Un Hombre Malo
Out of Norman, Oklahoma, witty guitar guru Hosty and his side kick, two piece drummer, Michael 'Tic Tac' Byars, entertain as the Hosty Duo with a tour schedule of 250 shows a year. Hosty simultaneously tears through gritty slide leads, blows harmonica and or Kazoo and uses foot pedals to stomp bass lines. His guitar collection includes an 8 string instrument that allows him to thump three bass strings with his thumb while he fingerpicks guitar. The Hosty Duo has developed a huge underground following of bikers, sorority gals, hippies and truckers.' The Hosty Duo's penchant for catchy songs and high-octane live shows has given them the opportunity to open for many diverse acts such as R.L.Burnside, Cedell Davis, T-Model Ford, Hank Williams III, Dick Dale, Marcia Ball, G. Love and Special Sauce, Bo Diddley, Tenderloin, BR5-49, Spin Doctors, Widespread Panic,Walter Wolfman Washington, Bobgoblin, Juice, David Garza, Dr Hook, Roger Cline and the Peacemakers, Soulhat, The Hackensaw Boys, Bardo Pond, Rubber Bullet, Little Sister, Billy Joe Shaver,Cross Canadien Ragweed, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, and, of course, Quiet Riot. In addition, several songs from their CD catalog have gotten airplay on local stations such as KGOU in Norman, KRXO in Oklahoma City and KRSC in Tulsa even overseas in Macedonia, Spain, Belgium, Brazil and the Netherlands. Hosty Duo are freakin' awesome Originally published February 19, 2004 by Jedd Beaudoin firstname.lastname@example.org he most refreshing thing about the Hosty Duo's set Saturday night at John Barleycorn's was not the fine musicianship of Mike Hosty and drummer Tic-Tac III a.k.a. Tic-Tac (born Mike Byars with impeccable Swiss timing), or the long line of songs so fine that they should be bottled and stacked in a cellar somewhere but, plainly, simply, how good it was. Hosty's fine, fine guitar lines are one part Roy Buchanan, one part Lowell George (Little Feat) with a sprinkle of Waylon Jennings sprinkled here and there for an extra dash of flavor. He also proved, during heartfelt versions of songs such as 'Johnny Cash,' that although he can blaze brave new trails with pick, fingers and ax, his main musical concern is adding rich melodic textures that enhance the song not just bits that will senselessly thrust solos into the spotlight and blow the whole damn machine apart. It's also refreshing to hear a lyricist who can write songs about those on the fringe without blistering irony, such as the protagonist in 'Applesauce,' whose toothless gal will make you sing, or the loser in love who meets his love in a 'Truck Stop Shower Stall' and almost convinces you that it was a good time, despite losing everything. Not that Hosty doesn't have his edges, which he proved on 'I Will Work For Booty' and 'Fraidy Hole.' (The latter, a delicious paean to tornado bait, could conceivably become a seasonal hit in these parts. Or not.) Hosty writes the kind of songs that should be on the radio, the kind of songs that can be passed from one generation to the next, songs that are timeless, universal. Sure, there's always the hope that the duo will burst forth from their home in Norman, Okla. And burn up the FM dial. But if that doesn't happen, if Hosty and Byars continue to play primarily twixt OKC and the ICT, we'll at least be able to share in the wealth of their talents. Here's to the return of the Hosty Duo.