The real blues, with an Ozarks twist! Featuring Buddy Shute's original compositions and blues classics that will get your toe tapping and your hips swaying. The band includes 4 veteran bluesmen who have performed for many years, from the east coast to the west coast and all points in between. Buddy has released 2 critically acclaimed CDs and has been involved in several other recording projects. He is a 2 time winner of the Northwest Arkansas Blues Challenge and has performed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The band is known for improvising and creating a groove that pulls the audience into the performance and gets people moving and grooving! The current line-up has been together since 2014 and has played a wide variety of venues. All the musicians in the band had been busy playing with some of the top bands in the area until recently when they all realized that Buddy Shute and The Motivators is fun all the time! So, if you enjoy the blues, and you also like some groove, and you like to see accomplished musicians having fun, then come out and catch the band. Blues that will make you happy!
Band members are:
Buddy Shute-Guitar and vocals
Hailing from Northwest Arkansas, Mudhawk has been suprising audiences with their raw, fresh approach to blues, rock and roll, and country. With a healthy mix of originals and covers, Mudhawk pays tribute to their heroes and influences, including Freddy King, Waylon Jennings, Willie Dixon, Levon Helm, and Dr. John, to name a few.
The Mudhawk are a versatile band, able to play any size venue to audiences of all types. As individuals, each member brings a unique style to the table. Richard Burnett is well-schooled in both acoustic and electric guitar, as well as harmonica. His background includes membership in legendary Arkansas bands such as Pope County Bootleggers, Honeyshine, and The Shackrats. Paul Burnham (Shindig Shop) is a regional hero to anyone that has had the pleasure to hear his versatile approach to piano. Jason Young and Chuck Haight round out the rhythm section with tight, booming bass and drums, with an irresistible groove that causes everyone in the venue to get up and dance.
Mudhawk are available for all types of events, in any sort of venue. We can provide our own PA system, and have adequate amplification for most room sizes big and small, indoor or outdoor, and can cater to all types of audiences with their extensive repertoire.
Band members are:
Richard Burnett - Guitar, Slide, Harp and Vocals
Paul Burnham - Keyboards and Vocals
Jason Young - Bass and Vocals
Charles "Chuck" Haight - Drums and Vocals
Started around a bottle of whiskey in the summer of 2007, Arkansas-based Cletus Got Shot has been growing and polishing their sound at hundreds of shows around the Midwest. With passionate songs ranging from slow burning emotional intensity to raging calls to action, Cletus Got Shot has been bridging the gap between folk protest songs and punk rock rebellion.
Cletus Got Shot is a three piece band consisting of Adam Cox on guitar, Nathan Miller on mandolin, and Mark Landry on the home-made gas tank bass. Each member sings, and Adam and Nathan wrote all of the album songs, and are occasionally known to cover a surprisingly varied selection of songs; including gospel, country, and classic union organizing songs.
The raw energy of Cletus Got Shot performing live is truly a sight to behold. This may look like bluegrass, but it sounds like nothing you've ever heard... yet. Their sound has been hard to determine, being described as "alternative mountain-country bluegrass", "alternative bluegrass", "punk-grass", "bluegrassabilly".
CGS just released their self-titled debut album February, 2009. Their influences vary from Johnny Cash, Roy Acuff, Tom Waits, Split Lip Rayfield, Ryan Adams, They Might Be Giants, Leadbelly, Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Punch Brothers, etc.
Band members are:
Adam Cox - guitar , vocals, Nathan Miller - mandolin, vocals, Mark Landry - upright gas tank bass, vocals, Richard Hartrick - fiddle, vocals
Jesse Dean was born and raised in a green, rocky hollow a few miles from Winslow, Arkansas, in a house with a piano for every room, walls hung with guitars and banjos, and a tin roof for rainy-day percussion. His skill as a musician is homegrown. He got an early start, picking out tunes on the piano and mandolin as a toddler