One of the hardest-working bands on the European festival circuit, Modern Earl ignites the air with tight vocal harmonies, and sizzling guitar licks that keep audiences on their feet from the first chord to the final encore. In clubs from Berlin to Barcelona, the band creates searing excitement with its high-powered, no gimmick, stage show and a style of music that cuts through the bull to get straight to the heart.
Raised in a family of musicians, lead singer and songwriter Christopher “Earl” Hudson enjoyed a life surrounded by all styles of music and performed in many different groups before forming Modern Earl in 2007. He teamed up with Nashville natives Ben Hunt (bass, vocals) and Ethan Schaffner (electric guitar, lap steel, banjo, vocals) and drummer Markus Christ and the boys hit the road hard. Having recently performed their 500th show they have shared the stage with such varied acts as LeAnne Rimes, 80′s supergroup Asia, Zucchero, Paul Young, and many more.
Influenced by everyone from Zepplin, The Allman Brothers, Merle Haggard and Oasis, to Stevie Wonder, and even The Smiths and the Sex Pistols, Modern Earl’s music ranges from bar stool ballads about extramarital affairs, to wacky and whimsical tales of life on the road. With all the smoothness and fire in a stiff shot of fine whiskey, Earl’s commanding and soulfully gritty lead vocals are peppered with Ethan’s scorching guitar licks strummed on strands of barbed wire. Adding a generous helping of country thunk, Ben’s bass brings up the bottom accompanied by steam hammer drums driven by Markus on the back line. All this is seasoned with three-part harmonies that are as sweet as honey dripping fresh from the comb.
Modern Earl is a raucous bunch of rockers who enjoy a rolling good time on stage and off. With a catalogue of three full-length albums under their belt, the band just released their 4th studio record, Hot Damn, featuring a more electrified rock sound. Modern Earl will be touring Europe non-stop in 2014 to promote the new album. Do not miss this Band, they will rock your world!