meet the band

The Country Cougars are a hot 'rockin' country band playing new and classic country and quickly becoming one of Northern California's favorite bands. Country Cougars play at some of the premier nightclubs in the bay area and cover artists including Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown, Kenny Chesney and Eric Church as well as the country legends Johnny Cash, Patty Loveless, Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn and many others. The energy of this band gets the crowd on their feet dancing and ready to party!

Melissa Conaulty Melissa Conaulty
Melissa is a singer-songwriter who started singing at a very young age. Her passion for country music grew through the years and she had her first debut at the Ms. Santa Clara County Pageant. She started the Country Cougars in 2010. Melissa’s vocal style has been influenced by the greats of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn as well as some of the new country artists like Miranda Lambert.
Jeff Rippin
When it comes to country rock, Jeff puts the rock in the country! His soaring six-string work has a unique style all his own. He and his guitar meld together in the ultimate wail of soul-tearing rock that never fails to grip his audience. Influences include VanHalen, Jeff Beck, SRV and recently Brad Paisley. Jeff has written and recorded 6 albums to date. Many songs on these albums have received national airplay.
Jeff Rippin
Mike Mirasole Mike Mirasole
Mike recently relocated to Northern California from Los Angeles by way of Upstate New York, Toulouse, France and Austin, Texas. Mike's musical interests and styles include genres such as pop, country, folk, blues, latin, funk, fusion and progressive rock having played with such groups as Starving Darwin, Broken Frasier, Eden, Branchwater, Arrival, Melodic Drifters, Trial by Fire, The HitSquad and, of course, the Country Cougars. Mike is presently playing Pearl drums, Bosphorus cymbals, Vic Firth drum sticks, DW pedals and using Shure and Audix microphones
Len Anderson
Len hails from a small town just north of Cincinnati, Ohio where he was musically influenced by the likes of Elvis, Dylan, Bill Monroe, Duke Ellington and The Beatles. While in high school, he performed in coffee houses and clubs in and around southwest Ohio. Len moved to the Bay Area in the mid-70's to pursue a career and start a family. After a long musical haitus, he began performing again and, over the last few years, has played The Saddlerack, The Rodeo Club, Campbell's Octoberfest, The Rubicon Jamboree at Lake Tahoe and various clubs, wineries and restaurants in Northern California.
Len Anderson
Eric Wilde Eric Wilde
Bass Guitar

Eric has played various musical instruments throughout his life and performed on stage as an actor, singer and speaker. Growing up in the farmlands of the Deep South, Eric weds an hard rocking lifestyle with a country sensibility.