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Dad, daughter duo hit right notes with award-winning Post Road

Posted: June 30, 2017

by Joe Jancsurak

 

It all started at the library, but now Twinsburg resident Steve Radcliff and his daughter Sarah enjoy spending quality time together in local bars and clubs throughout Northeast Ohio. They’re members of Post Road, Cleveland’s Best Cover Band, according to Cleveland Magazine and Scene Magazine. 

 

Steve plays guitar; Sarah provides the lead vocals along with Shawn Roland (Twinsburg). Dave Vogrin (Willoughby Hills) is on drums, Dave Warner (Wickliffe) plays bass and Andrew Krakowski (Medina) provides harmony and plays guitar.

 

The band evolved from the “Country Hoedown” library fundraiser in 2011 (at Twinhaven Reception Center on Ravenna Road), when Steve was asked to play acoustic guitar. Instead of playing solo, Steve put together a band that included Sarah, who at that time was a member of the Twinsburg High School “Great Expectations” show choir. The band needed a name so Steve went with Post Road, the Twinsburg road that leads to his neighborhood because “it just has a country feel to it.”

 

Six years later, Post Road has its own CD, lots of great gigs and an impressive list of awards. While there have been personnel changes along the way due to life changes, many of the members are from the original band, with Sarah and Steve having the distinction of being the youngest and oldest in the group.

 

As for the awards, in addition to being named Cleveland’s Best Cover Band, Sarah and Shawn were named best local female and male vocalists by Scene Magazine, which also named Post Road’s recently released CD, “That’s My Road,” Best Local Album. They hold the attendance record (about 500) at Club Velvet at Northfield Park’s Hard Rock Rocksino, where they also headlined Hard Rock Live, and the band is included in the Rocksino’s current TV ad campaign. In addition, they have opened for national acts such as Aaron Lewis, Brother Trouble and Smash Mouth. 

 

When asked what it’s like to be on stage with her dad, Sarah, a Kent State grad with a degree in dietetics who will start her master’s studies this fall at Kent, chuckled and said, “What 22-year-old doesn’t want to spend weekends in bars with her dad? Seriously, we have a strong dynamic and we communicate very well on stage. I love seeing and hearing fans admire his guitar playing. It makes me proud to call him my dad. It’s been an absolute blast.”

 

Steve, who works as a banking technology project manager, admires his oldest daughter’s singing and performing capabilities and is grateful for being able to share the stage with her. “Hey, we’re having a good time, and she understands the discipline it takes to be a lead vocalist,” he said. “She gets it.” 

 

Steve credits Sarah with opening his eyes to artists such as Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert. 

 

“My taste in music has always leaned toward the mellow acoustic style,” he said. “Country picker Steve Wariner, with whom I had an opportunity to sit and jam in 2015, was my biggest musical influence. Sarah, meanwhile, is a fan of the rocking numbers. She’s opened my eyes and ears to artists I never would have listened to. Shawn and her choose the modern country songs our band plays because they’re in tune with what’s popular with the 20-somethings that are a large part of our audiences. Also because Shawn and Sarah are the ones who have to sing them.”

 

With the input of his two vocalists, Steve puts together the set lists for each show, taking into account pacing, song types and musical keys. “Our set list helps to shape the mood for each set.” 

 

As for the rest of the band, not only are Post Road members equally talented, “everyone is flexible, willing to compromise, and willing to provide feedback to one another,” Steve said. 

 

“That spirit of cooperation is a key ingredient for the band’s ongoing success,” said Sarah, who values her high school show choir experience and the feedback and shared camaraderie of her fellow musicians. 

 

“It’s not every day you get to work with a group of musicians – all with different styles and backgrounds – that can come together to create such a strong dynamic,’’ she said. “Plus, we have an awesome fan base that we now consider close friends. Nothing beats looking out into a crowd, which often includes my mom and two sisters, and seeing everyone singing along with our original songs.”

 

If you’d like to catch a Post Road performance this summer, make plans to attend their Rock the Park performance at Twinsburg’s Perici Amphitheatre on July 14. Visit rocktheparkconcert.com. For a schedule of Post Road performances, their CD, and general information, go to PostRoadCountry.com.

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