Duchess: Classic. Country.
Akron's hot new country band taking you from the 1960s to the best of the 1990s.
Meet the band
Rebekah Jean is an original songwriter, born in Lake County, Ohio, 1985. After a couple of tours in two bands during and after college, and slinging her guitar around the coffee shops and tastemaker clubs of Cleveland, Rebekah Jean began working with Kent native David Mayfield, in the studio and on stage. When personal and artistic differences forced the two to part ways in late summer 2013, the young stage personality returned her attention to songwriting. When she isn't winning hearts from the stage at the honky tonk as lead singer of Duchess, Rebekah Jean is working out the details for recording her second album of original songs.
Anthony Papaleo is a guitarist and fiddler from Akron, Ohio. He has played guitar since he was a wee lad, learning from his earliest influence: his dad. He cites influences from the various genres of blues, ragtime, oldtime, and jazz. As the lead guitarist in Duchess, he concentrates on the chicken pickin' country style made popular by Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Brent Mason and many others.
In addition to performing, Jason Edwards is president and founder of ProLogix® Percussion, as well as an educator, columnist, and patent holder in percussion innovation. As a performing and recording artist, he has worked with national acts including David Mayfield, Dan Auerbach, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Rebekah Jean, and Sarah Clanton. Around Ohio you may recognize him from his work with Mike Lenz, Highway 61, Peggy Coyle & the Mostly Blues Band, Jon Mosey, and many more.
Nathan Sterley grew up in Cleveland suburb of North Royalton, Ohio. In addition to the Rickenbacker electric bass he wields on stage with Akron's premier classic country band, he slaps a mean upright and washtub bass, and has been occasionally caught red-mouthed with a harmonica. When not performing with Duchess, Sterley graces the stages of Akron bands The Stirs and The Tenants.