About The Deep Shallow Band

The Deep Shallow Band’s music is often described as “Southern soul rock and roll” reminiscent of the Allman Brothers Band and The Black Crowes. Their musical chemistry, talent, and camaraderie shine through during their energetic performances and on their new album, “Copy and Paste,” released in the spring of 2023. The band has entertained an enthusiastic following throughout North Carolina since 2014 and would love to see you at their next show.

Rusty Stevens

Lead Vocalist/Songwriter, Guitarist

Originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina, Rusty attended Appalachian State University, where he first met bandmates Chip and Rob in the early 1990s. With Chip’s amazing guitar skills and Rob’s ability to lay down a groove, they formed their first band, Satchel Foot. The group toured the Southeast for 12 years with artists including Dave Matthews Band, Hootie and The Blowfish, Edwin McCain, The Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies, and Aquarium Rescue Unit. They also recorded two EPs, and in 1995, an album titled “Individual Plan.” Next, Rusty joined The Driftwood Project, where he played drums for two years and bass for two more. 

During a long hiatus, Rusty continued writing music, and in 2014 he and fellow guitarist (and current bandmate) Mike Vanhoy formed an acoustic duo. After performing with Mike for a few years, Rusty was ready to form a full band and recruited the musicians you know today as The Deep Shallow Band.

When he isn’t on stage, rehearsing, or writing songs, Rusty is running Advanced Tech Systems & Automation, where he is the founder, owner, and COO. He is also a husband and father who likes riding his motorcycle, hiking, boating, and enjoying fine wine, full-bodied bourbon, and great food.

Mike Vanhoy


Mike hails from Albemarle, North Carolina, and has played guitar for more than 40 years. He was a member of Right Turn Clyde for 18 years and recorded the album “On a Good Day” with them in 2014.

His experiences are his greatest rewards, he says, particularly having performed in some of North Carolina’s most well-known venues and opening for artists including The Marshall Tucker Band, Mickey Thomas and Starship, Confederate Railroad, Peter Noone, and Porter Wagoner, among other music legends. 

Aside from spending time with his family and friends, Mike loves his guitar and playing music in general. He also enjoys venturing into the great outdoors on camping trips, going fishing, and participating in barbecue competitions.

Mike Vanhoy with Arms in Air

Chip Cooper


A native of Salisbury, North Carolina, Chip attended Appalachian State University, where he met his longtime friends and bandmates Rusty and Rob. He has played guitar for 43 years, performing and recording with bands including The Scene and Satchel Foot. 

Chip has played on four albums: two with The Scene in 1989 and 1990, Satchel Foot’s “Individual Plan” in 1995, and most recently, The Deep Shallow Band’s “Copy and Paste.” 

He lives in Washington, D.C., where he is a licensed psychologist. When he’s not counseling clients, Chip enjoys hiking, traveling, gardening, cooking, and reading. He has also learned woodworking techniques and has built some spectacular guitars.

Rob Conrad

Bassist, Backing Vocalist

Originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Rob has performed in multiple bands for the past 40 years including Cherry Bomb, Eclipse, Satchel Foot, Kiva, and Backyard Brothers. 

He has also been successful in the studio, recording four albums with Eclipse in the early 1990s, Satchel Foot in 1995, Kyle Dillard in 2005 and 2010, and The Deep Shallow Band’s “Copy and Paste” in 2023.

In his spare time, Rob enjoys spending time with family and friends at the lake, beach, and mountains; going to music festivals and concerts; attending Charlotte FC and Carolina Panthers games; and working out to stay fit.

Trey Walker


Trey was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has been playing drums for 37 years. He has been a member of several acclaimed bands, including Dahli Llama, Muscadine, Shelter, Harare, Flyweb, and New August.

In his time playing he has helped record seven albums, including Dahli Llama’s “Quarter til Euphoria” in 1992, Muscadine’s “The Ballad of Hope Nicholls” in 1994, Flyweb’s self-titled 1997 album, and New August’s “Fall” in 2004.

When Trey isn’t making music, he’s traveling as often as possible and learning about the history of the places he visits.



Jackie Fallar



Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Jackie Fallar sang in a touring choir at Peter’s Episcopal Church for four years, performing all along the East Coast, in Canada, and in England. 

Years later in Mint Hill, North Carolina, while working as a bartender, she met her boyfriend, Erik, who convinced her to join a band. For eight years, she has performed with Action Jaxxon, and she has also formed the acoustic duo Jaxx and Jacks. In 2019, she joined Chunky Daddy, a popular wedding band.

When Jackie isn’t working or belting out tunes, she is raising her 14-year-old son and traveling to her bucket list destinations with Erik.

Jackie Fallar Photo