Buckeye Rooster
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"What Fesitval Organizers Are Saying"

It was a pleasure working with the fellows from Buckeye Rooster. Not only were they great live in public, but also extremely professional and easy to work with. I booked them for a festival that had about 300 people or more in the audience and Buckeye Rooster got them dancing. Our festival was skewed towards bluegrass music and they fit in perfectly. They are extremely talented musicians and I love their harmonies. It’s hard to find such a fun-loving, spirited band which makes them perfect for festivals or outdoor events. I would definitely recommend them for future shows! - Kara Lee, Booking Manager, Traveling Man Music Festival


"What Fesitval Organizers Are Saying"

It was a pleasure working with the fellows from Buckeye Rooster. Not only were they great live in public, but also extremely professional and easy to work with. I booked them for a festival that had about 300 people or more in the audience and Buckeye Rooster got them dancing. Our festival was skewed towards bluegrass music and they fit in perfectly. They are extremely talented musicians and I love their harmonies. It’s hard to find such a fun-loving, spirited band which makes them perfect for festivals or outdoor events. I would definitely recommend them for future shows! - Kara Lee, Booking Manager, Traveling Man Music Festival


"Spotlight Band: Buckeye Rooster"

Buckeye Rooster was formed in the fall of 2011 and since that time has been putting their own modern twist on the bluegrass music world, with original compositions that have been opening the eyes and minds of audiences who had not, before, experienced the deep rich harmonies and acoustic instruments used on their iPods. The band members, inspired by a modern fusion ranging from Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, and even Hollywood Cowboy Gene Autry, have been attracting lots of notice while staying true to the bluegrass sound.

The band was formed by cousins Jon Randazzo (harmonica) and Bryan Lynch (banjo), who brought in long-time friend Mike Colucci (mandolin) and another cousin, James Wilson(bass), together with Donald Griffith (fiddle) and finally, Lucky Happenstance (guitar). Its shows are non-stop, high energy fun and exciting to be a part of. They are guaranteed to have the crowd singing, foot stomping and dancing through the end of the final set. Like all great bands with presence, the crowd will likely refuse to leave before Buckeye Rooster's final encore is complete!

Mike started playing the mandolin a few years ago after playing guitar in a variety of bands. Influenced by jams bands such as Phish, Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers as well as a myriad of jazz musicians, Mike hopes to meld traditional bluegrass with ingredients from these various styles.

Bryan Lynch is a graduate of the Crane School of Music. After hearing gospel bluegrass at a religious retreat, Bryan decided to put his musical abilities towards playing the banjo. His musical influences, when writing songs, are based on a wide variety of artists such as Tom Waits, Del McCoury, Johnny Cash and the Grateful Dead. Bryan currently studies banjo with innovator and bluegrass legend Bill Keith, a former band mate of Bill Monroe’s.

James "Jimbo" Wilson and Jonathan "Jonboy" Randazzo are cousins by blood and brothers, through grace. Being raised in the loving truth of the Bible, James and Jon learned their great love and appreciation for country, bluegrass, and mountain music from the old time gospel tunes of the Christian faith. They began their musical career singing together in the Junior Choir of the Brick Reformed Church of Montgomery, NY. James, as an early teen, took up the guitar and then the bass guitar, pursuing his passion for playing driving rhythms. Jon took a shining to playing the harmonica at the age of 12 and has rarely been seen without one in his hand from that time on.

Buddy Griffith recently graduated with a bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Music Performance at SUNY Fredonia. Although he is primarily a classical bassist, he has a wide performance background in jazz, Dixieland Jazz, Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, Salsa, on an array of different instruments. Buddy is also interested in composing music for orchestra, rock groups, and small ensembles. He joined Buckeye Rooster in December of 2011 on the fidddle.

From musical dreams, Lucky Happenstance brings forth heavenly harmonies which he describes as, "the song of the angels." With his Guild D45 steel string, Lucky picks and strums the rhythms of rapture passed down through the ages. Some of his major influences have been the Hillbilly and Rock-a-billy musicians of yesteryear. Lucky cites Bob Wills, Gene Autry and Johnny Cash as some of his favorites

Buckeye Rooster blends bluegrass, spirituals, and "old timey" music into a modern & unique sound. While attempting to stay true to the bluegrass sound with a traditional approach, they are trying to push this genre of music to its fullest potential. The band was signed, this past December, with South & Grand Music, an independent label and is currently recording their first album.

