River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs hail from the Hartford, CT area.
Bandleader and drummer River City Slim, the host of The Pine Grove Blues on WWUH, provides the beat. Slim is a lifelong Blues fan, musician and DJ. Slim was already a Texas/Louisiana Blues and R&B fiend when he was bitten by the Zydeco bug at a performance by Terence Simien around 1990. The Zydeco Hogs reflect Slim's deep background in Gulf Coast music -- he's played behind a slew of Louisiana and Texas luminaries, including Willis Prudhomme, Corey Ledet, Jeffrey Broussard, Dexter Ardoin, Andre Thierry and others.
Bassist and vocalist Andy Karlok has held down the bottom for some of the best Blues and R&B bands in the Northeast, including a two-year stint with Blues legend Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson. During this time, Andy appeared on Lutherís M.C. Records release "Live At The Rynborn". His most recent gig before joining The Hogs was an extended run with Dr. Ya Yaís Gumbo Party, a New England band that specializes in New Orleans-style R&B and funk.
Mark Thompson handles the squeeze box chores. He has jammed with the best at folk and roots music festivals throughout New England, being spotted onstage with such Louisiana luminaries as the Basin Brothers and D.L. Menard.
Guitar duties are split between two of CT's best. Toad Eckert, our long-time brother of the road, has gone into semi-retirement. When Toad isn't jacking the energy level up a notch or two with his churning rhythms and soaring leads, we feature the newest Hog, Chris "Otis" Cross. Chris has led his own award-winning band, Otis & The Hurricanes, in the Fairfield county area for several years. He has also played in the NY-based outfit Zydegroove.
"Rockin'" Robin Bean's rubboard syncopations and occasional flights of furious fiddling round out the rhythm section. Robin's let-the-good-times-roll stage presence brings things to another level, and he adds great harmony vocals to many tunes.
River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs first came together in the cold New England winter of 1999. The Hogs made a big splash at the eighth annual Folk Next Door concert at the University of Hartford in May of '99, and havenít looked back since. The band has made appearances at music festivals up and down the East Coast, including a performance at the 9th Annual Cajun/Zydeco Crawfish Festival in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Other major festivals The Hogs have been featured at include Musikfest in Bethehem PA, the Great Blue Heron Fest in Sherman NY, and Rhythm & Roots in Charlestown RI. The leanest, meanest Zydeco machine in the Northeast is now poised for the next step -- coming to your town to rock the party!