Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Big Shoes
Big Shoes Band is a Nashville-based Americana Roots SuperGroup comprised of Triple A Studio & Touring Pros with traditional influences including the legendary Little Feat, greats like B.B King, Ray Charles, The Allman Brothers’ Band and Bonnie Raitt into their fan-pleasing original compositions and tastefully-arranged covers in their critically acclaimed live shows. Big Shoes began a fun and impressive journey that culminated in the release of their first album, “Shoes Blues” and most recently the critically acclaimed “Step On It!” album, released in 2018.
Big Shoes members have played and recorded with Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Delbert McClinton, Taj Mahal, Etta James, Bobby Blue Bland and many other great artists. Keyboardist, Mark T. Jordan was a band member on the Van Morrison classis album “Tupelo Honey”, Bonnie Raitt’s “Road Tested” live CD and scores of other albums that can only be classified as “music history.’ Guitarist Will McFarlane has contributed to albums by Levon Helm, Joss Stone, Bonnie Raitt and Bobby “Blue” Bland. Will resides in Muscle Shoals, AL and is in constant demand with the Muscle Shoals rhythm section, aka, “The Swampers.” Big Shoes lead singer, Rick Huckaby originally signed to the Warner Brothers label, has penned numerous top 10 hits for leading Nashville artists and is an active studio musician in town. The band is further complemented by A listers including guitarist Kenne Cramer, bassist Tom Szell, drummer Lynn Williams and percussionist Bryan Brock, each with impressive Nashville, Austin and Muscle Shoals studio and touring bonafides.
In 2022, the band signed with the leading indie label Qualified Records, led by multi-Grammy winner and legendary musician/producer/engineer/songwriter Kevin McKendree and his partner the ISSA nominated producer and bassist John Heithaus. FRESH TRACKS, their first release on the label, dropped in January 2023, and quickly amassed over 1 million spins on Soundcloud and immediate airplay in the US, Canada, The United Kingdom, Australia and France on leading internet, independent and iHeart terrestrial radio stations.
As amazing as the individual talents are this is truly a case where the sum of the parts is even greater than the whole leading to one prominent reviewer to state “to call these guys a SuperGroup is a massive understatement – the reality is that they’re monster writers, great singers and a very, very tight unit!” As the late great Lowell George (and a huge influence in the band) might say if he were alive today: “They’ve got two degrees in bebop, a PhD in swing, they’re masters of rhythm and rock’n’roll kings!”