The Old Crows
This band of seasoned veteran musicians assembled its present line up in late 2010. As three of the Crows had flown together in various forms over the last 10 years, it was a natural process. They combine the best in Soulful Blues, Rhythm & Blues, and Rock a Billy to present a unique and entertaining musical experience.
Mo Paul: Harmonica & Vocals- Mo hails from St. Louis. and wails the blues on vocals and blues harp. Mo has been fronting some of Kansas City’s top blues and jazz bands since 1985 with a distinctive style all his own covering blues, soul, rock and roll. Mo's vocals are so smooth and refined, yet he can growl and howl and wail like nobody's business. Mo Paul is unlike any other blues harp player, he has opened the instrument up and shown that it is a real musical instrument that can manifest jazz, rock n roll, and soul. Alton Lott: Guitar, Bass & Vocals- Al hails from Scott County, Mississippi. He started his musical life at age 8, singing on the radio in rural Georgia with his mom and dad’s group. He saw his first Rock & Roll band when he was 15, took his first guitar lesson from his mom and found himself playing the music he’d fallen in love with in a group of high school friends. In 1959, Al and his cousin, Jimmy Harrell played the Louisiana Hayride Show and soon found themselves in the legendary Sun Recording Studio in Memphis laying down six tracks for the iconic Sam Phillips. Sam saw them as the next big thing and released “No More Crying the Blues”(Sun #323) by Alton & Jimmy. They also released “Got It Made in the Shade” on the Ace label and toured until Jimmy re-enlisted in the Navy. Though his cousin gave up the road, the fire still burned inside Al and he stayed on the road 17 more years-13 with the Faux Pas Band sharing the stage with Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, Ace Cannon, Ronnie Dove, The Four Seasons and countless others. He came in off the road and didn’t pick up a guitar for the next 20 years. Then in 2001, a Rock a Billy renaissance exploded in Europe and the USA so Al, once again, found himself working again with the likes of Little Richard, Carl Mann, Sonny West, Ferlan Husky, Frankie Ford, Jack Scott, Johnny Powers, Deke Dickerson and others doing Rock a Billy Revivals all over the US and Europe. When he’s not touring, Al resides in Grandview, Mo 3 blocks from his Crow bro Chris Immele(more on that later).
Doug Hitchcock: Drums-Born in Denver, Doug began beating on stuff with sticks during the 1960’s and has never been able to shake the habit. Having played in countless Rock & Roll, Jazz, and Blues bands, Doug’s also released two CDs of experimental music as “Hari Karaoke Trio of Doom” collaborating with NY guitarist Sal Cataldi. Doug has worked with Mo in several projects and with
Chris in the 11pc Rythmn and Blues big band Full Blast. He was the natural choice to be the backbone of the Old Crows. Doug is a writer, former newspaper reporter and magazine editor, father of two and husband of one.
Billie Organ: Congas & Drums: a.k.a. "Billie O," is a local legend, a rock ’n’ roll pioneer and a master of many musical styles. Together with his brother Danny on bass guitar, they formed the rhythm section of several of Kansas City’s best and earliest rock bands, touring throughout the country. In 1959 Billie traded a 1937 Ford to Ray "Bags" Bagby for his first set of drums and never looked back. By the age of 19 he was pulling down $60 a week at the Rainbow Club in downtown Kansas City, working for J.B. Russell. Next he joined bassist Buddy Ross and guitarist Garry Mac to form the Bygones, perfecting the "shuffle" rhythm on the drums. On one of his trips to Omaha, Billie noticed a young man with big dreams who just wanted to help out in exchange for learning more about playing the drums. That’s when Billie befriended young Buddy Miles, giving Buddy lessons in his spare time between gigs, often in his hotel room. Their friendship was cemented long before Miles joined Mike Bloomfield in Electric Flag or Jimi Hendrix in the Band of Gypsys. After an Army stint in Vietnam, Billie rejoined brother Danny Organ in several bands and they eventually hired a 19year old guitarist, Chris Immele for their show band American Sound LTD. Chris is again playing with Billie in the Old Crows...talk about fate!
Chris Immele: Guitar, Bass, Upright Bass, Moog Bass Pedals & Vocals- Chris first picked up a guitar at 9yrs old. 3 years later, he was playing Surf music on Kansas City television alongside his grade school pal KC based and internationally renowned guitarist Rod Fleeman. This early experience forged the musical future for Chris. After discovering Blues, Soul and Jimi Hendrix, he formed a larger, more diverse band. The Amelia Earhart Memorial Flying Band featured current Kansas City mayor Sly James as lead vocalist. Before opening for Jefferson Airplane in 1969, the band was renamed Manchester Trafficway and went through the usual personnel changes. After Sly joined the Marines, they disbanded and 19yr old Chris joined a 7pc showband “American Sound Ltd.” and toured the eastern seaboard and southern states. After several smaller touring bands including 2yrs with KC’s Johnny Isom, Chris came home to start a family and new career in 1979. Flash forward to 1985 and the siren call of Big Band Rhythm & Blues drew him out of hibernation and he joined several former members of American Sound in the 11pc “Full Blast”. After 25yrs of regional shows including opening for Jan & Dean, The Buckinghams, and Johnny Rivers, that band still plays out occasionally and most recently for his old pal Sly James’ mayoral inaugural.
During the Full Blast years, Chris would play side projects with Mo and Doug. Then, while at a church function in Grandview, Chris met Al and the two discovered a common bond: they had played the same southern supper club circuit during the mid-1970’s. Finally in late 2010, Al joined Chris, Mo, & Doug to form “The Old Crows”. Sitting down after