Sweet Tequila takes country music, mixes in some high octane gasoline and lights it up. A dynamic country music band that churns out powerful grooves and killer vocals; this band is setting each stage they play on fire, making country music fans perk up and non-county fans scream for more.
The band is made up of five members; Shalisa Liesch (lead vocals/songwriter), Randy J. Martin (vocals/guitar/songwriter), Roger Arseanult (bass/vocals), Randy Rink (lead guitar) and Dennis Boisvert (drums/percussion/electronics). Each member brings a unique perspective to the band and that pool of talent has given rise to Sweet Tequila’s distinctive sound.
One of the busiest touring acts in Western Canada, the band has toured extensively sharing bills with the likes of Reba McEntire, Travis Tritt, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Nazareth, Big Sugar, Emerson Drive, Aaron Pritchett, Terri Clark, George Canyon, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and many others.
Sweet Tequila continues to play at various events and rodeos as well that include Big Valley Jamboree, Calgary Stampede, Tim Horton’s Brier, Edson National Slow-Pitch Tournament, Darwell Barn Burner, Pincher Creek Rodeo and the Rocky Mountain House Rodeo.
The soon to be released, six song Sweet Tequila EP ‘Rough and You Like It’ was partially recorded in Nashville with Scott Baggett (producer of The Road Hammers, Jason McCoy and Tom Waits). Vocals and over-dubs were recorded in Saskatoon with Bart McKay (producer of Gord Bamford, Shane Yellowbird and Brad Johner).
A recent music video for the title track “Rough and You Like It” was produced by Barrett Klesko of FadeBack Studios United and received an enormous response world-wide with over 100k hits in just one week.
The band has a European distribution deal with CDF Produzioni out of Italy. The label distributes in the territories of Italy, Switzerland and Slovenia.
Sweet Tequila continues to write new original music and plans are in the works to start recording a full length album in Fall 2014.
Shalisa was first introduced to the public as a singer at age 11 when she was featured in the Brooks Idol competition. For the past 12 years, she focused on performance in both dance and music, winning various accolades along the way.
Although her dance career ended due to an injury, Shalisa remains focused on music. Shalisa wrote ‘Rough and You Like It’ and co-wrote ‘Oh No You Didn’t’ with Randy J. Martin and A.J. Goodvin.
Randy J. Martin
Randy got his start in the music business at the age of 14 and hasn’t looked back since. He went on to record three albums which yielded eight Top 40 Canadian Country radio hits, including two songs in the Top 20s, with four CMT aired music videos.
Randy was nominated for “Country Album of The Year” during Juno Week in 2001 an ECMA for “Country Artist” in 2000, a Big Country award in 1998 for “Outstanding Male Artist”, 4 AIRA’s Nominations in 1997 including the award for “International New Male Vocalist of the Year” as well as the C-102 Top #30 award that same year.
He has shared stage with some of the biggest names in the Canadian music scene including a memorable cross Canada tour with Stompin’ Tom Connors in 2001. He brings experience and vitality to each and every performance.
Bass Guitar/Lead & back-up vocals
Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, Roger taught himself to play guitar at the age of 14, inspired by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Chicago, Hendrix, and Joplin. He took up the bass guitar in 1972 and has been playing professionally ever since.
Roger played with `Big` George Moody 1980 and joined the Mason Chapman band out of Halifax (1980 to 1986). Music styles played; rock, pop, blues, R&B, jazz and country. In 1983, Roger appeared on the CTV Carol Baker Special which aired nation-wide in 1983. Roger exudes cool on stage as he holds down solid bass lines with ease.
Thereʼs a picture of Rob learning to walk with the support of his auntyʼs drum set; playing music began shortly after that. Robert John Jerry Kaup was raised north of Edmonton, on a grain farm in a musical family. “Music was always around, and so was hard work.” he recounts.
By 13 he was on keyboard & guitar in his first band, playing community events and local rooms. Procuring A.L.C.B. letters allowed him to perform in drinking establishments. “Iʼd have to leave the room between sets, and go sit in the kitchen or storage room.” Rob chuckles. He studied music at Grant MacEwan, worked a few odd jobs, but ultimately followed his passions and hit the road, full time.
Though usually settling somewhere between country and r&b, playing professionally for about 20 years has made him well rounded in many styles. Drums may have been his first instrument but over time he became well accomplished on guitar, piano, bass, vocals, sax, synthesizers, sequencers, engineering, producing,…….the list goes on.
Now days he has turned his efforts more toward his studio and writing, but admits he loves playing live shows the most. He currently plays drums with ʻSweet Tequilaʼ, and you may see him, at times, playing along side artists such as Leah Durelle, W.T. Goodspirit, Shane Chisholm, Lisa Hewitt, Rob Rowan, The Kurt West Express, among others. He is a musical gun for hire.
A survivor of the 80′s rock scene Randy Rink continues to bring a freshness and vitality to new and growing audiences having played concerts, major music festivals and as well appearing in CMT videos and national TV.
As a completely self taught guitarist Mr. Rink can do a formidable impressions of anybody from Paisley to Vaughn to Van Halen and then stir in his own taste to come up with the right mixture for ‘Sweet Tequila’.
My goal as a guitarist is to always keep it fun and inspiring and give the audience taste of what I like to hear and see when I go to a concert.