Big In Iowa

Big In Iowa

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Big In Iowa released five CD's on Germany's Blue Rose Records. That version of the band split in 2001. Bassist and Co-founder Ken Glidewell recruited a new line up to record "Geezil Pete" with Singer/Songwriter Mike Gray, Guitarist Dan Andrews, and Drummer Randy Wilson.

Biography

Big In Iowa

Big In Iowa hails from Hamilton, Ohio. The present lineup of bass guitarist Ken Glidewell, Mike Gray (vocals, guitars), Dan Andrews (vocals, guitars and other stringed instruments) and Randy "Spike" Wilson (drums and percussion) bring a new sound to an internationally known name.

Big In Iowa comes out of your speakers with a classic southern flavor reminiscent of the 1960s and ’70s. The lyrics of the tune “Hamiltucky Honky Tonk Hero” sums up the band’s stylistic quirks. Vocalist Mike Gray lamented that at the age of ten, “I used to watch Buck Owens and Roy Clark pick and grin.” “There’s no doubt that we are influenced by bands of the 60’s and 70’s as well as some of today’s artists,” said Glidewell. “We grew up listening to that stuff.” The band’s musical talents allow it to carve its own niche from influences that clearly include the aforementioned as well as Credence Clearwater Revival, The Rolling Stones, Hank Williams Jr., Muddy Waters, ZZ Top, Johnny Cash, The Charlie Daniels Band and more.

Big In Iowa has performed stints in several nightclubs and festivals, playing in the Tall Stacks 2003 line up that also featured BB King, Ricky Skaggs, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Steve Earle and others. The band’s new C.D., “Geezil Pete,” carves another notch into grassroots country and southern-spiced rock. Local listeners will be drawn to the toe-tapping “Hamiltucky Honky Tonk Hero.” Songs like “Headache,” “All I Can Do” and “Black Hearted Woman” offer fast-paced jamming while “This Old House” and “The Zoo” provide more of a laid-back classic country groove that could remind one of George Jones. The band sums up the album with the blowout country rock song “Cheap Drunk,” a statement of Big In Iowa’s incredible musical talent and an energetic compilation finale.

“Geezil Pete” is a change of direction for the band.” When we went through the changes in personnel, we played to the band’s strong points,“ said Glidewell. “Mike’s voice leads the band, and when we were in rehearsals writing I knew exactly where we needed to go to make this new disc.” The production stems from the band’s mix of influences and personalities, giving the album a variety for Big In Iowa’s local, national and international fan base to enjoy.

Four of the tunes on the new Disc will be featured in the Indie Film “Dead Horse” starring Daniel VonBargen known for his role in O Brother Where Art Thou, Silence Of The Lambs, Seinfeld, Malcom In The Middle and dozens of other major film and Television appearances.

For more on Big In Iowa, visit www.biginowa.com or contact Under A Rock Management, P. O. Box 13268, Hamilton, OH 45013. (513) 868-7064.

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Credits: Songs published by Burrito Boy Music BMI, all material copy-written by Burrito Boy Music BMI, photos by E.L. Hubbard, band biography by Mandy Gambrell. Additional musicians: Bob Kennedy, piano and organ; Rick Nye, piano; Jackie Marie, Katrina Hallon and Charlotte Hicks, backing vocals and Kenny Holycross, pedal steel.

Discography

Big In Iowa "Geezil Pete!" available now. Four songs from the CD will appear in Dead Horse, a film starring Daniel VonBargen (over 30 appearances in major motion pictures and network television programs such as O Brother Where Art Thou, Malcom In The Middle, Seinfeld, Law & Order, and Silence of the Lambs)

Set List

We can do an opening or headlining slot featuring our original material. We also know close to 80 cover songs.

BIG IN IOWA SONGLIST
CONTACT: KEN GLIDEWELL
513.868.7064

ROLLING STONES
JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH
BROWN SUGAR
HONKY TONK WOMEN
CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT
ALL OVER NOW

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS
MELISSA
ONE WAY OUT
STORMY MONDAY
RAMBLIN’ MAN

NEIL YOUNG
CINNAMON GIRL

STEVIE RAY VAUGHN
PRIDE & JOY
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
SUZIE Q

THE DOORS
ROADHOUSE BLUES

LYNYRD SKYNYRD
WHAT’S YOUR NAME
SIMPLE MAN
SWEET HOME ALABAMA
GIMME THREE STEPS

WILSON PICKETT
MUSTANG SALLY

BAD CO.
CAN’T GET ENOUGH

CHARLIE DANIELS BAND
LONG HAIRED COUNTRY BOY
TRUDY

JOHNNY CASH
FOLSOM PRISON BLUES

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MARGARITAVILLE

KENNY WAYNE SHEPARD
BLUE ON BLACK

VAN MORRISON
BROWN EYED GIRL

JOHN MELLENCAMP
R.O.C.K. IN THE U.S.A.

JOE COCKER
FEELIN’