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.
Tommy Crowder’s love for country music and all it represents brings an energetic and entertaining personality to the front of the stage. He grew up around Birmingham listening to Hank Jr., Waylong Jennings, Merle Haggard, David Allan Coe and George Strait, but he loves the edgy, hard-rockin’ styles of the new country artists like Jamey Johnson, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and Eric Church. Tommy has the experience and personality to keep the party rockin’. He has had the opportunity to work with several song writers and record some originals. He also recorded several studio demos for other song writers. He has won several local awards for his vocal talent. Tommy can bring the memories back with country classics, swell up the pride with the southern rock anthems or rock the house all night with new country. His powerful voice captivates the audience and his fun-loving stage presence keeps the party going. Tommy is no stranger to the stage and one of his greatest satisfactions while performing is to watch the crowds having an awesome night while dancing and being entertained.
Sam Shubert is originally from Morrow, GA and grew up listening to 80’s and southern rock. His influences include Steve Morse, Steve Lukather, Eric Johnson, and Brad Paisley. Although his roots are in rock, in the mid 90s Sam started playing country and enjoyed the change of style in music. Sam’s experience includes traveling throughout Georgia with Festers Farm and opening for Toby Keith, David Alan Coe and Confederate Railroad. He also played with several songwriters in Nashville, including Shane Thomas. Although he has played on the Nashville circuit Sam prefers to perform in the local establishments where the people are genuine and love country music. Sam retired from the US Army in 2009. While serving in the Army as a US Army Ranger, he was able to continue playing music wherever he was stationed which helped maintain his picking skills. He recently moved to Birmingham and Crossroads Junction was fortunate to bring Sam into the group in December 2013. He will be handling the guitar duties along with Sammy Pierce while adding to the backup vocals. Tommy Crowder and Crossroads Junction are excited about having a lead guitarist with Sam’s skills and his commitment to excellence.
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 Sam Schubert. 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. Six years ago 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 Tommy, Sam, Sammy, and Michael attracted him to this group. He is the backbone and heartbeat of Crossroads Junction.