To whom it may concern:
As talent buyer for Rock USA in Oshkosh WI, I had the extreme pleasure to work with Kevin Huckabee and the Rock & Roll band Midnight Empire. Midnight Empire played our Mainstage on Friday, July 19, 2013 and one of our beer tents on Saturday, July 20, 2013. The band played mostly originals and a few covers and totally rocked the house! Not only was Midnight Empire one of the best up and coming Rock & Roll bands that I’ve worked with, they were totally professional on and off the stage. I would strongly recommend Midnight Empire to any talent buyer at any venue.
Imagine Guns N' Roses and ACDC had a child. Then you've got the seed of Midnight Empire. Nothing pseudo about this band. The energy blasted from the stage during their live performances can be felt in waves. You Can't Get Enough!
Frontman of Midnight Empire Jacob Henderson's vocal talents can best be described as phenomenal with a completely identifiable signature, range with no bounds, and soulful personality that bleeds passion. Growing up with influences like Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses, and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden Jacob found he possessed raw vocal talent, so he put down the guitar and picked up the microphone and performed with several successful touring bands from Dallas. However, several years ago Jacob decided to hang up the microphone to take care family issues. After time away from the stage, and the fires burning hotter than ever, Jacob joined forces with guitar player Art Struck.
Guitar Player Art Struck, originally from Dallas same as Jacob, has lived and breathed guitar since his early teens staying up after bedtime listening to mandatory Metallica. Among his most influential guitar players are Slash, Zakk Wylde, Michael Schenker, Randy Rhoads, and Dimebag Darrel Abbott. Driven infinitely for his desire to write music and play guitar Art began practicing upwards of 6 hours a day and recording music with friends until his exodus to Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Ca where he graduated from the GIT Program in 2009. He moved back to Dallas, Tx where he began working as a session player for When in Rome keyboard player Michael Floreale and teaching
guitar full time at Matt Burk Music. As any musician would be Art was proud to be supporting himself with the guitar but he knew he would not be satisfied unless he was in a tried and true rock band. A mutual friend reintroduced Jacob in early 2011 and the musical chemistry was instant. Jacob decided to pick up the bass to save time finding another player and hired a coworker to play drums. After a short period of great songwriting and small venue performances, including a battle of the bands at House of Blues Dallas, the band dumped the lazy drummer and began holding auditions. With their first album recording on the horizon Jacob and Art knew they needed more than a competent drummer, they needed the third member of Midnight Empire.
Another friend referred the young Matt Cook. The day he walked in and sat at the drum kit the magic was there. A real soul was in the room between the three. With two days left on their Kickstarter campaign the band's $6,000 album was funded. With thirty hours available the band recorded ten tracks in twelve hours leaving eighteen for mixing and mastering. January 21st 2012 Midnight Empire released debut album "Everything and Nothing" on iTunes, CD Baby, and on 1,000 digipak copies. In less than a full year together Midnight Empire had released a legitimate rock album with spins on local radio, college radio, received press from The Dallas Morning News and numerous online magazines, and headlined most local clubs. But the stage presence was lacking. Jacob was limited by the bass, unable to demonstrate his dynamic frontman command. The search for a bass player began. Suitors came from as far as Oregon, and a couple played shows, but there was no real connection and the opportunities were mounting. The fear became very real that there were no true rock bass players left and the band would continue to suffer. The band began looking for guitar players with the right stuff to convert.
An Aussie guitar player named Rick Reynolds living in Austin, Tx had put out an ad on Craigslist looking for a band and Midnight Empire gave him a shout. Rick came in to audition one weekend and it was apparent he was the missing piece. After all, a guy with the balls to come all the way from Australia to Texas to pursue rock 'n' roll had to either be a great musician or total crazy. in Rick's case, it may have been both. His "Get busy living, or get busy dying" attitude has become as major a contribution to Midnight Empire as his playing.
With the the right pieces falling into place Midnight Empire's accomplishments began to pile up. In August of 2012 Midnight Empire was hand picked for the Onstage with Slash competition by Slash himself to perform with he and Myles Kennedy and Foxy Shazam at The House of Blues Dallas. Shortly after Midnight Empire provided main support for Dead Sara who opened for Muse on a stadium tour in early 2013 among many other accomplishments. Midnight Empire has was selected for Guitar Shop TV, The Real Rock Radio Show of Long Island, performed on Oklahoma Live, The Drew Pearson Show, Balcony TV, showcased to 800 fans at House of Blues Dallas, performed at Six Flags Over Texas, The Dallas Rock 'N' Roll Marathon, booked to open for Ratt at House of Blues Dallas May 22nd, and will share the Ford Main stage at Rock USA in Oshkosh, Wisconsin with Van Halen, Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Buckcherry, Chevelle, and more mainstream acts. The band will also be submitting the music video for "Can't Get Enough" to Rive Video for MTV, VH1, and FUSE distribution as well as touring to Hollywood, CA and Nashville, TN to record their next EP mid to late summer with Chris Grainger (producer for Wilco, Switchfoot, and Sixpence None The Richer). Midnight Empire has accompl