Bruce is a professional musician who started his career in 1969 and continues to thrive due to his love of what he does! After 6000+ gigs he knows where and what to play. In that time he's shared the stage with acts as diverse as George Strait, R.E.O. Speedwagon and Tiny Tim! For REAL! His musical taste is just as diverse. He believes that bass is the glue that holds the band together and as such should get in the pocket and stay there! He is an accomplished harmony and lead singer. His resume includes national acts Timothy P. and Rural Route 3, Firefall and B.W. Stevenson
Former road dog and Decatur fixture Mike is the heart of the Hoedads. Mike toured with The Shirelles and has opened for National acts Moe Bandy and John Conlee. He most often was found around Decatur playing for local favorites like Benji and the Bebop's, Double Trouble , Sassy and Springfield's Out Of The Woods! A drummer who plays everything from country to jazz and he can vocalize too!
Jerry "Muttonhead" Erickson and Bruce started playing together as teenagers in Jamestown, New York. Bruce moved to Illinois and Jerry soon followed. They played together for nearly 20 years in one of Illinois favorite bands, Timothy P. and Rural Route 3! The band moved to Colorado where they were voted Denver's favorite band three years in a row and won the very first Marlboro Country Music Contest! After 30+ years in Colorado Jerry moved back to Illinois and Bruce soon followed. Jerry was soon an in demand musician and he continues to play with several other acts when time permits. He's been called the ultimate utility man, playing guitar, slide guitar, steel guitar, dobro, singing lead and harmony vocals!
Randal has a vast and impressive resume. He has played with some of the very best bands in the area, backed national touring acts and is the musical director for two Patsy Cline Shows! He is a work horse and workaholic as well as a showman and front man! His savvy and sense of musical direction is unquestioned and if the gigs booked he's there! That is known as reliability! He is a founding member of The Pearl Handle Band, and is considered the consummate professional and nice guy! His soulful singing and showmanship are a highlight of any Fabulous Hoedads gig!
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Doug's finger style guitar playing is without comparison! He sings both lead and harmony with equal expertise and his style brings a different perspective when playing with Jerry! Doug began playing guitar at age eight and performed with his Dad's band when he was twelve! He has played The Wheeling Jamboree in Wheeling, WV and backed up everyone from Hank Thompson to Humble Pie! He is a much sought after guitarist and a great edition to the Fabulous Hoedads!