The Stickers bringing country rock to Clear Spring carnival
The Stickers are a country rock band hailing from western Pennsylvania.
The band’s single, “Girl in a Pick Up Truck” is woven into the storyline of Warner Brothers and WWE Studios film “Pure Country 3” which features legendary country artist Willie Nelson.
The group has two singles that hit the Top 40 on country radio and others that have appeared in the Top 100. The band’s music has been highlighted at the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final, at NASCAR’s Daytona 500, and on the TV show “Nashville.”
On Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m., The Stickers will perform at the Clear Spring Carnival on the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co. carnival grounds in Clear Spring. The carnival, running Monday, Aug. 5 through Saturday, Aug. 10, will offer amusements, rides, food and entertainment each night including performances by Chris Woodward, The Cruisers, Brandy Stills Band, Classic Rock Experience and Departure. Advance tickets for all-night rides cost $15 and are available for purchase at local Clear Spring businesses and by contacting fire company members. Tickets will cost $25 at the carnival.
Joe Wodarek, lead singer for The Stickers, spoke with a What’s NXT reporter and said the band is looking forward to its night in the lineup.
“One thing about The Stickers. If you have seen us, you know we are a very high-energy, good time,” he said. “We appreciate people spending their time with us, so we are going to bring a good time and make sure it’s a great party.”
Joe, who started the band about 15 years ago along with his brother, guitar player John Wodarek, said The Stickers give their all, whatever venue they play.
“We give 150% every time we hit the stage. Each time is an opportunity for us to make a bunch of new friends,” he said.
Along with the Wodareks, the band is made up of Mike Ofca on guitar, Jay Casper on keyboards and Larry Shotter on drums.
The Stickers take pride in their success in songwriting for movies, TV and radio. Most of the songs on the set lists for Clear Spring will be original music, Wodarek said.
“We have a wonderful publishing team always looking for things, making sure our book is out there,” Wodarek said. “We are known for our songwriting. It’s the shared responsibility of me and my brother, and the band shares in some of that.”
As children growing up in Pittsburgh with a mother who was a singer, both Joe and John were encouraged to play music.
“It was never, ‘Which sport are you going to play?’ It was, ‘Which instrument are you going to play?’” he said. “Music was just part of our family. There was a piano in the living room. We would all gather around and sing and play. It’s something we just understood. That’s what we do.”
Wodarek, 46, said he started playing a number of different instruments as a youngster, but his two older brothers would soon pass him in skill so he would move on to the next one.
“I’m lucky that I have the ability to play different instruments, but I settled into singing as the place where I belong,” he said.
Just 15 when he played his first bar, Wodarek said he was “bitten by the bug and it’s lasted ever since.”
“God gifted it to us,” he said. “It’s been a life-long love affair.”
The brothers grew up playing a lot of rhythm and blues-influenced rock ‘n’ roll.
“The more we wrote, we just found that our style was based more on country,” he said. “It was kind of a natural evolution. I always tell people, ‘Our lyrics were too soft for rock, but they were perfect for country.’”
The band has performed with Hank Williams Jr., Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Zac Brown, Alan Jackson, Big & Rich, Trace Adkins, Clint Black and dozens of other well-known artists.
“It’s always a ‘pinch me’ sort of thing. We have been really blessed to share the stage with some of the all-time greats,” Wodarek said. “We are just really lucky to be a part of that community and to be able to share our gift.”
Following the tragic shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue in October 2018, Wodarek and bandmate Mike Ofca wrote “Stand Together” and organized a recording of the song. There was an outpouring of support for the project, with around 40 area artists participating.
Wodarek said among the band’s greatest accomplishments is consistently having songs on the radio for the past six or seven years.
“Just having your music on there, that’s validating what you do as an artist. You know you work so hard at your craft and songwriting is just so personal,” he said. “Having that consistently be a part of the music world is definitely a great thing.”