Luke & The Drifters
Luke and the Drifters is a country music band based out of Bloomington, Illinois.
The band is comprised of four musicians featuring; Lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Luke Maurer; lead guitarist Trefan Owen; bass guitarist and vocalist, Mark "Tater" Stale and drums and vocalist, Tim Rowden.
Interestingly, Hank Williams, Sr. inspired the name “Luke and the Drifters! In 1950, the legendary singer/songwriter developed an “alter-ego” that he named "Luke the Drifter" and went on to produce albums under the alter-ego.
The name seemed the perfect fit for this talented country group!
This super charged band provides a high energy atmosphere that knows how to rile up music lovers resulting in fun audience interaction, entertaining sing-a-longs and dancing!
Throughout their performances, the crowd partakes in drinking and dancing to various classic and super star artists and bands such as; George Jones, Waylon Jennings Garth Brooks, CCR, Alabama, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Luke Bryan. Jason Aldean, Kenney Chesney, Lynard Skynard, Dwight Yoakum and many, many more.
Luke and the Drifters easily fuse the old country classics with new age country styles to keep all generations entertained!
Together, this foursome, with an intense
admiration of music, talent and personality are
THE MUSIC MAKERS
Guitar / Lead Vocals
Drums / Vocals
Mark "Tater" Stale
LEAD VOCALS and RYTHYM GUITAR
Luke is a multi-faceted man!
He is an Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom II, a former professional boxer and if you have heard him sing, you know he is a powerful performer!
Being raised on country music and a dedicated fan of such greats as The Possum and Hank Williams, Sr., he picked up his guitar and starting singing in high school musicals. He soon began performing as a fill-in for his brother along the renowned Honky Tonk Row and proudly performed his first solo gig at the World Famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge located on lower Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee. Eventually, Luke moved on to headline his music at such popular venues as the Whiskey Bent Saloon and Barbara Mandrell’s Café at Fontanel.
Luke jokes, "I am proud to say I may be one of the lucky artists that played their first gig at Tooties!”
Trefan Owen is a professional guitarist in the central Illinois area who has been performing, teaching, composing and arranging music for over 30 years.
As a performer, Trefan enjoys playing many styles including Jazz, Funk, Rock, Blues, R&B and Country. He can be heard regularly on the gig with such groups as Luke and the Drifters, a high energy country rock band playing country music from all eras. He can also be heard with Laughing Horse Trio, where many of Trefan’s original jazz compositions and arrangements are enjoyed and Jim and Trefan Acoustic Rock, an Acoustic/ Electric duo performing classic hits from the past five decades.
Trefan is founder of the Underground Guitar Academy, which is dedicated to sharing the joy and excitement of music through the guitar. He has been instructing guitar students of all levels, from beginner to advanced, since 1985. His unique personal teaching approach incorporates music theory and improvisation in a practical, witty and “very usable” manner, for all students. From Rock Licks to Country Bends to Folk Finger style to Jazz improvisation to reading music, Trefan has much to offer in the way of guitar instruction. He holds a Master of Music degree in theory & composition from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and is a graduate with honors from the Grove School of Music jazz guitar and jazz composition programs.
Trefan has himself been a student of music and the guitar for over 35 years. His love of music has led to his lifelong pursuit of the instrument.