ROD SMITH - DRUMMER, VOCALS, & RECORDER
Rodney has been drumming and singing since he was 10 years old. He refined his skills by playing in his school's jazz, concert, and marching bands. After graduation, Rodney was lucky enough to do what he loved – play music and travel – while making a living. He has played with numerous bands over the course of his career, and also opened for several famous musicians and bands at The Capitol Theater in Davenport. After playing in different clubs and on the local riverboats, Rodney found himself as part of The Sweetwater Band. He played there five nights a week for seven years. In 1993 he made the move to The Rusty Nail in Davenport where he played in the Macon Bacon Band for seven years on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. After some time off to enjoy traveling, camping and motorcycling with his wife, he started drumming and singing again by freelancing with several local bands and playing all genres of music. He most currently was playing with Vintage Reissue, A Fifth of Country, and Justin Morrissey. Rodney brings many years of exceptional talent and a great attitude to The Tailfins. He is thrilled to be a part of such a fun-loving and accomplished group of musicians.
KERRY TUCKER - LEAD GUITAR, DIDGERIDOO, & VOCALS
Kerry Tucker is a founding member of the Illinois based power pop outfit of Einstein’s Sister. The band released four albums and a Japanese-only ”Best of” CD, before disbanding in 2005. Kerry then began work as a guitar instructor at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA and continued work as a music composer for national film (The Losers, The Perfect Skate) and television (HBO, MTV, VH1, Oxygen, HGTV, NBC, Bravo).
Kerry approached some of his personal heroes to contribute to a 2020 Einstein's Sister reunion single . The single featured contributions from Tim Smith (Sheryl Crow, Jellyfish) and Vinnie Zummo (Joe Jackson). It was mixed by Nick Davis (Phil Collins, Genesis, a-ha) at the legendary British studio, RAK. It was mastered and cut by Miles Showell (The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Queen, The Rolling Stones, The Police) at Abbey Road Studios.
Kerry is also a member of the acoustic duo, Douglas and Tucker and the bands, Jelly Smack and The Allen Towne Band.
Rob Dahms - BASS, GUITAR, BAGPIPES, & VOCALS
The Night People. A name selected because they were on the road many evenings, performing for very receptive audiences. Often riding around in a 1952 hearse to transport their equipment.
Music of the sixties and seventies was a smash hit. A British invasion. The Night People played Beatles music, the Rolling Stones, and also many American tunes made popular by Elvis, The Beach Boys, and others.
In 1968, they opened for Jimi Hendrix at the Col Ballroom. Along the way, they also opened for Chubby Checker, Herman’s Hermits, and many other well- known performers at the time.
Rob Dahms along with the other musicians in n The Night People, are local Legends in The Quad City music scene! We are very fortunate to have a musician of Rob's expereince and talents, in The Tailfins!
PERRY HULTGREN - KEYBOARDS, SPOONS, & VOCALS
Perry Hultgren is the newest addition to The Tailfins Band. Perry Studied at Western Illinois University. Perry is a phenomenal Keyboard player who has played with many of the area’s top bands for over 20 years. He is regarded by many musicians, as one of the best, if not the best, keyboard player in the Quad Cities! Perry also performed with The Coasters and Tommy Allsup!
STEVE PEKIOS - RHYTHM GUITAR, KAZOO, & LEAD VOCALS
Steve is the founding member of The Tailfins Band, Which began in 2003. After viewing the movie "American Graffitti" Steve learned to play the guitar when he was 13 years old. His passion for music was influenced by great bands like The Beatles, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, The Bee Gee’s, The Byrds, The Rolling Stones, Dion & The Belmonts, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, and many others. Steve began playing in public in local churches and weddings, but eventually drifted away from performing because of work and raising a family at a young age. After several years passed by, Steve was out having a few beers with his friends when they dared him to get up and sing a karaoke song. With a little liquid courage Steve decided to get up and sing an Elvis song “All Shook Up.” After he started singing the first couple verses he noticed that the dance floor was filled, and everyone was applauding! He decided he kind of enjoyed the expereince. Soon afterwards, Steve called up a few of his musician friends to just to get together once a week at his house, practice, have fun, and learn some new songs. After Steve and his small group put a few songs together, Steve came up with the name "The Tailfins" because it symbolized the era of music he loves. The new "Tailfins Band" decided to book some gigs and play out in public, and see how far the newly formed Tailfins Band could go. 12 years later The Tailfins Band has played for Casino’s, fairs, Ballrooms Dances, City Festivals, Weddings, Car shows, Corporate Parties, and opened for “Sha Na Na, The Diamonds, and the legendary Tommy Allsup at The Surf Ballroom!