HOT LZ

HOT LZ

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandRockBlues

This Chicago-based crew intertwines lyrical magic connecting with anyone who can relate to love, loss and raising hell.
Their first 3 song EP was released in 2014. The follow up EP is out early 2017.

Biography

Hot LZ is a Chicago-based original Swamp Blues/Rock band.  This quintet infuses gritty vocals, slash-weaving electric guitars grounded in an acoustic backdrop, with a romp and stomp rhythm section.  HOT LZ intertwines lyrical magic connecting with anyone who can relate to love, loss and raising hell. 

Hot LZ's lead vocalist is native Nashvillian and multi-instrumentalist Billy Joe Davenport. With his foot on the gas pedal, Dean Haage provides rhythm guitar and backing vocals. Bob Hyatt (Dr. Bobby Hyatt), also of Chicago-based Heeby Jeebies, brings the head rockin, face-grimacing, lead guitar and vocals. The rhythm section features Shelby Martin thundering on bass and backing vocals, along with Bill Werkheiser keeping it in the pocket with his ratta-tat-tat drum style.

If the Black Crowes, Jack White and Muddy Waters were to hit the town, Hot LZ would serve as their soundtrack.  Influences include Black Crowes, Jack White, Black Keys, Beastie Boys, Robert Johnson, Led Zeppelin, etc.

Lyrics

Rough Town

Written By: Joey Davenport

Laying here with my back on the ground, staring out and counting the days.
Pray to God for another round, shoudla woulda coulda had I changed my ways.

Still waiting on the day I’m crowned, didn’t know this was all it pays.
Sinner waiting on the lost and found, this hell’s mine and it can’t be raised.

I don’t know, where to go …. Everybody try to steal my crown.
Here we go, all for show…. Only thing to do is just get down.
I don’t know, where to go …. Everybody try to steal my crown.
Here we go, all for show …. Only thing to do is just get down.

Change my tune for another sound, ringing in my ears as long as she stays.
Try to wonder where it came unwound, clarity for me is worse than a haze.

Always had fears of being drowned, time stands still in a passing phase.
I’m leaving this rough old town, new beginning so we’ll see how it plays.

I don’t know, where to go …. Everybody try to steal my crown.
Here we go, all for show…. Only thing to do is just get down.
I don’t know, where to go …. Everybody try to steal my crown.
Here we go, all for show …. Only thing to do is just get down.

Paid My Dues

Written By: Joey Davenport

Here’s a something bout nothing, never leave me this way,
You been treatin me rough, now I’m acting crazy.
Standing tall, but standing still, what’s a man to do?
Never told you just how I feel, can’t believe this too.

Outta sight and outta mind, but my mind can tell,
How could we have been so blind? Oh we might as well.
Running fast your running hard, just so hard to believe,
We been saving the best for last, another trick up the sleeve.

You know I hear what you say, from a man with a plan to lose.
Sleep tight in the night you pray, God knows it shows I’ve paid my dues

Ladies lies are my favorite thing, when they be coming from you,
My surprise is my only sin, keep believing it’s true.
It burns bright it burns so fast, but I can see it so clear,
She’s the friend of my enemy, of a friend so dear.

Let’s keep’em running right for the hills, with their backs to us now,
One more time to see how it feels, just been wondering how.
Let’s keep on trucking as time will tell, take these lessons as truth,
You say don’t go but we might as well, these lies are keeping me loose.

You know I hear what you say, from a man with a plan to lose.
Sleep tight in the night you pray, God knows it shows I’ve paid my dues

Fool’s Pride

Written By: Joey Davenport

You feel it, they’ll steal it …. come around the way,
Always knowing, still showing …. never was my play.
And seeing’s believing …. till you hear what they say.
You’re faking it, making it …. your Faith on hold.
Around the corner, up on her …. in from the cold.
Lies always heal …. when the truth can’t be told.

Here we go, down that road again …. sometimes enemies sometimes friends.
Turn that blind eye just pretend ….
Looking for truths that won’t come true …. It feels old but oh so new.
If you’re watching me, who’s watching you?

Catatonic, she’s on it …. Living with his sins.
Misbehavin, relating …. While nobody wins.
Many ways to praise …. the creeper starts to grin.
No relation, temptation …. One eye open as he sleeps.
Justifying, denying …. ain’t no turning no cheeks.
Thoughts are fleet’n and bleeding …. And the scars are running so deep.

Here we go, down that road again …. sometimes enemies sometimes friends.
Turn that blind eye just pretend ….
Looking for truths that won’t come true …. It feels old but oh so new.
If you’re watching me, who’s watching you?

Discography

Beachhead Blues - 3 song EP - 2014
Itchy Trigger Finger - 4 song EP - 2017

Set List

Fool's Pride

Paid My Dues

Rough Town

Train Rolls On

Devil Runs Deep

Just a Woman

Rebel Glory

Nothing Left to Lose

One Nation, Confiscation  (2 of a Kind)

Money for Nothing  

Toll on Your Soul

Coming Clean

Four Deuces

Change Gonna Come