Playing around 200 gigs a year for more than a decade, Susan Herndon has retained that true troubadour’s ethos, sharing her passion for song and stirring thousands of kindred spirits throughout Oklahoma, Texas, the American heartland, and in Europe.
Born in St Louis, raised in Tulsa and bred in Oklahoma, she earned several degrees including one in French. Herndon’s youthful wanderlust took her to the south of France for many years, and while in that Gallic state of mind, she began her musical odyssey in the most humble – and purest – of ways: busking for francs on the busy streets of Pau deep within the Pyrenees.
It was there and on other thoroughfares throughout Europe that Herndon honed the skills and presence needed of a dedicated working musician and an immediately engaging entertainer. “Music really is our universal language,” says Herndon today. “And I do believe that good songs – in any language – can truly touch souls. I know they have saved my life on numerous occasions.”
With an engaging smile and graceful charm, she touches upon themes both universal and deeply personal, from longing and loneliness, to home, family, faded memories and hopeful dreams. And she connects with her listeners in a voice that conveys equal parts savory innocence and knowing savoir-faire.
“Out of Norman, Oklahoma, witty guitar guru Mike Hosty, plays as a One Man Band playing drums with his feet, playing the guitar and singing at the same time at the Deli in Norman, OK on Campus Corner and entertains as the Hosty Duo with sometimes with the addition of a Drummer combining for a tour schedule of 250 shows a year. Hosty simultaneously tears through gritty slide leads, blows harmonica and or Kazoo and uses foot pedals to stomp bass lines. His guitar collection includes an 8 string instrument that allows him to thump three bass strings with his thumb while he fingerpicks guitar. Whether solo Hosty or Hosty Duo, he has developed a huge underground following of bikers, sorority gals, hippies and truckers.”
Featured on the Jimmy Kimmel Show during their filming of the Okie Noodling Festival in Pauls Valley. Hosty was even featured on the Tonight Show Dumb ad Section for this one man band routine with an ad that said, “Hosty plays with himself.”
Larry Spears Is an imaginative songwriter who crafts songs that tell a story from the heart. He has been honing his skills as a songwriter for over 20 years. In recent years he has teamed up with several talented musicians to form the band the DoublnotSpyz. The Spyz were a local Tulsa area favorite and part of the “red dirt” music scene that is still gaining a name and reputation as a predominate force in the singer/songwriter arena. Larry played guitar & mandolin, as well as being the bands primary songwriter. Two of Larry’s original songs have been recognized by the Billboard Music Contest receiving “Certificates of Achievement.” One was the title cut on the DoublnotSpyz CD, “Welcome to Rock Bottom,” the other song was co-written with John Williams and is titled: “Take Me or Leave Me Alone.”
Now, with his new CD, Flamingo Motel, released on January 1st 2014 Larry is joined by some local music legends, John Fulbright showcases his talents on the piano in Still Life in New Orleans, Susan Herndon lends her vocal skills on I Think of You, Mary Catherine Reynolds and Louise Goldberg put the shine on Sinner’s Prayer. Larry is backed by vocals from The Shit Howdy Heavenly Choir which includes John Williams, Craig Skinner, Jan Gailbrath and Pam Potts.