Crossroads Junction is a Birmingham-based, 5-member band that specializes in new and old country and southern rock…”Where Country Meets Rock”. Add some classic rock and a little blues and we can keep the house rockin’ and dancin’ all night long. Our primary influences are new country artists like Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Jake Owen and Eric Church. Throw in some Brooks & Dunn, Waylon, Willie, Hank Jr., David Alan Coe, and Alabama along with Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Delbert McClinton, and Steve Earle, and we have a songlist that appeals to just about everyone. Crossroads Junction is composed of five very talented, hard-working, and professional musicians. Our mission is to stay current with our songlist and playing high-quality and high-energy music that the audience wants to hear.
Ross Butler has been around music his whole life, as soon as he was big enough to carry a mic stand he was a roadie for his father’s band. By the age of 5 he worked his way up to sitting in and singing horribly out of key, but still entertaining the crowd. Ross started playing drums in local alternative rock bands, singing was difficult to do while playing drums, so at the age of 15 he learned to play guitar. While still in high school he started playing at the local watering holes refining his style and sound; Ross eventually moved to California where he toured the west coast with a solo artist doing back-up vocals and lead guitar, but still something was missing. His early memories of his father’s music…that old classic country…was still ringing in his ears. He came back to the Birmingham area and honed his skills as a lead vocalist and front man with Who Shot Lizzy. Ross enjoys writing and recording music. He has developed his own unique style and is truly an entertainer. Together with the outstanding musicians of Crossroads Junction, Ross will be entertaining audiences in and around Birmingham with a blend of the new country radio songs, the old country classics, the southern rock anthems, and some rock favorites…a little of everything for all music lovers.
James Royster was born in Elkhart, Indiana in 1965. He started playing guitar (and learning to tie his shoelaces) around the age of 6. He learned to play from the wrong side of the tracks but figured if Jimi Hendrix and Paul McCartney could do it, he was in good company. He began playing in front of live audiences at the tender age of 10. When James was in the ninth grade he moved from Indiana to Alabama and immediately hooked up with the local musicians in and around Jasper. He played with numerous bands in his early musical career: Ambush, Dash Rip Rock, Running On Empty, Rumor Haz It, Intruder, High Noon, Shameless, Southern Touch, Open Fire, and Sandcut. A few of his highlights include opening for Quiet Riot in 2000 and Driving-N-Crying in 2001. His next big project was a group called White Lies, a hard driving rock-n-roll show. Most recently James founded Triple X, and played with Southland Band and Rydin Durty. His primary guitar influences have been Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Johnson, Joe Satarani, and Damon Johnson. James hooked up with Crossroads Junction in March, 2014. He will be handling the band’s guitar duties along with Sammy Pierce while adding to the backup vocals. Crossroads Junction is excited about having a lead guitarist with James’ skills, his commitment to excellence, and easy going but professional attitude.
Sam “Sammy” Pierce is an excellent musician and vocalist who started playing guitar at the age of 10. He toured with two professional gospel singing groups and recorded three albums during a 3-year period. Sammy spent more than three years on the road with the Robert Cunningham Review, an Elvis impersonator, playing shows and recording in and around Memphis. He has played in numerous bands such as RamPage, Southern Junction, Cruzin, Country Blend, Southern Country and Highway 5. While with Southern Junction Sammy had the privilege of opening for David Allan Coe, Kenny Chesney, Leroy Parnell, and Neal McCoy. He has enjoyed playing in the local clubs and Elks Lodges all over the state of Alabama throughout his career. Sammy shares the guitar duties and background vocals with James Royster. Their distinct styles combine give Crossroads Junction a full, versatile, and dynamic sound not found with other bands.
Michael Reid’s cousin handed him a bass (and a beer), when he was 13, and said “play”. Since then, Michael has had the opportunity to play many different bass styles which have helped form the player he is today. From his early Country & Western and Gospel roots, to Heavy Rock, to Classic Rock, to Funk, to Modern Country, Michael brings all of his influences to the stage with Crossroads Junction. Hitting the road at 19, he learned the ropes of performing and touring, while traveling the southeast and beyond with the Top 40 act Synabar. After taking time off for life and expanding his musical curiosity to other instruments, Michael came back to the bass with a vengeance. His influences are as varied as his experience: Victor Wooten, Pino Palladino, John Paul Jones, Verdine White, James Jamerson, and Tully Kennedy. Michael has been performing around the North Alabama area for the past 8 years with such bands as FaceDown, Black Cat Bone, and Dirt Road Communion, among others. He is very excited to be a part of Crossroads Junction. ”I’ve been wanting to play with these guys since the first time I heard them”, Michael says. “They are first class musicians and great guys. I’m glad they have allowed me to be a part of this”. And Crossroads Junction is excited about having a bass guitar player as talented and dedicated as Michael Reid.
Don Hecklinski received his first drum set when he was 12 years old and played in several wedding and rock bands in his high school and college years. After college, marriage, and children he put the drums away for a several years. In 2006 he began studying percussion at the Birmingham School of Music. It didn’t take Don long to rediscover his talent, love, and passion for making great music. He joined MidNight Train (blues) in 2008 and CrimeScene (classic rock) in 2009. The opportunity to play with outstanding musicians and people like Ross, James, Sammy, and Michael attracted him to this group. He is the backbone and heartbeat of Crossroads Junction.