The Trail Benders are an exciting, new, NZ based country band with an authentic country sound with a great blend of tight harmonies, country twang and versatile musicianship. With already a number of sold out shows around New Zealand, The Trail Benders are quickly taking the NZ country music scene by force!
Lead by frontman and lead vocalist, Keith Pereira, The Trail Benders include some of NZ country music’s brightest talents. On lead guitar is Dan Cosgrove – a well-established singer and one of NZ’s top country guitarists. Dan brings a fresh yet lively sound with a characteristic country twang, quite often described as “guitar-driven country rock”. Nick Jones is the band’s fiddle and keys player. A Jazz school graduate, classically trained on the piano and violin, Nick’s exceptional ability on the fiddle is a rarity on the NZ country music scene and adds a unique sound to The Trail Benders. Karl Pereira (bass guitarist and singer), at just 23 years of age, already has more than 10 years of experience as a bass guitarist with an established covers band. On drums, is Jordan Tannen – a jazz trained drummer who has also spent some time with Universal Music Publishing Group as a composer and producer.
The band has also quickly established itself as one New Zealand’s tightest backing bands having a backed a number of acts including: Australian Country Duo – Neilly Rich; NZ Country Group – The Toner Sisters and other NZ Country singers including Kylie Austin, Arun O’Connor and Hannah Cosgrove.