URBAN SKIES pays tribute to one of the most exciting and exhilarating performers in music today. With millions of records sold, numerous #1 singles and countless packed arenas worldwide,Keith Urban has become a staple in the country music scene and is loved by fans and critics alike. His concerts resemble a rock n roll circus full of great music, amazing stage set-up'sand on-stage excitement. URBAN SKIES is the next best thing to a Keith Urban show with seasoned musicians performing all the songs you know with the high energy excitement you’d expect from a Keith Urban concert.
John Brodersen as Keith Urban
Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals
This Laramie, Wyoming native began his music career by playing the drums, while taking up guitar at 16. Though his Dad wanted him to play Country music, his heart was into the Rock scene, and at 18, headed to Hollywood. There, his band, The Pink, opened for such bands as The Dickies and Dead Kennedys. During the day, he attended the Musician’s Institute, while auditioning and singing/playing guitar in rehearsals with the likes of Cher, Peter Criss of KISS, and The Temptation’s Richard Street.
After receiving his audio engineering degree, he spent several years working in studios recording such artists as No Doubt and The Offspring. In the early 90’s, he fronted and toured with his own band, 21 Windows, winning “LA’s Finest” competition two years in a row. The Band then went on to tour with both Rick Derringer and Foghat. (These days, he also occasionally performs with Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Starship).
Taking a break from the “band scene”, John moved to Temecula in 1999, opening Longshadow Ranch & Winery where he hosts concerts every weekend – often sitting in with the musical acts. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to Keith Urban, John saw an opportunity in 2014 to again form his own group – a Keith Urban Tribute Band. And, so now, it looks like his Dad’s finally getting to see his son play Country music after all.
Bass & Vocals
My first instrument was a Cello/Bass and I remember, in my basement in south Seattle, playing to the TV commercial for Coca Cola. I just effortlessly hit the notes to the melody as if I had done it before. I played Bass and Guitar throughout my school years and started professionally with a local group in the Snoqualmie/North Bend Washington where I played my own high school dance as I would run off the football field after the game and then rocking my bass off to the hit rock tunes of the 80’s. I received a small music scholarship and attended Green River Music Company. At a young age of 18, went on tour with a country trio/nostalgic type band ala Credence & Elvis. Needing to inject some coolness back into my career I moved back to Seattle and joined D.C. Lacroix, a female fronted metal band. We recorded demos but soon was recruited to play some songs with Rogue (later became Wildside). That resulted in the move to So Cal where Rogue played the Hollywood circuit co-billing with Warrant and many other up and comers. I landed a co- writing project with Peter Prestal, a guitar wizard from Germany and that resulted in my playing bass on Tokyo Blades “No Remorse” CD. I wrote the words and melody to “Crystal Gold” that appears on the record. In the years that followed I played on 5 CD’s. Calico Soul, and a compilation featuring Sarah Fleetwood with Mick on drums. The production was called ” International peace day”. Today you can also catch me fronting Hemispheres, a RUSH tribute.
guitars, mando, ganjo, vocals
Scot started playing guitar in his early days and by junior high his band mates and himself were playing for schools, parks and recreations dances in the La Habra / Whittier area of Southern California. Shortly thereafter, the group “Sledge” was born featuring a 9 piece horn group playing all the great Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears and popular horn music of that time.
In his late teens he began promoting concerts as co-founder of Shinemyer Productions working with “England Dan and John Ford Coley” and local bands from California to Wyoming.
Taking a hiatus from music for many years but never losing his passion he began producing and recording local musicians in the local Temecula Valley area many years later. He has provided live sound, live remote recording, video recording, post video work and studio recording for many local artists from Southern California to Georgia.
Never losing the passion for playing Scot often says “the guys I play and record with are usually so talented and was super excited when Urban Skies asked me to sit in and fill the empty spot. These guys are talented and a great bunch of guys to be playing with".
Drums & Vocals
Bob started playing drums literally on pots and pans at age 4 but soon out-grew the kitchen floor and onto a real drum kit at age 7. The week after graduating High School Bob along with another school mate started playing in a local cover band throughout his hometown area of Whittier CA. Spent plenty of Friday & Saturday nights rocking backyard parties and community park events. During the late ‘80’s and early 90's Bob was in a variety of original bands performing throughout the Hollywood and Orange County clubs, recording demos and writing material. In 1992 Bob joined the band Takara which featured Jeff Scott Soto as guest vocalist & producer. During this time with the band, they recorded 3 CD’s which were released worldwide and received much critical acclaim from fans & music industry people. Looking for something a bit different, in 1999, Bob joined his first tribute band which was a tribute to Bon Jovi. That band even had the pleasure of Richie Sambora joing them onstage! Ever since then Bob was bitten by the bug and has been lending his talents to many tribute bands touring the country and elsewhere!
John Brodersen is owner of Longshadow Ranch winery in Temecula CA
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