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South Florida


Jam Band


2016 to Present






      The Big Pine Band was formed in 2016 by the Treasure Coast’s own singer/songwriter favorite Smokey Gage.  The band’s sound is built around Smokey’s relatable story telling and unforgettable soulful vocals.  The backline is comprised of Randy Finn on bass and Zeke Merkel on drums/percussion.  Randy has established himself as a standout bassist spanning the styles of rock, blues, jazz, bluegrass, metal and more with a strong improvisory sensibility.  Zeke is known as a powerful and in the pocket drummer laying down intricate rhythms.  Together they weave rich and intoxicating grooves.  

     The Big Pine Band is one of Florida's premiere original 

Jam bands.  Fueling that sound is the highly acclaimed lead/slide guitarist and vocalist Jake Walden. Jake developed his slide playing based on the styles of Duane Allman and Derek Trucks, yet his sound is all his own.  It resonates and captivates.  Rounding out the band is our most recent addition, Nashville standout keyboardist Mike Hankins. The Big Pine Band has developed a strong and rapidly growing fan base that is enthusiastically embracing their music, performances and vision. 


Smokey Gage - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

Randy Finn - Bass Guitar, Vocals

Jake Walden - Lead Guitar, Vocals

Zeke Merkel - Drums, Percussion

Mike Hankins - Keyboards, Organ, Vocals


The wait for the album was well worth it.  That the music is great, was clear from the beginning.  Ten great, well performed and crystal clear produced tracks that should delight lovers of Southern Rock.  I am sure that this album will evoke a thoroughly positive and enthusiastic echo in the Southern Rock scene.

Daniel Daus   

The Southern Way of Music



Musical Waters Productions
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