Steel Skarecrow to play local events

Steel Skarecrow performs on stage.

By Tammy Johnson

Steel Skarecrow, a unique band with McPherson roots will be playing several local events over the next month.

Formed in 2017 by a group of guys from McPherson, Inman, and Marion, the group has evolved over time, honing their sound and some original members leaving. Current members include Kurt Shobe, lead vocals, lead guitar, acoustic guitar; Kristopher Howell, lead and harmony vocals, bass guitar; Rollin Schmidt, steel guitar, fiddle, acoustic guitar, dobro; and Mark Clemmons, lead and harmony singer, drums.

Steel Skarecrow combines 90s country and southern soul with a modern feel to produce a unique sound, while maintaining their country roots. The band has completed two albums of original music that combine all the musical experience gained playing and listening to music over the years.

Steel Skarecrow recently signed a distribution deal with Sony records. The band performed with Tracy Lawrence at the 365 Sports Complex in Inman in February of this year. They’ve also performed with the Bellamy Brothers at the Burford Theater in Arkansas City and at the Flint Hills rodeo with Braxton Keith from Texas.

Steel Skarecrow is scheduled to play at the McPherson County Fair Rodeo Dance on Saturday, July 16, at the Canton Fairgrounds, the Concerts For A Cause series at Hopp’s Sno Shack in McPherson on Thursday, July 28, and for the second year in a row at Goessel Threshing Days at 7 p.m. on Friday Aug. 5, at the Goessel High School Auditorium.

Shobe said he’s a bit of a history buff and enjoys the Goessel Museum.

“I find that this wonderful place has a number of items that are not seen in some of the bigger museums,” Shobe said.

The band will be donating half of all merchandise sales back to the Goessel Museum as part of the Threshing Days show.

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