How did the band’s name come about? Bryan says, “I went to a religious retreat where, of all things, a rooster was very prevalent. That’s the reason why I started to taking the banjo seriously, to begin with. Mike was playing around with the idea of buckskin something. and Jon said how about Buckeye Rooster. It’s a specific kind of rooster.”

What is the most unusual place that the band has played? “Three out of the six of us played a wake and funeral for our bass player’s grandmother. At the funeral, they clapped for us. We were also asked to play another gig for something else while at the wake.”

- Janice MacDaniels of the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association


"Spotlight Band: Buckeye Rooster"

Buckeye Rooster was formed in the fall of 2011 and since that time has been putting their own modern twist on the bluegrass music world, with original compositions that have been opening the eyes and minds of audiences who had not, before, experienced the deep rich harmonies and acoustic instruments used on their iPods. The band members, inspired by a modern fusion ranging from Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, and even Hollywood Cowboy Gene Autry, have been attracting lots of notice while staying true to the bluegrass sound.

The band was formed by cousins Jon Randazzo (harmonica) and Bryan Lynch (banjo), who brought in long-time friend Mike Colucci (mandolin) and another cousin, James Wilson(bass), together with Donald Griffith (fiddle) and finally, Lucky Happenstance (guitar). Its shows are non-stop, high energy fun and exciting to be a part of. They are guaranteed to have the crowd singing, foot stomping and dancing through the end of the final set. Like all great bands with presence, the crowd will likely refuse to leave before Buckeye Rooster's final encore is complete!

Mike started playing the mandolin a few years ago after playing guitar in a variety of bands. Influenced by jams bands such as Phish, Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers as well as a myriad of jazz musicians, Mike hopes to meld traditional bluegrass with ingredients from these various styles.

Bryan Lynch is a graduate of the Crane School of Music. After hearing gospel bluegrass at a religious retreat, Bryan decided to put his musical abilities towards playing the banjo. His musical influences, when writing songs, are based on a wide variety of artists such as Tom Waits, Del McCoury, Johnny Cash and the Grateful Dead. Bryan currently studies banjo with innovator and bluegrass legend Bill Keith, a former band mate of Bill Monroe’s.

James "Jimbo" Wilson and Jonathan "Jonboy" Randazzo are cousins by blood and brothers, through grace. Being raised in the loving truth of the Bible, James and Jon learned their great love and appreciation for country, bluegrass, and mountain music from the old time gospel tunes of the Christian faith. They began their musical career singing together in the Junior Choir of the Brick Reformed Church of Montgomery, NY. James, as an early teen, took up the guitar and then the bass guitar, pursuing his passion for playing driving rhythms. Jon took a shining to playing the harmonica at the age of 12 and has rarely been seen without one in his hand from that time on.

Buddy Griffith recently graduated with a bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Music Performance at SUNY Fredonia. Although he is primarily a classical bassist, he has a wide performance background in jazz, Dixieland Jazz, Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, Salsa, on an array of different instruments. Buddy is also interested in composing music for orchestra, rock groups, and small ensembles. He joined Buckeye Rooster in December of 2011 on the fidddle.

From musical dreams, Lucky Happenstance brings forth heavenly harmonies which he describes as, "the song of the angels." With his Guild D45 steel string, Lucky picks and strums the rhythms of rapture passed down through the ages. Some of his major influences have been the Hillbilly and Rock-a-billy musicians of yesteryear. Lucky cites Bob Wills, Gene Autry and Johnny Cash as some of his favorites

Buckeye Rooster blends bluegrass, spirituals, and "old timey" music into a modern & unique sound. While attempting to stay true to the bluegrass sound with a traditional approach, they are trying to push this genre of music to its fullest potential. The band was signed, this past December, with South & Grand Music, an independent label and is currently recording their first album.

How did the band’s name come about? Bryan says, “I went to a religious retreat where, of all things, a rooster was very prevalent. That’s the reason why I started to taking the banjo seriously, to begin with. Mike was playing around with the idea of buckskin something. and Jon said how about Buckeye Rooster. It’s a specific kind of rooster.”

