Righteous Hillbillies

Righteous Hillbillies are a rock ‘n’ roll band launching a revival of the Southern spirit of blues boogie, soul groove, along with the primal and visceral energy of rock ‘n’ roll power. Their hometown of Joliet, Illinois is not the likeliest headquarters for one of America’s best Southern Rock bands, but Righteous Hillbillies put the map of convention in the shredder a long time ago. With every Allman Brothers or Stax-Volt style lick, and impassioned and intense shout in a mode and method similar to Chris Robinson, Righteous Hillbillies are an axe shredding, ace dealing demonstration of Southern Rock vitality and the value of authenticity. After a recent live performance at a music festival, music critic David Masciotra, author of Mellencamp: American Troubadour, said, “Righteous Hillbillies stole the show. Their high level of skill, energy, and intensity will make anyone dance in one moment, and then knock the wind out of them the next.” 
  
The lineup of Righteous Hillbillies consists of Brent James, a singer and songwriter bringing together such seemingly disparate elements as hard rock, country, with rhythm and blues to form an unforgettable style. Also keeping the rhythm on guitar, James is a charismatic but commanding front man, steering the Southern Rock ship to conquer new territory at every concert. By his side is Nick Normando, a prodigy and gifted lead guitarist who received his baptism in blood while growing up playing the blues. Righteous Hillbillies have now cut the leash, and Normando is free to run with the pack, bringing all his ferocious power and unpredictable virtuosity to the stage and studio. Jeff Bella pours the foundation on the bass, knowing when to inject color and character into the music, behind Bella is Barret Harvey – a thunderous powerhouse whose drumming ability is steady as a pulse, but equally dynamic. Trained in rock ‘n’ roll and jazz, Harvey adds a unique ingredient to the Hillbillies tonic. Elevating the rhythm of Righteous Hillbillies with a tone of gospel is Chris Bartley, whose keyboards and organ give every song a soulful texture on top the jagged edge of rock ‘n’ roll. 
  
Righteous Hillbillies released their first record of original, instant classics in 2008. They followed up their self-titled debut with a stunning sophomore effort, Trece  Diablos, in 2012. Like a brilliant poker player, they upped the ante in 2015. Righteous Hillbillies who threw all their talent in a bag and took it to Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, showing that they can stand in the same studio as the legends who made Muscle Shoals famous: Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Bob Seger. Citing all of those icons as influence, Righteous Hillbillies’ new record, The Muscle Shoals Sessions,  explores all the high points of American music, from rock to rhythm and blues. The songwriting shines like a new diamond, and the performances are flawless. 
  
Guest musicians on the album include keyboards  provided by Danny Louis from Gov’t Mule and Larry Byrom from Steppenwolf. It was produced by Craig Bishop of New York Noize, who has worked with David Byrne, BB King, Rosanne Cash, Joan Osborne, and Shawn Colvin. It was engineered by John Gifford III (Fame Studios) and mastered by Fred Kevorkian of Kevorkian Mastering, who has worked with Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams, The White Stripes, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Trey Anastasio, and more.

In 2016 Righteous Hillbillies released their fourth album "Two Wheels Down a Lost Highway". The album was recorded in their hometown of Joliet, IL at Third City Sound, produced by lead singer Brent James and mixed by John Gifford and Brent James at FAME studio in Muscle Shoals AL. The album has received great press and acclaim for being their best to date. 

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Brent James - Vocals & Gtr.
Barret Harvey - Drums
Jeff Bella - Bass Gtr.
Nick Normando - Lead Gtr. & Bkg. Vocals
Chris Bartley - Keys, Vocals

SHOW BOOKINGS

Contact:
Scott Ellerbrock
Manager
Saints & Sinners Entertainment
or fill out our RH contact form.

VENUES AND FESTIVALS PLAYED 

The Taste of St. Louis, St. Louis MO 
St. Louis Fest under the Arch, St. Louis MO 
Wilberts, Cleveland OH
Burning Cow Music Festival, WI
New Diggins General Store, WI
Naperville, Ribfest 
Naperville Last Fling Festival  
Rednick Revival Rally, Conesville, IO 
State Line Rally, Keosuaqa, IO 
Morris Corn Festival 
Barrington Freedom Run Festival 
Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet, IL 
Joe's on Weed St. Chicago , IL  
The HarbourFront Center , Toronto , CA  
The Taste of Chicago, Chicago , IL  
WGN Morning Show, Chicago, IL  
Shorewood Crossroads Festival, Shorewood, IL
DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, IL  
Race Fan Rally, Joliet, IL  
Grundy County Fair, Grundy, IL  
Double Door, Chicago, IL  
Martyrs, Chicago, IL  
The Abbey, Chicago, IL  
Horseshoe, Chicago, IL  
Lyon 's Den, Chicago, IL  
Wabash Tap, Chicago, IL  
Coyle's Tipling House, Chicago, IL  
Wise Fools Pub, Chicago, IL  
Chicago St. Pub, Joliet, IL  
Hoghead McDunna's, Chicago, IL  
Bourbon St , Chicago, IL  
H&L Bar & Grill, Joliet, IL  
Joliet City Center Fests, Joliet, IL  
Bolingbrook Summer Fest, Bolingbrook, IL 
Wheaton Grand Theatre, Chicago, IL  
Gunther Murphy's, Chicago, IL  
DC's Country Junction, Lowell, IN  
Gator’s, Lowell, IN  
Beat Kitchen, Chicago, IL  
Schubas, Chicago, IL 
Uncommon Ground, Chicago, IL 

ARTISTS PLAYED WITH 

Bad Company 
Anthony Gomes
Bret Michaels
Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Sonny Landreth  
Vince Neil of Motley Crue   
The Marshall Tucker Band  
The Charlie Daniels Band   
David Allen Coe 
Cracker
Georgia Satellites
Phil Vassar
Sebastion Bach
Jackyl 
Gin Blossoms 
Days of the New 
Dirty Dozen Brass Band 
Buckwheat Zydeco   
Black Oak Arkansas 
Jimmy Van Zandt  
Doyle Dykes  
Stoney LaRue  
Cathy Richardson 
Clint Black