As a kid, Fedor, now 35, would sing along with them on the radio again and again until she got it right.
She never had any formal training, but at about 18 or 19, Fedor was singing karaoke with a friend when people started encouraging her to sing on her own. She took their advice and started traveling, singing in contests in Nevada, Florida and Tennessee, and making it to the top 15 on the reality show “Nashville Star.”
Now back home, Fedor’s voice draws a crowd as the lead singer of Canton band Karri Fedor & KEROSENE.
The band describes itself as a “rockin’ hillbilly blues band,” and covers everyone from Guns N’ Roses to Adele.
“We have a very talented lineup, so it allows us to basically do anything,” Fedor said. “We’re not stuck in a box because we’re able to pull most anything off.”
Fedor’s personal favorite—“Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin.
“Everybody has a Bobby McGee,” she said.
KEROSENE has a devoted fan base that can get pretty crazy some nights. Fans also have supported the band online, voting it into the top spots in area competitions.
“They do right by me. I appreciate them,” she said.
The band’s next step is moving into original music, a big step for a cover band.
“I like doing what I do, and I hope to continue doing it for more and more and more people,” Fedor said.
“As I grow, I hope everyone else grows with me, and we can just keep doing what we’re doing.”
Country / Rock / Blues
In the band
Karri Fedor (lead vocals)
Robert Marshalek (lead guitar/vocals)
Jim Patterson (bass/vocals)
Steve Corsover (drums)
Janis Joplin, Patsy Cline, Adele, Pat Benatar
Martini 97 (Dover) 9:30 p.m.
First Amendment Public House (Wooster) 8-11 p.m.
Aug. 2 Loby’s Bar 8 p.m.
Aug. 8 Italian American Fest (Dover) 9 p.m.
Aug. 9 Wood’s Tall Timber Lake Resort (New Philadelphia) 8 p.m.
Aug. 14* Gervasi Vineyard 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 15 Fiore’s (Wooster) 8:30 p.m.
Aug. 23* TD’s Tailgate Grill 8-11 p.m.
*Signifies acoustic session with Kerosene Stripped
Summertime brings music festivals and concerts aplenty. So whether you’re seeking hot gigs or auditioning new sounds for your ipod, we’ve got your local hit list!
Read on for our roundup of seven promising local bands. To borrow AC/DC’s legendary mantra: for those about to rock, About salutes you!