Terrapin Moon originated in Dayton, Ohio in 2007, and grew out of the desire to explore the music of the Grateful Dead. With a vast amount of experience, the five members, Charlie, Bill, Tom, Trevor and Tyler transcend in to a musical conversation that brings the material to life in their own unique style.
Terrapin Moon has been featured at festivals and venues around Ohio and beyond to Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Missouri. The band has had the privilege of sharing the stage with prominent acts including Willie Nelson, the Rhythm Devils with Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzmann, Melvin Seals & JGB, Dark Star Orchestra, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Jesse McReynolds, Kris Kristofferson, moe., George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Reel Big Fish, Rusted Root, ekoostik Hookah, David Gans and many more.
Much like the Dead, Terrapin Moon’s repertoire is sprinkled with classic and traditional covers. We strive to be unpredictable so that every show will be unique and special in its own way. We hope you’ll come and join us in the near future!
For booking, please contact Charlie at firstname.lastname@example.org . We greatly appreciate the support we’ve received from all of you who’ve come to our shows so far, and we’ll keep this train rolling for as long as you all are there to enjoy it!
Guitar, lead & backing vocals
Charlie is a self taught musician. He has played guitar for about 35 yrs., but spent 12 yrs. as a drummer in an original rock band called Six Cents. A native of the Springfield Ohio area, he was exposed to live music at the age of 8, by a musician that was a family friend (Steve Eldridge), a drummer for several local garage bands in the mid-sixties. Spending much of his adolesent yrs. going to as many rock concerts as possible, he developed a variety of influences. Starting a family in his early 20’s, he put playing music on hold until the late 80’s when Six Cents was formed. Having no drummer, Charlie decided to give it a try. With a fair amount of success learning the drums, the band went on to write many tunes & recorded 3 albums. After being enlightened by a close friend, he began to listen to the Grateful Dead, whereupon he became quite obsessed. Charlie spent the yrs. between 1988 & 1995 taking in as many shows as was financially possible until the death of Jerry Garcia in ’95. This was an extremely depressing time, as it was for many Deadheads. To get through it, he turned to playing the music of the Dead on his guitar, leading to the formation of what would become Terrapin Moon. Now, as a grandfather, he hopes to pass the tradition on to the 3rd generation of his family through the performance of the uncountable numbers of songs in the GD’s vault.
Keyboards/organ, vocals, harmonica
A native of Cleveland, Bill took piano lessons at an early age and learned to play guitar in high school. He saw the Grateful Dead perform live nine times from 1993 to 1995, and many more performances of the Other Ones, the Dead, Furthur, and Dead & Company. Bill has been performing the Dead’s music ever since joining his first bands in the early 90’s. Before joining Terrapin Moon in 2008, Bill played keyboards in ten Ohio-based bands including Skeleton Crew, John Mullins Band and Grasshopper Pie. His keyboards add to the musical tension and dynamics, with enthusiastic vocals reminiscent of Brent Mydland and Pigpen. Bill also performs as a solo artist, and has released three albums of his original material.
Guitar & vocals
Tom says “I’m not dead yet!”
Music has always been a part of Tyler Smith’s family. His parents performed in bands and his father was a drum instructor, which led to Tyler playing drums throughout middle school and high school. Tyler then played drums in a church band, sang and drummed for a metal project named Monster Ignition, drummed for a jazz project called Small Talk and a country band named the Scott Arnold Band.
Later on, Tyler joined up with 70/80/90s rock pop and metal cover bands Through The Red and Vodka Roxx. Over the past few years, he’s been playing funk with Trenton Lundy, and psychedelic/jam music with Family Spirit. Tyler also is the lead singer for a cover band called Alternative Experience. Tyler’s latest endeavor is the drummer position for Terrapin Moon, joining the band in 2018.
Tyler: “I am humbled and honored to be a part of this experience. The friends and fans that have come to shows so far have been incredible. I’m ready for this cosmic ride!”