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The Highway Thieves / Press

“The Highway Thieves, locally based whisky folk rock band, perform live nearly every weekend in one form or another. Day of the Dead saw the band at D&R Spirits, supporting other local musician Danny Wildcard. The Highway Thieves feature Jon Turner on vocals, guitar and the occasional harmonica, Kyler Lewis on keyboards, Jesse Hodshire on bass, Devin, (brother of Jon Turner) also sings, Bill Bitner plays the saxophone and recent addition Matt Johnson as the drummer.”

“Thanks to his friendship with local balladeer Jon Turner, Hopper said he hopes to see a lot more of Ogden, at least twice a year from here on out. Hopper said it was Turner who invited him out to play at the Ogden Unplugged and even the Tuesday night FamJams, both Turner productions. “He’s just an awesome musician and has always taken care of us and made us feel at home there, he always goes out of his way to keep us in mind for shows and things like that so that always helps,” Hopper said of his friend and fellow musician Turner. “Once you meet a local that you like and that you can call up or write whenever you want and say ‘hey we’re thinking about going to Salt Lake for a show is there anything around Ogden we could do the night before or after?’ and he’s been really helpful with that.””

“Turner and his band The Highway Thieves have frequently played at the establishment, bringing their self-proclaimed “whiskey folk rock” to the center stage of Lighthouse Lounge. “The lighthouse is just as it sounds,” Turner said. “In my humble opinion, it is a shining light in the Ogden music scene! I can’t be thankful enough to venues like this one for giving us a place to play!” Turner also said he will be host to the weekly series at the Lighthouse Lounge called Ogden Unplugged. “Ogden Unplugged is an acoustic open mic jam that features local and national acts,” Turner said. “I’m really excited for it and to work with a venue so dedicated to supporting local music!””

“The Highway Thieves, a sextet consisting of two different set of siblings and two other members, has an interesting dynamic when it comes to the song writing process, according to Turner. “Its kinda cool actually, the siblings are quicker to bicker amongst each other whereas I feel like other people that weren’t related and have that close relationship would just be passive about things,” he said. “It does add a little spark to the writing process which I enjoy.” Turner’s brother Devin does lead vocals for the band, but has taken a different route getting there. While Jon Turner was busy playing barrooms, Devin Turner has been involved with theater, musicals, improv and choir. “Playing with my brother has been one of the happiest things ever for me,” Jon Turner said, adding that they both grew up in the house he currently resides in, affectionately known as the “loud house.””

"This group is insanely talented and their music holds a great edge and rawness with rugged yet thoughtful lyrics."