Lisa Rhodes began her career in Austin, sharing the stage both locally and nationally with artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Joan Jett, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Joe Ely. She also performed and recorded with The Neville Brothers, co-writing a song, "The Dealer", included on two of their CDs. Lisa R & The Lucky Stars has allowed her to return to the musical roots of her youth in South Texas, where she grew up listening to Tejano, Czech and Cosmic Country music. Lisa relocated to Durham in 2012.
A founding member of Southern Culture on the Skids, Leslie has been a working musician in the North Carolina Triangle for over 25 years. She had played with a wide range of artists and bands, including Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos, The Beauty Operators, Rebecca Newton, Scott Sawyer, Eugene Chadbourne, Sleepy Labeef, Nancy Middleton, Michael Kelsh and Jumpin’ Johhny Sansone. In addition to teaching bass and voice, she works as a studio musician and does voiceover work for area radio stations.
Charles Pettee, (mandolin, octave mandolin) is a founding member of the internationally
renowned Bluegrass quartet, The Shady Grove Band, composing the lion’s share of their original
songs. During his 30-year career as a full-time professional musician, Charles has traversed
North America, Canada, and Europe logging over 6,000 performances, and racking up some 13
albums to date with his bands, collaborations, and solo projects, which showcase nearly 100 of
his compositions. Charles also has a strong commitment to music education, especially that of
children and youth. He has been a teaching artist in schools throughout North and South
Carolina, as well as offering private instruction on mandolin and guitar.
George Hindenach has a B.A. in Percussion Performance from the University of South Florida. While living in the Tampa area, George performed with Steve Allen, Diahann Carroll, Liberace, Jane Powell, The Four Lads, The Florida Orchestra, Tampa Jazz Orchestra, and Guy and Ralna. He also drummed for Avenue Q, as well as touring productions of Oklahoma, Annie, A Chorus Line and 1776. He played with the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, Meyer Davis Orchestra and Stan Sterner Big Band. After moving to NC, George started a 15-year-residency with Rebecca and The HiTones. He currently performs with Joe Bell and The Stinging Blades, Armand Lenchek and Bluesology, Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos, Nancy Middleton, The Willie Painter Band and The Big Blues Quartet. George has also accompanied Jazz notables Greg Gelb, Gary Brunotte, Dr. Ira Wiggins, Ed Paolantonio, Steve Hobbs and Scott Sawyer.
The rest of our team, because it also takes a village to raise a band, is made up of talented professionals at the tops of their games. They are: