Top Rail Band

Serving up good music from North to South, East to West  
And all parts in between
For Info [email protected]
Music Entertainment is our Business 
Our Story

Since 2003, Top Rail has provided a mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass music to fans at county fairs, city home days, bluegrass jams and other musical venues in north, west and central Ohio. In addition to time honored classics, Top Rail gets many fan requests for their original songs penned by group members. Top Rail features song writer and guitarist Keith Parker; Jeff Gell on banjo, fiddle, and mandolin; Eric Miller on dobro and guitar; and Jim Gornall, on the upright bass. Jim Gornall is the founding member of the Top Rail Band.

All four members step up to the microphone to contribute to the band’s strong easy-listening vocals and foot stomping beat. Aside from their musical talents, Top Rail really knows how to entertain the crowd with their witty humor and colorful stage presence. As they say, “We ain’t your typical bluegrass band!”

 


The Top Rail Band
Is available for 
"ALL  OCCASIONS"

For Bookings Please Contact
Jim @ (419) 606-1506 or
Keith @ (440) 263-7792 


Info @TopRailBand.com 
Jim Gornall: By day, Jim is an aerospace electrical engineer. By night, this space cowboy hammers out a traditional bluegrass thump on his well-worn upright bass. Jim’s love of music began in the 70’s when he performed in the rock band Windfall. It was a family affair as his dad managed the group and his grandfather drove them to gigs. Practices were held in his grandparents’ pole barn and neighbors used to call the cops because the music was cranked so loud! Jim is glad to be back on the music scene today, though he has traded his rock 'n roll hair and guitar for the upright bass. He has a powerful baritone vocal that is well suited for lead vocals. Jim lives in the country now where he can crank the bluegrass music up loud without any neighbor complaints.
Keith Parker started taking guitar lessons when he was thirteen, which led him down a musical path of performing a wide variety of different types of music. He has played in Blues, Rock, Country, and Dance bands Keith also played in his original band Canyon Wind. He writes and co-writes their original tunes. Keith finds great enjoyment playing guitar and enjoys singing lead and harmony vocals with the band as well as doing the MC during performances. Top Rail’s diverse musical repertoire is a perfect opportunity for Keith’s expanding musical taste. He also finds it refreshing to be one of the supporting cast in a talented group of musicians.
Eric Miller: Eric was born into a family of roving gypsies, well not really, but he was raised on cabbage and noodles, dumplings, and the Beatles. Way back in college, he learned Dobro and guitar from a yodeling stage coach driver from Aspen with an engineering degree and no indoor plumbing. Eric’s only regret from his college days is skipping a Tony Rice concert to study for an ill-fated atomic physics final (E=mc2). This is his second stint with Top Rail, having played with TR back when the century was new in an earlier version of the band. He's glad to be back hanging out and making music with the boys.  
Jeff Gell: Starting with clarinet and saxophone, then on to rock 'n roll and bluegrass, Jeff has been musically inclined since the 5th grade. He has played music from all genres—classical, marching band, big band, Top 40, and more. Jeff started out in bluegrass by going to jams and trying to play along on his banjo. We think it worked out beautifully! With influences from his earlier days as an area rock 'n roll bassist, Jeff’s banjo playing gives the group its hard-driven sound. Jeff also plays mandolin and fiddle with the group. His wide vocal range adds depth and variety to the group’s harmonies.