Butch Giusto: Keyboards & Vocals:
Butch hails from Augusta, GA where he began his professional career at the tender age of 14, playing in a popular regional act called Frank Britt and The Reserve. Already a seasoned pro at 18, he earned a degree in Music Composition at the University of Colorado (Boulder) and wrote a number of scores for everything from small ensemble to full orchestra with performances in Denver, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.
His roots pulled him back to Augusta where he became the in-house composer for Arts in the Heart (a renovated Catholic church converted to an arts center) where he created and performed music for theater interpretations of classic literature.
Butch has worked extensively with Augusta-based groups including James Brown (studio), The Dixie Dregs, Livingston Taylor, Modoc, The Edge, Snafu, Word of Mouth Band, All That Jazz, CrossCut, The Truly Dangerous Swamp Band, and many others.
He has shared the stage with a wide variety of performers that include: The Classics Four, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Grover Washington, Little Feat, Speed Bird, John Cage, Eric Quincy Tate, Gregg Allman, Chuck Leavell and Sea Level, among others. In addition to extensive US touring, he has performed in Japan, New Zealand, Costa Rica, and Aruba.
Bill Chatoney: Drums & Percussion
Bill has played drums just about all his life. Living in Jacksonville, Florida in the late 60’s during the birth of Southern Rock found Bill in the Mason Dixon Band. They had a regional No. 1 single that stayed at the top of the charts for 17 weeks.
He played in a 13-piece Soul Review that included members of Grinderswitch, and could be found hanging with members of the Allman Brothers band and Lynyrd Skynard during those early Jacksonville days. For two years Bill had the drumming job with Rock-n-Roll legend Bo Diddley, then went on to do session work around Jacksonville and in Atlanta.
He played at Underground Atlanta for four years alongside Atlanta Rhythm Section drummer Dennis Yost & Classics. He then toured extensively with the band Lazer.
Bill has shared the stage and preformed with Ted Nugent, Styx, The Drifters, Canned Heat, The Zombies, The Outsiders, Shemika Copeland and more.
Lee DeVico: Guitar & Vocals
Lee was a founding member of South Florida’s first-call blues band, The Fabulous Fleetwoods, and traveled extensively with them from 1981 to 2001 throughout the U.S. and Europe.
He’s played on the same bill or opened for Johnny Winter, Dr. John, Jimmy Thackery, Buckwheat Zydeco, The North Mississippi Allstars, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Ronnie Earl, Arhooly, Walter Trout, Dr. Hector and the Groove Injectors, Tommy Castro, Susan Tedeschi and Debbie Daves. His resume includes many festival gigs, including SunFest-West Palm Beach; Fritz’s Beer, Brat and Blues Festival in Dallas; Marriott’s Blues & Booze Festival in Frankfurt, Germany; The Key West Beer and Blues Festival; and The Armed Forces Blues Bash & BBQ at Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany.
He relocated to North Carolina in 2001 and went on to form the blues/funk outfit Gas House Mouse with Bill Chatoney in Asheville.
Charlie Rapp: Bass & Vocals
Charlie is a veteran musician and singer. Starting his musical career in the 70’s as a guitarist he decided to switch to bass early on and the rest as they say “is history”.
Charlie has been performed, recorded and toured with artists from New York to New Orleans – From Texas to LA – From Maui to Florida and the Islands. Charlie hooked up with a rocking band on the west coast of Florida and opened for tons of national recording artists. The list includes Grinderswitch, Bonnie Bramlett, Blackfoot, Night Ranger & Survivor.
He relocated to the Asheville area in 2005 and has been burning up the circuit in WNC ever since. Charlie lays down the bottom for Mojomatic and paves the way to many soulful grooves.”
Heather Landreth Wallen: Vocals
Heather grew up surrounded by all genres of music and has a broad musical vocabulary. From Zeppelin to classical music; Heather truly is passionate about all types of music. Her father, Dean Landreth, is an accomplished keyboardist and singer. Her mother, Cindy Landreth, is an amazing songstress who also plays bass guitar.
From an early age, Heather was drawn to music. It was when she began to focus on singing that she found her true passion. Initially singing country music, Heather decided to follow her dream and soon found herself living in Nashville at the age of 18. After several years of performing in Nashville, writing her own music, working with other musicians, and shopping her demo, she felt that something was still missing. It was then she decided it was time to take a step back and reassess what genre of music she truly loved. That’s when Heather rediscovered blues music and everything clicked into place. Since then, Heather has sang with various groups always keeping the focus on blues and rock.
“When I’m singing the blues, I just feel the heartbreak to my core. No other music has ever touched me like that.”
Her soulful sound is influenced by artists like Bonnie Rait, Patty Griffin, Susan Tedeschi, Koko Taylor, Shemika Copeland, Etta James and Beth Hart. Come see Heather and feel the heartbreak for yourself.