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HESTER will be headlining the Southern Freedom Music Festival at this years Fourth of July weekend in Tallahassee, Florida along with The Brown Goose, Marshall Taylor and Mae West. Should be a day full of great rock and roll Southern Style! The gates open at 1:00 PM EST and HESTER takes the stage to wrap the festival up at 7:00 PM til.
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From: HMG Entertainment News – Monday, June 3rd, 2013
The Southern Alternative Rock band “HESTER” live performances are captivating, due largely to their original and unique sound which some say is a blend of traditional style southern rock with an alternative rock attitude. The band has the ability to melt your heart one minute with one of their slow ballads then blow your mind and socks off the next. You never really have the “HESTER” experience if you only listened to their current release “Here I Am” on the Dynasty Records label and not attended a live show. As one spectator recently commented after seeing them perform live, “Just listening to a “Hester” CD and not seeing them perform live is like ripping a page from a book…you’ll never get the whole story”.
The band has been in the studio finishing up their second effort titled “Right As Rain”, scheduled for release in the Summer of 2013. In a recent interview front man and principle songwriter for the group Larry Hester commented, “We are really excited about our upcoming release. The songs on the “Right As Rain” album are a true representation of our band and what you hear at our live performances. We recorded the tracks at The Barn studio, deep in the backwoods of South Mississippi in Harrison County close to where we have setup our home base in Biloxi and we can’t be happier with the results. The studio owner/engineer Terry Lester has managed to capture the HESTER sound perfectly. You won’t find our music over produced with a lot of tricks and gimmicks to make it sound better. What you hear is what you get, solid back to roots rock and roll HESTER style. We believe in the theory that less is more and try to live by it in our songwriting and live performances.”
The bands current release “Here I Am” is available on ITunes, Rhapsody, CD Baby and over 250 download sites worldwide. You can get additional information on “HESTER” from the bands website www.HesterMusicGroup.com or from their record label Dynasty Records.
The band was formed in Mississippi, the Birthplace of Americas Music in 2008 when founding member Larry Hester (Rebel Faction; The WildKatts; Johnny Blue) reunited with drummer Tommy Noland (Bryan Austin Band; Johnny Blue) in Biloxi, Mississippi. They immediately started working on new material penned by singer/songwriter Larry Hester and soon released their first effort “Here I Am” which was well received. The current lineup consists of Larry Hester on Lead Vocals and Acoustic; Chris V. Loepke on Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals; Joe Taranto on Bass and Backing Vocals; and Tommy Noland on Drums. They play their own unique blend of blues, country and rock, coining the phrase of their genre’, “Southern Alternative Rock”. Growing up in South Mississippi and being exposed to all types of music down around New Orleans, the influence of the region is distinct in their songs. You mostly hear a Southern Rock influence but with an Alternative Rock in your face attitude. Their live performances are dynamic and packed with high energy throughout the set. As one spectator commented, “Listening to the HESTER album and not seeing them perform… is like tearing a page from a book… You don’t get the whole story”. Their second release was recorded deep in the backwoods of Harrison County, Mississippi at Terry Lester's studio "THE BARN". It's titled “Right As Rain” due out in the Summer of 2013, soon to be available online and at selected record stores in the U.S and Canada.
HESTER has been busy working on their new release scheduled for early Summer 2013 due to some changes in the lineup.
Tommy Noland - Drummer for the Southern Alternative Rock group stated. "We brought Chris V. Loepke on board to cover lead guitar duties and decided we wanted to use him on the tracks for the new CD. The project would have been finished in time for a release at the beginning of the year except for personnel issues that had to be resolved. There is nothing more frustrating than to record some great songs and then have a member of the band decide to bail out on the project. Chris is a dependable, stand up guy and contributes a lot to the band. We are glad to have him and he has let us know he's committed 100% and looking forward to the summer tour. We are excited about the CD and the fact that what you hear on it will be exactly what you get when you see us perform at a live show"
Check the HESTER Tour Date page for upcoming shows in your area in 2013 and visit their links to FaceBook, ReverbNation and Twitter for more information. HESTER is currently is involved in Camp Southern Ground and other charitable organizations across the country, performing for free and donating a percentage of their CD sales to benefit the less fortunate.
Joe Taranto, bassist for the Southern Alternative Rock group "HESTER" recently received an endorsement from Spector Guitars and is using them in the studio and on tour.
What does Joe say about his new Spector Bass? "Sexy, and has a great feel to it. I have been using it on tour and it's my main axe".
You can check out all the available basses and guitars at www.spectorguitars.com .
The Nashville Cream magazine published a review on this venue and it is rated as one of the best live rooms in Music City if not the best. The High Watt is a premier showcase venue and is noted for having one of the best sound systems and engineers in the business. HESTER will join Lynn Manderson, Matt Butcher and Suzi Ragsdale for a show there on Monday, February 25, 2013 which should rock the doors off the place.
HESTER is donating 50% of music sales from ReverbNation to the charity "Camp Southern Ground" along with The Zac Brown Band and others. Here is what Zac has to say about this organization.
To me, there is nothing more worthwhile than helping kids. I grew up working with kids while on staff at summer camps and remember how they were impacted during their visits. Their time at camp helped to make a difference in their lives and will last them a lifetime. Camp Southern Ground will work with special needs children while providing them with lodging and facilities to most effectively contribute to their rehabilitation. The highly trained staff will offer a wide variety of therapeutic activities that are designed to help stimulate the mind and body and encourage development, all in a beautiful setting. This is the year to get it started! Welcome to Camp Southern Ground...
Okay all you South Alabama rockers..we heard ya. You don't have to go to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to hear HESTER or Pensacola, Florida for that matter cause on Saturday, January 26th, 2013 the show is coming to you at the Top of the Bay in Daphne, Alabama! This will be the bands first performance in South Alabama and certainly not the last.
You can watch their website for future dates in 2013. So don't sit at home scribbling on a fogged up window, get your butts out and rock with HESTER. They are famous for playing until the last person standing leaves or falls out cold so you're in for a party that night.
Presented by: Dynasty Records, Live Tour Artist Group and HMG Entertainment
Larry Hester the lead singer/songwriter for the Southern Alternative Rock Band "HESTER" will roll into Los Angeles, California from Mississippi for one show only at the infamous "Viper Room" on New Years Day 2013.
Hester will perform original songs from the current release "Here I Am" and many new songs that are on the upcoming release "Right As Rain". Larry will be performing his "HESTER Unplugged Show" along with backing from Terry Quinn of the LA Weazel's on lead acoustic. It has been a year since his last performance at The Viper Room and this marks the first time since 2008 that Hester and Quinn have performed together in Los Angeles. Quinn has played on tour with the band in 2011 throughout the Southeastern U.S. and on the Hard Rock Tour.
"HESTER" is brought to you by: Surge Events, The Viper Room, Dynasty Records, The Live Tour Artist Group and HMG Entertainment.
The Port Charlotte, Florida Music Festival will kickoff on Saturday, November 17th, 2012 beginning at 10:00 am until 10:00 pm for twelve hours of continuous music! The Southern Alternative Rock act "HESTER" will perform at 9:20 pm and will play their brand of high energy rock and roll, headlining the event this year. Last year the crowd reached 10,000 plus and it is expected to be bigger and better this year!
For more details you can visit the event website at www.thepcmusicfestival.com.
FREE ADMISSION TO THIS EVENT-NO TICKET/GATE FEE