These pages are dedicated to SHUCKS, a Pennsylvania based country music band that roamed the fairs and festivals for about 10 years. The group of talented musicians who made up the band SHUCKS are still affecting the face of country music in Pennsylvania today. They are performing or working with country music in one form or another.
When the Younger Brothers Band and The Cramer Brothers Band met at Ski Sawmill, few knew that the music of the forthcoming band would touch the hearts of fans throughout the state and beyond. “Alive and Kickin’” was an album taken from two of their live shows and released on a cassette. It was made available to fans at their shows. Then in 1990, the band released their first CD of original music, “I Love to Dance” and recorded a video for the title cut. ”On the Right Track”, their final recording was released in 1992. It included “Highway” which reached #1 on the Independent Charts.
The Members of SHUCKS
The original members of SHUCKS performed together for 8 years before the pressures of differing career goals would pull them in separate directions.
Terry Gehman was often called the “Father of the Band”, Terry was truly the leader. He brought a wide variety to the music with his keyboards, saxophone, harmonica and on occasion, banjo. Terry can be serious but most fans remember his performing such comic greats as “The Streak”, “Hello Margaret” and “Gotta Get Up Every Morning (Just to Say Goodnight to You)”.
- Doc Randolf was the lead singer and rhythm guitar player; Doc’s voice has that distinctive sound that set the band apart. Doc was also the first member of SHUCKS to leave. Making the move to Nashville is anything but easy. Doc found that the going is rough and you have to be willing to work. Doc left the band and went to Nashville working as a doorman, waiter, and a number of odd jobs. He can be seen as an extra in one of Vince Gill’s videos. He sang at the Stockyards for a couple of years, performed on the General Jackson, sang back-up vocals for Davis Daniel. As we all know, Doc can really perform those Kenny Rogers songs which led to him playing the part of Kenny Rogers in a stage show in Nashville and throughout the country. If you are a fan of Jimmy Swaggert, you may recognize Doc as one of the singers featured periodically. A CD of songs he has performed is available athttp://jsm.org.
Ray Cramer is an excellent singer and is now lead singer guitar player for the Cramer Brothers Band and has developed a real stage presence. The band took awhile to get started, but with the addition of a couple of solid performers they are coming up. The recording of a 1996 outdoor concert became their first CD, “Heros”. It was released in mid 1997. A second CD, What We Do Best, has been released in 2007 containing some of their favorite classic country songs.
Randy Cramer, as always, is a champion fiddler. He is one of the highlights of the Cramer Brothers Band and also isn’t afraid to perform with other musicians. Randy was called to play (spur of the moment) for Ray Price’s band, he fills in whenever possible with Joe Bonson & Coffee Run and has his name on the album covers of several PA based-bands. Randy is also teaching the next generation of Cramers who con be seen performing along with Dad and Uncle Ray.
Allen Roth left the performing stage for a while when SHUCKS disbanded. He is now retired from the Carlisle music department and is working harder than ever. He has helped Terry on occasion at Anjoli Productions and has been performing with a variety of musicians including the Cramer Brothers Band, Chris Woodward, Maxwell (70′s and 80′s Rock) and he can be seen in the orchestra pit at the Allenbury Play House in Boiling Springs.
Steve Cummings, drummer extraordinaire, is also in Nashville. Although you won’t see him front and center, he is considered very successful. He performed for several years at Barbara’s, a club on Printer’s Alley, has played drums for Grand Ole Opry star, Johnny Russell and is a Nashville based musician. Steve explained that there are two types of musicians in Nashville. Those who prefer to tour and those who stay at home. Steve is one of the latter.
Additional Members of SHUCKS
Denny Jackson: Denny played keyboard for SHUCKS when Terry decided to retire from performing. Denny stayed with the band until it broke up.
Neil Brown: Neil, a drummer for SHUCKS performed with the group after Steve Cummings left. He performed with SHUCKS until they disbanded and for a short time he joined with Ray and Randy to reform the Cramers Brothers Band.
Darryl Lee O’Donnell is a Juniata County, PA native who moved to Nashville. He has written quite a bit of his own material and took some on the road a few years back. Darryl joined SHUCKS, as lead singer when Doc decided to try his luck in Nashville.
Lonnie Gibson spent one year with SHUCKS sharing the lead with Ray.