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Wrong Side of the Street

by The Groove Hogs

10 piece band mixes Blues with hooky Rock 'n Soul vocals, horns, and big guitars. Also check out the newest CD titled Blue Rhythms, White Lies.
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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1. The Blues is my Business (and business is good)
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2. Baby's Gone
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3. Love Fever
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4. Soul Queenie
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5. Fool
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6. Positive Trip
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7. Tryin' to Make Ends Meet
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8. Listen
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9. Who do You Think you're Foolin'?
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10. The Real Love
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11. Workin' Ev'ryday
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Album Notes
"Horn bands just aren't the happening thing these days. It'll never last....."

Boy, how many times do you think the Groove Hogs have heard that? From promoters and agents to other musicians, that sentiment has been muttered to the band in one form or another countless times in the 8 years they've been together. So where did it all start, and why even try to assemble the "impossible band?"

Formed in the winter of 1994 as a four-piece blues outfit, the group was initially meant to be a side project. Guitarist Pat Kiel relates, "A few of us were working together in a full-time band playing clubs, weddings and corporate gigs. That got old real fast, so we decided to form The Groove Hogs as a musical release. The band wrote some originals and covered material by Robin Ford, Delbert McClinton, B.B. King, and Albert Collins, to name a few.

As the band's ambition grew, so did their size. In early 1996 they added a four-piece horn section, expanding to eight members. Shortly after, they added a trombonist to the lineup. The large addition gave the Hogs a means to expand upon the blues-based music they had been playing. It was also evident that their new sound was just as appealing to their audience as it was to the band itself. By this time the local buzz was loud; loud enough that all members quickly realized this 'part-time project' deserved their full attention. All other musical projects were disbanded.

The band turned its attention to more songwriting. Of course, putting nine musicians with varied backgrounds together under one common roof creates the chance for either mass chaos or great opportunity. Fortunately for the band, opportunity won out. This is evident on their first recording. The exploratory collection of music contains an eclectic mix of blues, pop, funk and Latin influences. Released in 1997, this self titled disc produced two singles: "I Want You," a swinging jump blues track written by trumpet player Pat Phalen, and the pop ballad "Dreaming of You," penned by saxophonist Adam Plamann.

The spring and summer of 1999 saw The Groove Hogs continuing to tear their way through a steady diet of live performances. Sharing stages with acts such as Blues Traveler, George Thoroughgood, Edgar Winter, Papa Chubby and Brian Lee, their shows became the proving ground for much of the material that was written for their sophomore offering entitled "No Small Feat". It was also at this time that the band found blues/soul vocalist Ron "Handbag" Hanson and added him to the mix. Handbag's whiskey smooth vocal approach solidified the growing focus of the band to ground itself in the blues-branded rock 'n soul approach they had found.

Released in July of 2000, "No Small Feat" was very well received. Blues Bytes Magazine called it 'one of the best indie releases of the year'. Along with the new record, the band's constant performing found them honing their sound in front of growing audiences at consistently larger shows across the country. Eventually, "No Small Feat" found its way into the hands of legendary producer Jim Gaines. Impressed with the disc, Gaines readily agreed to produce the Hog's third release, "Wrong Side of the Street".

Scheduled for release nationwide in March of 2002, "Wrong Side of the Street" paints a picture of a band that is not just surviving, but thriving. The recent addition of Steve Cooper to the band is testament. Cooper's huge vocal style is second only to his jaw dropping tenor sax work. Along with Hanson, he shares lead vocal responsibilities on the new CD (bringing the actual number of vocalists in the band to eight). So how did this band last out?

"Together, we've always just loved the music we're playing. It's that joy that keeps any band together" says keyboardist Brian Gruselle. "Besides, it's the damnedest thing, but we actually all get along. It's like a big family. And it's the first thing people notice when they see us live. They can't believe how much fun we have making music together."

Ten strong for eight years. Go figure


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Michael Fell

The Groove Hogs - " Wrong Side of The Street"
Really bought this because I heard the track "Love Fever" which is absolutely brilliant. Rest of the album is just as good. Nice to hear "real" music played like they're enjoying it. Bang on, pity I can't see them live in England !

CG of London

This is the business!
Gutsy stuff. Thumping bass lines from bass guitar and big brass. Tight driving drumming. Punchy mid range horns. Great rhythm and lead guitar. Hammond (type?) organ. Committed energetic vocals. And whatever else is in there sounds great. Well arranged and recorded.

What comes over is that these guys are accomplished musicians, they know their stuff, they really enjoy playing it and they are damned good at it. It's fun! What more do you want?

If you like music, you should like this CD because it is just good, kicking, good time music.

Dave J

Right sound for Wrong Side of the Street
These guys are smokin'. What a tight's great to hear horns these days. They've got a new fan, I'll be buying and listening for more from the Groove Hogs. Great mix of sounds, super songs, the band is tight, fantastic lead vocals too. We need more bands like this.

Mark Tippery

Take a walk on the Wrong Side...
A great find that combines outstanding horns, heartfelt vocals and guitar to create a big sound. I wish the guitar was even more prominent throughout this recording. These guys have a great formula and are obviously a cohesive, well oiled blues machine. A great listen and seamless in the sharing of the spotlight on the various instruments.

d hill

great cd
I saw this band about five years ago at a bar along the lake in Shawno, WI. I have talked highly of them since to anyone that would listen. I never dreamt that I would find a CD of them. Now I play the CD for anyone that will listen!! Not one bad song on the entire CD!!! I can't wait to see them live--again--in Marquette, MI at the blues festival Labor Day weekend!!

Mike Lucido

Wrong Side of the Street
I bought this cd around the beginning of the year and I still haven't gotten tired of it. Great horn backed blues with Paul Rodgers style vocals (a good thing). Hopefully they will get their asses to Northern California in the near future. I'd love to see this band live. EXCELLENT CD.


Great CD!
This CD has great music for swing dancing.


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awesome!!! jump around funn!! these guys got groooooooove
probably one of my fav cds already not a bad cut on the disc one of those cds you feel drained at the end .GREAT!!!!

Doug Warren

man can they get u out of your chair
saw theses guys in Windsor and thier cd is no let down from thier live show grove on boys worth twice the price
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