as a session member for recording and live performances.