GUNSMOKE has been entertaining audiences at fairs, festivals, clubs, private parties and concerts, with classic Country, Western swing and rockabilly Music for over over 25 years. The Nashville recording artists have six albums recorded in Nashville and have performed on the world famous Ernest Tubb's Midnite Jamboree in Nashville, TN following the Grand Ole Opry. They are enshrined into the Connecticut country music hall of fame, the country music and dance hall of fame in Mount Kisco, NY and elected band of the year six years in a row by the New York Metro Country Music Association. They have performed for two sitting Presidents of the United States. They received a citation from the state of Connecticut commemorating the bands silver anniversary of 25 years entertaining audiences with classic country music.
Gunsmoke began as a family affair, formed by Nick DeMaio III, who plays bass, sings lead vocals, and his younger brother Jeff, who plays Pedal Steel guitar and sings. Their father, country music veteran Nick DeMaio Sr., guitarist and singer, is known as "The Ambassador.” Drummer vocalist Gary Tokarz, and Scott Tyler lead guitarist shine with their musicianship that helps make this band a class act. At a live Gunsmoke performance you quickly become aware that they are excellent at what they do. And their love for the music they were raised on is so evident.
1982 - Gunsmoke originated
1985 - 45 RPM recording - two original songs
1987,88,89 - Hunter Mtn. County Music Festival - Sharing the stage with Waylon Jennings, Conway Twitty, Dottie West, Chet Atkins, Charlie Pride, Carl Perkins, and other great country music greats
1988 - Recording of "Gunsmoke," a ten song cassette album
1990 - TV appearances on "The Exchange"
1992 - Band photograph included in prestigious "Country Music Magazine"
1992 - Performance for President Bush during campaign election
1993 - Durham Fair - Sharing the stage with Patty Loveless & Baillie and the Boys
1993 - NY Metro Band of the Year
1994 - Performing with Hank Williams Jr. at the Ives Center in Danbury
1994 - Durham Fair - Performing with Hal Ketchem and Jerry Reed
1994 - Performance for former President Bush
1994 - NY Metro Band of the Year
1995 - NY Metro Band of the Year
1995 - Recording and release of "Still Singin!" a twelve song CD
1996 - NY Metro Band of the Year
1996 - Performing with Marty Stuart at the Ives Center in Danbury
1997 - Hebron Fair - Performing with with Ray Price
1997 - NY Metro Band of the Year
1998 - Gunsmoke launches website
1998 - Recording and release of "Tradition" a twelve song CD
1998 - NY Metro Band of the Year
1999 - Gunsmoke website is unveiled
1999 - Berlin Fair - Performing with the Great Hank Thompson as his back up band the Brozos Valley Boys
2002 - Performance for President George Bush Jr
2004 - Recording and release of "Road to Nashville" a ten song CD recorded in Nashville TN.
2004 - Performing on the World Famous Ernest Tubb's Midnite Jamboree, in Nashville, TN
2005 - Preform with Nashville Steel guitar legends in concert.
2006 - Release of "Lookin' Back" CD recorded in Nashville.
2007 - Preform with Nashville star Daryle Singletary
2007 - Performing on the World Famous Ernest Tubb's Midnite Jamboree, in Nashville, TN
2008 - Release of "Gunsmoke in Music City" CD recorded in Nashville
2008 - Redisigned web site goes online
2010 - Gunsmoke receives honor of being inducted into the new Country Music & dance Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Mt. Kisco, NY. Gunsmoke was honored to go in with friends Pete Chiola and Dean Taylor. 2010 - Gunsmoke is proud to announce they have formed a relationship with St. Jude's hospital. The facility located in Memphis TN is a place where cutting-edge research and revolutionary discoveries have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. The benifit concerts will be titled "Music for Hope."
2011 - Nick DeMaio Sr. inducted into the Connecticut Country Music Association Hall of Fame.
2011 - Gunsmoke inducted into the Connecticut Country Music Association Hall of Fame.
2011 - Gunsmoke celebrates 25 years together
2011 - Gunsmoke receives citation from the State of CT for 25 years of performing
2012 - Gunsmoke continues their relationship with St. Jude's hospital and at the close of 2012 have raised over $8,000.
2012 -Gunsmoke preformed at the Norwalk Concert hall March 4th in Norwalk, CT
2012 - Gunsmoke headlined a show at Music Mountain in Falls Village, CT
2013 - Gunsmoke performed in Nashville on The Shotgun Red Variety Show on the RFD network. RFD-TV is broadcast on Direct TV (channel 345) and Dish Network (channel 231) as well as cable systems across the country. The show has over a million and half viewers nationwide and on a network that is currently in 44 million homes and growing 18% each year.
Gunsmoke will be a part of The Shotgun Red Variety Show season 3.
2013 - Recording of a new ten song CD recorded in Nashville TN. Release date tbd