The Spikedrivers at Old Hilliardfest 2016
The Spikedrivers front man is Jesse Henry, who was raised Mennonite in rural Northwest Ohio and who spent his early years working on grain elevators and learning songs of the great American Troubadours. He brings his electrifying stage presence and musicianship wherever he roams.
Megan Palmer, a registered nurse by day, turns fiddle-playing super hero by night; serenading the audience with her sultry voice and ravishing them with white- hot fiddle leads. Steve Sweney, best known for his cosmic guitar work with the band Ekoostik Hookah, gets to showcase a different side of his playing. He strips down to just amp and guitar and listeners get to relish the raw tone and intensity. John Boestler the guitar wizard is the newest member bringing 40-plus years of experience as well as being Sweney’s early mentor.
The rhythm section and backbone holding it all together are Nate Anders and Steven Fox. A vibraphonist and college educator, Nate beats the skins like a pack of hounds is on his tail all the while booming baritone harmony. Fox brings his lightning-fast bow acrobatics and hard-thumping sound on the upright bass to adventurous levels as well as singing his sideburns off.