This rural bop combo creates an exciting, carefree atmosphere where an audience simply means a great party. Whether sharing the stage with Grammy winners & nominees like Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris, or joining festival stages with historic greats like Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, or even Bill Haley's Original Comets, Cari Lee and The Saddle-ites' brand of good time dance music has captured the hearts of critics and audiences around the world.
Cari Lee Merritt (Vocals and Rhythm Guitar)
With the Saddle-ites, Cari Lee has played festivals, clubs, radio and national televisions shows througout Europe and America. She played the role of the legendary Rose Maddox in a stage production with musical direction by Bill Monroe's former guitar player, Peter Rowan. Cari Lee's vocal range and stage personality has been utilized by honky tonk bands, rhythm & blues projects, and even by Warner Brothers films.
Steve Merritt (Lead Guitar)
Having played guitar from the young age of 13, Steve has played in bands ranging from punk rock, rockabilly, rhythm & blues, to jazz. Being an avid record collector and desiring to preserve American roots music, Steve Merritt founded his own record label, Star Tone Records, a label that specializes in releasing recordings in a vinyl 45rpm format. Steve's talents and musical experience have been showcased both on stage and in the recording studio.
Danny Santos (Double Bass)
This talented musician is known for his rhythmic contributions to local hot jazz combos as well as brilliant vocal talent and snappy song writing skills to the rockin' band Danny Santos and the Savoys. Santos adds fresh new flavor and vocal variety to The Saddle-ites.