TROY — You could say he’s got the music in him.
Steve Bailey starting playing guitar when he was ten years old. His brother had a band when they were growing up in Piqua, and it was seeing his older brother play that intrigued him to pick up a guitar and start strumming.
“I’ve been playing now for about 50 years,” he said.
He and two other musicians, bass player Larry Wogaman and drummer Bob Creager, formed their first band Product of Time, where they played early rock ‘n roll such as Grand Funk Railroad from 1973-74.
Bailey said Creager moved to Arizona and then returned to his native Indiana, and the band got back together in 2012 as Triple Play.
“We were hard rockers back then,” Bailey said followed by a laugh. “But now we play a variety of music from Merle Haggard, Hank Williams to Bruce Springsteen and REM and Joe Bonamassa.”
In the almost three years Triple Play has been traveling around Ohio and Indiana performing, the band has developed a following. Bailey said one fan regularly drives out from Indianapolis to see them, and they have fans in Lima and Greenville who come to many of their shows.
They try to keep as much variation from show to show and break up the song order so they don’t play the same thing over and over again.
“We play a lot of light variety and try to cater to a lot of people,” she said.
The band took this past month off from performing and will resume performing next month, with a show in West Liberty on Aug. 1. Normally Triple Play travels to Lima, Springfield and Richmond, Ind.
Bailey said that band travels a lot, and has traveled and performed as far away as Nashville, Tenn. where his daughter lives and Daytona Beach, Florida.
“We’re play-aholics,” he said. “We like to play any chance we get.”
The next performance in Troy will be at the Troy Am. Vets in September.