I have had the privilege of being in a variety of bands throughout my musical career. They all made me grow as a musician. Midnight highway was my most successful band. It was made up of successful musicians who were also successful people. While I have been, and always will be primarily a rock guitarist, playing in a country band broadened my musical experiences and made me even better.
Back in the nineties midnight Highway quickly became one of Wisconsin’s best country bands. We won a citywide competition for best country band and also opened for many national acts like Little Texas, Billy Dean and Eddie Rabbit. Most of the members of Midnight Highway went on to other successful bands and musical projects. Midnight Highway also owes thanks to my Uncles Gordie and mike miles of penetrator sound and lighting who did much of our sound and opened many doors and opportunities for the band to open for national acts.
Midnight Highway was:
Rick Pomeroy: Lead vocals, acoustic guitar, fiddle
Ken Franz: Lead vocals, Acoustic guitar – I played guitar on Ken’s CD. Click his name to jump down to the CD
Jeff Klyzub: Steel guitar, lap steel, dobro, mandolin, harmonica, vocals
Rick Hagopian: Drums
Mike Spellman: Bass guitar, vocals
Troy Hergert Lead guitar, vocals
The links below are the 6 songs we recorded in a professional studio in Milwaukee. All songs were our renditions of popular songs at that time except Don’t let go which was an original song written by Ken Franz. Hope you like our original twist on Honky Tonk Woman.
- Honkytonk Woman – rolling Stones
- Don’t Let Go – Ken Franz
- Hearts are gonna Roll – Hal Ketchum
- Billy the Kid – Billy Dean
- Wheels – Restless Heart
- Fishing in the Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Ken Franz CD
Back in 2002, Ken Franz produced and recorded his own CD titled “Penny for my Thoughts.” He used a variety of musicians he worked with in his previous bands. I’m really glad he asked me to work with him again because he has a real gift for song writing and it was another opportunity to work in a studio. I played lead guitar on all tracks, classical guitar on Tequila and Mexican Sunset and backing vocals with Andi Miller.