Steel River Junction is an 8 piece Americana/Pop group from Seattle. Featuring hooky melodies, solid grooves, lilty 3 part harmonies, and all backed by a talented and diverse group of players, makes SRJ a band you should definitely hear and see!
Chelsi Marie (Lead Singer/Songwriter/Acoustic/
DaLona Foster (Alto Harmonies/(BGVs/Co-Writer/
Kaylee Jorgenson (Soprano Harmonies/BGVs/Uke/ Acoustic) Born and raised in the PNW, Kaylee is the newest member of SRJ, and an absolute perfect fit for the high harmonies. Kaylee is a music therapist who spends her days helping other through her gift for music. She attended the acclaimed Berklee College of Music; has shared stages with many popular artists, including a very special moment with Allen Stone; and currently has a new album in the works with the band Fat Bottomed girls (a Queen Tribute band in which she sings lead). Her music history includes her college band, Porctopus, and many bands since, including Wasted Words (an Allman Brother’s tribute band). A former host of jazz nights at Madison Ave Pub in Everett, Kaylee has provided vocals and session work for many PNW artists, including Kadima and Coaster. Her outgoing and disarming personality will pull you right into the charm of whatever song she’s singing.
Jeff Brumley (Banjo/Mandolin/Electric Guitar/Octave Mandolin/Uke) Jeff is an incredibly versatile musician who plays and tours with the very popular Rise Up Hamilton and The Seattle Mandolin Orchestra. He works regularly as a session bassist in addition to rocking his technology career. Jeff has one of the most humorous stories of joining Steel River Junction: He’d worked periodically with Chelsi in the music industry for nearly 20 years, and she’d assumed he could play just about anything. So when she asked him to play in Steel River Junction, she asked him to play mandolin and banjo. And indeed, at the first rehearsal, a week later, he showed up with a mandolin and rocked it. This surprised no one in the band – until they learned that up until that week, he’d never played the mandolin at all! He’d literally bought his first mandolin that week after Chelsi asked him to play one in the band, not having told her it wasn’t one of his already-learned instruments. Nowadays, Jeff is well known on the scene for his incredible mandolin playing, and is a delight to watch on any stage. You can find him regularly on some of the Northwest’s most popular stages with all different kinds of bands. Jeff also sings, plays keys, and recently has ventured into video production.
Elmore Lewis (Dobro/Electric/Acoustic/
Tacket Brown (Drum/Percussion) Tacket is a solid and incredibly talented drummer. A session drummer and drum instructor (Donn Bennett Drum Studios), Tacket also teaches at DigiPen Institute of Technology, where he assisted in engineering SRJ’s debut album. He got his bachelor’s degree in music performance at University of Michigan and is a much-in-demand drummer who performs in jazz, progressive, and country music bands all over the PNW. After Ben Smith, the drummer from Heart, heard the new Steel River Junction album, he texted Chelsi, saying, “I’m coming for your drummer.” The band enjoyed the compliment and humor, but also intends to selfishly keep Mr. Brown for as long as possible. Tacket is a genius at coming up with creative, tasty grooves. He and Tige truly have that rhythm section magic that holds a band together. Tacket often tracks drums out of his home studio, where he is a father to his adorable son, Harrison, and a loving husband to his wife Aimee.
Tige Decoster (Bass/Upright) has been performing as a professional musician for over 25 years. He has toured throughout Asia, Europe, and Central America with such artists as Martha Wainwright, Dan Bern, Omar Torrez, and has performed with bands Crosseyed, the Supersones, Chasing Jane, and Hanuman (which was named Seattle Weekly’s Best Acoustic Band for its album “Pedalhorse” in 2002). Awarded a 2009 Fulbright scholarship to perform and tour in the Republic of Georgia, Tige is a sought-after studio musician who has performed on over 35 records. His current projects include Cuban Son sextet Los Supersones, funk big band West Seattle Soul (as co-director), experimental/world music quartet Yesod, rock band Blackheart Honeymoon, and soul band The Pulsations. He has performed with many notable musicians, including Amy Denio, Eric McFadden, Jessica Lurie, Bill Horist, Eric Apoe, Paul Benoit, Chris Chandler, and many others. Tige has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington and started pursuing his master’s degree in primary education at Seattle University in the spring of 2020. In addition to his musical accomplishments, Tige received the Joan Grayston Poetry Prize in 2016, has published poetry in over 20 journals, and has been the featured reader at Easy Speak in Wedgewood and the Seattle Public library. He enjoys spending time with his 10-year-old daughter, reading, collecting books, and eating good Italian food.