Bio

The High Rollers

The High Rollers are a unique country band based out of Durango, Colorado. The High Rollers truly embody an array of musical tastes. Be it Country, Rock, Blues, Western Swing or Bluegrass, the checkered musical styles of each band member bring a most refreshing and surprisingly eclectic sound to their stage. While performing regionally, this group of entertainers hits the road to various venues including international stops while making time to consistently record and release new original material.

Originally conceived by bassist and songwriter Andy Janowsky, the five piece High Rollers include Clay Lowder on drums, Jeff Johnson on fiddle, banjo, and guitar, Darren Stroud on lead guitar and Ryan McCurry on Piano and Hammond Organ. All of the band members are vocalists, thus harmony styling plays a significant role in their musical arrangements.

Within the past five years, the High Rollers have opened shows for recording acts that include Dwight Yoakum, Uncle Kracker, Jo Dee Messina, Jerrod Niemann, Travis Tritt, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum, Chase Rice, Joe Nichols, Big and Rich, Montgomery Gentry, Eric Church and others.  In 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 they took their show overseas to locations in France and Spain.  They have performed at several large music festivals including Country Jam in Grand Junction, CO and Headwaters Country Jam in Cardwell, Montana.  In April of 2016 they released their fourth CD, One Too Many Marshall Tucker Songs which once again features all original songs.   

Review from the Durango Herald:

“The High Rollers are rehearsed to what the French call “éclat” (meaning brilliant display or effect), and the musicians know their instruments and each other well enough that their performance is never short of tight and fully formed. Their arrangements are sophisticated, their songs catchy and, while they appear to be having the times of their lives, their attention to precision is conspicuous”.

 

 

 

Jeff Johnson - Fiddle/Acoustic Guitar/Banjo

Andy Janowsky - Bass/Vocals

 

Ryan McCurry - Keyboards, Piano, Hammond Organ, Vocals

Colorado native Ryan McCurry embodies a blend of musical expertise and congeniality that consistently endears him to a vast array of fellow musicians and entertainers.

As a child, Ryan began learning piano to focus his boundless energy. His self-discipline and focus while mastering his art have been apparent with each turn of his career. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Classical Piano Performance from Fort Lewis College in 2007, Ryan remained in the beautiful mountain town of Durango, Colorado to pursue his passion for performance and teaching.

While just 28 years of age, Ryan has established himself as a unique and indispensable addition in his music community while displaying virtuoso in various musical genres. Whether it be jazz styles, rock, funk or country, Ryan is always up for the task of adeptly adding his talent to a vast array of musical interpretations.

Joining the High Rollers in 2013, Ryan is a most refreshing addition and appropriately takes the band to new heights as he brings in his incomparable talents on Piano, Hammond organ, and vocals.

 

 

Clay Lowder - Drums

Clay has been in and around music his entire life. He started out in a musical family in Lubbock Texas. When he was old enough (15) he began cutting his teeth in the rocking blues and country honky tonks of the Lone Star State, coming back whenever he could for the legendary Sunday night jams at Stubbs Barbecue with the likes of Joe Ely, Lloyd Maines, and the Younger Brothers Band. Craving musical diversity, he headed to Los Angeles, where he spent 5 years as a session player and live performer, working with grammy winners John Stewart and Clif Magness, among others. He joined the critically acclaimed Hollywood funk band Phaeton, and expanded his talents to include jazz, studying with legendary drummer Peter Erskine. Yearning for less people and more mountains, he moved to New Mexico, where he continued to play, record, write and produce. Feeling the need for even bigger mountains and more music, he completed his journey to Durango, where, in addition to The High Rollers, he plays with many musicians and bands in the 4 corners area, and teaches music at the Stillwater music School. He lives by his mantra, “Never stop a good groove”.

 

 

 

Darren Stroud - Lead Guitar, Vocals

Darren was raised in the small town of Orleans in rural Indiana.  At age 12 he started playing the guitar.  At age 13 he had started a band with his cousin Kevin on the bass and his cousin Rick on drums and they were playing shows at their local high school, skating rink, flea markets, grocery store parking lots and any other place that would have them play.  He was hooked on gigging at an early age.  After high school he moved to Indianapolis to pursue music.  He quickly found work in rock and blues bands that were touring the Midwest and southern states.  The road was his music school.  Most days he would sit and practice the guitar in his hotel room and then play a 4 hour show that same night.  During this time his bands were playing shows opening for the likes of Ted Nugent, Bad Company, Head East, Dweezil Zappa, Buckwheat Zydeco, Chis Duarte and Delbert McClinton.  One week while playing in his then home town Indianapolis, he setup a recording studio and recorded his 1st cd Guitarboy Plays the Blues.  That CD received a nice review from Blues Revue magazine which declared “sounds like Steve Vai landed in the middle of a juke joint jam on a hot Mississippi night!!”.  In time he decided to head west to Los Angeles.  While in Los Angeles he co-founded the bands PowerTribe and FreaknMissy and spent many nights playing the L.A/Hollywood circuit.  Continuing to work on his recording skills while in L.A., he put together another recording studio and recorded his 2nd and 3rd solo cd’s Guitar Absolute and Radio Songs.  He also recorded cd’s for his bands PowerTribe and FreaknMissy.  Although he enjoyed the L.A. lifestyle, he found himself wanting to get back to his small town roots.  In searching for his next city to move to, he found Durango, CO where he currently resides and continues to work on improving as a musician/writer/recording engineer.  Throughout his musical journey he has won several guitar contests including 1st place out of over 100 entrants in a 4-month guitar competition in Indianapolis. He has also had write-ups in Guitar Player magazine, Recording magazine, Guitar9.com, guitar.com and was seen on MTV  when Red Hot Chili Peppers reviewed choice clips of guitar auditions in L.A.  Make no doubt about it, the boy loves to play guitar!