Originally formed by singer songwriter Ron West from Kansas City, MO in 1976. The debut album was released in August 1977 on Panama Records. The bands lineup was Ron West guitar / vocals, Bill Larson drums, Alan Cohen bass, Lane Turner lead guitar. Randall Platt joined the band on keyboards just after completion of the album. Soon after its release the album was listed on Billboards recommended album page. The album received strong midwest airplay primarily based on the song "Movin On". The band toured heavily in support of the album opening shows for Golden Earring, Scorpions, Blackfoot, Sammy Hagar, Nazareth, Molly Hatchet, REO Speedwagon, Blackfoot, Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, Van Halen, Jefferson Starship, and Ted Nugent, just to name a few. Missouri released a second album on Polydor records "Welcome Two Missouri" in 1979 which also included a re recorded version of "Movin on" among other new tunes. The second albums sales were impressive but Polydor did not renew the contract due to changing musical tastes of the era. VNR records later released a collection of Missouri songs called "The Best Of Missouri" in CD form.
Ron West retired and Alan Cohen passed away in 2003.
Current Band Members
Bill Larson (founding Missouri member) has been playing drums in bands for 51 years. Bill started with the Missouri band in 1976 after receiving a call from Ron West to record the first Missouri album. Bill says he's overwhelmed and really appreciates all of the fans still interested in the Missouri band and the great fan response during live appearances! "We want to keep Ron West's music alive".
Born and raised in Liberal, Kansas, Lane (founding Missouri member) has been playing in rock bands since the age of 13. After moving to Kansas City area in 1970 Lane played in several bands eventually landing a gig in a band with drummer Bill Larson. When Bill was asked in 1976 to join the Missouri band, he asked Missouri founder Ron West to get Lane to fill in the lead guitar slot. Lane has continued to play guitar and also works in advanced audio and video fields. "We are having a blast playing this music and are proud to keep it alive".
Dean "Deano" Foltz
Bass, Keys and Vocals
Dean "Deano" Foltz musical roots can be traced back to a church in Blue Springs, Missouri. Playing piano for his first recital at 8 years old. Adding singing and playing bass at 15 years old. Currently celebrating playing music 50 years later.
His musical journey has given him the opportunity to play all types of music from country to heavy metal live and in the recording studio for multiple artists and bands.
Proudly joining the band Missouri playing bass, keys and vocals in 2019.
Joining Missouri in 2019, Stephen Campbell has had to step into the formidable shoes of Ron West, singing songs Ron wrote and made famous with Missouri. Stephen was born in California, but spent most of his childhood in the Ozarks. He grew up in a musical family that introduced him to powerful vocals and harmonies, and his love of music has endured ever since. He has fronted numerous musical acts both in California and in the Midwest. With a strong desire to honor the spirit of the Missouri band, he also introduces his own unique vocal style to the group.
Guitar / Vocals
Rusty Crewse comes to Missouri with a lifetime of experience. From playing basement parties as a teen, to being a signed recording artist, to performing with cover & tribute bands of all styles, Rusty has literally logged thousands of shows. A St Louis native and a fan of the band himself, he is honored to help keep the Missouri legacy alive and well.