The Hickman-Dalton Gang
The Hickman-Dalton Gang is a collaboration between Johnny Hickman and The Railbenders' Jim Dalton. They recently released The Hickman-Dalton Gang, Volume I (2007), a 6-song country EP. The tracks are My Name is Dalton, Old Border Town, Whiskey Rain, Long Tall Pine Tree, Mexican Jail, and Justin O. Picker.
The Hickman-Dalton Gang, Volume I is available at the Campstove Records store.
Johnny's side project, Crazysloth was one of the bands featured on the Bruce Springsteen tribute album, Light of Day. Proceeds from Light Of Day benefit two charities the Parkinson's Disease Foundation and the Kristen Ann Carr Fund, which raises money for the fight against rare sarcoma cancer tumors.
Light Of Day is being officially released in the UK on March 14th by Revolver Records. Distribution by Universal.
Crazysloth featured Johnny on vocals and guitars, Cap Capella on keyboards and vocals, Troy Perkins on bass and vocals, and Eddy Barattini on drums and vocals.
All Thumbs Trio
The premise was decided early on: no drums, no backup band, no roadies, just three microphones and three acoustic guitars. When North Carolina guitar wiz Gibb Droll and his friend Chuck Garvey (dazzling guitarist of the band "moe.") cooked up the idea for this bare bones acoustic trio, they immediately called Johnny, who loved the idea.
"What will we call it?" Johnny asked.
Moe manager John Topper jokingly responded with "Three guitarists? Call it all thumbs".
That cinched it. Armed with their ridiculous new name, the three singer/songwriter/guitarists convened in January of 2002 for a short experimental tour. Playing small theaters, bars and the occasional NPR station, the trio cut a bluesy, twangy swath through the midwest with a growing number of fan vehicles in happy pursuit.
In late November 2002, they tore up the east coast from Atlanta to upstate New York without a break in a three week blitz of over a thousand snowy miles of road.
Besides headlining their own performances, the Thumbs also opened shows for Leftover Salmon and the Derek Trucks Band.