KEEPING TIME: Steppin' Stones [VIDEO]

jpaprocki@islandpacket.comAugust 22, 2012 

BAND: Steppin' Stones

MEMBERS: Hannah Wicklund, 15, guitar and vocals; Ryan Tye, 17, drums; Mick Ray, 16, bass and vocals

STYLE: Classic rock

INFLUENCES: Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Heart, Janis Joplin

LIFE IN MUSIC: At a recent show, Hannah Wicklund asked the audience, "Anybody like Joe Walsh?" A few hands shot up, mostly the parents in the Harbour Town crowd. "Anybody heard his recent album?" No one had. "It's pretty good." It takes a true classic rock junkie to have sought out the former Eagles' guitarist's latest CD. Hannah is just that. And she's 15.

The Steppin' Stones has become one of Hilton Head Island's long-standing cover bands, playing more than 400 shows over the past six years, many in prime locations, such as Harbour Town on Saturday evenings when Gregg Russell takes a night off in the summer.

Hannah and Mick met through school, bonding over a love of classic rock. Ryan joined the band shortly after it formed. (Their original drummer Mark Bradly died with his father and three sisters when their single-engine plane crashed in 2006).

Their shows are largely a mix of classic rock staples from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty and Janis Joplin. The covers bring the people in; the originals are what the band hopes will get them to stay. The band is planning to record a second album this fall.

UPCOMING SHOWS: Coligny Plaza today; Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort on Friday; Harbour Town on Saturday; Coligny Plaza on Aug. 30; Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort on Aug. 31; and Wild Wing Cafe in Savannah on Sept. 2

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