What happens when you combine America's most iconic rock and roll artist with America's most popular, Hollywood personalities? Elvis Monroe! The Las Vegas based country-rock band is fronted by former lead singer of Paperback Hero, Bryan Hopkins. "You might say I've had the name Elvis hollered at me a 'few times'," laughs Bryan. Not a tag that the Lakota Indian from Oregon shies away from at all, but instead one that helped him name the band, along with Ricky Nelson's son. The band was formed in 2011 when Bryan was asked to perform, rather unexpectedly, at Studio City in North Hollywood for a benefit concert. On a whim, he asked his friend and new songwriting partner, Ben Carey, to come perform with him. Ben, then lead guitarist for super group Lifehouse, just happened to be available to play the gig...and the rest you might say, is history...or their story.
While the life of a sideman is sure to generate a pretty varied résumé, few have as odd a pedigree as Monte Pittman. Hailing from Longview, Texas, the guitarist, singer, and songwriter got his start playing in bands around his native state before moving to Los Angeles in 1999, where he took a job as a guitar teacher. The job would turn out to be a boon for Pittman, who took on a nice couple, director Guy Ritchie and international pop star Madonna, as students. Pittman was invited to join Madonna's band while she was touring for Ray of Light, and he became a constant fixture. Around the same time, Pittman joined groove metal band Prong, playing guitar and eventually helping to produce albums for the band. In 2009, Pittman released his first solo album, The Deepest Dark, which featured the singer/songwriter dipping his toes into solo waters with an acoustic album. The following year he would head out on tour with Adam Lambert, whom he had previously played with before Lambert appeared on American Idol, as a guitarist and music director. A second solo effort, this time a post-grunge album titled Pain, Love & Destiny, arrived in 2011, and was followed by a third, more heavy metal-leaning effort, The Power of Three, in 2014. 2016's Inverted Grasp of Balance saw Pittman team up with Charred Walls of the Damned, Iced Earth and Death drummer Richard Christy, and bass virtuoso Billy Sheehan, for a set of heavy, hard-driving originals.
Harry Smith is a renowned session guitarist, producer and tour guitarist for Martina Mcbride. Based in Nashville, Harry has honed his guitar playing skills while rubbing shoulders with some of the greats in Music City. He has also recently produced records for legendary country band Restless Heart, as well as Martina and many others.
…a lysergic twist on the modern folk freak scene often heartbroken but always upbeat as they traverse the American landscape looking for kicks and kindred spirits for a footstompin' good time— backed up with bonafide musicianship.