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About the guys

Here's where you will find some interesting tidbits about the guys!


About eight years ago in Grande Prairie, there was a high school talent show. That show began forming what would be Emerson Drive. Chris, Patrick and Brad played together for the first time. The three decided to form a band with some fellow classmates. They would rehearse in Brad's parents' basement and perform local gigs. Soon, there would be member changes in the band. The seven man band turned into six including the newest addition, bassist, Jeff Loberg.

With the help of their parents, the guys bought a school bus which they turned into a tour bus. They decided on the name 12 Guage, got a manager( Patrick's father, Lionel) and began touring Canada. The guys recorded two albums under this name: Open Season and Until You Walk The Tracks.

After about 3 years, they met the man who would later become their manager, Gerry Leiske. Gerry was managing a group called Farmer's Daughter at the time. In that band was a guitar player by the name of Danick Dupelle. Gerry talked to Danick about joining 12 Guage. After meeting each other, Danick was invited to join the band. Soon Mike Melancon joined the band as the drummer. Mike who was from French-speaking Mont Laurier did not speak English, so that made for some interesting times! Four days after joining the band, Mike played his first gig with them. In the audience that night was Gerry Leiske.

Gerry was impressed with the the way the new members and old members played together. He signed on as the guys' manager and together they decided on a name change. The now six man band decided on what we all know them as today, Emerson Drive. Emerson Drive came from the Emerson Trail, which crosses Alberta and joins the Alaskan Highway.

After some really hard work and heavy touring, ED got the break that they all deserved when they signed with Dreamworks Nashville. They recorded their self titled debut and in the fall of 2001 they released I Should Be Sleeping.
After some song changes and fine tweaking, the long awaited Emerson Drive was finally released in May of 2002.

In August of 2002 more changes were abound for Emerson Drive. Jeff Loberg left the band to pursue his songwriting. On August 8, Patrick Bourque played his first gig as the bassist for the band. This is the way things went for a few months until Chris Hartman decided that this path was not the one he truly wanted to follow. Dale Wallace who has been playing for most of his life thought this was just what he was looking for and signed on to be the new keyboard player in March of 2003. In June of 2003, more sad news came. Pat A made the decision to leave the band and stay home with his new family. David Pichette was asked to join the band and within 5 days, he sold everything to join the guys on the road. There have been a few changes with this band in the past few years, some sad, some happy, but all of the changes led to what we all know as Emerson Drive today. Good or bad, I think everything happens for a reason. And Emerson Drive is the band that we all love because of everything that has happened over the past 8 years to make them what they are today.



Brad Mates
A.K.A Goo
D.O.B. July 21, 1978
Hometown: Grande Prarie, Alberta, Canada
Musical Influences: George Strait, Sons of the Desert
Hobbies: Sports, working out
Color: Blue
Ice Cream: Vanilla Twist
Desert: Sundae
Book: Anything by Lous L'Amour
Movie: Meet The Parents
Sports Team: Edmonton Oilers
The Band's Sound
"We have a wide variety of influences that we combined to create the Emerson Drive sound."


Danick Dupelle
A.K.A. Dank
D.O.B. September, 29, 1973
Hometown: Ile Perrot, Quebec, Canada
Musical Influences: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ricky Skaggs, Buck Owens
Hobbies: Movies
Color: Blue
Snack: Almonds
Desert: Cheesecake
Movie: Rudy
Sports Team: Montreal Canadiens
Artist: James Taylor
The Band's Sound
"Each of us have different influences, when we combine all of them, we get the Emerson Drive sound."


Mike Melancon
A.K.A Jenko
D.O.B. August 13, 1978
Hometown: Mt. Laurier, Quebec, Canada
Musical Influences: Black Sabbath, Deep Purple
Hobbies: Workout, snowboarding, play drums
Color: Blue and black
Desert: cheesecake
Place: my bed
Movie: Analyze This
Ice Cream: Pistachio
Food: Italian
The Band's Sound
"It's country music with attitude and lots of energy."


Dale Wallace

D.O.B. November 1, 1969
Hometown: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Musical Influences: Alabama, Elvis, Asleep At The Wheel,
Journey, Kiss
Hobbies: Hiking, fishing

Color: Black
Snack: Trail Mix
Drink: Soda Water or cranberry juice
Book: Stairway to Heaven
Sports Team: Vancouver Canucks
Cartoon: Bugs Bunny and The Simpsons

Dale joined ED in March of 2003 as a replacement for Chris Hartman. He is a wonderful addition. For more on Dale, check out


Chris Hartman
A.K.A Grover
(As of March 2003, Chris is no longer with ED)
D.O.B January 2, 1978
Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Musical Influences: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dan Seals
Hobbies: Cooking and hiking
Color: Blue
Food: Italian
Movie: Meet the Parents
Sports Teams: Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Eskimos, Tenessee Titans, New York Yankees
Desert: Cheesecake
Cartoon: Smurfs
The Band's Sound
"We are a young, energetic band that has combined all of our years of experience playing clubs across North America and the different styles of music that influenced us to create the Emerson Drive sound."


Patrick Allingham
A.K.A Rooster
(As of June 2003, Pat is no longer with ED)
D.O.B. July 9, 1978
Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Musical Influences: Bon Jovi, Alabama, The Beatles
Hobbies: Drawing, reading, fishing, hockey, golf
Color: Forest Green, Navy Blue
Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip
Desert: Tiramasu
Book: Lord of the Rings, Silence of the Lambs
Movie: Meet the Parents, Saving Private Ryan
Sports Team: Edmonton Oilers
The Band's Sound
"We are a young, energetic band with a professional work ethic, but don't take ourselves too seriously.  We are very proud that we played everything on our album." .


Patrick Bourque
D.O.B. September 27, 1977
Hometown: Terrebonne, Canada
Musical Influences: Jaco Pastorius, Tim McGraw
Hobbies: Working out, reading, watching movies
Color: Blue
Food: Italian
Snack: Anything Chocolate
Sport: Baseball
Actor: Robert DeNiro
Movie: Godfather
Patrick joined the band in August of 2002 as a replacement for bassist Jeff Loberg.  We think that he is an awesome addition to the band.


David Pichette

D.O.B. July 23, 1977
Hometown: Orleans, Ontario, Canada
Musical Influences: Stephane Grappelli, Mark O'Conner
Hobbies: music, traveling, learning languages, working out
Color: red
Sports team: Montreal Canadiens
Snack: fruit
Place: a stage
Book: any WWII history book
Dessert: strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream
Dave joined Emerson Drive in June 2003, replacing Patrick Allingham.  Dave has me hooked.  I could not have picked a better replacement for Pat.


Jeff Loberg
A.K.A Virgil
(As of Aug, 2002 Jeff is no longer with the band)
D.O.B. October, 20, 1976
Hometown: Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada
Musical Influences: Eric Clapton, Buddy Holly, Everly Bros.
Hobbies: Fishing, and hanging out with my dad and brother
Color: Green
Snack: Salt and vinegar chips
Desert: Cheesecake
Ice Cream: Rolo
Sports Team: Edmonton Oilers
TV Show: Friends
The Band's Sound
"It's a fresh cross of rock and new country stacked with cool harmonies."

All information on this page was found on the Dreamworks Nashville site with the exception of Pat B's information which is courtesy of Chellee and the E Drive Ezine.

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