In 1972 founding members Steve George Reis (bass/ vocals) and Terry Efaw (steel guitar/ gut string guitar/ electric guitar) were a duo called "Scotch and Soda". When they added Bobby Gene McNelley (vocalist/ guitarist) they renamed themselves McGuffey Lane after the street of Steve's Athens Ohio home. As their popularity grew they added Dick Smith (drums/ vocals) and Stephen "Tebes" Douglass (keyboards/ harmonica/ vocals). In 1977 McGuffey Lane started playing at Zachariah's Red Eye Saloon and soon became the house band. At that point they added John Schwab (vocalist/ guitarist) who was opening for them as the sixth and final member of the original McGuffey Lane.
Molly Pauken, Randy Huff, and Kevin Reed join original members, John Schwab, Terry Efaw and Steve Reis, in one of the Midwest’s most popular bands. Their polished harmonies and innovative talent continue to wow their audiences. From their high energy music to the beautiful ballads, this band has something for everyone… and all who are fortunate enough to see the show walk away with a feeling truly entertained.
Over the years McGuffey Lane has worked with nationally known artists such as The Allman Brothers Band, The Judds, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Exile, Marshall Tucker Band, and most recently with Charlie Daniels, and Pure Prairie League. They were grateful to open for Merle Haggard on his final tour.