The Top Kats
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The Top Kats

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF
Band Americana Singer/Songwriter


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Still working on that hot first release.


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CARLETON PIKE-- drums and vocals... "The slowest para-diddle in the western hemisphere," Carleton attended Berklee School of Music and began his musical career in Boston where he played for many years opening for bands like The Birds, Roy Orbison, Taj Mahal and Pousette-Dart. He's worked with artists like Jeanne French, Tina Welch, Patty Larkin and John Curtis. Carleton's solid timing is the anchor for The Top Kats dance beat. MIKE HAMM - guitar...Since a move to Texas in the 1970's from his hometown of Santa Barbara, California, Mike has become a fixture in the Austin music scene where he has appeared on stage with legendary musicians like Joe Ely and Eric Johnson. Mike's unique mastery of the Fender guitar leaves nothing missing in this musical trio. Mike is not a "diamond in the rough,” he's a diamond set in solid gold. RUSTY KEITH - bass, lead vocals and harmonies…Rusty was born in San Antonio but started his musical career in Austin. He has appeared on stage with music legends Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Johnson as well as recording some of his original songs with Rolling Stones sax man Bobby Keys. Combining Rusty's strong vocals with Carleton's solid beat and Mike's guitar perfection enables the band to slide seamlessly from rock-a-billy and country to blues and R&B to create music that appeals to all ages.