Craig Tangen - Lead Vocals
Craig Tangen sang with many Northeast Iowa and Southeast Minnesota bands since the early 80's. While growing up listening to his siblings records and music off AM radio it fueled his interest in Motown, Rhythm & Blues, and Rock and Roll. Craig considers himself fortunate to have worked with so many fine musicians over the years and to be part of The Gopher Tones.
Tim Scribner - Bass and Vocals
Tim Scribner (Scribby) started playing bass at the age of 12 in the typical middle and high school rock bands. After high school he went on the road and traveled the Midwest with several Top 40 cover bands. While in the military, Scribby performed "old school" country on the weekends. After military service and yet another stint on the road with several bands, he settled in to a house gig with Jumpin' Jimmie Brown (first husband of R&B artist Ruth Brown). He was introduced to Jimmie Brown's extensive musical repertoire and learned the importance providing a solid foundation for the band. Since moving back to Minnesota in 1983, Scribby has had the good fortune to perform with many talented musicians and is incredibly blessed to now be part of The Gopher Tones "It is truly an honor to perform along side of this talent group of musicians".
Tom Kochie - Guitar and Vocals
Tom Kochie a Minnesota native grew up in Rochester, Mn. and started playing guitar in the mid-1960's after his older brother showed him how to play Bill Dogget's Honky Tonk, From there he went on to show off his new found passion at the 4th grade talent show with a 2 song rendition of Honky Tonk and Ray Charles What I Say. A performer was born. Tom's teenage years were spent absorbing parts of his sister's record collection and tuning in to Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zepplin. Warm weather and college took Tom to Austin, TX. It was there that he was reunited with the blues and his most earliest influences. He traded in his complete record/CD collection to scrounge up money to start exploring the roots of blues. Tom was frequently caught at Antone's in Austin trying to snatch a few licks from the many blues legends that perform there. Family, work and cooler climate brought Tom back to Minnesota (Rochester) where he continues to explore his passion for blues music and evangelize one of America's great art forms. Tom is a member of the Minnesota Blues Society and has been blessed with the opportunities to play at The Duluth Blues Festival, International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tn, and Buddy Guy's Legends (with Buddy !) in Chicago.
Charlie Lacy - Guitar
Charlie "SugarChuck" Lacy hails from Denver Colorado and has been a part of the Rochester, Mn. music scene for the last 20 years. His guitar chops have been recognized by the Nebraska Country music Hall of Fame. Charlie has been using his guitar talents to support many local bands and is recognized as one of the areas best "sideman" when it comes to guitar picking and performing. Charlie loves to rock out with The Gopher Tones and can be seen often around the Rochester area performing his guitar pyrothenics. Check him out !
Brian Engen - Drums
Brian Engen's early years were spent playing hard rock, metal and grunge music locally around Southeast Minnesota and eventually spent time on the road with a band from Boston playing cover tunes and original music. Eventually getting his first taste of the blues with Rochester Mn's "Deja Bleu" in the late 90's. The groove of the blues became addicting and has been his tonic ever since. Having backed many incredible musicians and sharing the stage with numerous oustanding bands has been a highly gratifying journey through the years. When not auditioning for Sheryl Crow's band or seeking out the elusive BigFoot, Brian feels privileged to share the stage with the other Tone's !.