Hailing from the rich cotton fields of south Georgia, a five piece band of brothers announced their arrival on the music scene as only they could. Splynter, as their name implies, were very invasive of their surroundings. Which is the exact impression they made on the music scene. Founded and led by front man Richard Gates and Drummer Richard Saldano, the band toured the southeast enlightening the masses with their own brand of post-Southern, Hard Rock and Alternative Rock. While carving their own niche into the ever changing world of music, their high energy and entertaining shows afforded them the opportunity to support some of the greatest names in rock, like Molly Hatchet, Pat Travers, Ghost Riders and many more and including era members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot, Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws, Firefall, Pure Prairie League, Jimmie Van Zant, Gregg Allman Band. The sudden departure of Richard Gates from the band in early 2009 left them in disarray and in desperate need of a new front man. As they began to pick up the pieces, they went on the hunt for a new lead vocalist. While playing several music festivals, one name kept coming up: Wally Silver. Silver’s arrival signaled a new era for the band, known then as Daysleepers. Rounding out the band was long time friend and Bassist John Wagnon and vibrant guitarist Justin Myers. Upon signing with T&T Management and Booking and Mira Vista records the band decided to change the name one last time to help ensure their place on a national and international scale. Hence, Silversel was born. With a new lead vocalist and a new name, the band went back to doing what they do best, touring and creating great music. Bassist John Wagnon has had to take some time off and Bassist George Adkins has filled in to take John's place. Being signed with Mira Vista Records, Tate Music Group and Big Noise and took their place in the Music Industry of today. Silversel has recently been signed with SMG / SONY RED and looking forward in 2016, Silversel worldwide with SMG/SONY RED. Presently, Silversel is touring the country incorporating rock, blues, country, metal, and their own unique style of rock, while continuing their climb to the top and showing no signs of coming down. These are the tours they are a part of today.
Wally "Preach" Silver was born and raised in south Georgia. From a very early age I was introduced to music as a way of life. From my earliest memories, I would sit on my fathers lap while he listened to the 'ole Beach Boys, Elvis, and Johnny Cash records. As time passed I learned to appreciate all types of music and was influenced by it all. At fourteen my father bought me my first guitar, a beat up Alvarez from the local pawn shop. I played until my fingers blistered and then kept playing, bound and determined to play just like the greats. The greatest of these influences were the likes of Buddy Guy, BB King, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Guns and Roses. Over the years I have had the great opportunity of sharing the stage with other greats such as Molly Hatchet, members of Black Foot, Marshall Tucker, The Outlaws, and many more.
Nick Shoaf first donned an ax at the age of 13, crediting his uncle for the inspiration to play. He has spent the greater part of his musical career playing Death Metal, but is quick to point out that he admires all types of music and draws his inspirations from various genres. He cites his major influences as Alice in Chains, Ghost, Megadeth and Buckethead, with his favorite being extreme Metal acts, such as Black Dahlia Murder and All Shall Perish. His prefence lies with Jackson and Ibanez guitars (fast necks!) and he plays through Engl amplifiers. He now brings his guitar prowess to Silversel and looks forward to lending his "dark side" to the mix.
Ricky “Sticks” Saldano-Born in San Diego, California, raised in the southern heart land, comes to you Ricky "Sticks" Saldano. I came from a strong musical background with my father Tony Saldano being a session and pro drummer with many Southern Rock Bands and Country Bands. I was influenced by such groups like ACDC, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, and the late great Johnny Cash, ect. I was inspired by great drummers like Neil Peart, Tommy Lee, John Bonham, ect. The one person who inspired me the most was my father Tony Saldano. I remember back when I was a toddler, during his rehearsal sessions curling up in his bass drum while he was playing, thinking to myself that this is what I wanted to do, be just like him a pro drummer. A wise man once told me in order to catch a dream you have to chase a dream. In the process of accomplishing my dream, I have sat in and shared the stage with legendary musicians and Rock n Roll Hall of Famers like: Steve "Grits" Grisham from the Outlaws, Ghost Riders, and Southern Rocks Finest.Dave Muse from the Marshall Tucker Band, Phil Stokes from Pure Prairie League, Charlie Haggard and Scott Craig from Blackfoot. Bobby Ingram, Dave Hlubek, Tim Lindsay, Phil McCormack, Shawn Beamer and John Galvin from Molly Hatchet. All of these guys are some of the greatest musicians in the business today and it has been and honor and a dream come true for me to be connected to these Rock n Roll gods in this way. Rock on!
Randy Powell knew he wanted to play rock music at an early age when his sister gave him the "Billion Dollar Babies" album by Alice Cooper, she hated it and he loved it. Besides the pomp and glamour, the vivid visual images and the music loud and aggressive, what he really liked and was drawn to were the huge crunch sounds of the distorted guitar, which were literally music to his ears. He began playing guitar at the age of 14, cutting his musical teeth to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen, Randy Rhoads and many others (to many to list). By 17 he was playing cover tunes in local area bars scene (wreaking havoc with his grades). He was touring in the late 80's and early 90's playing Hair Metal. He has been chasing this dream for a very long time, but now feels he has now found a group of kindred spirits and with Silversel...he will realize that dream.
George "Slick" Adkins was born in Coldspring, New York. We moved to Georgia when I was ten. At thirteen I picked up my first guitar. My teen years were filled with afternoons of listening to bands such as Metallica, Avenged Seven Fold, and the late great Dime Bag Darrell. With guitar in hand I worked relentlessly to try and sound just like what I was hearing on the stereo. As time passed my skills grew, as did my musical taste. I began to listen to some of the instrumental greats such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Eric Johnson. But, it was not until I heard my first Victor Wooten album that I found my home. I had always been a fan of Rush and The Chili Peppers, but was not sure what it was that was so magical. When I bought my first bass I went back and listened to these albums and was hooked. I have always loved music, but never thought i would have the opportunity to share the stage with rock legends like, the Van Zant nephews in Shany Town, and Molly Hatchet.