What is the most unusual place that the band has played? “Three out of the six of us played a wake and funeral for our bass player’s grandmother. At the funeral, they clapped for us. We were also asked to play another gig for something else while at the wake.”

- Janice MacDaniels of the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association


"Buckeye Rooster is #1 on the local Bluegrass Charts for the Hudson Valley"

Weekly update for Buckeye Rooster: #1 in Bluegrass Chart for Fishkill, NY - reverbnation@reverbnation.com


"Buckeye Rooster is #1 on the local Bluegrass Charts for the Hudson Valley"

Weekly update for Buckeye Rooster: #1 in Bluegrass Chart for Fishkill, NY - reverbnation@reverbnation.com


"What Performers are saying"

"Check it out! Buckeye Rooster serves up their original tunes and vocals in an appealing bluegrass-jugband style that's music to my ears. They've got it all!"-Bill Keith, Banjo Soloist & Bluegrass Legend - Bill Keith, Banjo Soloist and Bluegrass Legend


"What Performers are saying"

"Check it out! Buckeye Rooster serves up their original tunes and vocals in an appealing bluegrass-jugband style that's music to my ears. They've got it all!"-Bill Keith, Banjo Soloist & Bluegrass Legend - Bill Keith, Banjo Soloist and Bluegrass Legend


"What Performers are saying"

“These guys got a good catchy sound. We really enjoyed them.”-Ty Jaquay & Andrew White of the Gypsy Hillbillies - Ty Jaquay & Andrew White of the Gypsy Hillbillies


"What Performers are saying"

“These guys got a good catchy sound. We really enjoyed them.”-Ty Jaquay & Andrew White of the Gypsy Hillbillies - Ty Jaquay & Andrew White of the Gypsy Hillbillies


"What Venues are Saying"

“Always an upbeat, high energy packed bar when Buckeye Rooster plays at The Quiet Man Pub! They have become a favorite of ours. Their unique Bluegrass sound with a flare of Country has the crowd singing and dancing along every time. The men in the band are talented musicians playing a wide range of instruments from fiddle to harmonica. We look forward to having them back at our venue in the near future.” - Kristine Manna, Booking Agent


"What Venues are Saying"

“Always an upbeat, high energy packed bar when Buckeye Rooster plays at The Quiet Man Pub! They have become a favorite of ours. Their unique Bluegrass sound with a flare of Country has the crowd singing and dancing along every time. The men in the band are talented musicians playing a wide range of instruments from fiddle to harmonica. We look forward to having them back at our venue in the near future.” - Kristine Manna, Booking Agent


"What Venues are Saying"

“Buckeye Rooster is one of the best bands to play at my establishment. The talent in the band is amazing. Any of these guys would do great on their own but to have them as a whole makes them one of the best performers I have ever seen. Their shows are non stop excitement and fun for everyone.” - Ryan Healey, Bar and Restaurant Owner


"What Venues are Saying"

“Buckeye Rooster is one of the best bands to play at my establishment. The talent in the band is amazing. Any of these guys would do great on their own but to have them as a whole makes them one of the best performers I have ever seen. Their shows are non stop excitement and fun for everyone.” - Ryan Healey, Bar and Restaurant Owner


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Buckeye Rooster was formed in Fall 2011 and since has been presenting a modern twist on the bluegrass music world, with original compositions that have been opening eyes and minds of audiences who had not before had the deep rich harmonies and acoustic instruments used on their iPods. The band members, inspired by a modern fusion ranging from Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, and even Hollywood Cowboy Gene Autry, have been attracting lots of notice while staying true to the bluegrass sound.
The band was formed by cousins Jon Randazzo (harmonica) and Bryan Lynch (banjo), who brought in long-time friend Mike Colucci (mandolin) and another cousin, James Wilson(bass), together with Donald Griffith (fiddle) and finally, Lucky Happenstance (guitar). Its shows are non-stop fun, high-energy and excitement to be a part of. They are guaranteed to have the crowd singing, foot stomping and dancing through the end of the final set. Like all great bands with presence, the crowd will likely refuse to leave before Buckeye Rooster's final encore is complete!