Hot Off the Grill
HISTORY Hot Tamale & the Red Hots first met in September of 2004. Cindy Grill moved to the Des Moines area about 18 months earlier, and had been looking for a full-time band. At the time we were thinking about starting up another blues band, however, we needed a vocalist. What luck! The rest, as they say, is history. Since January 2005, Hot Tamale & the Red Hots have been surprising blues music fans. To date, they have opened for such national acts as Kelley Hunt, Grinderswitch, and Dr. John, as well as performing at such events as the 2005 Bowlful of Blues fest. Keep watching to see what they do next! Why Should I See Hot Tamale & The Red Hots? If you want to be entertained, hear great music and meet some one-of-a-kind people, you must see this band! Their energy both on stage and off is second to none! Lead vocalist, Cindy Grill, has been singing professionally for 26 years. She has a dynamic range and the soul of a true blues vocalist. She follows the long line of great female blues vocalists not only in talent but in showmanship as well. Cindy is not only extremely talented but also one of the most sincere people you will meet, always smiling and taking time for her fans. She will get you up on your feet dancing, and she may even join you. She's one-in-a-million! Alan Smith, guitar and vocals, fell in love with the guitar at the age of 13 while growing up in England. Like most young Englishmen in the 50's, he heard American Roots music interpreted by young Brits. His early influences were the Shadows, the Beatles and the Stones. After moving to this country at the age of 14, he continued to play and learn different styles. Alan has played in several bands in the Des Moines area including Neon Blues and Cousin Eddie. He is an eclectic listener and digs the guitar from A to Z (Atkins to Zappa). Alan even owned and operated a music store in Perry for a few years, where he was able to translate his love of guitar into his business. Kevin Bodtke, another founding member, lends the true blues soul with his harmonica. Kevin has a unique style of blues in this area. Kevin can truly use his 'harp' to lay down a rhythm, such as many of the old greats (Sonny Boy, Little Walter, etc.). This gives the music a fuller sound that let's you know you're hearing the blues! Our drummer, Bobby Cassady, is no stranger to the Des Moines blues scene. Bobby has played with probably every musician in this town at one time or another. He even played with Fat Package and they won the 1998 Iowa Blues Challenge and then went on to compete in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge. Bobby loves the blues and we love him! Rod Moulin also plays bass with Hot Tamale. Another veteran of the Des Moines blues scene, Rod lays down a rock solid bass line that the blues was built on. Rod has been playing with us since November 2005, when the band opened for Dr. John at the Val Air Ballroom. So, that's it! Now that you know a little bit about the band, you must come out and meet them. These are some of the best people I know and I love working with them!
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