Raised in rural Southwest Alabama on the Mississippi line, Larry Hester began his musical journey singing in the North Oak Grove Baptist Church in the small community of Aquilla, Alabama near his birthplace of Waynesboro, Mississippi. He started writing songs at the age of ten and by age fourteen started playing in bands, performing at local events, and with boyhood friend Terry Quinn, hit the road touring and moved to Los Angeles, California.
In Los Angeles, Larry Hester along with guitarist Terry Quinn was introduced to Tom Petty by newly acquired drummer Randall Marsh, (Mud Crutch), (Code Blue), Petty’s childhood friend and original drummer. At this point Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were unknowns. Wrapping up their first album at Shelter this led us to be introduced by Tom Petty to Denny Cordell, President of Shelter Records, the label of Freddie King, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Tom Petty, and other rock legends. Hester and Quinn were signed to a production deal with Shelter Records and the band was sent to the Shelter Studios in Hollywood for a recording session. From that session the song “Rock and Roll Man” was born, which became a hit on the local scene and put the band slap down in the middle of serious. The band's first professional experience in Los Angeles was opening for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the Whisky a Go-Go on Sunset in Hollywood, debuting the release of Tom Petty’s first album and first world tour. The band also went on to open for Joe Cocker, Dr John, Leon Russell, and some other Shelter Recording artist. Those influences are evident in Hester’s music today. They briefly had a production deal with Casablanca Records just prior to forming the Wildkatts in the early 80's. The Wildkatts signed with Bo-Bonk Records owned by Dane Keller and actor Bo Hopkins. The Wildkatts recorded their first 4 song EP at Skyline Studios in Topanga Canyon with Goldie McJohn of Steppenwolf on keyboards. The band's contract was sold and a newly negotiated deal was signed with Breakneck Records along with a new release titled "Identity Crisis". The Wildkatts became a teen hit in the Los Angeles market playing the Whisky a Go-Go, The Roxy Theatre, and Madam Wongs. They began playing and hanging at the Rainbow Bar with the bad boys of rock. Forging relationships with then unsigned bands Motley Crue, Poison, Van Halen, and members of the band to be, Guns and Roses.
With personnel changes Hester and Quinn changed the name of the band to Rebel Faction. Larry Hester,(aka Eddie Scarlett), and Terry Quinn’s Rebel Faction hit the ground running with a huge following and signed a management deal with Johnson Ross Management. Johnson Ross Management with numerous artist signed to the Polygram Mercury label opened the doors for Rebel Faction. Opening for the band Animotion with their number one hit “Obsession”, immediately put Rebel Faction in front of thousands of people. Hester and Quinn’s Rebel Faction again was sent into the studio. At Sunset Sound in Hollywood, with record producer Larry Lee, the Hester and Quinn penned song “Burnin for You” was recorded along with eleven other tracks. The song “Burnin” and three other tracks caught the attention of Mitchell Lieb of Touchstone Pictures and acquired the use of the songs from Hester and Quinn for several motion pictures. Rebel Faction went on to perform over 180 dates a year opening for Fog Hat, Fishbone, Steppenwolf, Animotion, The Bus Boys, Dio, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Iron Butterfly, Beat Farmers, The Alarm, The Knack, Armored Saint, Joe Walsh, and others. At the time Rebel Faction shared a rehearsal room on Venice Blvd in Los Angeles with the Red Hot Chili Peppers were Hester and Quinn wrote over 30 songs during that period. They received airplay and radio interviews in Los Angeles and around the country with a strong cult following.
Hester has written for and appeared in both film and television. The song "Burning" with its huge fan base can be heard in the skateboarding cult film "Thrashin" where it first appeared in a motion picture sound track. This song also made the soundtrack of the Touchstone Pictures film, "Can't Buy Me Love" starring Patrick Dempsey more recently known for his work in "Grey's Anatomy". The Hester/Quinn penned song "Love on the Radio" also made its first motion picture debut in that same movie. Another major film "Gross Anatomy" featured both these songs as well. Hester and the band Rebel Faction also had acting roles along with their music in the movie “Dutch Treat”.
In the 90's Hester decided to slow down a bit. He continued to write music, worked in film and television, flew his airplanes, and raised two kids. The last decade has put Hester back to live performing. The charismatic performances and heart wrenching ballads, confirms Hester as a true music heartsman. The live performances are powerful with catchy melodies backed by pure rock, pop, and blues foundations. Their sound creates a Southern Alternative Rock genre that is a tribute to the heart laid bare.
Hester felt that he had abandoned his roots and lost his way musically through the years. He decided after the death of his mother to return home to Mississippi and write material based on his experience of love and loss. Hester reunited with his longtime friend and drummer Tommy Noland in Biloxi, and for the recording of the Dynasty Records release, "Here I Am", picked up bassist Chris Cockrell, and borrowed from Clint Black, Nashville veteran Bryan Austin on lead guitar. The HESTER Band was reborn with the addition of longtime friend and writing partner Terry Quinn from Los Angeles on lead guitar, and Joe Taranto on bass guitar which completes the current lineup.