If Foghat had only given us ‘Slow Ride’, the band’s place in rock history would be secure. But the band is so much more than that. As stated by founding member Roger Earl, “we are still a ‘work in progress’, writing and recording, and plan to be until the day we depart this earth”!
Formed in 1971, the iconic band is rocking just as hard as they did decades ago, if not more. Foghat fans are everywhere and these days their audience consists of all ages, from the young kids who play Guitar Hero III to the ‘boomers’ who bought Foghat’s first vinyl or 8 track.
Foghat’s thunderous blend of blues, boogie and butt-kickin’ rock ‘n’ roll are shaking walls and fans everywhere. According to lead singer Charlie Huhn, “the band just wants to make sure that after every show, they are all convinced that they just got rocked, from the second we start the first song to the end of the show.”
The beauty of country music is its ability to reflect the lives of its listeners, and few artists have celebrated life's challenges and triumphs with more heartfelt eloquence than Joe Diffie. Whether singing about untarnished love in the enduring hit "John Deere Green," the perennial appeal of "Pickup Man" or the heartbreak of dreams unrealized in "Ships That Don't Come In," Diffie's songs have continually painted a portrait of real life with all its joy and angst.
The Grammy Award winner can relate to audiences and the High Seas Rally crew will be no exception. The title track on his most recent album I Got This proclaims what every man wants to say and every woman wants to hear: "Ain't no load gonna get too heavy/Ain't no bolt on this old Chevy I can't twist/I can run the blade on a D8 'dozer/With the same hand I can pull you closer/Girl, if all you need's a long, slow kiss, I got this.\"
Part mechanic and all romantic, Diffie exudes the good-natured charm that has made him one of country music's most revered statesmen.
In the early 1970s, a new form of music was emerging in the South. A mixture of blues, country, gospel and the English invasion of rock 'n roll combined to create Southern Rock. Playing music filled with style and emotion, the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and a band from Jacksonville, Florida called Molly Hatchet rose to the forefront of the Southern Rock wave. Molly Hatchet's name was inspired by the infamous 17th Century axe murderess "hatchet molly," who would behead her lovers with the hand tool Lizzie Borden made famous.
Their self-titled debut album was released in 1978 and reached multi-platinum status as the band established their reputation of working hard, playing tough and living fast through intense touring with such bands as Aerosmith, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones and many more. In 1979, Flirtin' With Disaster was released and history was in the making. The band continued touring on the road with an average of 250 live shows per year. Like the first album, Flirtin' With Disaster also achieved multi-platinum status.
The band celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2003 with the double live album Locked and Loaded, which was recorded in Germany at the International Harley Davidson Festival in front of 80,000 Southern rockers. In 2017, the band performed special concerts in the Persian Gulf for U.S. military personnel stationed in the United Arab Emirates, and then in Okinawa, Japan to perform for our dedicated troops in the South Pacific.
To this day, Molly Hatchet is still workin' hard, playin' tough, livin' fast, and still Flirtin' with Disaster!
Formed in the early millennium by founding members Rod Jonny and Whit, Steel Rod is a Los Angeles-based classic rock and R&B band. They teamed up with the Mondragon brothers, Billy and Eric of DW3 in 2010, to create an explosive powerhouse band.
As Steel Rod nears its 20-year anniversary, the band continues to play the Los Angeles club scene while also performing on cruises. Covering a wide variety of music from classic rock to Motown, this group is without a doubt the ultimate party band!
Heron and Wilk
When Brad Heron was a baby, legend has it that his parents kept him swaddled in biker leather onesies and pushed him around in a custom, chrome stroller. It wasn’t long before he started reaching for a Casio keyboard, and he could play Foghat’s “Slow Ride” and Molly Hatchet’s "Flirtin’ with Disaster" before he could even drive. As Brad grew to manhood, the freewheelin’ lifestyle stayed with him. He hit the open road and took any job he could find, learning a lot but ultimately being let go because of his insistence on wearing leather vests and randomly shouting, “I feel the need for speed!” But it was all for the best, because eventually his gift for music led him to working as an entertainer for cruise lines, where he was free to play every song possible.
Brian Wilk began playing piano as early as he could reach the keyboard. When he couldn’t sleep, his parents played “Midnight Rider” in his dark nursery. When he was old enough to drive, he hit the open road like a “Bat Out of Hell.” Pursuing a life in music, he began performing with the ComedySportz improv troupe. But he was “Born to Be Wild” and “Hell Bent For Leather,” so he revved up his music career and kept “Heading Out to the Highway” to share his love of music with new audiences in new places all around the country. There is almost no song Brian doesn’t know (or can make up the words to). On the High Seas Rally, he will continue his quest to bring ‘Freewheel Burning’ rock to dueling pianos.
Kevin Hamel picked up his first guitar at 15 and has spent his musical career transforming his passion for music into a lifelong drive to becoming a truly diverse entertainer, playing in rock cover bands in New England in his college days to high-energy acoustic shows at clubs and bars from Maine to Key West, including: Sloppy Joe’s; Irish Kevin’s; Willie T’s and Sugarloaf Mountain, to name a few.
Focusing on the audience, his wide repertoire of genres and ability to play most of his show through requests, helps to make the connection with the crowd and make them part of the show. Add in some infectious sing-alongs and the music you once sang into a hair brush in front of the mirror (and maybe still do) and you’ve got an experience that will make you put your phone away and sing like a Rockstar!
Kevin was a paratrooper in the US Army. He currently lives in Bangor Maine with his 2 children, Riley and Kayla.