Joe, Ryan, Jason, and Ben
Founded in the summer of 2013, The Shameless Hex is a Pittsburgh-based string band focused on playing quality originals and covers for all who care to listen. With influences ranging from traditional bluegrass, classic country, modern folk, jam rock, and the blues, The Shameless Hex has created a sound that is somewhere between all five styles, and quite a unique musical experience.
After several years of playing out in Saint Petersburg, FL, front-man and guitarist, Joe Kolenda moved back to his home state of PA. In the summer of 2012, he reunited with mandolin player, Ryan Meanor. What started as a campfire jam with some friends, quickly got the two playing together regularly. Later in the year, Ryan invited his friend, banjo player Ben Smith, to a jam session. His fast picking and improvisations were a perfect fit, and the three decided to learn and and write some songs together. In April, 2015, Jason Munley joined the band on upright bass to round out the sound.
With contributions being made by all members of the band, their original songs vary in styles. Their folk, rock, and pop influences are evident in the band’s originals “Here With Me,” “One Time,” and “Being Used.” while their bluegrass roots are more apparent in songs such as “The Way That I Feel,” “Devil Next Door,” and the instrumental “Grease the Wheels.” As the band feeds off each other for inspiration, they are continually developing new material for recording and performance.
The Shameless Hex is very grateful for the support it is already receiving from the Appalachian community. The music just wouldn’t be the same without you to share it with. Thank you!