...creates the perfect recipe of sonic thunder by merging the best flavors of original hard rock and power metal. Originating from Nashville, Tennessee the award winning band explodes with a hard driving, high energy show that gets every crowd moving, jumping up and down and head banging. The band is renowned for presenting the most exciting and memorable live performance an audience will ever see and guaranteed to never forget. The band offers a unique and distinctly compelling performance that appeals to audiences of a wide age range, from young to old. Also unique to the band is the nature and texture of the lyrics. The band presents positive, uplifting and hopeful messages of life; past, present and future. The band's motto: "Eternity is real, Oblivion is just a Myth".
Keith Smith - Guitar
Born in Waukegan, Illinois / living in Winthrop Harbor / Zion, IL, Keith’s family always had music on in the house, 8 track, vinyl or FM. With having an older brother with a vast collection of rock and early metal such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Nugent, RUSH, Rainbow, Deep Purple, UFO, Pink Floyd, YES, in 1976 Keith’s first records were KISS’ debut, Hotter Than Hell and Destroyer given to him by his older brother Kerry. 3 years later at age 9, Keith started playing piano and from 1979 to 1985 played the themes to movies such as Star Wars, classical compositions and pop ballads from Journey, REO Speedwagon and Night Ranger. Beginning in 1980 the NWOBHM increased Keith’s interests in music even more in the metal genre with bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Since first discovering Ozzy Osbourne’s name on the back of a Black Sabbath record saying “what a cool rock star name”, at 10 years old, Keith saw Ozzy’s name again in 1981 at a record store for Ozzy’s debut solo album “Blizzard of Ozz” and discovered guitarist Randy Rhoads. A year later, an accident took Randy’s life in March of 1982 and Keith has stated it was because of Randy Rhoads music that he created with Ozzy that gave him the desire to play electric guitar. Heavy Metal was increasing every year since Blizzard of Ozz and in 1984, Keith said “I’ve got to do this” and sold his 1977 Yamaha YZ80 to buy his very first electric guitar. 1984 was a huge year for rock and metal with incredible albums by Van Halen, Metallica, RATT, Dokken, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Scorpions, DIO, Yngwie MalmSteen, Queensryche, and Stryper. Over the years, Keith’s interests has always been classical music and listens to tons of it almost every day and the equivalent to that in metal would be in guitarists Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci, and Michael Romeo. Since the mid 1990’s, Keith is a big fan of the European metal scene with bands such as Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray, Vandan Plas and everything that Arjen Anthony Lucassen produces. Keith’s no.1 favorite sub-genre of metal is Progressive Metal followed by Power Metal and Neo-Classical Metal. Keith’s top 2 favorite artists to this day are Dream Theater and Symphony X. Keith exclusively uses B-52 AT-100 amps, Mesa-Boogie 4x12 cabinets with Boss/Ibanez/VOX/Ernie Ball pedals with a sound that is RAW and unprocessed. Keith’s signature guitars are the original 1987 and 1997/10th anniversary Ibanez RG550.
Chris Selby - Guitar
Ryan Mark - Bass
After graduating with a music degree in, Ryan Mark moved from the Cincinnati area to Nashville in 2000 and began playing as a live and session musician. While certainly a progressive metal lover, he is also a lover of bebop, fusion, and classical music. His bass influences include greats such as John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Chris Squire (Yes), Geddy Lee (Rush), John Myung (Dream Theater) and Tony Levin (King Crimson/Peter Gabriel); to name a few. Ryan has played throughout the midwest and southeast U.S., and has been featured on a number of recordings over the last several years. Nothing makes him happier, than causing seismic tremors with some serious low end.
Tim McDonald - Vocals
Growing up in Knoxville, Tennessee, Tim McDonald honed his voice listening to vocal heroes like Rob Halford, Ann Wilson, Freddie Mercury, and Joe Lynn Turner in his teens and twenties. He was thrilled to get to meet Rob Halford and Bruce Dickinson, a dream come true. Tim saw Randy Rhoads' last performance, which took place in Knoxville. Seeing the great ship of True Metal sailing back to Europe in the 1990s with the explosion of grunge, which he loathed, and the strange new dirty-hair-and-tattoos theme of American metal, with the "cookie monster" vocals, which he also disliked (being a singer), Tim's tastes followed to the Old Country, and there he discovered a new scene that lasted all through the 2000s decade, glorious European Operatic/Symphonic metal. New heroes like Roy Khan (Conception, Kamelot), Daniel Heiman (Lost Horizon and several other bands), and many more, brought new inspiration to Tim's voice and songwriting. Bands like Kamelot, Nightwish, Lost Horizon, Epica, Therion, and Battle Beast are what you'll likely find on Tim's playlist these days, a big fan of European heavy metal and its sounds and melodies. As men rarely sing with a high-pitched falsetto voice in metal anymore, Tim's tastes now run to the terrific crop of female lead vocalists in European metal like Nitte Valo, Noora Louhimo, Brittany Slays, Simone Simons, Amanda Somerville, Tarja Turunen for inspiration, and songs to sing in that pitch and range to keep his falsetto voice honed.
Bob Schultz - Drums
Bob's hometown is South Bend, Indiana and he has called Middle Tennessee home since 2004. Bob brings a diverse musical approach to Oblivion Myth and adds quite a few different musical flavors to the overall brew. Bob is a powerful drummer and loves to stir the pot utilizing a lot of dynamics in his overall style of progressive playing and has a tendency to add a lot with his hands over the top of some serious footwork which fits in so well with the established litany of music which is Oblivion Myth.