It's a rare thing when the stars line up to bring together musicians of this magnitude. Rarer still is that they all thought it was a great idea to come out of the studio and on to the road to dedicate time playing classic blues,
rock and R&B songs at real life events like yours. When this group gets together, get ready for jaw-dropping entertainment
that is fun, energetic, and has the crowd totally in the moment.
A member of the Texas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, Al Perkins has also been honored with three Grammy awards, the 2007 Texas Musician of the Year Award, and his own shining star on Opryland’s Star Walk. The reason is simple: He’s the best there is. Which is why he has been in high demand throughout his brilliant career. Al has played with some of the greatest artists in American music including Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Emmylou Harris, Dan Fogelberg, Dwight Yoakam, Gram Parsons, Dolly Parton, James Taylor, The Rolling Stones, Stephen Stills’ Manassas, Tori Amos, and over a hundred other music stars you’ve heard of. HiPOWER is his brainchild.
Kristine Arnold got a call from Al in the very beginning to see if she wanted to be center stage with the band as lead female vocalist. Kristine, along with her sister, Janis Oliver, formed The Sweethearts of the Rodeo, which was nominated eleven times for CMA’s best duo award. Now, she brings vocal passion and power to the group, mesmerizing crowds with her stage presence and incredible vocal style.
When Kristine is ready to sing a duet, she turns to her husband, Leonard Arnold. Together they bring an unmatched chemistry to songs that bring the house down. A veteran of the Austin, Texas music scene, Leonard joins in on vocals and guitar. He toured and recorded with the likes of Michael Murphey, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steven Fromholtz, and Texas legend, Rusty Wier. He also teamed with Richard Bowden in “Blue Steel,” a band famous for touring with the Eagles.
Rick Lonow settled in Nashville in the 80s, after some years building his credentials as a top-tier sideman on the West Coast. He wasted no time doing the same in Music City, finding a place on the first-call list as a drummer for recording sessions and live work with an elite roster of artists. He's heard on records by (or with) June Carter Cash (three Grammys there), Billy Joe Shaver, Loretta Lynn, Dierks Bentley, Ronnie Dunn, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello and many more. Lonow's live credits include shows and tours with the likes of Crystal Gayle, Dr. John, James Burton, The Bellamy Brothers, John Prine and a host of others. He's a regular in the studio stable of the legendary "Cowboy" Jack Clement,and he can also lay claim to a Gold Record as a songwriter; Rick co-wrote the Poco hit "Call It Love."
Longtime Nashville resident Rusty Russell has toured and recorded as a bassist, guitarist and trumpet player. He's backed a long list of artists including Mike Farris & The McCrary Sisters, Fred James & Mary-Ann Brandon, Johnny Jones, Charles "Wigg" Walker, Louise Mandrell, Eldon Huff, Eric Horner, The Burritos, Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater and many more. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Rodriguez, Charles Walker, Michael Burks, Sherman Robertson, Big Al & The Heavyweights and others. Rusty is also a widely-published writer and photographer, having served for seven years as Nashville Editor for Guitar Player Magazine, written for many major publications in the US and abroad, photographed some 150 CD packages/covers and published photos in more than 50 magazines and newspapers.
When this group takes the stage, count on a stunning array of styles. Hi POWER doesn’t just sing the songs. Your senses will tell you that they have lived them. Hearing a bar band play a classic Rolling Stones song is one thing, but hearing a guy who actually played steel guitar with the Stones is something entirely different.
The band’s energy is infectious, and with an extra dose of humor, dancing, and audience participation, every event is an action packed journey!