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   >>>>> High Octane Country !!!

Whiskey Pass, a San Jose based band, brings you great high octane country music, combining an eclectic mix of new and older country tunes and original tunes from lead singer Christine VanHoy.

Christine is also an award winning Independent Country recording artist who was awarded “Favorite Female Country Artist 2014” by The Independent Music Network. This was her sixth consecutive year winning this award. She also won "Favorite Country Single 2013" with her 2013 single release High Octane Crazy.

The other members of the band also bring a wealth of experience in the music industry and passion for the music, to the rockin’ sounds of Whiskey Pass – Jim Goodkind on Lead/Rhythm Guitars, Steven Gregory on Lead/Rhythm Guitars, Bill Shaffer on Bass and Greg Sickal on Drums. Come. Check us out. Be prepared to dance your boots off.

Christine VanHoy
Christine VanHoy
Lead Singer

Christine is a Singer / Songwriter who has been entertaining a variety of musical audiences from the east coast to the west coast since her early teens. She has performed in “hot spot” nightclubs from Boston to San Francisco, military bases, large auditoriums and concert halls, town halls and smoky bar rooms. Since starting her journey into the world of Independent Country Music and Country Music Radio six years ago, Christine has had 12 single releases, and 7 of them have gone to #1 on the New Music Weekly Country Chart. She won New Music Weekly’s Best New Country Artist 2007 and Country Breakthrough Artist 2008 awards. And in 2009, she was nominated for New Music Weekly’s Best Female Country Artist alongside such Country greats as Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, and was also nominated for Best Country Single of the Year for “Love Me”. She has won the Independent Music Network’s Best Female Country Artist for the last six years, 2009 – 2014, and her single release High Octane Crazy won Favorite Country Single for 2013.
Jim Goodkind
Lead/Rhythm Guitars / Vocal

Jim learned to play guitar from Chicago blues legend, Harvey Mandel. He was part of the Chicago music scene during the 1960's and the Boston music scene during the 1970's. Jim has played, toured, and recorded with members of various bands, including those from: The Cars, Bonnie Raitt's band, Van Morrison's band, The Chambers Brothers, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Jim Goodkind
Steven Gregory
Steven Gregory
 Lead/Rhythm Guitar / Vocals

A Bay Area native, Steven has been on stage most of his life. He hit the road as a working musician at the tender age of 17 and never looked back. Touring with various national acts he traveled the country playing bars, nightclubs and concert dates for nearly 30 years.

An experienced session guitarist and recording engineer, he has worked on both sides of the glass with many music business legends. He is also an accomplished songwriter with many of his own albums.
Bill Shaffer
Bass Guitar / Vocals

Bill was raised in South San Francisco and has played in a wide variety of rock, jazz, and blues bands, performing at clubs throughout the South Bay and Peninsula. Most notably, he has played for the past 20+ years with Dave Crimmen, a Peninsula rockabilly artist with whom he recorded three CDs including one that featured backing vocals by the Jordanaires (Elvis, Ricky Nelson, Patsy Cline, etc.).

Bill's favorite bass players include James Jamerson (Motown), Chris Squire (Yes) and Francis Rocca Prestia (Tower of Power).
Bill Shaffer
Greg's Picture will be coming....soon !!
Greg Sickal
 Drums / Percussion

Greg was born in the Midwest (Columbia, Missouri) and has been playing drums since the early 70’s when he auditioned for a talent show and won. His early influences included drummers from some of the classic rock bands of the time: Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Boston, Kansas, Rush, Van Halen and The Who. During the 80’s, he started listening to bands like the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Little Feat and developed more of an in-the-pocket, solid, driving style.

Then, after moving to the Bay Area in the 90's, his style changed again to include country-rock from some of his favorite artists like Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson. So he's got a little mix of Rock, Blues, and Country in his drummer DNA.