Band Bio/Song List

GUNSMOKE is a high energy southern rock band from Rochester, NY consisting of five veteran musicians.  Since playing their first show in April of 2017, the band’s popularity has rapidly ascended, and it’s resulted in them playing before steadily increasing audiences. They’ve performed at local establishments such as The Dinosaur (Rochester), Sticky Lips Juke Joint (Henrietta), Pineapple Jack’s (Gates), 34 Rush at Batavia Downs Casino, Iron Smoke Distillery, Robbies Bar and Grill Grill (Hilton), Bar Louie (Greece),  Pelican’s Nest, Landing Bar and Grill (Fairport), 2018 Hamlin Carnival, Dutch Mill (Greece), Timothy Patrick’s (Penfield, NY), Fatso’s (Gates), and Pleasure Lanes (Hilton).

Band Members:

Jerry King (bass/lead vocals) 

Jerry King is formerly Cash Arrow, High Falls Drifters, Big City, and Joe Beard. King’s strong southern rock influence dates all the way back to the mid 1970’s. It’s quite evident after witnessing King’s dynamic stage presence that he’s unquestionably the driving force and leader of Gunsmoke. His favorite band of all time is unequivocally Lynyrd Skynyrd which is quite apparent when taking one look at the Gunsmoke song list. Furthermore, if you put a blindfold on while listening to Gunsmoke perform any Molly Hatchett song, you would swear it was their legendary original lead singer “Danny Joe Brown” singing when hearing King belt out his raspy and powerful vocals.

John Keirsbilck (keyboards/vocals) 

The addition of John Keirsbilck this past May has elevated Gunsmoke to a whole other level. After taking a long hiatus in order to raise his family, the band members are elated that Keirsbick chose to reconvene his musical career by joining Gunsmoke. John graduated from St. Bonaventure while majoring in music. His former bands include Cash Arrow and Top Secret. Keirsbilck’s rendition of Peter Frampton’s “Show Me the Way” is absolutely awe inspiring and a can’t miss for any classic rock aficionado.

Larry Ciotti (guitar) 

Gunsmoke guitarist Larry Ciotti previously performed with the band Spring Water. Similar to his bandmate John Keirsbilck, Ciotti took a long break from the Rochester music season upon having children. Now with his kids off to college, Ciotti has reconvened with his music career much to the delight on Gunsmoke’s loyal following and local music fans. Ciotti has quiet and unassuming personality offstage, but you would never know it by watching perform. His playing style closely resembles a combination of Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Dickie Bets (Allman Brothers).

Johnny Palermo (guitar) 

Johnny Palermo spent 20 years playing alongside Jerry King (bass/lead vocals) in the band Cash Arrow. He’s also the former guitar player of Rapid Ridge. Palermo has an extremely entertaining stage presence that captivates an audience. He prides himself on having a unique playing style that blends enormously well with his fellow guitarist Larry Ciotti. Together they make up a dynamic tandem that personifies the band’s description of being a high energy southern rock band.

Mark Delmotte (drums/vocals) 

Mark Delmotte is the former drummer of Critical Mash. Delmotte is not only Gunsmoke’s drummer but he also provides lead vocals on songs such as Crossroads (Lynyrd Skynyrd version) and Whipping Post (Allman Brothers). Delmotte’s vibrancy on drums has been a perfect fit for Gunsmoke’s hard driving style and sound.


Song List 

  • Statesboro Blues (Allman Brothers) 
  • One Way Out (Allman Brothers) 
  • Whippin Post (Allman Brothers) 
  • Wasted Words (Allman Brothers) 
  • Before Bullets Fly (Gregg Allman) 
  • Good Clean Fun (Allman Brothers) 
  • Searching (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 
  • Needle and the Spoon (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 
  • Call Me the Breeze (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 
  • Gimme 3 Steps (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 
  • Down South Jukin (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 
  • Crossroads (Lynyrd Skynyrd Version) 
  • Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 
  • I Ain’t the One (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 
  • Whiskey Rock and Roller (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 
  • Poison Whiskey (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 
  • Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 
  • What’s Your Name (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 
  • I Know a Little (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 
  • Gimme Back My Bullets (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 
  • 24 Hours (Marshall Tucker) 
  • Take the Highway (Marshall Tucker) 
  • Heard it in a Love Song (Marshall Tucker) 
  • Can’t You See (Marshall Tucker) 
  • There Goes Another Love Song (Outlaws) 
  • Hurry Sundown (Outlaws) 
  • Gunsmoke (Outlaws) 
  • Freeborn Man (Outlaws) 
  • Tush (ZZ Top) 
  • Balinese (ZZ Top) 
  • Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers (ZZ Top) 
  • Lagrange (ZZ Top) 
  • Waitin’ for the Bus (ZZ Top) 
  • Jesus Just Left Chicago (ZZ Top) 
  • Cheap Sunglasses (ZZ Top) 
  • Thank You (ZZ Top) 
  • Whiskey Man (Molly Hatchett) 
  • Flirtin’ with Disaster (Molly Hatchett) 
  • Bounty Hunter (Molly Hatchett) 
  • Dreams ((Molly Hatchett Version) 
  • It’s All Over Now (Molly Hatchett Version) 
  • Wild Eyed Southern Boys (38 Special) 
  • Rockin’ Into the Night (38 Special) 
  • Train Train (Blackfoot) 
  • Wishin’ Well (Blackfoot) 
  • Long Haired Country Boy (Charlie Daniels) 
  • South’s Gonna Do It Again (Charlie Daniels) 
  • Already Gone (Eagles) 
  • Bad Company (Bad Company) 
  • Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh) 
  • Black Water (Doobie Brothers) 
  • Jesus is Just Alright (Doobie Brothers) 
  • Turn the Page (Bob Seger) 
  • Tennessee Whiskey (Chris Stapleton) 
  • Back on the Road Again (REO Speedwagon) 
  • Dixie Chicken (Little Feat) 
  • Let it Roll (Little Feat) 
  • Your Mama Don’t Dance (Loggins and Messina) 
  • Blue on Black (Kenny Wayne Sheppard) 
  • Keep Your Hands to Yourself (Georgia Satelites) 
  • House is a Rockin’ (Stevie Ray Vaughn)