Third generation Hillbilly Royalty and founder of Nashville alternative rock band Uncle Slim, Johnny Hammer has teamed up with Happy and Goat formerly members of Mississippi southern rock band Southern Bred. “I’m the Man And You Aint” was the first song recorded in Nashville, TN at the Junction Recording Studio. Inspired by writing sessions, the three have formed the Happy Goat Band and their first project entitled "HAMMERBILLY". It's countryfide raw rootsy southern alternative rock blend of rhythm and melodies, steeped in the traditions of country, folk, and neo-hillbilly lyrics. The result is 100 proof goat buttin', mule kickin', happy gettin' renditions that will crank your mind. The boys are chompin' at the bit to get out and bring their own brand of Southern Alternative Country Rock Music to your town.
Hammer being the grandson of the "Queen of Country Music" Kitty Wells and Country Music pioneer Johnnie Wright understandably gets a lot of his influence from his roots. His mother Sue (along with being a recording artist) was also a songwriter (staff writer with Roger Miller, Mel Tillis and others for Cedarwood publishing company in Nashville at the age of 17). Hammer's dad while working at Record World (later Music City News, Gibson Guitars, NARAS Board member, and started what is now called the Flame Worthy Awards), gave Johnny great opportunities to listen to advance copies of all the hit records in all genres and meeting these artists backstage at concerts. Also, being in the industry gave him a chance to watch the great producers of the time such as Owen Bradley. Starting in the business at age 5, he got to see the greats of Country Music, while honing his skills to the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elton John, the Who, Steely Dan, Charlie Daniels, Sex Pistols and Gino Vanelli. So what you get is a very diverse musical base, which comes out through his original music. Hard drivin' rhythms, intricate melodies and counter melodies, with the old fashion story telling lyrics that really mean something and conjure up emotion.
Happy and Goat being from Mississippi bring blues and southern rock flair of the delta. Goat is a second generation music performer with his mom, Jo Miller of the Miller Sisters, performing across the country and on the Louisiana Hay Ride. Goat's mom was also recording at Sun records at the time Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash were busting it wide open and inventing the Rockabilly sound. Happy has been in several major motion pictures and when not playing bass enjoys being a ham in front of the camera or doing voices for cartoons. Both grew up listening to Merle Haggard and other country artists as well as have interests in the old Civil War ballads and camp songs. They also participate in Civil War reenactments.
Make no mistake when these boys get on stage, they know how to get it done and please a crowd.
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