Big Atomic is a jam/funk/rock band from Louisville, Kentucky. The band blurs the lines between funk, rock, rhythm and blues, and dance. From pulsing dance songs to improvised extended jams, smooth r&b to funky rock and roll, Big Atomic has proved to be a very versatile group. Big Atomic is Shannon Vetter (Saxophone/guitar/vocals, Morgan McCall (drums), Matt Robinson (percussion/vocals), Andrew Stephens (bass guitar) and Micah Greene (guitar/vocals).
The band formed in 2013 and has been working hard ever since. Original members quickly wrote several tunes and began performing them locally with wonderful positive feedback. Within a year, the band played several shows throughout western Kentucky and southern Illinois, while performing high energy live shows that truly define the band. Big Atomic released their self-titled debut EP in August of 2014, and in December of 2014, the band performed live on “Sounds Good: Live Lunch”, aired and hosted on the the local NPR affiliate WKMS (Big Atomic would go on to win the 2nd annual WKMS Battle of the Bands in March of 2015). The band was also featured in the Jan/Feb issue of Relix Magazine in their “On The Rise” section. Their single “Letting Go” was on the compilation CD alongside the likes of Punch Brothers and Gov’t Mule.
Continuing the trend for 2015, Big Atomic played over 75 shows across the region during a year that was supposed to be “...a mellow year for writing and recording.” Performing at several summer music festivals was definitely a strong highlight for 2015. The band also teamed up with Tinderbox Music for a nationwide radio campaign, releasing their EP to over 200 radio stations. Also, the group has licensed songs for sync in several major network television shows. With no end in sight, Big Atomic will continue to write, record, and perform. Keep an eye out for new live show postings, festival announcements, and a new album this year! Thanks to the friends, family, and fans for fueling our musical fire! Cheers!
Morgan from Madisonville, KY, has been playing the drum set for 11 years and has been living in the Murray area for nearly the same amount of time. He has drummed with several local bands including The Big Cheese, The Tree Rollins Band, Planet Here and The Murr-Vegas All-stars, just to name a few. Morgan has a rich background in percussion, making him an incredibly rock steady force on the drums.
Matt from Murray, Kentucky, has been a percussionist for nearly 15 years and was a founding member of The Big Cheese. He began his musical career as the drum set player for this group but soon moved to percussion with the addition of Morgan McCall on the set. They also played together in The Tree Rollins Band and the two have been locking in together as rhythm section for almost 8 years now.
Andrew is originally from Detroit, MI, and has been playing the bass for about 6 years. He has been living in Murray for 18 years and has also been actively playing with several local musicians for a couple of years now. His fluid, flowing style fuses with the two-piece percussion section effortlessly, making you think that he has been playing with them for years.
Micah Greene is from Boston, MA, but he has been living in Murray, KY for 15 years now. He was also a founding member of The Big Cheese and has played guitar for 14 years. Also a former member of The Tree Rollins Band, he has been playing music with Matt and Morgan for most of their musical careers. Micah is also a member of The Great Gatsby Jazz-Funk Odyssey and performs with a few other local bands on occasion.
Shannon, from Maysville KY. Has been playing saxophone for fifteen years. He attended the University of Louisville Music School for two years and has toured nationally with various bands on various instruments. Shannon moved to Paducah in the fall of 2012 and has helped revitalize the music by playing with such bands as Gideon's Rifle, Solid Rock 'it Boosters, and the Hoffman Sextet. With his strong background in jazz, funk, blues and reggae, Shannon is a perfect fit for Big Atomic.