Meet the Country Cougars:
The Country Cougars play a mix of new and classic country with a twist of Classic rock and roll. Covers include hits from hot artists such as; ‘Miranda Lambert’, ‘Kasey Musgraves’, ‘Little Big Town’, 'Luke Bryan', 'Kenny Chesney' to country classics from legends such as ‘Johnny Cash’ and ‘Patty Loveless’ and a sprinkling of rock and roll favorites that will appease just about any audience. The energy of the band will surely get you on your feet and dancing!
The Country Cougars have performed twice at special events for our organization, and we could not be happier. Their great musical talent, coupled with truly wonderful and genuine character and compassion make the Country Cougars a unique treasure in our community. We are excited to see them performing at venues all around the South Bay, and we look forward to more of their performances at our future events.
The group was amazing, fun & interactive with the audience. Their sound is clean, clear & entertaining.
Definitely made you want to get up & dance!
The Country Cougars agreed to play a concert to support our veterans at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton for "East Bay Stand Down" on Sept. 13, 2014. Of all the bands and performers that participated, The Country Cougars held the audience's attention better than most... especially in the 105 degree heat! They are wonderful people to work with, talented musicians and they all LOVE what they do... and do well!!
What to Expect
Super fun and high energy band that can please any audience, and make it impossible not to get up and dance! Great musicians and vocalists and the harmonies are well blended.
Having had a passion for country music that grew through the years, lead singer Melissa Conaulty formed the band in 2010. Her talented and spirited lead vocals are backed by a group of seasoned, veteran musicians filling out the 3 and 4-part harmonies and playing electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums, pedal steel and keyboards.
Based out of San Jose, CA, the Country Cougars play at various venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Melissa is an aspiring singer songwriter who started singing at a very young age. Her passion for country music grew through the years and she had her first debut at the Ms. Santa Clara County Pageant. She started the Country Cougars in 2010. Melissa’s vocal style has been influenced by the greats of Pasty Cline and Loretta Lynn as well as some of the new country artists like Miranda Lambert.
When it comes to country rock, Jeff puts the rock in country music. His soaring six-string work has a unique style all his own. He and his guitar meld together in the ultimate wail of soul-tearing rock that never fails to grip his audience. Influences include; Van Halen, Jeff Beck and SRV. Jeff has written and recorded six albums to day and many of these songs have played on national radio.
Ken has been playing music since he was 9 years old. Beginning with guitar it wasn’t long before his interests drew him to the keys. He can also play bass and a little bit of banjo and mandolin. A veteran of many Bay Area bands, he has played everything from an acoustic trio to 9-piece rock band, and has played at clubs, parties, festivals and weddings. As a composer, Ken has written over 100 songs and has recorded 5 albums.
Mike relocated to Northern California from Los Angeles by way of Upstate New York, France, and Austin Texas. Mike’s musical interests and styles include genres such as pop, country, folk, blues, latin funk fusion and progressive rock having played with such groups as Starving Darwin, Broken Fraiser, Eden, Branchwater, Arrival, Melodic Drifters, Trial by Fire, The HitSquad and of course, the Country Cougars. Mike is presently playing Pearl drums, Bosphorus cymbals, Vic Firth drum sticks, DW pedals and using Shure and Audix microphones.
Eric is all about that bass and has played various musical instruments throughout his life and performed on stage as an actor, singer and speaker. Growing up in the farmlands of the Deep South, Eric weds an hard rocking lifestyle with a country sensibility.
Bob first started playing guitar at the age of 14, but after hearing the song “Someday Soon” by Judy Collins on the radio containing a pedal steel guitar sound by the great Buddy Emmons, Bob pointed at the radio and said “I don’t know what this is but I’m going to do that”. That was the beginning of a love affair with country music and the pedal steel guitar that Bob has stayed true to this day. Growing up on the steel during the heyday of country music offered a local apprenticeship with great local legends like; Bobby Black, Pete Grant and many fine steel players who were waiting to mentor and teach him. Bob’s sound brings a unique flair to The Country Cougars.
Additional Booking Notes
We are a very flexible and easy band to work with. We usually provide our own sound guy unless the venue already supplies sound. Staging and lighting requirements vary based on the venue.
Country Cougar Sample Song List
Pontoon – Little Big Town
Any Man of Mine – Shania Twain
Takin Pills – Pistol Annies
I Feel Like a Woman- Shania Twain
Suds in a Bucket – Sarah Evans
Follow Your Arrow – Kasey Musgraves
Done – The Band Perry
King of the Road – Country Cougars
Cleopatra Queen of Denial – Pam Tillis
Heartache Tonight – Eagles
Pour Me – Trick Pony
Honky Tonk Woman – Rolling Stones
White Liar – Miranda Lambert
Country Girl Shake It – Luke Bryan
House that Built Me – Miranda Lambert
Country Club – Travis Tritt
Blame it on your Heart – Patty Loveless
Turn on the Radio – Reba McEntire
Every Little Thing – Carlene Carter
Cougar Style – (Original) Country Cougars
Something More – Sugarland
You and Tequila – Kenny Chesney
Tulsa Time – Vince Gill
Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band
Tornado – Little Big Town
Timber – Patty Loveless
Merry go Round – Kasey Musgrave
Piece of My Heart – Faith Hill
Exes in Texas – George Straight
Second Hand News – Fleetwood Mac
Ace in the Hole – George Straight
Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis
White Church – Little Big Town
Day Drinking – Little Big Town
Silver Wings – Merle Haggard
When Will I Be Loved – Linda Ronstadt
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
That Kind of Girl – Patty Loveless
Folsom Prison – Johnny Cash
Last Name – Carrie Underwood
King of the Road – Roger Miller
A Real Fine Place to Start – Sara Evans
Walkin After Midnight – Patsy Cline
The Picture – Kidd Rock & Sheryl Crow
Blowin Smoke – Kasey Musgraves
Toes in the Water – Zac Brown Band
RedNeck Woman – Gretchen Wilson
I’m Here for the Party – Gretchen Wilson
Put a Drink in My Hand – Eric Church
Rock this Town – Stray Cats
Aw Naw – Chris Young
The River Bank – Brad Paisley
Let Er Rip – Dixie Chicks
Some Days you Gotta Dance – Dixie Chicks
Boot Scootin Boogie – Brooks & Dunn
Hurt so Good – Kenny Chesney
Girls Lie Too – Terri Clark
Telescope - Nashville
She’s In Love with The Boy – Trisha Yearwood
Wild Angels – Martina McBride
The Right Place – The Derailers
Fastest Girl – Miranda Lambert
Say that you Love Me – Fleetwood Mac
Peaceful Easy Feeling – The Eagles
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynard Skynard
Keep you Hands to Yourself – Georgia Satellite
I Feel Lucky – Mary Chappin Carpenter
Crazy – Patsy Cline
Bartender – Lady Antebellum
…and many more plus originals
|Melissa Conaulty||Lead Vocals|
|Jeff Rippin||Lead Guitar, Vocals|
|Bob Snelgrove||Pedal Steel|
|Len Anderson||Rhythm Guitar, Vocals|
|Mike Mirasole||Drums & Percussion|
Influences & Inspiration
Our band has been influenced by some of the classics like Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn as well as the new female and male country artists like; Miranda Lambert, Kasey Musgraves, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley. We have a great blend of old and new and stay true to the rock and roll tunes.