Hugh Bob and The Hustle

Hugh Robert Masterson grew up on an “eat your animals” sort of farm in small-town Ashland County, Wisconsin. His older brother already played guitar and had convinced their parents to get Hugh and his twin brother a bass and drum set, respectively. They learned a lot from their older brother about music (and perhaps, a little about torture), spending hours practicing the same song, planting the seed of musicianship.

Exposure to live music was quite limited to the Masterson’s; the town of Butternut offered Polka performances during special events such as Pioneer Days and weddings or the rare concert from their Uncle’s blues band from Chicago. With such scarce options, the boys absorbed most of their musical intake from their father’s record collection and the jukebox at the smokey bars they would visit.

Since leaving Northern Wisconsin and moving to Milwaukee, Hugh Masterson has performed and toured in bands that have had varied levels of success, but he always felt like something was missing. And now he’s found it. Along with his good friends Nicholas Stuart, Quinn Scharber, Bradley Kruse and Justin Krol, Hugh created and fronts Hugh Bob and The Hustle.

Hugh spent the better half of the last year working on the forthcoming, still yet to be titled debut LP with The Hustle and several guest musicians including pedal steel guitarist Jon Graboff (Ryan Adams and The Cardinals/Shooter Jennings), violinist Nathaniel Markman (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros) and guest vocals from Nashville-based recording artist Nikki Lane.

Writing music that recalls the American music he heard in taverns, on the radio, and from his father’s record player, it’s fair to say that Hugh Bob and The Hustle are a little bit of country and a little bit of rock n’ roll. There’s even some folk and Americana in there, but this much is sure, it’s absolutely ”North Country.”

The Righteous Hillbillies

The Righteous Hillbillies are an axe shredding, ace dealing, foot stompin’, Southern rock, high-powered Ameicana, boogie blues band that plays with talent and passion. They have built a strong, supportive, and loyal following throughout their hometown of Joliet, Illinois and into the Chicago area, and received three standing ovations while opening for The Charlie Daniels Band. The Righteous Hillbillies baptize their work in the blood of Lynyrd Skynyrd, AC/DC, ZZ Top, and the Black Crowes while still managing to create an original and independent style. They make rock “n” roll music for people who still believe in rock “n” roll music. Their well crafted songs and quality of playing has earned the respect of musicians from every genre of music, while many have become an extended family of the band. Lead vocalist Brent James sings with the power to push bodies against the wall and the sensitivity to stir the souls that reside within those bodies. Guitarist, Kev Wright plays with a controlled and confrontational ferocity that is nearly catastrophic, as if the devil himself allowed guitar players in that Georgia picking competition, Charlie Daniels made famous. The Rhythm section of Barret Harvey and Johnny Gadeikis provide the steadiest of foundations to the wildness and acrobatic rock flamboyance in every show.

The Righteous Hillbillies are prepared to raise the stakes from entertainment to that old time rock and roll religion. If it doesn’t get you dancing, moving, and singing, you might as well sign your “do not resuscitate” order at the nearest opportunity.

Frank Bang & The Secret Stash

Frank Bang & The Secret Stash Quick Facts

• Buddy Guy chose Frank to play blues guitar alongside him on his national and world tours.
• While with Buddy Guy…. Frank Has played on stage with: The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, R.E.M., Dave Matthews, Carlos Santana, Robert Plant, Jimmy Vaughan, John Mayer, Richie Sambora and Zakk Wylde, to name a few.
• Frank Bang & The Secret Stash have opened for Johnny Winter, Dickey Betts, Umphrey's McGee, Dick Dale, Hank Williams Jr, Galactic , Little Feat , Back Door Slam to name a few.
• Frank currently has 6 different songs in rotation on XM Bluesville and Sirrius Blues Radio

Black Oil Brothers

There’s a source in rock n roll music, a well from which most of the great musicians and songwriters have drank deeply. Born in the Mississippi delta and raised on the streets of Chicago’s south side, The Blues is often recognized as the source. The Black Oil Brothers draw from the same well our heroes have, but what comes out is invariably our own. Utilizing everything we can beg borrow or steal – acoustic, electric and resonator steel guitars, banjos, harmonicas, mandolins, drums, shakers, 3-part harmonies – we create the music that let’s your ears know that there ain’t a damn thing wrong with the sound of a good man feeling bad. Such is the blues. Finding outlets in music that turns heartbreak into ass shake. Such is the music of The Black Oil Brothers and it very well may be saving our souls. Let us save yours.


Tim Ryan -Born and Raised in Chicago and handed his first harp at the age of 10, ever since then Tim E. Ryan hasn’t really been able to pull himself away from blues music. Oddly enough, though, he had to work backward to find the root of it all. Obsessed with classic rock at a young age, he quickly learned that The Stones, Zeppelin, and The Allman Brothers had copped a good deal of their swagger from Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Howlin’ Wolf. Finding the Chess Records catalogue not only opened his ears, it lead him even further back to Son House and Robert Johnson. They say a man can’t know his future if he forgets the past. So having studied the sound of the past, studying the instruments was a natural step into the future. Harp, slide guitar and songwriting are now his weapons of choice and Tim plans to write, record and gig for the rest of his days.

Tony Manno - Tony blames Slash, Jimmy Page, and Keith Richards for turning him onto the guitar at the young and impressionable age of 13. Since then, his love of the blues, rock n' roll, and punk rock have rendered him a quite knowledgeable music fan (and annoyingly so). His Rock N' Roll band, THE SLEEPERS, has made quite a name for themselves throughout the Midwest with the help of PRAVDA RECORDS, their current label. Check him out these days in THE SOUTH SIXTEENS when he's not playing with TBOB. He has also played in The DOGS D'AMOUR. Talk trash about Johnny Thunders or Mississippi Fred McDowell and he'll get angry.

Tony Maietta - In Tony's sophomore year of high school, his friend since preschool, Tony Manno, taught him how to play Knockin' on Heaven's Door. It was all downhill from there. He learned far too many Green Day tunes, but eventually figured out how to play the songs that his heroes had made: The Beatles, Zeppelin, Stones, Floyd, and all kinds of classic rock and blues. Manno and Maietta formed their first of many bands, The Disgruntled Postmen. In college, Tony played guitar and bass in Fool's Crow and The Smythe. After graduation, Tony ditched the guitar for a little while, picked up some drum sticks, and founded The Sleepers with Manno. After realizing that Ringo Starr was way better than him on the drums, Tony reforged his love affair with his guitar. For many years, Tony played that guitar by himself in his apartment...which isn't as fun as it sounds in retrospect. In the summer of 2007, Manno approached Tony with the concept of recreating the delta blues. Tony couldn't say no to that! When he's not saving the world from dangerous pollution, he's jamming with Tim and Manno at watering holes across the country. Tony also runs his own recording studio, Good Times Recordings, with his friend Brian Racine.

Johnny Action- He teaches things. He runs marathons. He plays the drums. He's Johnny Action.



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