The E Street Shuffle bio

Hailing from Asbury Park, New Jersey, The E Street Shuffle is a Bruce Springsteen tribute band that built itself from the ground up on the principals of being as musically authentic as humanly possible, while embodying the spirit, power and camaraderie of Springsteen & The E Street Band’s legendary live concerts. Since its inception in 2006, The E Street Shuffle has attained a sizeable following and earned a reputation as a band that lays it all on the line all night, every night. The 7-piece outfit performs at casinos, theaters, colleges, professional and collegiate sporting events, charity benefits, fairs and special events in addition to corporate functions, weddings, parties and an array of the top clubs and bars.  No other tribute band can boast to having vocals as close to Springsteen’s or a stage show that is as energetic and dynamic, and this is what sets The E Street Shuffle apart from the competition.

With a repertoire of well over a hundred songs, The E Street Shuffle prides itself on never playing the same show twice and providing different elements throughout each performance that appeal to different types of Springsteen fans from the very casual to the diehard fanatics. The band also has a unique ability to read and adapt to an audience on the fly, switching up a set list to accommodate requests and take the show in a different direction if need be.


Sean Loughlin

Name: Sean Loughlin
Birthplace: Teaneck, NJ
Nickname: The Serenader
Instruments: Lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
Favorite Springsteen songs: “Incident on 57th Street,” “Jackson Cage,” “The Price You Pay,” “The Promise”
Favorite artists other than Bruce: Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, The Black Crowes, Elvis Costello, U2, Pearl Jam, Rod Stewart, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin
Favorite sports teams: New York Yankees, New York Giants, Chicago Bulls
Favorite hangouts: Asbury Park, Sean’s Hawaiian Style Tiki Bar
Hobbies: bodyboarding, songwriting, crabbing
Favorite road food stops: Danny’s Drive In in Stratford, CT. Pat’s King of Steaks in Philadelphia, PA, Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington, D.C.
Favorite movies: Rocky, Star Wars, X-Men, The Avengers, Airplane, The Naked Gun, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
Favorite TV shows: Seinfeld, Friday Night Lights, Rescue Me, The Office
Favorite mixed drink: Long Island Iced Tea
Favorite beer: Sam Adams
Favorite local venue to perform: The Columns
Favorite songs to perform live: “Jungleland,” “Thunder Road,” “Something in the Night”
Favorite line from a Bruce song: “Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true, or is it something worse?”
Rich Hodder

Name: Rich Hodder
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Nickname: The Hodder Express
Instruments: Drums
Favorite Springsteen Songs: Something in the Night, This Hard Land, 4th of July Asbury Park (Sandy)
Favorite artists other than Bruce: Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, John Hiatt, CCR, Bodeans
Favorite Sports Teams: Rangers, Mets, Giants
Favorite TV shows: The Honeymooners, The Odd Couple (original)
Favorite hangouts: The Stone Pony
Hobbies: Listening to old bootlegs.
Favorite road food stop: Wawa
Favorite beer: Guinness
Favorite local venue to perform: Any place that will have us
Favorite songs to perform live: Candy’s Room, Prove it All Night, Incident on 57th Street
Favorite line from a Bruce song: “If you can make it stay hard, stay hungry, stay alive, if you can, then meet me in a dream of this hard land.”
Ryan Loughlin

Name: Ryan Loughlin
Birthplace: Teaneck, NJ
Nickname: Hollywood
Instruments: Lead guitar, vocals
Favorite Springsteen songs: “One Step Up”, “I’m on Fire”, “Something in the Night”, “Sad Eyes”, Soul Driver”, “Drop on Down and Cover Me”, “Sugarland”, “My Father’s House”
Favorite artists other than Bruce: The Cure, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Ryan Adams, Led Zeppelin, Tears For Fears, Sade, Death Cab For Cutie, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Black Crowes, Bjork, Mew, Keane, Guns N’ Roses, Paul Simon
Favorite sports teams: New York Giants
Favorite hangouts: The bar at 10th Ave Burrito- Belmar, The Slaughtered Lamb-NYC, Tropical Isle- New Orleans
Hobbies: songwriting, cooking, mixing drinks, recording
Favorite road food stops: Danny’s Drive In- Stratford, CT. Grays Papaya- NYC. Ben’s Chili Bowl- Washington, D.C. The Franklin Fountain- Philadelphia
Favorite movies: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Karate Kid, Cape Fear, Singles, Taxi Driver, Halloween, Garden State, Planes,Trains and Automobiles
Favorite TV shows: Seinfeld, Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead, Parenthood, Da Ali G Show, The Tom Green Show
Favorite mixed drink: A top shelf Margarita (preferably made by me)
Favorite beer: Crimson Voodoo
Favorite local venue to perform: Bar A
Favorite songs to perform live: “Streets of Fire”, “Thunder Road”
Favorite line from a Bruce song: “I’m sitting here in this bar tonight and all I’m thinkin’ is- I’m the same old story, the same old act…one step up and two steps back”
David Turner

