Throw together a bearded guitarist with more twang than a Friday night at the Cotton Eyed Joe, a drummer with a style about as traditional as Chinese food at a baseball game and an instrumentalist whose specialties range from the harmonica to the tuba, and you have a band unlike any other.
You've also got the rock 'n' roll, hillbilly soul band The Hooten Hallers, who are set to play at The Well this Tuesday.
This outlandish trio has been traveling the country nearly non-stop since their start in Columbia, Mo., in 2006. The Hooten Hallers then created a fan base that launched them from open mic nights and local venues to a tour throughout the Southeast and beyond.
Though they started with just the lead vocalist/guitarist, John Randall, and the backup vocalist/drummer, Andy Rehm, the duo added third member and instrumentalist, Paul Weber, to the group about a year ago.
As if the three characters weren't enough to spark one's interest, the group's name could be considered unique, quirky and perfectly odd, which ultimately is quite fitting for the band.
Rehm had some insight on how the band stumbled upon such a suitable name for the group.
"It kind of started as a joke," Rehm said. "It just stuck. We started out playing at open mic nights and so we had to come up with a name. We said it and laughed about it and kept it. It works for the music, that's for sure."
Though hard to compare this music to any other band, it's even more difficult to define the genre to which they belong.
"We're definitely more blues than anything, but rock 'n' roll and hillbilly soul is the term that we use to describe it often," Rehm said. "A good friend of ours came up with that term and it just sorta stuck. It kind of provokes looking up the band. It's like, 'rock 'n' roll and hillbilly soul? What the hell does that mean? I'm gonna have to look that up!'"
The Hooten Hallers are not only breathing life into old and new genres, but the band is also bringing realness and authenticity to its live shows and albums. The trio's latest album, "Chillicothe Fireball" – released just a few weeks ago – projects an authentic feel that matches their off-the-wall live shows.
"We're not putting on anything (different from live shows) for the album," Rehm said. "It's like, 'This is what we sound like.' There's no trickery or magic going on. It's just us playing the song for you."
Of course, with a genuine band typically comes honest lyrics and The Hooten Hallers are no exception.
"We definitely ... blur the lines on what is fiction and what has actually happened to us," Rehm said. "But there is a little bit of truth in a lot of these songs, that's for sure – in some cases, more than a little.
"We write about experiences. ... We write about our state, which we dearly love. We write about people we love and people we don't love."
And this raw, honest, rockin' hillbilly music is the product of the smorgasbord of instruments the band uses.
Rehm said he sometimes uses nothing but his bare hand and a snare drum on his hip.
"I'm not really sure why I started doing that (playing the snare drum on his hip), but it seemed like it kinda made sense," Rehm said. "In an acoustic setting, we might not even have a microphone at all in a small place jam packed with people. But when we play electric, I play standing up on a little bit more of a normal drum kit – but it's still not totally normal."
Meanwhile, Weber sometimes throws a tuba into the musical mix to add a bit of bass to their unique sound.
"Paul plays primarily the harmonica, but just after he joined the band he came out and told us all that he played tuba and grew up playing the tuba," Rehm said. "So we said, 'Why the hell not?'"
The Hooten Hallers will play at The Well on Kingston Pike with a $7 cover charge, starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday.