Vocals & Upright Bass
Jake Hooker was born listening to the sounds of traditional country music through his father's west Texas country band. Jake began playing the bass at the age of seven and practiced diligently until he mastered the honky tonk sound. Jake formed his own band at the age of 14 and began performing. By the age of 18, Jake was playing bass and singing full time. He spent some time at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, studying music and theory. Jake moved to the Fort Worth area in 1998 where he quickly became the local favorite. Jake signed with Southland Records that same year and began recording. Jake's popularity continues to grow. His love and passion for traditional country music never ceases. He feels it is necessary to relay that love to the fans who are so dedicated to it as well. There is no doubt that Jake is strongly influenced by the sounds of Ray Price, Johnny Bush, Farron Young, Curtis Potter, Leon Rausch and Darrell McCall. He spends much of his spare time studying these artists' music in depth. Jake is consumed by his dedication to the music and his hobbies include playing the drums and learning the steel guitar. Jake's graceful and professional image on the bandstand, along with his voice and talented band, make his show unbeatable.
Tommy Detamore is an acclaimed engineer, producer, musician, and owner of Cherry Ridge Studio in Floresville, Texas. He has engineered, produced, and mastered over 150 albums, and has played steel guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, dobro, and mandolin on well over 300 albums to date. He has recorded and produced numerous top-ten hits on the Americana and Texas Music charts.
In 2001 Tommy engineered a recording that received a Grammy nomination for “Best Country Instrumental”. The song was Bill Kirchen’s “Poultry in Motion”.
In 2008 the Academy of Western Artists named him Record Producer of the Year.
A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, Tommy graduated from Albemarle High School with honors and went on to attend Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg. In 1978 he graduated cum laude from Piedmont Virginia Community College with a degree in education.
In 1976, he took up the pedal steel guitar and began studying with steel guitar great Buddy Charleton. All throughout his high school, college and post-college years Tommy played guitar and later pedal steel guitar in area bands until 1981, when he moved to Texas to play steel guitar with Darrell McCall. The following year he joined Moe Bandy's band, and toured extensively for the next seven years in Europe and the U.S., while also making numerous live television and radio appearances including The Grand Ole Opry, Hee Haw, Nashville Now, and New Country.
In 1989 he teamed up with Johnny Bush and the Banderleros and played throughout the southwestern United States. After a summer tour with Ronnie Milsap in 1990, Tommy joined Clay Blaker’s "Texas Honky-Tonk Band" and spent the next 13 years playing numerous dates throughout Europe and again throughout the southwest.
In 1991 Tommy founded Cherry Ridge Studio in Floresville, Texas, where he began making his own demos as well as and demos and albums for other clients.
Since he began his career, Throughout his career spanning more than 30 years, Tommy has produced and/or performed and recorded with many artists including Ray Price, Micky Dolenz, Dallas Wayne, Ronnie Milsap, Johnny Bush, Jim Lauderdale, Doug Sahm, The Texas Tornados, Gary P. Nunn, Augie Meyers, Robert Earl Keen, Clay Blaker, Sunny Sweeney, Rick Trevino, Raul Malo, Kevin Fowler, Bill Kirchen, Redd Volkaert, The Derailers, Gary Nicholson, Kyle Park, James Talley, Heather Myles, Dottsy, Eleven Hundred Springs, Mando Saenz, Tommy Alverson, Ram Herrera, Tony Booth.
Always active in church music, Tommy has played guitar and steel guitar at San Antonio’s Trinity Baptist Church, served as Pastor of Music at Floresville’s Oak Hills Baptist Church, and served as chief sound engineer as well as a frequent instrumentalist at the First Baptist Church in Floresville. He currently plays guitar in the church band at Life Church in La Vernia, Texas.
Tommy was a featured performer in a live country music show, “San Antonio Rose Live”, that ran for three years at the historic Aztec Theatre on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. Tommy continues to operate Cherry Ridge Studio, and Steel Guitar Tracks Online (a website devoted to online delivery of steel guitar tracks).
Tommy and his wife, Sandy, live near Floresville. Sandy owns and operates "Drama Kids of Greater San Antonio”, a company devoted to the development of life skills through drama for children and young adults. They have one son, Thomas, who works for "Drama Kids" as a teacher and administrative assistant.
