The Hooten Hallers

The Hooten Hallers

On the surface the Hooten Hallers appear to be a three-piece loud blues and hillbilly soul band. As with much else in the vast unknowable cosmos this image deceives us. The Hooten Hallers are more likely a lost group of time-traveling extraterrestrials from places unknown to humanity. Some say they come from a planet where rock n' roll isn't dead, where blues is still played with soul. Others say they're masked reptilian humanoids from deep within the earth. One fact shines through: their powerful live shows and recordings must be witnessed to be believed.

John Randall plays guitar more as a gunslinger than a musician, and his voice can be described as somewhere between John Lee Hooker and a howler monkey. Andy Rehm, with his unique stand-up drumming style, often resembles a man trying to beat a two-headed wolf to death, while at the same time channeling the ghost of Minnie Ripperton to provide vocal harmony. A wandering musical alchemist, Paul Weber rescues ancient instruments from other ages and literally breathes new life into them.

The Hooten Hallers were formed in Columbia, MO in 2006: playing open mics and house parties until they developed a local following. For the next four years, they branched out and played as many shows around the midwest as they could, including several small festivals and short tours. However, it wasn't until early 2011 that The Hooten Hallers began touring nationally with help from Bucket City Agency. Since then, they have been on the road almost full time.

To date, The Hooten Hallers have released a number of live and radio bootlegs, two full length studio albums ["We Have Friends"(2008), "The Epic Battle of Good and Evil"(2009)] and one live album ["LIVE at Widow's Peak"(2010)]. 2012 saw the release of their live-in-studio album, "Greetings from Welp City" on Big Muddy Records.

The Hooten Hallers' new album "Chillicothe Fireball" is the follow-up and natural progression to their 2012 full-length, "Greetings from Welp City." With new member Paul Weber (harmonica, tuba), the Hooten Hallers are now a dynamic three-piece that has honed its craft of songwriting to match their explosive on-stage performances. "Chillicothe Fireball" was recorded live in-studio so as to capture the energy of the band's live shows. "Chillicothe Fireball" showcases the band's diverse capabilities, from hard-driving loud blues to acoustic country to sci-fi and spooky songs. Along with friends on baritone and bass saxophone, piano, and pedal steel, this album is full of surprises as the Hooten Hallers venture through new territory and depth in their songs, all with the same ferocious energy that their fans have come to know and love!

Left Lane Cruiser

This whiskey fueled two-man frenzy of blues-driven rock'n'roll noise straight from Fort Wayne, Indiana promise to hit you like a shock wave and show you a foot-stompin' good time. Left Lane Cruiser is comprised of Joe Evans on slide guitar and vocals with Brenn Beck on one big-ass bass drum, harmonica and a toolbox full of percussive gear. The raw blues duo of LLC have practiced through thick and thin to hone a sound unlike any other and have been together long enough to have previously released a couple of self-produced EPs. "Let your soul drive what you do" is the premise of their music, "give it all you got, and everything is an instrument: trash cans, paint trays, hubcaps, ladders, you name it."
Learning their craft by playing at house parties, at the corner streets of their home town, and rehearsing in a heatless garage, they have developed their personal take on the North Mississippi Hill Country sound. They have toured relentlessly, sharing the stage with artists such as Robert Belfour, Black Diamond Heavies, Hillstomp, and Chris Cotton among others. They have also appeared at the infamous Deep Blues festival in River Falls Wisconsin in 2007.

"Bring Yo' Ass To The Table" is the culmination of everything these boys have experienced as a band during the four years of their existence, it's "greasy hot, shaved dry, and crazier than your smokin' methed-up ex-girlfriend who keeps singin' 'Down By The River I Shot My Baby' thru a two-dollar pawn shop mic she jerry-rigged thru that ol' gunshot black & white TV in the backyard and dedicating it to you with love m*therf*cker" to quote Deep Blues guru Rick Saunders.

In September 2008 Left Lane Cruiser embarked on their first European Tour. The first few shows were cancelled due to issues with passports upon initially arriving in the UK, forcing the two members to return to the United States for several days. Problems with passport were then resolved and Left Lane Cruiser resumed the tour.

Their third album, All You Can Eat, was released on Alive Records, September 15, 2009.

The band released its fourth album on March 1, 2011, on Alive Records, some of which was recorded with the John Wesley Myers, the keyboard player for the Black Diamond Heavies, also signed to Alive Records.

White Trash Blues Revival

A bunch of cardboard, duct tape, a trash can, a couple buckets, a busted ass skateboard and a bunch of hollerin' and you have the White Trash Blues Revival.

Joe Bent plays the first ever fully functional skiddely-bo... and he plays the hell out of if too! The skiddely-bo, a diddly-bo, of his own design created out of a skateboard, a red stripe bottle, and two guitar strings grind out the dirtiest of the delta blues. A 2x4 for support, a simple broken guitar pick-up and a Marshall half-stack completes the sludgy delta sound.

Ol' Sausage Paw, you may know him from a little blues rock outfit known as Left Lane Cruiser. Well, he decided to put away his real drum kit and bring out his garbage. OSP or Brenn as others might know him bangs the shit out of a cardboard box, a paint tin, a trash can and an electrified 5 gallon bucket.

Rounding out the group is Ando on his Gutbucket Bass of Death. After stealing his mama's wash bucket and drilling a hole in the bottom Ando went months without washing his clothes.

Dirty Pete Diva started playing with the group to fill in for Ol' Sausage Paw when he was playing rockstar with his other band. Pete brings his old school punk energy blasting out hip hop beats on his trusty 13 year old keg still half full of stale beer.

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The Hooten Hallers with Left Lane Cruiser, White Trash Blues Revival

Saturday, October 26 · Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:30 PM at Mojo's