Shelby Eicher has had the opportunity to record, gig and make TV appearances with many legends including: Roy Clark, Hank Thompson, J. J. Cale, Leon McAuliffe, The Tractors and many more. Being band leader for the Tulsa Playboys is a high spot in his career. Shelby has been inducted into two Western Swing Hall of Fames and is a contemporary of the Jazz violin scene.
Rick Morton plays fiddle with the Tulsa Playboys. He has recorded with the Tractors winning a grammy and a gold record. Rick has been involved with fiddle education for years and serves on the board of directors for the National Fiddler Hall of Fame.
Steve Bagsby has been a professional musician in Northeastern Oklahoma for 40 years. He considers playing for the Tulsa Playboys to be a high honor. Steve has performed with The Texas Playboys, Hank Thompson, Roy Clark and many more. Steve has been inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame and stays busy playing "Okie Style" dance music in the Tulsa area.
Danny McBride started hanging around and playing guitar with Merle Travis at age 18. When he was 20 he moved next door to Eldon Shamblin and had the opportunity to sit around talking and playing with the legend. Danny went on to play with Brooks and Dunn, Vern Gosdin, David Frizzell, and Razzy Bailey.
Isaac Eicher plays the electric mandolin and is Shelby’s son. At age 16 he won the National Mandolin Championship and has followed that by winning the Oklahoma State Championship multiple times and Rockygrass not only on mandolin but guitar as well. Isaac’s prowess on the mandolin and his love for Jazz has thrilled Western Swing aficionados. He brings a fresh virtuosity to the genre.
Jared Johnson is active as a drummer/percussionist performing and recording extensively with regionally and nationally known artists and has been a featured performer for the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. He is instructor of drumset for the Jazz Studies Program at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma where he is an alumnus. Jared is a member of the National Education Association, the National Association for Music Education and the Percussive Arts Society.
Steve Ham is the Trombonist for The Tulsa Playboys, and Texas Playboys. He has recorded with both groups. He also has his own band, Steve Ham's Jambalaya Jass Band. Steve has been playing for money since 1974. He is known as Hambone.
Mike Bennett, Trumpeter, is a veteran of the Texas Playboys, Johnnie Lee Wills, John T. Wills and now the Tulsa Playboys, recording with all four groups as well as The Tractors. In 2006 he was inducted into the Northwest Western Swing Music Society Hall of Fame and the Southwest Western Swing Society Hall of Fame in 2012.
Rodney Lay plays bass and is the veteran of the group. He was Roy Clark’s band leader for 20 years making numerous TV appearances on Hee Haw and the Tonight Show. He has performed with the Texas Playboys, Hank Thompson and Chet Atkins to name a few.
Spencer Sutton plays piano and is on the “A” list with many artists. He has performed and toured with Gus Hardin, the Texas Playboys, Barney Kessel, Hank Thompson and Roy Clark.
Evan Alexander is the youngest member of the Tulsa Playboys. He is a student of Shelby and Rick’s and is part of our mentoring program. Evan has competed in many fiddle contests and is a rising star in the fiddle world.