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The five accomplished musicians of the No Shoes Nation Band pay tribute to Kenny Chesney’s incredible catalog of Billboard Charting hit songs from his top selling albums. The No Shoes Nation Band recreates a Kenny Chesney show, playing the music you know and love. The No Shoes Nation Band brings the thrill and excitement of a Kenny Chesney concert with the same outstanding musicianship that has driven Kenny to sell out stadiums all over the country. A No Shoes Nation Band show is guaranteed to engage any size crowd, bringing them to their feet and keeping the “No Shoes Nation” fans coming back time after time!

 
 
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Danny "Wray" Bergeron

 

Danny is a local fan fave who has released two solo ablums of original material, and has enjoyed success in several local Bars and Pubs in a band called DB7, and also performing as Danny Wray with some incredible heartfelt original songs. Danny's ability to convey the message in his lyrics through emotion and sincerity, makes him THE choice to tributize Kenny Chesney. Kenny's lyrics tell a story that few are able to convey. And you will be singing along to all of Kenny's big hits with Danny Wray as Kenny Chesney in the

No Shoes Nation Band!

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Rick Risti

 

Born and bred in East Boston Mass. Rick is an accomplished

guitarist having toured and recorded with the likes of Thrust,

Street Kid, Voyager, H Bomb, Ricks Night Out and The Rory

Scott Band. His signature guitar tone and style is one of the

best in the industry, and is constantly sought after. Rick has

played on countless recordings for many regional and national

acts. Rick brings his incredible dynamic guitar playing to the

No Shoes Nation band for each and every show.  Zool!

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Larry Novak

Larry is a 30+ year veteran of the Boston music scene playing anything and everything from the original circuit in the eighties to Country with Stomp 'n Holler and the Cactus Gang. In addition to the No Shoes Nation Band, he holds down keyboard and vocal duties with the popular

North Shore based duo known as 2 MUCH! Larry is a proud endorsing artist for Nord Keyboard USA.

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Bob Catalano

 

Bob brings decades of experience

both live and in the studio. to the No Shoes Nation Band.  He has toured regionally and nationally with several bands throughout his career most notably Thrust, Voyager, Moving  Pictures and The Rory Scott Band. He is also a Producer and recording engineer  at Bob Cat Recording Studios in Seabrook, New Hampshire, producing several local and national acts. His thunderous bass lines and powerful backing vocals are an integral part of the No Shoes Nation Band.

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Lenny Shea

 

Lenny has been experiencing a very fulfilling music career,

most notably as an accomplished studio and live drummer

for several local and national touring acts.  He has toured

extensively with The Stompers, Fox Pass, Hummingbird

Syndicate, Michael Roy Band and the Rory Scott Band.

Lenny's solid back beat and articulate rhythms keep the

No Shoes Nation Band tight, and the fans dancing.

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Leo Melanson

Leo has been playing the guitar for over 30 years. Inspired by KISS in the late 70's, he got his first guitar, a Kent Les Paul copy at the age of 15. He started learning the songs of KISS, Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin by listening to records (remember those?) Leo had rock band fever, and  formed several garage bands with friends and classmates. He later played in several working rock bands on the Northshore including stints with the well respected cover band,  Group Therapy that is stillperforming today. Leo also played in a High School band with drummer Jonathan Mover, who went on to perform with GTR, Yes and Joe Satriani.   During his college years, Leo formed an acoustic duo with friend and roommate Jon Fox. The group " Phoenix" performed coffee shopsand clubs and featured the music of Dan Fogelberg and James Taylor.

After college, Leo moved to the midwest and met wife Karen. After 10 years off to raise a family .. Karen encouraged Leo to play country music, something she introduced him to from her days of college in OK. Leo bought a Telecaster, amp and joined  Almost Cowboyz, a veteran country act featuring Kevin White, Danny Thomas and the late Rick Yelle. This top group played throughout New England for 3 years, and Leo learned the ropes of performing from these experienced musicians. When Almost Cowboyz split, Leo and Kevin joined up with Tim Cook and Rick Hilton from the Silver Saddle Band and continued for another year under the Almost Cowboyz name. The group later supported solo country artist  Bobby Carlson with several performances at Indian Ranch. Later, Leo joined the band for  Darren Bessette an original country artist from Fitchburg. This band made several opening appearances at Gillette Stadium country fest shows and later added pro musician Bob Metzger (from Leonard Cohen) to the lineup. The group toured New England until Darren moved to Nashville to pursue his solo career. 

