Introducing Righteous Hillbillies Trio 

The Righteous Hillbillies will be playing shows in 2020 as a full band in addition to a new trio including members, Brent James, Jeff Bella and Andy Ross.

The Righteous Hillbillies Trio will be playing stripped down versions of Righteous Hillbillies classics as well as songs from Brent's previous band "Stone City Stragglers". The trio shows will bring a new flavor to the tunes of Righteous Hillbillies with Andy Ross on lap steel, mandolin and electric guitar, Brent on acoustic gtr. and Jeff on electric…

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Radio Airplay RELIX Song Contest Winners Announced   

Winners have been chosen for the latest Relix issue! Righteous Hillbillies snagged themselves a spot with their song "Bound to Change"on the Relix.com sampler CD and newsletter reaching 300,000 listeners.

RH New Album Now Available! 

The Righteous Hillbillies new record Playing With Fire is now available for purchase on download exclusively here on our site. We believe this record is our finest effort to date. The album contains 9 diverse original songs covering the musical styles of soul, R&B, southern rock, alt. country, blues and americana.

Take a listen and purchase here.

Razor Fish Reviews "Two Wheels Down a Lost Highway" 

The Righteous Hillbillies - Two Wheels Down a Lost Highway 

It’s a bit incongruous that such a dyed in the wool blues rock band like The Righteous Hillbillies hail from the comparatively sedate confines of the Midwest, but you’ll forget about geographical vagaries pretty quickly once their fourth album, Two Wheels Down a Lost Highway, opens up. This is a band obviously well versed in both blues and blues rock traditions, but they elevate the genre with their obvious command of the music and their ability…

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Righteous Hillbillies Interview - Vents Magazine 

1. How would you classify your music? 
Righteous Hillbillies music is a mixture of Southern Rock and Americana. 

2. Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?  
Steve Earle, Lynryd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, Doors, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Rolling Stones. 

3. What do you want fans to take from your music? 
The feeling of excitement and energy from our live shows and to be able to connect to our music through the mood and lyrics of the story. 

4. Can you tell us a bit about your latest album? When will

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Indie Music Review of "Two Wheels Down a Lost Highway" 

Indie Music Review
by Lance Wright 

The fourth album from Midwestern based blues rockers The Righteous Hillbillies, Two Wheels Down a Lost a Highway, is another entry in a growing discography that has earned this five piece a reputation as one of the nation’s best purveyors of traditional music. 

The ten song collection highlights the considerable talents of vocalist Brent James, but that’s not the sole reason to draw people in and The Righteous Hillbillies are a cut above thanks to across the board…

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Review from Vents Magazine of "Two Wheels Down a Lost Highway" 

Vents Magazine
by Lydia Hillenburg

The fourth album from Illinois based blues and Southern rock disciples Righteous Hillbillies marks a reinforcement of their traditional approach to songwriting and music making while still offering many examples of their talent for making something personal out of the genre’s tropes. Brent James produced this outing and has done a stellar job of putting the band’s strengths in the best possible light – the weaving of instruments on this crackle with the kind of life…

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Divide and Conquer reviews “Two Wheels Down a Lost Highway”   

Brent James (vocals/guitar), Barret Harvey (drums), Jeff Bella (bass), Nick Normando (guitar/vocals) and Chris Bartley (keys/vocals) are the Righteous Hillbillies. They recently released Two Wheels Down A Lost Highway and if you take a look at the band they look like a bunch of badasses. They might all be sweethearts but they don’t look like a bunch of guys you would mess with.  

Their music is a mix of southern charm, rock and a good amount of attitude. It’s nothing I haven't heard before but the band has…

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Roots Time (Belgium) reviews "Two Wheels Down a Lost Highway"  

In fairness we must say that we are at the first sight of the five members of the American band "Righteous Hillbillies" in Joliet, Illinois were immediately convinced that this was about a classic country band, especially by the present cowboy hats and bandanas which lead singer Brent James, bassist Jeff Bella, drummer Barret Harvey, lead guitarist Nick Normando and pianist-organist Chris Bartley on the head wear.  

But listening to their album "Two Wheels Down A Lost Highway" sends us in a different…

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Previous events

Righteous Hillbillies Trio

Horns & Halos, Chanahon, IL

The Righteous Hillbillies will be playing shows in 2020 as a full band and as a trio including, Brent James, Jeff Bella and Andy Ross. The Righteous Hillbillies Trio will be playing stripped down versions of Righteous Hillbillies classics as well as songs from Brent's previous band "Stone City Stragglers". The trio shows will bring a new flavor to the tunes of Righteous Hillbillies with Andy Ross on lap steel, mandolin and electric guitar, Brent on acoustic gtr. and Jeff on electric bass.

February 1st at Horns and Halos is the first show of Righteous Hillbillies Trio, we hope to see you there.

Keep Rockin' Brent

A Night Out Behind Bars - Brent James Solo Acoustic

Old Joliet Prison, 1125 Collins Street, Joliet, IL 60432

October 25th and 26th, tours are offered from 6:30 pm-11pm

Brent James - 8:30pm

Recommended for ages 16+

Tickets: $50

You will be led around to various spots on the prison grounds where reenactors will be portraying the more chilling stories the prison has to offer. Tours depart every 15 minutes but the festive, fall party will continue in front of the main building all night. Two cash bars will be available.

This event will start at the Old Joliet Prison parking lot at 1125 Collins Street, Joliet, IL 60432

A Night Out Behind Bars - Brent James Solo Acoustic

Old Joliet Prison, 1125 Collins Street, Joliet, IL 60432

October 25th and 26th, tours are offered from 6pm-11pm

Brent James - 6:30 pm - 8:15pm

Recommended for ages 16+

Tickets: $50

You will be led around to various spots on the prison grounds where reenactors will be portraying the more chilling stories the prison has to offer. Tours depart every 15 minutes but the festive, fall party will continue in front of the main building all night. Two cash bars will be available.

This event will start at the Old Joliet Prison parking lot at 1125 Collins Street, Joliet, IL 60432