The band started in 2013 when singer/songwriter Paul Tweed met drummer Jeff Hilgert, in of all places..craigslist. Fueled by a mutual interest in rock, blues, and building an original sound the two brought in veteran bass player Bob Welihan and began recording original material in Paul’s studio. ‘It became clear right away that we had something worthwhile after the first few demos’ says Paul, ‘Jeff and Bob are a dynamic rhythm section and it just clicked, and we knew the time was just right build band.’”
Paul Tweed, Guitars, Vocals
Since the age of 8 the guitar has been close to Paul, somewhere, somehow, someway. Bands have come and gone, years of bars, clubs, and other venues have disappeared in the rear view mirror, but the guitar has always stuck around. Music has always been the hobby, the escape. Now it's the next thing, the fun thing, the creative thing. In all the years as a musician Paul has played guitar, drums, bass, banjo, steel guitar, mandolin, and even the trumpet. Jazz bands, rock bands, country bands, blues bands, have all been part of the trail covered over the years.
Bob Whelihan, Bass
Began playing in 1969. Started in a garage then graduated to teen dances, beer bars and ballrooms. Performed with many groups through the years in the Chippewa Valley. Carnaby Street, Kicks, Debbie Wild and the Sandmen, First Impression, Mickey Larson, Dixie Duffey. Later made the move to Milwaukee and Chicago touring and recording with Rockabilly Hall of Fame member from St. Louis Jules Blattner and the Warren Groovy All Star Band. Traveled extensively US and Canada. Moving back to Eau Claire and was a member with Bigg Grin and Dubiel and the Deafmen and Revolver. Bob has been very blessed to share stages all over with incredibly talented musicians. He is looking forward to be a contributing member with the Paul Tweed Band.
Jeff Hilgert, Drums
Jeff was a music lover as a pre-teen, and at that time was influenced by Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Sandy Nelson, Rick Nelson and Scott Nelson. He is fond of all Nelsons worldwide. He studied music throughout junior high, senior high, college and with the local drum and bugle corp. He owned his first drum kit at the tender age of 12. He’s performed with various bands from the Chippewa Valley, Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, Nashville, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland, Berkeley, Chicago and Mi Wuk Village. Now he’s right back where he started and is happy as (he) can be. Current influences too numerous to mention. Jeff’s musical horizons expand nightly.