Hell or Highwater (“HOH”) is the only unsigned band on the Uproar tour. Right off the bat I want you to know that. They were selling their CDs for only five bucks too… It’s not a Cinderella story on their way to the top, more like scrappers with musical talent, doing what it takes to get their music out to the masses…come hell or high water…
HOH performed on the Ernie Ball/Best Buy second stage at the Houston stop of the Uproar festival. Prior to the performance, HOH guitarist Neal Tiemann sat down with me outside their tour bus. The Dallas native was unopposed to sitting on the dirt as he was not afraid to get dirty. I loved that. It was cool to know that his career choice could have been really different – hockey! At an early age Neal had to decide the route he would go, so the puck was set aside for the guitar.
Click HERE to view the live performance photos of Neal and HOH on Flickr.
It was a little over two years ago in Galveston when I first saw Tiemann perform with David Cook. He had an “abandon” onstage and you could tell the music was in his blood. Travelling all over the United States hasn’t made him rich per say, but it has been very satisfying. He may be watching movies in a modest tour bus going from gig to gig, but the brotherhood that the members of HOH have formed makes it so much better. HOH was originally called Black Cloud Collective, but they changed it as it didn’t really represent the band. I’m glad. The old name reminds me of a cartoon where the main character has literally a raining black cloud follow him everywhere.
I told Neal that the name Hell or Highwater sounds more forceful. He said it’s really how they think… come hell or high water, they are going to perform live and hope their music is well received. And the music is like all American anthems with high energy. The songs get you moving.
Neal smiled and said thank you – to me and to all of the fans out there who support the band. He truly appreciates it.
Check out more information on Hell and Highwater and how to get their new CD “Begin Again”, click HERE.
The Uproar Festival, also called the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, is an annual hard rock/heavy metal tour inaugurated in 2010 and sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink. The concert was held at The Woodlands Pavilion on September 5th. Please visit www.rockstaruproar.com.
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