About Shalo's Band

The band was powerful right out of the gate.   Now it is absolutely off the hook.  With Brad McLemore's brilliant, authentic Texan guitar and vocals, Ben's intuitive, dynamic, technically flawless drumming, Nick's soulful, polished, rock solid bass, and Joe Savage's heartbreaking pedal steel, lap steel, and harmonica solos, I could not ask for more in a band.   To put it bluntly I hand picked and won the band lottery when they all said yes to this project, and I thank God every day to get to work with these gentlemen.  They are incredible, both as musicians and people. 

Don't just take my word for it though, come hear us for yourselves.   

~Shalo Lee 

Brad McLemore

Brad McLemore is an accomplished Texas born guitarist and singer/songwriter with an authentic southern feel, both through his guitar work as well as his vocals. 

He toured several years with singer/songwriter Sara Hickman and appeared on numerous stages and TV shows including Austin City Limits and The Tonight Show. Brad played for plenty of Dallas bands, artists and CD projects, most notably (or not noticed perhaps) Soul Food Cafe, Too Much TV, Curious George, Colin Boyd, Eddie Coker, Clever Pennies and The Project Band. Recently composed music for Dallas PBS TV shows "Nowhere But Texas" and "Little Bites, Big Steps", and several episodes of a short series called "Inbox". 

Since moving to Minneapolis in 2007, Brad connected with Twin Cities fixture Mick Sterling and continues to perform with the Mick Sterling Band.

McLemore, with a degree in jazz guitar studies, currently owns and operates the Linden Hills House of Music,
a school of musical instruction in the southwest Minneapolis neighborhood of Linden Hills.”

Nick Salisbury

Nick Salisbury is one of the most musically proficient, soulful, and professional bass player/teachers in the Twin Cities. Along with playing bass for Shalo Lee, he also has gigged with Jeff Ray & The Stakes, The Irresistibles, Stook & The Jukes, Lizzy Rain and The MN Songwriter's Showcase. He has also been known to play with Ashleigh Still & The Dirty Dishes, Mary Cutrufello, Redpath, Jesse Langseth, Steve Noonan, Tony Sims, Joe Carey and Nick Hensley's Love Songs for Angry Men. Nick also arrange and produces with Caleb Garn & 5 Watt Productions, as well as teaching private lessons at Jim Harms' My Music Store in Golden Valley MN.

Ben Kaplan

Born and raised in Baltimore, Ben Kaplan played in various local and regional bands. While playing the area clubs he worked with future Windham Hill guitar star Michael Hedges, and backed fiddle legend Vassar Clements. As a session musician and engineer at Blue Seas recording studio he worked with Lovin’ Spoonful bassist Steve Boone, Little Feat leader Lowell George, British rocker Robert Palmer, and Verdine White of Earth, Wind, and Fire. Since relocating to the Twin Cities in the early 1980s he has played with artists ranging from Mississippi blues legend Jessie Mae Hemphill to Rock’n’Roll Hall of Famer Chuck Berry.