Voted "Blues Band of the Year" in the 5th Annual 2008 Payne County Line Oklahoma Music Awards!
What's with the name you ask?
The Band is Rollin' and the Tunes are Phat!
Native sons & daughters of the mother road, playing like they mean it!
The RPs show is hot, rockin', and in the bag to please!
Birthed in the historic music scenes of Tulsa & Stillwater, Oklahoma, and also inspired by the legendary music of Texas & Louisiana. The band members have been active participants in the regional music scene of the south central U.S. since the mid 1970's. After a 12 year break, core members of the infamous Stillwater party band, "The Hickodelics", reunited to form the Rollin Phattys!
The band features the songwriting collaboration of front man Ken Helton & guitarist Jeff Parker. Ken & Jeff have been working together as writers and studio mates since the early 1990s. The bands debut release Red Hot Joe features great original tunes from the early yrs as well as some fresh new material. Their sound can best be described as "Southern-fried blues, rock, & soul steeped in Tulsa Tradition."
"If you were around the Oklahoma/Texas/Louisana music scenes in the 70's, 80's and 90's you might have heard these guys collectively and individually. These guys were an intricate part of the famed Stillwater Oklahoma Red Dirt Music scene during the 1990's from the ground floor up. They worked both in the studio and on the road with artists like The Hickodelics, Tom Skinner & Farmboy, Bob Childers, Medicine Show, Red Dirt Rangers, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland, The Great Divide, and many others. But above and beyond Red Dirt Americana, they have preformed many genres of music including their beloved branded Southern Fried Electric Blues, Rock, & Soul. They could be seen performing in Stillwater at Willie's Saloon, Eskimo Joe's, Mexico Joe's, The Stonewall, Washington St. Grill, JR Murphy's, Tumbleweeds, and the Wormy Dog, and after hours at the legendary Farm. You might of seen 'em in Tulsa at the Full Moon Cafe, Sunset Grill, Uncle Bentley's, Louie's, Rivers Edge Cafe, Bullwinkle's, Cherry St. Brewery & Tulsa City Limits, in Dallas at Debonair Danceland , The Brass Rail, Deep Ellum, & Chances, in Austin at The Hole in the Wall, and the Liberty Lunch. Down in Baton Rouge and New Orleans in the late 90's you'd have heard 'em at; The Varsity, M's Fine & Mellow Cafe, Roxannes, The Bayou Cajun, The Alligator Bayou, Neutral Grounds, The Kerry Irish Pub, and Maxwell's Toulouse Cabaret. In addition, individually & collectively, they have toured extensively across the US and Canada over their careers.
The RPs are releasing their debut CD, "Red Hot Joe" in May 2008. With an advanced press pre-release campaign beginning in April 08. They released an advance limited-run CD single of the title track "Red Hot Joe" and a B side, "Kim's Cowtown Shuffle" (a song featured on the soundtrack of Rodeo Mayhem, a Rodeo Circus Films Documentary Release for Topics Entertainment)in the fall of 2007. The single was featured on Tulsa radio shows, KVOO's "Red Dirt Radio Show," and KMOD's "Smokehouse Blues," and is featured internationally on Clear Channel Radio's "New" channel. The single is available through SNOCAP on the RPs MySpace site. The new CD will be available at their upcoming live shows beginning in mid-April 2008. The new single "Cherry Street Blues" is being featured on Tulsa Ok's Kool 106.1 Request it, call program director Kevan Seal at (918) 460-1061, email@example.com
Rollin' Phattys are:
Ken "Cooter" Helton - Vocals/Gtr
Ken is a premier front man, with the ability to cover many different styles. He is a long time contributor to the Stillwater musical community - both as a solo artist and band front man. He has played with numerous national band projects, and performed extensively on the Nevada Casino tour circuit.
John "Johnny B" Buckner - Bass Gtr
John Buckner is a notorious bass man and longtime member of the Stillwater music scene. He played in Tom Skinner's short lived touring band "Farmboy" along with guitarist Jeff Parker and Stillwater drummer, Eric Hanson (Mike McClure, Jimmie LaFave, Hadden Sayers). The band was signed to the Baton Rouge, LA based label "Binky Records"
Jeff "Jeffreaux" Parker - Gtr/Keys/Vocals
Without a doubt, one of the top guitarist from Oklahoma. As a performer, he has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada, playing all styles of music and sharing the stage and performing with acts such as Jefferson Starship, Alice Cooper, Buck Owens, Rodney Crowell, Johnny Paycheck, Baillie & the Boys, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kevin Welch, Jimmie LaFave, Brewer & Shipley, The Great Divide, Cross Canadian Ragweed, and countless others. In addition, guitarist Jeff Parker is a recording producer & engineer and has produced & engineered on projects for many national artists including, Rita Coolidge, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Tom Skinner, Bob Childers, Cherokee National Youth Choir, and the Tulsa Oratario Chorus.
Dixie "D Dub" Weathers - Drums/Percussion
Dixie Weathers is the newest & youngest addition to the RPs. Dixie can be heard on Artimus Pyle's (Lynyrd Skynyrd's former drummer) new release Artimus Venomous. In addition, while in the Northeastern State University Large & Small Jazz Ensembles, Dixie performed & recorded with notable jazz greats Bobby Watson, Scott Wenholt, Henry Johnson, Kevin Mahogany, Mulgrew Miller, Ed Soph, Conrad Herwig and others.