ERIN PAYNE

Vocals

Erin’s musical roots started growing in the mid 90’s while Karaoke hosting Karaoke at the Saddlerock Saloon in El Cajon. She then landed the lead singer jobs in the bands Desert Moon, Highway Star, and the Big River Band, then went solo and earned the title of California Country Music Association’s 1999  Female Entertainer of the year and 2000 Vocalist of the Year. In 2003, she opened for Blake Shelton and for the Mavericks as the lead singer of The West Coast Pinups, but found a solid place in Country music joining the boys in Emerald River in 2004. Craig eventually led her to her most recent journey on the 8 Track Highway and their So-Cal Country / Yacht Rock stylings! 

CRAIG SCHMIDT

Vocals, Lead Guitar

Craig is a classically trained guitarist who honed his craft performing in the bars and ski resorts of Colorado in the late '70's & early 80's. More recently, he has been a member of a number of popular San Diego-based bands including the longrunning country band Emerald River, opening for national recording artists, such as Leann Rimes and Texas legend Pat Green. One of his professional highlights was sharing the stage with Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, guitarist for Guns N Roses. Craig is a perfect fit for the country rock stylings and harmony oriented music of 8 Track Highway having "come of age" musically during this popular era.

DAN ALBRIGHT

Keyboard, Harmonica

MIKE MCGHEE

Drums, Percussion

Playing drums for 45 years, Mike has performed in multiple bands regularly gigging in and around San Diego, including Emerald River, Del Rio, Jerome Dawson & Wasabe Blue. He has also subbed for Patrick Jackson, the Bayside Band, Kennard-Miller, the Blue-Frog Band, and the Honky Tonk Kings. Mike covers a range of styles including country, southern rock, classic rock, blues, pop, R&B, funk, and jazz.

SCOTT COYLE

Vocals, Guitars

With over 40 years of professional playing, Scott brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to 8 Track Highway. That experience has taken him as a touring musician across the US, Latin America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and The Middle East. He is equally comfortable playing Rock, Pop, R&B, Jazz, Country and Gospel. Scott is also an in demand sideman as well as both a live and recording Audio Engineer producing projects for bands and singer-songwriters alike in a wide variety of styles.

MICHAEL WILEY

Bass Guitar

Michael has been playing professionally for over 40 years. His experience includes performances with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Pops, and numerous performances with bands and solo artists in a broad range on genres. Michael is an in-demand studio musician, and recently played on a #1 UK hit by Idyllwild-based band, Cole Withers. Michael attended the Eastman School of Music and San Diego State University.

Dan Albright is a lifelong resident of San Diego, living in semi-retirement with his wife and extended family. In addition to piano, he plays other musical instruments, including: Hammond B3 organ, various keyboard synthesizers, harmonica, trombone, and euphonium. Dan played in a local country band for almost 18 years. Dan keeps busy playing with the San Diego Concert Band, at Pathways Community Church, the "Boneafied Brass" trombone group, and the "Big Brass Quartet" (tuba quartet).

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