Hired Hands is a trio of multi-talented musicians based in Taos, New Mexico, who deliver an eclectic blend of country oriented music, from folk ballads to hot swing tunes, with some bluegrass, cajun, two-steps, waltzes and R&B in beteween. Hired Hands performs this wide ranging repertoire with a primarily acoustic instrumentation including two acoustic guitars, dobro, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and harmonica as well as electric bass, all backing up their strong solo and harmony vocals. Hired Hands was formed in the fall of 1992 in the fertile musical and artistic scene of Taos. Since then they have been performing throughout the northern New Mexico and Colorado area for enthusiastic audiences at clubs, concerts, and special events, rapidly earning a reputation as one of the top country-folk-bluegrass acts in the region. In January of 1994, the band released their first CD and cassette on Howlin' Dog Records, a self-titled work featuring twelve of their most popular tunes from their stage act. The band's CD Stuff That Works was released in December of 1998 and received rave reviews from fans, friends, and fellow musicians alike. Their latest release Hands of Time continues and expands their tradition of excellent acoustic music. Jim Bradley provides the foundation for Hired Hands on bass guitar as well as covering lead and harmony vocals. Jim is widely recognized as one of the top bassists in the region and is in demand for both recording and performing dates. His powerful rhythmic and percussive playing provide the pulse for Hired Hands' energetic acoustic rhythms. Don Richmond sings lead and harmony vocals and plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and harmonica with Hired Hands. His strong vocals and multi-instrumental skills help provide the musical range and variety that audiences appreciate in Hired Hands. Billy Bond, Jr. is one of the founding members of Hired Hands who returned to the band's lineup in 2001. Billy covers many of the lead vocals for HH, plays both fingerstyle and flat-picked guitar, and is widely recognized as one of the premier dobro players in the region. Billy's musical roots are deep in bluegrass, having been one of the original members of the Rocky Top Bluegrass Band in the late 1980's and the bluegrass fusion band (with Don) the Rock Bottom Band. But just when you think you've got him pegged as a hardcore bluegrasser he'll pull out his lap steel and play you some blistering blues-rock. Billy's powerful and soulful voice plays a primary part in the commanding group vocals of Hired Hands. Whether in the almost sibling-like duo blends with Don or with Jim's soaring high harmonies layered on top, the listener is touched, moved, and engaged. Whether in a club, dance hall, concert, or studio setting, Hired Hands' talent, warmth, and energy comes through loud and clear. In the tradition of all great bands, the members' considerable individual strengths combine to form a whole truly greater than the sum of the parts.
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