Straightshooter UK

Straightshooter is a UK based American Southern Rock band. Heralding from North Yorkshire, and expertly blending a mix of Southern Rock, Blues and Hard Rock, these boys (and girls!) mean business and are bringing their unique blend of high energy music to a town near you.

With the band’s mutual love of American Southern Rock a la Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Stone Cherry and Blackberry Smoke coupled with their roots in New Metal, Blues and Classic Rock, StraightShooter deliver Southern Boogie on Steroids with a few surprises.


Straightshooter was originally formed in 1998 in the North East by ex NWOBM band RAVEN’s drummer Mike Kenworthy. The band played an eclectic mix of southern rock classic rock and new metal. They built a formidable following playing to capacity audiences in the region. The band has always had a great mix of experience and youth producing a unique energy, never totally staying within the confines of any particular musical genre. Due to a change in circumstances, the band was put on hiatus after their last major gig headlining at Newcastle City Hall.

Straightshooter reformed in the autumn of 2013 and is based in North Yorkshire with a completely new line up.

On Lead Vocals is Jon Berry, Jon has years of experience as an excellent guitarist and but changed to vocals when he realised a mic weighs less than a 4 x 12 cab. He can also be found engineering and producing from his state of the art project studio in deepest darkest North Yorkshire.

Guitarist and backing vocalist, Danny Gibbins (often to be found playing barefoot) is an experienced player whose aggressive style and stunning solos bring a real vitality to the band.

Mike Kenworthy on drums, was one of pioneers of NWOBHM and thrash metal but now combines the same power and energy with a sense of groove developed over the years to produce a unique style that locks in with his daughter Keira’s bass playing.

Keira is a student at Leeds college of music and has skill and technical ability far beyond her years .A recent bio quoted:
‘With a perfect combination of sassiness and talent, this bass playing bombshell will have you on the edge of your seat with her groove oriented licks and solid sound which compliments her dad’s powerhouse drumming. So don’t be fooled by her radiance, this chick is the female Leon Wilkeson (hats included).’

Last but by no means least is guitarist Jack Davison. A rising star in the guitar world who’s maturity of playing added to his youthful energy completes what is a high power and musically adept band.

New EP – Keep The Faith out Soon!

Straightshooter release their brand new 4 track EP, Keep The Faith on 26 November 2018. The songs draw from the bands’ Hard Rock, Blues and Southern Americana influences and feature all the infectious grooves and melodic hooks you’ve come to expect from this 5 piece outfit from Harrogate UK..

We’ll keep you updated with any updates. Thanks for your Support!

Charity Concert in aid of Muscular Dystrophy

Straightshooter are pleased to announce that we will be doing a charity concert in aid of Muscular Dystrophy at Kirkby Malzeard Mechanics Institute on 1st October 2016. Muscular Dystrophy is a devastating disease which often strikes at a very young age and can rob many children of the kind of mobility we all take for granted, It affects over 70,000 people in the UK and although there have been a number of breakthroughs in research, there is as yet no cure.

The band will be playing their full 2 hour set packed with classic southern rock and blues favourites together with a number of original songs. There will be a fully stocked bar and food available on the night. Tickets are £10 and can be obtained in person from Kirkby Stores, Main Street, Kirkby Malzeard  or call 01765 658312. Also available on the door subject to availability.

This is a charity close to our hearts as we have friends and neighbours who are affected by MD so please come along and make this the success it deserves to be.

A Busy Start to the new year.

What a roller-coaster start to the new year, we are on enforced leave for the for the next few weeks as Jack our Guitarist has been having heart surgery, happily everything has gone OK and we hope to be back in rehearsals mid February, with our first gig at the Yew Tree Halifax.

We haven’t been chilling during that time Jon Berry has been been collaborating with a good friend of his John O’Brien on writing some songs with a distinctly off-the-wall flavour. Check them out

Our rhythm section has been moonlighting and have been in the studio  with Keira’s other band, Syteria recording their first EP with Jackie Chambers from Girlschool on guitar and Julia Calvo on vocals, Mike laying down the drum tracks.

Mike and Keira in studio

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Last but not least, we are all saddened by the loss of Lemmy and David Bowie earlier this month our thought are with their families they will be greatly missed.


Changes and other stuff

We haven’t updated for a while but there have been some changes over the past few weeks, we had a storming gig at the Leeds Custom and Classic Bike show.

Unfortunately Danny has left us due to personal commitments, and we wish him well for the future. We have decided to continue as a four piece with Jon picking up on guitar. We are locked in rehearsals and will be having our first outing as a four piece at the Marsh Blues Club Huddersfield in December.

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MP3 Playlist

A selection of our songs. Copyright for covers rests with the original rights holder.

All other songs are Copyright – Straightshooter UK.



Tour Dates – click for more details

No upcoming shows scheduled

Past Shows

27 Jan 2018 Minehead Giants of Rock - Butlin's Giants of Rock - Butlin's
01 Oct 2016 Kirkby Malzeard Mechanics Institute Mechanics Institute
26 Aug 2016 Leeds, UK The New Traveller's Rest The New Traveller's Rest
03 Jun 2016 Leeds, UK Duck and Drake Duck and Drake
08 Apr 2016 Leeds, West Yorkshire ( UK ) The New Traveller's Rest The New Traveller's Rest
19 Mar 2016 Leeds The Hanover Arms The Hanover Arms
13 Mar 2016 Harrogate, UK The Blues Bar The Blues Bar
27 Feb 2016 Halifax, West Yorkshire ( UK ) The Yew Tree The Yew Tree
12 Dec 2015 Huddersfield, West Yorkshire The Ukrainian Club The Ukrainian Club
12 Sep 2015 Leeds Leeds Annual Custom and Classic Bike Weekend Leeds Annual Custom and Classic Bike Weekend
26 Jul 2015 South Elmsall, Wakefield The Brookside Commercial Club The Brookside Commercial Club
24 Jul 2015 Hull, Humberside ( UK ) O'Riley's O'Riley's
27 Jun 2015 Leeds The Duck and Drake The Duck and Drake
26 Jun 2015 North Yorkshire, UK Private Function Private Function
16 May 2015 With Warrior Soul Wakefield Snooty Fox Live Snooty Fox Live
17 Apr 2015 Leeds New Travellers Rest New Travellers Rest
12 Apr 2015 Harrogate Blues Bar Blues Bar
09 Jan 2015 Leeds, UK The New Roscoe The New Roscoe
05 Dec 2014 Leeds Duck and Drake Duck and Drake
23 Nov 2014 Harrogate, UK The Blues Bar The Blues Bar
31 Oct 2014 Keighley, UK The Cricketers Arms The Cricketers Arms
27 Sep 2014 York, UK The Bay Horse The Bay Horse
19 Sep 2014 Harrogate, UK The Den The Den
26 Jul 2014 Brighouse, UK The Barge The Barge

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