HonkyTonk Renovators

HonkyTonk Renovators

 Springfield, Missouri, USA

The HonkyTonk Renovators take a fresh spin on classic country, bluegrass and what can only be described as hickabilly roots music. These experienced musicians joined forces in 2009 and have been packing clubs throughout Missouri ever since.


Drawing a bit from Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and other country legends and mixing it with some driving rockabilly beats, the HonkyTonk Renovators have been energizing crowds since they formed in 2009. Each member brings with him years of professional experience, creating a tight band with an unrivaled sound.

Introducing the HonkyTonk Renovators:

Splinter Middleton: For the past 23 years, Splinter Middleton has performed at the Grand Country Music Hall in Branson, MO, where over 7 million people travel each year. Splinter has become a Branson icon and can be seen performing for national television, civic centers, town festivals, and oprys across the United States.

Dino Strunk: Dino began playing as just a kid and had mastered 11 instruments by the tender age of 10. In In 1994, he went to work with "The Branson Brothers" from Branson, MO, and has since worked with "The Brumley Music Show," "The Pierce Arrow Show," "The Dalena Ditto Show" and has subbed on several other shows in Branson. Along with this, he has also done a lot of studio work, recording for various artists in and around Branson. He is also the reigning Branson "Guitarist of the Year" (Branson OZ Awards). Some of the artists he has worked and performed with are Barbara Fairchild, Mickey Gilley, Moe Brandy, Del Reeves, TG Sheppard, Hank Thompson, Becky Hobbs, Leona Williams, Mark Chestnut and Joe Diffie.

Steve Graham: Steve Graham has had a lifelong relationship with music. As a kid, he sang in church with his mom at piano and his dad at the pulpit. But it wasn’t until the early ‘90s that he got his first drum kit. Once he started banging around on them, he couldn’t stop. Graham has played with a host of bands, including Lil Amy and the Two-Man Big Band and the Karltens, a bluesabilly roots-rock band out of the Joplin/Miami, OK area. They cut their first album, “Double Huffin’ Super Buzz,” in 2001. When it came time to move on, he joined Abandoned Cadillac and played with Trip Wire, a Memphis Bound Blues Competition winner. With them, he got to experience the King Biscuit Blues Fest and travel some. In 2007, Graham joined HotBox, which won the 2008 Best Band award from Go! Magazine and the Q award from Q 102 FM. In 2009, Graham joined the HonkyTonk Renovators and hasn’t looked back. Other bands Graham has played with include the Domino Kings, Primecut Blues Band, Blues Alley Crawlers, the Raybans, the Bluesberries, the Mike McIntire Group and the Front Porch Swingers, a three-piece group created by former HotBox members. He’s also shared the stage with Vanzant, the Chris Duarte Group, Jackyl, Trapped, Mike Zito, the Bel Airs, the Choptops, Paul Galaxy and the Galactics, Big Smith, Wayne Hancock, Lucky Tubb and many others.

Jack Pearman: Jack Pearman's unique walking, slap bass with a rockabilly beat was developed and honed over a lifetime of playing. Growing up in a musical family, Jack got his first upright bass at age 15. He cut his teeth playing all-night jam sessions at bluegrass festivals across the Midwest with the likes of Rhonda Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stewart and a young Alison Krauss. Professionally, Jack has been privileged to back up bluegrass greats including Bill Monroe, Mac Wiseman, Jim and Jessie, Ernest Tubb and Harold Morrison. He has been a band member of County Line, Blue Ridge Mountain Boys, Fly By Night, Country Harmony and The Battlefield Bluegrass Express. Jack has logged many studio hours and has recorded five albums. He has played venues from New York to San Antonio.

Billy Ward: Billy Ward started playing fiddle at the age of 12 and by 16, he'd gone pro, playing with the Plummer Family in Branson, MO. While he has played with a number of high-profile artists and done some outstanding studio work over the years, fans most recently know him for his work on the film "Winter's Bone," which won the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize. The film has also been nominated for Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards and is generating a lot of Oscar buzz.