About My Blue Sky

John Gallagher
Vocals and Guitar


After growing up in New York John traveled to Colorado in the 80’s. He fell in love with the Colorado lifestyle and never looked back. He sings and plays guitar. John composed the award-winning song “My Heart’s With You”, included on the album from the Colorado Composers Classic II and recorded with the band Capitol Gains.
 
“My first concert ever was The Allman Brothers at Madison Square Garden in 1973. It’s what made me want to play music! Being invited to play in My Blue Sky has brought me full circle”.                              

Tim Kestle 
Guitars and Vocals


Tim likes to tell people he started playing guitar back when “All the members of Led Zeppelin were alive”. Tim loves the improvisation and jamming that he gets to do with My Blue Sky and tries to share that love with the audience.

He’s played every kind of music imaginable including blues, disco, bebop, country, prog, metal and even polka! (He grew up in Wisconsin after all). In recent years he’s been seen around town playing with The Usual Suspects and as a fill in for numerous other acts. Tim is also active with the Colorado Art Rock Society and records with his own original prog rock band Every Waking Hour.

 

Jeff Bowen

Guitars

 

Jeff grew up in the Pasadena area of SoCal, and started playing guitar at age 10. By his early 20s Jeff had moved to the San Diego area, and formed the Cross Bowen Band. A mostly original band, they shared the stage with the Marshall Tucker Band, Dave Mason, Jeff Healey, Savoy Brown, The Beat Farmers, and were a mainstay on the local club scene. In 1993, Fender asked him to join their team and he moved to Colorado. Traveling a wide area of the USA gave him 20+ years of inside experiences in the music business.  Locally you may have seen him playing guitar with The Complete Unknowns and The Vipers. Now off the road and home in Colorado, Jeff is thrilled to be a member of My Blue Sky.

 

Jeff’s main guitar influences are Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, the late great Dan Toler, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Jack Pearson, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Eric Johnson, Albert Lee, Tony Rice, Ry Cooder, and too many more to list.

Jamie McGregor 
Drums and Vocals


Jamie, a Colorado native, began his drum journey at the age of 3 when a neighbor gave him a toy drum set in an attempt to annoy his parents.
Family annoyances aside, drumming quickly became his favorite pastime and he started seriously studying the drums in the 5th grade. With the bands Singularity and Pindral, he has recorded four albums and played several live shows, both in Colorado and abroad. He currently is a member of Stencil Forest and My Blue Sky. His biggest drum influences growing up were Keith Moon, Phil Collins, and Bill Bruford.

 

Dan Jones
Drums and Vocals


Much like his friend Jamie, Dan began playing drums while in elementary school, following in his older brother's stick steps. 
Over the years, Dan has played in a variety of bands and styles including jazz, blues, country and rock.  He has recorded with Frank Bechter, Three Frivolous Bards, the Grinnell College Jazz Band, The Lee Thomas Band, and The Usual Suspects (not the same as Tim Kestle’s band).  He has performed hundreds of gigs with the latter two bands and other projects since 1990, and now is thrilled to be a part of My Blue Sky, particularly beside Jamie “brother from another mother” McGregor.  Drummers who have inspired him the most include Neil Peart, Bill Bruford, Phil Collins, Stuart Copeland, Mike Portnoy and Dave Weckl.

Marco Simpson
Bass and Vocals

After spending 18 years in the San Francisco Bay area in the music industry, Marco adopted Colorado as his new home in 1999.  He started playing guitar at 9 years of age, then took up bass while touring with several Windham Hill Artists in the late 90s.  He has decades of experience in the studio & live touring as a sound engineer & performer.  As well ... he has served on the Board of Governors for the San Francisco Chapter of The Recording Academy formerly known as NARAS.  Marco has since made his mark in the Denver metro area performing with some of the best local talent in Colorado.  10 years with his band Mother Lode ... 6-plus years with Brothers of the Son ... Owner of Kermitts’ Roadhouse from 2005 to 2012 ... and currently serving as Production Director & Talent Acquisition at one of Colorado’s hottest, newly renovated music venues, The Buffalo Rose.  This little fella is still hitting it hard!  Now the newest member of the band (sorry Jeff) and the shortest (sorry Tim), stepping into the shoes of the tallest member of the band, Marco proudly celebrates his newfound home with My Blue Sky! 

 

 

 


 

 

Rob Smith
Keyboards "Radiatin' the 88"


Rob began his musical explorations when he was twelve years old playing a small portable organ. He taught himself to read music and began playing any music he could find. During the 70’s he studied the organ and piano, while playing keyboards in local NY rock bands. Though he played a variety of music, his main influences were progressive rock bands—ELP, Yes, Dixie Dregs, Zappa and classic blues musicians, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, and BB King. After moving to Colorado and starting a family, Rob switched gears and studied jazz and classical music with local professionals. He rejoined the rock scene playing with a variety band until he found a home with My Blue Sky. Robert describes joining My Blue Sky as “an incredible opportunity for me to explore great music with a group of very talented musicians”.  

 

David Brandt, former member and founder, 2013-2019

Bob Kalkman, Former member, 2013-2017