Tommy Detamore uses and endorses: Telonics Amplifiers, Volume Pedals, and Pickups / Jagwire Strings / Schertler Pickups / BJS bars / Steeler’s Choice Seats / Sonic Research Tuners / Pork Pie Percussion / Soultone Cymbals / Mojave Audio Microphones
At age six, Jess Meador 'found his calling' when he started fiddle lessons with world champion fiddler Dale Morris, Sr. When Jess was about ten he fell in love with the Western Swing Music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys and the honky-tonk sounds of greats Ray Price, Johnny Bush, and Faron Young. This sparked his desire to not be just a ‘breakdown player’ but to ‘play in a band’. Luckily he was given this chance. At age 10 Jess got his first band job with Aris Cook. Needless to say he was the smallest band member but held his own and hasn‘t missed a beat since. When Jess was about 12 he also began playing with Bill Gilbert and ‘The Boys’ at Bill’s famous Wednesday Night Jam. This jam was the ‘icing on the cake’ to further his love for playing swing and the oldies and is what stirred his interest to play jazz. No doubt all these experiences in his early playing years contributed to the successful career that he has today. Now, about twelve years from his first lesson, Jess is a favorite among the honky-tonk and dancehall crowds in the North Texas area and is noted for his versatility, ability to improvise, and also to play twin fiddle and two- and three-part harmony. Jess has been a regular band member for Tommy Hooker, Landon Dodd, Johnny Bush; Dan Roberts; Kinneth Doyle; Dave Alexander; and the Texas Tumbleweeds Swing Band. Plus he is a fill-in for many others including Tommy Allsup and the Texas Playboys, Durwood Strube, Jerry Webb, Bubba Cox, and Chad Rueffer. He has made duo and trio appearances with greats Devon Dawson, Randy “Snuffy” Elmore, Rich O’Brien, Buck Reams, and others. In addition to the four-string and five-string fiddle, Jess plays the electric mandolin and guitar. He also does session work. Jess has won many awards and honors including Texas State Junior Fiddle Champion, Junior World Fiddle Champion, the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering Champion Fiddler, and the Cowtown Society of Western Swing' Rising Star Awards. Needless to say, he is a REAL asset to the Outsiders and we are so excited and proud to have him on board!
Hank was born in Slaton, Texas and was barely out of high school when his mentor, Red Hayes, recommended him to Country star Faron Young as a replacement for Vassar Clements. Within a few months, Hank had played on his first #1 record - Faron Young's recording of "Four in the Morning."
Hank spent almost thirty years in Nashville compiling an impressive list of credits as a session player and sideman with top artists on stage and in the studio such as Ray Price, Alan Jackson, The Gatlin Brothers, Charley Pride, Randy Travis, Hank Williams, Jr., Tracy Lawrence, Roy Clark, Michael Martin Murphey, Gary Allan, Tanya Tucker, Lee Ann Womack, George Jones, Miranda Lambert, and Brooks & Dunn. Hank's former bossman, Johnny Bush, acknowledges Hank as the best honky-tonk fiddler of the day.
He has recently relocated to his native Texas to continue playing the traditional country music he loves.
John knew at the age of nine that he had a huge interest in the drums. He began his career by pounding out Bob Wills “Bottle Baby Boogie” on his mothers decorative Indian drums. Although his tempos weren’t exactly right, he knew he liked what he heard! Growing up John choose to surround himself with some of the best musicians in Texas such as Jody Nix, Jason Roberts, Robert Weeks, Rocky King, Jake Hooker and the BEST drummer ever, John “Smiley” Reynolds. These gentlemen showed John “The Rules” of REAL country music. It did not hurt that he was a third generation drummer. John’s Grandfather, Pete Jenkins, as well as his parents, Terry and Emma Jenkins have been long supporters of Johns talent and interest in music. John feels that people like his uncle, Brad Jenkins, The GWZ Band, and the Dancehall Cowboys guided him and helped pave the way for him to become an Outsider. John’s hard work and dedication has paid off – he is finally where he needs to be and Jake and the boys are very proud to have him as part of the band.