southern fryed is making country cool again!
Southern Fryed is known as one of the Rocky Mountain region’s most up-and-coming country acts! They bring a high-energy performance with their unique flavor of Rocky Mountain Country, deeply rooted in Texas Red Dirt and Southern Rock. Southern Fryed has been performing together for ten years, and have exploded onto the regional scene, becoming a must-see act throughout the Front Range. They deliver an interactive and powerful performance that not only leaves the crowd wanting more, but makes them feel like they’re part of the show! From heart-warming ballads to the latest Texas Country hits, their music variety speaks to everyone, packing the dance floor at every show!
Past performances include the biggest venues and dancehalls across the region, from Bushwackers in Omaha, Nebraska, to the Outlaw Saloon in their hometown of Cheyenne, Wyoming. When the big acts come to town, Southern Fryed is the go-to opening act, and have supported the likes of Cody Johnson, Casey Donahew, William Clark Green, Granger Smith, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Gary Allen, and Dwight Yoakam... just to name a few. When it comes to the big evet, these guys know how to keep the energy high, too! Southern Fryed performs regularly at County Fairs, festivals, and private events across Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado.
Southern Fryed released their debut album “bluecollartown” in 2016, receiving tremendous reviews from fans. “bluecollartown” was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards, along with nominations for Songwriter of the Year for Russ Brown in 2016 and 2017. Their sophomore album, “Dive Bar,” received an Album of the Year nod at the 2018 RMCMAs.
Southern Fryed band members include: front man Russ Brown, Andy Woods on bass and vocals, Jack Porter on lead guitar and vocals, and Tim Howard on drums.
Front man Russ Brown, a North Platte NE native, retired from the US Air Force after 22 years of service. Early on, he competed in several talent competitions to include the Colgate Country Showdown, America’s Rising Stars and the Galaxy of Stars. In 2005, he was signed by Music City Network out of Nashville as part of a promotional deal. After the company folded that year, Russ continued to write songs and follow his passion. He has been nominated for Songwriter of the Year at the Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards in 2016 & 2017 and at The Josie Awards in 2019. In 2008, he formed the band known today as Southern Fryed.
Bass player Andy Woods, originally from Wheatland WY, is now a REALTOR® in Cheyenne. In his early years, he played drums in a rock band while in high school, traveling Wyoming and Nebraska. Following high school, Andy played in a variety of bands in Cheyenne until becoming a permanent member of Southern Fryed. Originally brought on as the drummer, the band needed a bass player, so Andy stepped up and has become a five-string fury.
Lead guitarist Jack Porter originated in Carpenter WY, and is a highly touted diesel mechanic in Cheyenne. He played for various bands before his extraordinary talent caught the eye of the band, and after six days with Southern Fryed, he made his debut performance at Cheyenne Frontier Days.
Drummer Tim Howard joined the band in January 2018. At the age of 14, Tim received his first drum kit and started learning from his father, who played in his early years. A couple years down the road, he played in rock cover bands and tribute bands. After receiving his Bachelors degree in chemical engineering from Michigan State University, he moved to Texas. Moving to Texas brought a new light to country music for Tim as he picked up on artists thriving in the red dirt country genre. Tim's move to Cheyenne, WY was driven by his passion for hunting and his career. However, Tim soon found himself right at home in the western frontier, and behind the drums driving the rhythm section for Southern Fryed.
Keith Guille is the newest member tickling the ivories night after night with his tremendous keyboard talent. Keith has been a prominent member of the music scene since the early 1990’s. He’s played with various local bands to include Lugnut & the Spare Tires and most recently with one of the area’s regional acts Brand 307. Today he amazes the crowd with his killer keys and powerful vocal harmonies touring the region with Southern Fryed!