They may be called “The One Shot Band” but members of the melodic Country Pop six-piece strong on vocal harmonies have been hitting the target together in various combinations for up to 45 years.
Singer/guitarist-frontman Rory Cummings and bassist Jim Bird began their musical collaboration the mostly recently –39 years ago!
But Cummings and fellow guitarist/singer Dan Shields have been working together on and off since the late 60s since Dan first taught Rory how to play six-string. Both are also accomplished harmonica and mandolin players, comfortable on lead or rhythm guitar and can belt out lead vocals or add sweet harmonies on the variety of original and cover tunes the group offers.
Shields has also had a long association with third guitarist (usually playing lead with this group) Barry Smallbone, since the two formed their first band together in 1972.
The OSB also includes ace drummer Wayne Allison, who earns his keep by anchoring the group on tunes as from sources as diverse as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Blue Rodeo, Warren Zevon and Van Morrison and that also includes several awesome originals (“Honey Harbour” and “This Is Just All Right” are two of my longstanding faves) that go back to the days when Cummings was the songwriter for a marvelous Country-Folk-Pop band called Redhill Road.
I first met Rory when he and Dan came out to one of my open stages a few years ago and performed as the Guys With Guitars duo and I’ve been a fan of his music, and, the OSB since its formation a couple of years ago, ever since.
Normally they play in smallish rooms (Relish, Ben Wicks Pub) that are packed full before the show even starts, but tonight they’ve got a little bigger venue as they take to the stage at Dominion On Queen at 500 Queen St. E. a few blocks west of the Don Valley Parkway near River Street, starting at 8 p.m. But while there may be a little more elbow room, I wouldn’t count on getting a seat if you get there much after the guys start playing –it’ll fill up quickly with longtime fans and I doubt anyone will be leaving before the last chord of the last song of the night fades away.