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Although a relatively new band (formed in 2012), the roots of the Huckleberry Boozer band stretch far into their lead singer’s past. Born raised in rural Texas, Huck’s story is the unconventional conventional “road story” of the American artist, the romantic stuff of Keruoac or Thompson. At odds with authority from a young age, Huck left home as a teenager before finishing high school and hit the road. For ten years, Huck criss-crossed the United States, travelling with “Dead heads,” hitchhiking, hopping trains, and doing what he had to get by – occasionally running from the law when getting by and the law were at odds. When he finally settled in St. Louis some ten years after leaving home, he had lived and experienced more than a lifetime in that gritty, adventurous decade. It is from this experience that the vitality of Huck’s music is pulled; the songs are the stories, the stories are heart wrenchingly true, and Huck’s voice is the vehicle for that truth.
Over the course of the next eight years, Huck would play in a number of bands representing a myriad of genres. From experimental “math rock” to metal, the diversity of styles Huck learned would prove to be influential to his own band later. Huck and bassist Mike Lorenz are the founding members of the band. In what is becoming a common origin story for bands, Mike answered a craigslist ad Huck placed – he was looking to form a “jam band” in the vein of the Grateful Dead. While they may not have known it early on, Mike and Huck had something with this band – some kind of chemistry was brewing while they jammed through songs like “I Know You Rider” and “Deep Elem Blues.”
Despite some lineup changes, they stuck through it in that first year bringing on drummer Kevin Swift. Kevin’s dynamic drumming and his keen sense of the emotional flow of song brought a whole new skill set to the band, which was starting to write original music. Not only a stellar drummer, Kevin brings his skills as a producer to the band as well; they record at Kevin’s home studio. Currently, the band is recording their first full length album that is due out early in 2014.
After their previous lead guitarist left the band, Huckleberry Boozer brought in Chris Boehm to play lead in early 2013. Heavily influenced by southern rock, particularly the work of Skynyrd guitarists Allen Collins and Steve Gaines, and “stoner” rock bands like Corrosion of Conformity, Chris brings a heavier edge to the country influences of the band; he has also contributed as a songwriter on their upcoming album. What started as an excuse to jam on some Grateful Dead tunes has turned into a versatile band, whose genre is as difficult to determine as what the band will play next on their set list. From straight forward country songs like Waylon Jennings “Lonesome, On’ry, and Mean” to hard rocking originals like “Deep Dirty Water,” Huck Boozer brings their varied musical influences together in a mixture with Huck’s own colorful history to produce what might best be called “grunge country.”