Guitarist/vocalist Mike Lawson performed over his years in the SF, CA area as a regular featured guitarist for Merl Saunders and His Funky Friends at the annual Haight Street Fair whenever Merl wasn't playing with his touring group "The Rainforest Band," and frequently opened for them as a solo act or with a band of friends at venues like Sweetwater, The Fillmore, Great American Music Hall, and The Maritime Hall. His 1998 release "Ticket to Fly" was on Merl's Sumertone label, and featured guest performances by Merl Saunders, Jorma Kaukonen, Bob Welch, Dennis Robbins, and Joe Louis Walker, with cover art by Stanley Mouse. Mike has recorded and/or performed with those artists and others including Vince Welnick, Bill Kreutzmann, Rob Wasserman, Narada Michael Walden, Skip Mesquite, Barry Melton, and others from the Grateful Dead family over the years. He currently resides outside of Nashville, TN with two of his three kids, two cats and a very fat dog, and what some have described as an inventory of guitars.
Hooray for Hooteroll? ! it's me JB . living in East Nashville . singing & playing keyboards & harmonica w/ Hooteroll? . also guitar bass & vocals w/ East Side Story : https://www.reverbnation.com/eastsidestory . keyboards & vocals w/ Kevin William Ball : https://www.reverbnation.com/kevinwilliamball . keyboards & harmonica w/ Quichenight : http://quichenight.com/ . performing my song "Rock 'n' Roll" produced by Quichenight's Brett Rosenberg : https://soundcloud.com/quichenight/joe-bidewell-rock-and-roll . performing monthly w/ my own "jb trio" (every 4th sat) @ Brown's Diner http://www.brownsdiner.com/ . my albums online : https://joebidewell.bandcamp.com/ or : http://www.cdbaby.com/artist/joebidewell . the BBC filmed me performing my song "Dream Hotel" (after Viva @ 4:20) in my room @ the Chelsea Hotel (lived there many years) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9MaEf6oSlo&app=desktop . more BBC - playing my black Strat w/ Nico @ the Chelsea : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ype6Hw_Hmjo . toured and recorded w/ John Cale during his "Sabotage" period - playing harmonica & Wurlitzer electric piano in this NYC clip : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-J4bYnYjuU . artist Kenny Wright covers my song "See Them Going" on his "Family Album" : http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/wrightkenny# . hooray for Hooteroll? !
Mark Shenkel aka Smiley
In an effort to find melody where none should exist, saxman Mark "Smiley" Shenkel provides a personal mixture of wind and saliva to power the brass albatross around his neck.
Singer/songwriter/instrumentalist/arranger/composer Mark Shenkel was born and raised Denver, CO. While adolescing in Atlanta, GA, he started gigging with big-band swing acts as well as writing songs, singing and playing rock guitar with high school pals. Shenkel eventually relocated to Middle Tennessee to make music, work, and finish his education (at MTSU). Many bands later (Riff Rath', William House/Jackie Pearson Band, Nine Parts Devil, A.K.A:Rudie, Audrey Malone & the Rhythm Kings, FATGNAT, etc.), "Smiley" is, as usual, playing a variety of styles with a variety of musicians. While none of the aforementioned bands hit it big, they shared bills and stages with all kinds of acts including Jerry Lee Lewis, Isaac Hayes, Larry Carlton, The Skatalites, Faith Hill and The Georgia Satellites.
Currently, Mark "Smiley" Shenkel can be found blowing sax with Hooteroll and The Worried Minds (urban blues), and singing lead & harmonies while strangling his guitar with Allnite Diner (roots, rock & reggae) and Peoploids (stoner punk).
Favorite Quote: "As long as there's, you know, sex and drugs, I can do without the rock n' roll." - Mick Shrimpton
Northwest Indiana native Mark Pavlack began air drumming to Beatles albums at age 5 and made the leap to the real thing with his high school band Skidmarx in 1985. A series of college bands surrounding Purdue University ultimately morphed into the progressive rock trio Elephanthead from 1995-1999. In 2000, Mark relocated to Nashville and worked with a variety of singer/songwriter ensembles and Lower Broadway honky tonk bands as well as putting in 10 years of touring and recording with the punk rock trio Losers Beat Winners (featuring Bob Grant of The Bad Livers) and the traditional country band Porter Hall Tennessee (profiled on National Public Radio in 2002). A Deadhead since 1990, Mark was witness to 12 midwestern Grateful Dead concerts from inside the venues, several wild parking lot experiences at Deer Creek, and a single fantastic Garcia Band show in Chicago during Jerry's fall 1991 tour. He met up with the Hooteroll? crew through a series of like-minded Nashville cats including bass player Travis Collinsworth, Mark's partner in the engine room for over 15 years. When he's not working on his house in north Nashville, Mark enjoys punishing his ears with psychedelic doom metal and 80s punk rock, coughing extensively, and gettin' nasty on a variety of Rogers, Ludwig, Crush, Taye and Custom Classic drums, LP and Remo percussion instruments, Zildjian A series and Istanbul Agop Om series cymbals, Ludwig, Pearl and Drum Workshop hardware and pedals, Vic Firth 5A and 7A drumsticks, Pro Mark Hot Rods and Innovative Percussion wire brushes.
If Erin McDermott is singing and if you’re in the room, you’ll believe she’s singing straight to you. You’ll believe because, in addition to her haunting vocals, she has a knack for delivering stories in a song. Her 2011 debut release, Time to Go, produced by Grammy-winning producer Brent Truitt (Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton), told tales of suffering, loves lost or murdered, and downtrodden souls lonely for home. Erin’s teen years found her deep in love with the music of the Grateful Dead. In truth, she’s still crushin’ on the Dead, calling Robert Hunter “one of the best writers of all time” and crediting her studies of the Dead’s roots with leading her to bluegrass. Other big musical influences have included Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Patty Griffin, Darrell Scott, Tim O'Brien, Chris Stapleton, Natalie Hemby and Buddy Miller.