Wheelhouse is a Prescott-based five-piece dance band known for its vocal harmonies. They also occasionally performs as a trio. The full band has a weekend of performances scheduled in Prescott, starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at the Windsock, then at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Attic and finishing off at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Birdcage.
The band’s members are Nick Guzzo on guitar and vocals, vocalist Becky Ryniak, Greg Paul on guitar and vocals, Gary VanSlyke on bass and vocals and drummer DJ Hunt. Guzzo spoke with Across the Street staff ahead of their upcoming weekend of shows. The following interview was edited for length and clarity.
What do audiences respond to the most when they see one of your performances?
I think, the vocals. Becky is an amazing singer and we have four vocals with harmonies, so the vocal harmonies are probably a big deal. People always come up and say, “I can’t believe it, your harmonies are amazing.” I’m the low one and Becky is there up high and Greg is the middle tenor and Gary can hit about anything. We have good ears for harmonizing and I think that’s makes us stand out a lot. Plus, Greg and I are both kind of lead guitarists and he and I will do a lot of double lead stuff.
What separates Wheelhouse from other cover bands playing in the area?
I would say accommodating the crowd is a big thing and playing to that crowd, accommodating what you can for requests. God forbid, you know, over all the years if I have to play Sweet Home Alabama, it’s like, “Oh, God.” But when somebody really wants it, I tell you, you hit the opening measure and somebody goes, “Woooo,” and the dance floor is packed. It’s ridiculous.
What do you like most about playing in this band?
I think because we’re all friends, you know, that’s a big important thing. When you have five people, it’s kind of difficult to always know that you’re like family. It’s hard to get five personalities that mesh. And to be able to sit there and hang out and actually enjoy people you are with, that’s probably something. This is probably one of the best bands for that that I’ve been in, in many years here. We’re all friends and it makes it better. It’s like you’re up there with your brothers and sisters, you know, it’s family That’s truly, I think, one of my favorite things and the versatility we have. With Becky, a female singer, you know, you’re putting harmonies in while us guys are singing, or doing female lead songs like Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt kind of stuff, that gives us an edge too. I think the female singer is a huge deal for us. At least that’s what I enjoy most, because it gives us that diversity.
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Jesse Bertel is a reporter/videographer for the Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter @ JesseBertel, email him at email@example.com, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.