Five in the Wheel is a new Country & Classic Rock Band from Prescott, AZ
The name 5 in the Wheel comes from an old gunslinger term for 5 bullets in a revolver. 5 in the Wheel has been together since 2014. While Dan and Becky met while playing with a Country Band called Baker Street. Over the period of a couple months each of the original band members were replaced to form 5 in the Wheel Band. With Becky being our resident Country Music fan and Nick having the Rock and Roll background the music line up began. Becky and her husband take country dance lessons and so we began searching for songs that were danceable for Country Swing, Texas Two Step, and even some Waltz songs.
Having so many vocalists in the band allows Dan to follow his passion of rich harmonies. Many of the songs selected to play were chosen for the rich harmonies, such as Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Journey, Linda Ronstadt, CSNY, and many more.
5 in the Wheel Band plays dance music. They specialize in new Country and Classic Rock providing a little something for everyone in the crowd. While the band has opened for such acts as the Wall Flowers and has had Frank Zappas talented sister Candy, join them on stage performing, their greatest pleasure comes from playing for the dancers. So while in Prescott we hope you get a chance to join the band for an evening, but don’t forget your dancing shoes………
Becky Ryniak – Lead Vocalist, percussion - Becky is from Wickenburg, Arizona and studied Music at Grand Canyon University. Becky has been performing around the Prescott area for years with various groups. Becky was introduced early on to vocal harmonies through her church background.
Dan Shaw – Lead Vocalist, guitars, banjo, mandolin, keyboards - Dan is from Phoenix Arizona and studied Music at Grand Canyon College. Dan toured when younger playing with various groups while touring around the Southwest United States and Europe.
Nick Guzzo – Lead Vocalist, Lead Guitar - Straight from Chicago, Nick’s father taught Nick a love of music which led him to begin studying guitar at the age of 9, And while he stopped playing while raising his sons and coaching baseball, he has always enjoyed performing.
Neil Neideffer – Drummer, percussion - Neil grew up in Phoenix playing drums in High school. His talent has led him to play with various groups over the years and praise teams which he continues today with his church.
Gary VanSlyke – Bass, Vocals - Gary has been performing professionally since 1971. Genres to include blues, smooth jazz, funk, rock, country and Vegas type showgroups. "Music is his soul".