Name: David Turner
Hometown: North Arlington, NJ
Nickname: Mr. Keyboard
Instruments: Piano/Background Vocals
Gear: Kurzweil K2600x
Favorite Springsteen songs: “Backstreets”, “Thunder Road”, “Open All Night”, “The Promise”
Favorite artists other than Bruce: Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Jerry Lee Lewis, AC/DC, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church
Favorite Team: Team Chevrolet
Favorite hangouts: Turner Automotive Garage, Barnegat Bay, Charlie Blood’s in Garfield NJ
Hobbies: Building Cars, Boating, Wakeboarding/Waterskiing
Favorite road food stops: Danny’s Drive In in Stratford, CT., Beck’s Cajun Café in Philadelphia, PA., The Big Fish Grill in Rehoboth, DE
Favorite movies: Back to the Future, Jaws, Die Hard, The Great Outdoors, Saw
Favorite TV shows: Seinfeld, 24, Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, How I Met Your Mother
Favorite local venue to perform: The Columns
Favorite songs to perform live: “Backstreets”, “10th Avenue Freeze-Out”, “Quarter to Three”
Favorite line from a Bruce song: “You can hide ‘neath your covers and study your pain. Make crosses from your lovers, throw Roses in the Rain”
Chris Rudo

Name: Chris Rudo
Birthplace: Jersey City, NJ
Nickname: The Pilot, that’s often what Sean says, but lately it’s been, “The Sexiest Man in the Band…” One is more accurate than the other.
Instruments: Bass
Favorite Springsteen song: (that maybe you wouldn’t think of) You’ll be Coming Down, Darkness on the Edge of Town (but you know that one).
Favorite artists other than Bruce: Most things the Funk Brothers played on, John Hiatt, Steely Dan, The Band, Iron Maiden (I’m not joking).
Favorite sports teams: NY Rangers, Yankees, Giants. Knicks too but in a “Point-and-Laugh” kinda way.
Favorite hangouts: With my sons.
Hobbies: coaching hockey.
Favorite road food stops: I’m not sure, who gives a crap about this? If you’re in the town, you know the food stop. If you’re looking to me, as a person who is passing through your town at 70 on the highway, to give you a food recommendation than you’re in worse shape than I thought. It’s bad enough you’re reading the bassist’s bio. I mean, who is reading this? Can you name another bassist? Really? Nikki Sixx is who you came up with!? God, stop reading this now.
Favorite movies: Glory, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Devil Wears Prada (c’mon, it’s good.)
Favorite TV shows: The Honeymooners, Game of Thrones, TSN’s Sportscentre.
Favorite mixed drink: I trust you’re able to make your own decision here without my influence.
Favorite beer: Shiner Bock, Newcastle is good, please stop reading these answers and do something more productive with your time.
Favorite local venue to perform: The ones when I’m not standing next to our PA board. If you see that pop up PA board with all the cables plugged in behind me just know that particular venue isn’t my favorite.
Favorite songs to perform live: I like the hidden gems, if it’s a B-side it’s for me! The less people know it the better. When I see them look at each other and think, “I wonder who is playing at Jenks?” that’s the song I wanna do. In fact, Dave and I really love the curveballs.
Favorite line from a Bruce song: As I sit here thinking of the great lines I can’t help but pause. Some lyrics are so personal and so dark that it’s hard for me to admit I relate to that feeling. I guess that’s the point. In all sincerity, do yourself a favor and find your own favorite Bruce line.
Mark Bistis

Birthplace: Newark, NJ
Nickname: Mr. Perfect, Man with The Tan, Shrimp Cocktail
Instruments: Lead glockenspiel, Organ
Favorite Springsteen songs: “Wages of Sin,” “Open All Night,” “State Trooper,” “I Wanna Be With You”
Favorite artists other than Bruce: Jon Cleary, Delbert McClinton, Weather Report, Bonnie Raitt
Favorite sports teams: Yanks, Gints
Favorite hangouts: Beach
Hobbies: Bodyboarding
Favorite road food stops: Fernandez Family Restaurant Holyoke MA, Bill’s Seafood Westbrook CT
Favorite movies: Silver Linings Playbook, Goodfellas, Apocalypse Now
Favorite TV shows: Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Seinfeld, Friends
Favorite mixed drink: Orange Crush Dewey Beach
Favorite beer: Yards Philadelphia
Favorite local venue to perform: Edgar’s
Favorite songs to perform live: “Thundercrack”, “Incident on 57th”, “Spirits in the Night”
Favorite line from a Bruce song: “She shot him dead, on a sunny Florida road, but when they caught her all she said was, she couldn’t stand the way he drove”.
Zack Sandler

Name: Zack “The Sandman” Sandler
Birthplace: Clark, NJ
Nickname: The Sandman
Instruments: Saxophone, tambourine
Favorite Springsteen songs: Save My Love, Mary’s Place, Seaside Bar Song, None But the Brave, I’ll Work for Your Love, Long Walk Home, Goin’ Back to Georgia
Favorite artists other than Bruce: Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Foreigner, Eddie Money
Favorite sports teams: What’s a sport?
Favorite hangouts: Kim Marie’s, Wonder Bar
Hobbies: Listening to music, riding my bike
Favorite TV Shows: I’m a nerd for history documentaries.
Favorite Mixed Drink: Does White Claw count…? Ain’t no laws.
Favorite Beer: Whatever Sean gives me. I trust the man.
Favorite local venue to perform: The Columns
Favorite songs to perform live: Anything with saxophone.
Favorite line from a Bruce song: That loooong scream in Darkness on the Edge of Town. C’mon.