Meet the Lucky So and Sos!
The “Diva” of the band is AnnaLee. She brings a serious set of pipes to the table and delights in leading her Lucky So and Sos through a night of jump and jive. AnnaLee traversed the country for several years doing musical theater and finally found a home, and a band that loves her, in the City of Fountains.
Another local is reed man and violinist Steven Smith. Steven brings an eclectic background to the band, with experience ranging from R & B and Salsa to Polka and Classical. A classically-trained orchestra conductor and retired high school orchestra teacher, Steven is also the arranger for the group. You can visit Steven's web page at:
Bill Irvine, a home-grown Kansas Citian and The Lucky So and Sos' guitarist and leader, has been on the KC music scene since the 70s with such bands as Sirius, Plain Jane, and most recently the Doghouse Band.
Byron Jones is one of the foremost trumpeters on the music scene in Kansas City. Byron has recorded with: Johnny Isom and the Receders, and The Bobby Carson Band. Additionally, Byron has been the trumpetista for Son Venezuela since 1996. He has established himself as a major player in the Kansas City and brings the “sizzle” to the Lucky So and Sos.
Holding down the 88s is Eric Griffin. Eric has been performing for 40 years. He graduated with a music education degree from Missouri State University, and a master’s degree in music education from Kansas University. Eric has taught band for the last 24 years in public schools. Besides performing in the KC area with the Lucky So and Sos and other groups, Eric is a frequent composer of commercial music, with several radio broadcast credits to his name.
Dan Smith is a Kansas City drummer who has performed professionally since forming Riverrock in 1974, the year he joined the Kansas City Federation of Musicians, Local 34-627. As a member of that band, Dan has performed thousands of shows and shared the stage with dozens of internationally known recording artists, like Alabama, Charlie Daniels, Jerry Lee Lewis, Minnie Pearl, Frank Sinatra, Jr. and Hank Williams, Jr. Riverrock has recorded four albums and they were inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2011. Dan also plays drums for Neon Blue and began playing with the Lucky So and Sos in 2015, joining his brother, sax man Steven Smith. Dan's “day job” is as a recording engineer and talent agent.
Bassist Danny Kaul holds Bachelors and Masters of Music Education degrees from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota and currently teaches orchestra and band in the Olathe Public Schools. He has performed as Principal Bassist of the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony and has played for numerous musical theater productions at Kansas City's Quality Hill Playhouse, Olathe's Chestnut Fine Arts Center and Overland Park's White Theater. Danny is the Director of the Olathe Youth Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra, a proud member of the International Society of Bassists, and currently lives in Olathe with his wife Julie and their twin daughters Alexandra and Megan.