About Us

JOE
JOE
Joe was born & raised on Saint Paul’s East Side & now resides in Woodbury, MN. Joe started doing vocal solos at church at age 15 & has been playing guitar since 1995.

He also plays a mean harmonica!

Joe’s main musical influences include Bob Dylan, Larry Norman, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Topp & Brittany Spears.

Instruments: Vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonic

RICK
RICK
Rick was born in Minneapolis, MN in 1970 & grew up in Farmington, MN. He currently lives in Savage, MN.

In school, Rick was a proud member of the Tiger Marching and Concert Band, as well as the guitar-slinger for the jazz band. Rick played the piano & trumpet until age 16 where he found the magic power that was the guitar and never looked back.

Rick’s musical influences are U2, The Beatles, The Cure, Dave Matthews Band, Pink Floyd. Rick plays lead guitar, rhythm guitar and vocals.

SHANNON
SHANNON
Shannon began playing music at age 7 & no one could get her away from the family piano. She also was a soloist in school choir & performed in several musicals. She took college level music courses at UW-River Falls while in high school, won state soloist in Swing Choir & also won a scholarship to UW-River Falls for her vocal abilities.

Shannon joined the band Sir Real & composed over 100 original songs.

Shannon’s musical influences, to name a few, are Pink Floyd, Journey, Queen, Crash Test Dummies, Shinedown and Shpongle. Instruments: synthesizer, piano, tubular bells, marimba, glockenspiel, auxiliary percussion.

SHANE
SHANE
Shane began playing Electric and bass guitar in his early teens. He co-founded his first high school bands, Dorian Gray & Hung Jury, covering Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Metallica, Megadeth & Anthrax.

While serving in the military & attending college, his focus turned to writing original material.

In 2006, Shane formed the band Broken & continued to write music as well as record & produce music for several amateur artists. In late 2016, Shane was asked to join a new band that formed in a now defunct record store in Saint Paul. That band, Burn Room, evolved into 8LivesDown.

He grew up listening to classic rock including Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones & AC/DC. His favorite genres are early English blues from the 1960s including Fleetwood Mac as well as American blues, including Mike Bloomfield, Savoy Brown & Johnny Winter.

CALEB
CALEB
Caleb was born in Mankato, MN & grew up in Sioux Falls, SD. He now lives in Woodbury, MN. Caleb started playing drums at a young age. He sharpened his skills playing drums for local worship bands. Caleb joined 8LivesDown in 2015.

His favorite drummers are John Bonham & Carter Buford. His musical influences are Led Zeppelin, Fugazi, Metallica, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Dave Matthews Band & the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Instruments: Drums, auxiliary percussion, piano, & (of course) cowbell.

Our Story

8LivesDown came together in 2016 with one goal in mind.  To get together with other talented musicians and have a little fun.  It grew from that.  Joey Pittman started the band with lalala lalal alalal alalal, then Caleb joined. Rick and Shane joined the same day and  a year later Shannon came into the picture.  Over the years we have developed and honed our sound and are continually adding new songs, styles and genres to our set list.

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”

JOHNNY MACK • MUSIC ENTHUSIAST

Behind The Scenes