Chris Kresge, best known as Chris K, and his friends are "old goats," hence the name GOATZ! They've been around a while, kicking dirt, eating cans, that sorta thing. Originally formed in 2003, Chris K took a break from performing for several years before re-forming the band in 2015.
GOATZ! has performed at the Carbon Valley Music and Spirits Festival, the Mishawaka Amphitheater, Avogadro's Number, Oskar Blues (Lyons), the Walnut Room and other regional venues.
Chris K has been at this since the '70s, performing across the U.S., and in Canada and Great Britain, playing in support of Guy Clark, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Reckless Kelly, the Railbenders and others. He is also the producer and host of the syndicated radio program, "Chris K's Colorado Playlist," heard on a number of stations statewide, and is an on-air host at 105.5 The Colorado Sound in Northern Colorado.
Members of GOATZ! are among some of the most respected musicians along the Front Range.
Chris Jackowski (guitars/vocals) has been playing in Northern Colorado since arriving here from Ohio in the '80s. Chris J and Chris K have been playing together since the '90s.
Richard Hartrick (mandolin/fiddle/vocals) comes to Colorado by way of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Austin, Texas. Hartrick has played with Cletus Got Shot, Effron White, Honeyshine and others.
Janeen Bogue (stand-up bass/vocals) is the newest member of the band. A regular on the bluegrass jam scene, Bogue has been honing her skills with Colorado bluegrass legend Jerry Mills.
Michael Ray (drums) one of the region's most called-on drummers. Ray has performed with national touring acts Jimmy Hall and Tad Robinson, as well as local acts like the Delta Sonics and Austin Young Band.
Chris Kennison (pedal steel), one of the region's most well-known and respected pedal steel musicians and multi instrumentalists performs all winter in large showbands in Arizona.