Louisiana Hellbenders was formed after Hurricane Katrina ripped things up in New Orleans. In the midst of rebuilding our homes and the city it seemed like a perfect time to come together, meet some new people and play some ol' time rockin' roots music to put a few smiles on people's faces. The band has grown from its modest beginnings in 2005 to include many talented area musicians including Ross Hallen (vocals and guitar), Matt Swiler (drums),Mike Kendrick (drums) Dave Maleckar (string bass) Red Devecka (string bass), Rob Schaffer (string bass) Michelle Lacey (accordion), and Nervous Duane (clarinet) Dave Easely (pedal steel and guitar).
Ross Hallen, the band’s leader and songwriter, describes his influences as “Louisiana, an ol' freight train, a cold lonesome wind, a broken heart, a mean one-eyed rattlesnake-bitten cat... our sound is a gumbo channeling the great recordings of Sam Phillips, The Chess Brothers and Muscle Shoals Studio.”
Lousiana Hellbenders’ debut CD Main Drag Fair (Bayou Dog Records) was released in April 2010 and is available for sale at CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon.com and Louisiana Music Factory.
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