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Waker was founded by childhood friends and songwriting duo Chase Bader (Vocals, Acoustic) and Conor Kelly (Electric Guitar). The group hails from Nashville, mashing soul, rock & roll, and jam into an eclectic, danceable sound, focusing on songs that aim for the heart, head… and feet.
From the East Coast to the West Coast, each member moved to Nashville to join Bader and Kelly one by one. The band originally began under the name Koa with bassist Ryan Ladd and saxophonist Alex Matthews. Percussionist Ryan McClanahan quickly joined adding a unique sound to the music. Finally, the band found drummer Dave Czuba to fuse Koa into Waker.
The intention has always been clear, to “wake people” with their music. In a short amount of time, the band has already conquered festival stages at Bonnaroo, ACL, Hangout, SXSW, Firefly, and Wakarusa. They’ve toured with Blues Traveler, JJ Grey & Mofro, Moon Taxi, Galactic, the Wailers, recorded a session for Audiotree Live, and headlined shows across the country.
Since the release of their 2015 EP, the band has continued their nonstop regiment of touring & writing. Before the summer of 2017, Waker released two singles, “Wake Me Up” & “Pike”, both of which will be featured on their debut album due in 2019.
Waker is an experience meant to be shared with others.
A long, long time ago Bill Smith’s native planet Ceesharpminor of the Eeymayjor-7 quadrant was billed to smithereens and diminished by the tyrannical empire of the infamous ruler….Beephlait. Having no choice but to jettison towards the vastness of space, Bill escaped in a flurry of melodic possibilities leaving behind any regard for the orthodox time signatures and tethered tonal anchors that were so well cherished by his fallen culture. Bill forged ahead fearlessly; deeper and deeper through the cosmos until he drifted into a cluster of stars we call the Milky Way. In an endeavor to rip the fabric of space and time and create a portal back to before his world was destroyed, Bill stumbled upon his ability to ferment the futuristic sounds of his world with a classic rock instrumentation of Earth. This discovery would surely cause him to second guess the attempt to redeem his ancestors. Unlike humans, Ceesharpminorians are born with multiple egos a can absorb or disembody them at their will. Bouncing from experience to experience, Bill continues to roam the Earth in search of others to converge in harmonious debauchery, as is the human tradition. – The Bill Smith Memoirs