Tern Rounders are: Kim Kilby (Vocals, Guitar); Harry Strole (Vocals, Guitar); Carl Parker (Bass); Jim Ketterer (Drums, Percussion); and Rick Morse (Pedal Steel, Dobro).Tern Rounders' music paints a richly varied landscape, from the rootsy vistas of fellow songwriter/musicians like Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Emmylou Harris, Townes Van Zandt, to further down the coast to California, warping back to a time when Gram Parsons & The Burrito Bros. flew high over L.A. and the Buffalo Springfield still roamed. The band brings their distinctive take on the American roots tradition to the live stage, with their hard-charging honky-tonk shuffles, cosmic country, and vocal-harmony-driven folk rock. The band has undergone quite a (r)evolution in its short lifespan, from its inception as an acoustic trio to its current electric five piece formation. The vocal harmonies of Kim Kilby and Marc Clayton, who both play guitar, form the centerpiece of the band. The melodic pedal steel floats above while drummer Jim Ketterer and bassist Harry Strole complete the Tern Rounders sound.
Their recent full-length, self-titled album reveals a mature departure from their first album, A Different Land, which was met with praise and helped to establish their acoustic, folksy roots. With the addition of a pedal steel player (Rick Morse) to the band and a move towards a more electric, upbeat selection of all original music, this album confirms that the Tern Rounders have firmly landed, living up to their title as the "Americana Sweethearts" of the Capital Region music scene.