 

As a freelance musician, Leo spent a few seasons performing with various regional country acts; Digger Dawg, Chad Burdick, Jonathan Scott, Geoff Davin, Nicole Frechette, Jen Bostik, the Roys, Glen Stewart, Jodie Cunningham, the Maverick Street Band, Crisis and  Ayla Brown (from American Idol). Through the years Leo has performed at top venues including Gillette Stadium, the Tweeter Center (Great Woods), Lowell Memorial Auditorium and Meadowbrook and has opened for many national country acts such as:  Reba, Loretta Lynn,

Daryl Worley, Gary Allen, Leann Rimes, Martina McBride, Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Bobby Pinson, Bomshel, Brad Paisley, Brian McComas, Chris Young, Chuck Wicks, Clint Black, Zach Brown Band, Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson, James Otto, Sugarland, Jimmy Wayne, Josh Gracin, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Pat Green, Restless Heart, Billy Currington, Rockie Lynne, and others. In 2010 Leo met  Tom Dixon at a NH Country Music Jamboree and was asked to join his band as a second guitarist. Leo jumped in and started playing Fiddle and Pedal Steel Guitar for the band. Later he added Banjo and keyboard (via Roland Guitar Synth) to fill out the bands overall sound. The band became the top country band in NH, winning several awards (Hippo Press - Best Cover Band), NH Country Music Band of the Year - Northeast Invitational. The band also recorded an EP: Truckin and played extensively throughout New England with over 150 dates/year. With Tom leaving for Nashville in 2013, the band reformed as the BarnFireBand. Leo then joined the Black Diamond Country Band with front man Timmy Brown (2 appearances on American Idol), and has been playing guitar,Pedal steel guitar and fiddle. The band has made appearances at the Xfinity Center, House of Blues, Ballards of Block Island, and the Landsdowne

Street Country Festival. Leo works full time for Verizon and lives in Newburyport MA with his wife Karen and his college student children: Kelsey and Tyler. Leo is a graduate of Boston College, Northeastern University and Harvard University. 

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ABOUT

 


 

Thank you for visiting the No Shoes Nation Band Website.

 

The five accomplished musicians of the No Shoes Nation Band pay tribute to Kenny Chesney’s incredible catalog of Billboard Charting hit songs from his top selling albums. The No Shoes Nation Band recreates a Kenny Chesney show, playing the music you know and love. The No Shoes Nation Band brings the thrill and excitement of a Kenny Chesney concert with the same outstanding musicianship that has driven Kenny to sell out stadiums all over the country. A No Shoes Nation Band show is guaranteed to engage any size crowd, bringing them to their feet and keeping the “No Shoes Nation” fans coming back time after time!

 
 
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NO SHOES NATION BAND

 

 

Danny "Wray" Bergeron

 

Danny is a local fan fave who has released two solo ablums of original material, and has enjoyed success in several local Bars and Pubs in a band called DB7, and also performing as Danny Wray with some incredible heartfelt original songs. Danny's ability to convey the message in his lyrics through emotion and sincerity, makes him THE choice to tributize Kenny Chesney. Kenny's lyrics tell a story that few are able to convey. And you will be singing along to all of Kenny's big hits with Danny Wray as Kenny Chesney in the

No Shoes Nation Band!

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Rick Risti

 

Born and bred in East Boston Mass. Rick is an accomplished

guitarist having toured and recorded with the likes of Thrust,

Street Kid, Voyager, H Bomb, Ricks Night Out and The Rory

Scott Band. His signature guitar tone and style is one of the

best in the industry, and is constantly sought after. Rick has

played on countless recordings for many regional and national

acts. Rick brings his incredible dynamic guitar playing to the

No Shoes Nation band for each and every show.  Zool!

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Larry Novak

Larry is a 30+ year veteran of the Boston music scene playing anything and everything from the original circuit in the eighties to Country with Stomp 'n Holler and the Cactus Gang. In addition to the No Shoes Nation Band, he holds down keyboard and vocal duties with the popular

North Shore based duo known as 2 MUCH! Larry is a proud endorsing artist for Nord Keyboard USA.

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Bob Catalano

 

Bob brings decades of experience

both live and in the studio. to the No Shoes Nation Band.  He has toured regionally and nationally with several bands throughout his career most notably Thrust, Voyager, Moving  Pictures and The Rory Scott Band. He is also a Producer and recording engineer  at Bob Cat Recording Studios in Seabrook, New Hampshire, producing several local and national acts. His thunderous bass lines and powerful backing vocals are an integral part of the No Shoes Nation Band.

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Lenny Shea

 

Lenny has been experiencing a very fulfilling music career,

most notably as an accomplished studio and live drummer

for several local and national touring acts.  He has toured

extensively with The Stompers, Fox Pass, Hummingbird

Syndicate, Michael Roy Band and the Rory Scott Band.

Lenny's solid back beat and articulate rhythms keep the

No Shoes Nation Band tight, and the fans dancing.

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Leo Melanson

Leo has been playing the guitar for over 30 years. Inspired by KISS in the late 70's, he got his first guitar, a Kent Les Paul copy at the age of 15. He started learning the songs of KISS, Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin by listening to records (remember those?) Leo had rock band fever, and  formed several garage bands with friends and classmates. He later played in several working rock bands on the Northshore including stints with the well respected cover band,  Group Therapy that is stillperforming today. Leo also played in a High School band with drummer Jonathan Mover, who went on to perform with GTR, Yes and Joe Satriani.   During his college years, Leo formed an acoustic duo with friend and roommate Jon Fox. The group " Phoenix" performed coffee shopsand clubs and featured the music of Dan Fogelberg and James Taylor.

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