High Noon rocks its country

Saturday Spotlight
2009-01-24T00:00:00Z High Noon rocks its countryTOM LOUNGES
nwitimes.com
January 24, 2009 12:00 am  • 

The band High Noon has come a long way since guitarist Andy Fowler and drummer Eddie Haack first put the group together in the basement back in 1993.

Since those humble beginnings, High Noon has become a staple of the Northwest Indiana live music scene.

Aside from boasting a resume that includes most of the area's popular night clubs and a slew of the region's best known festivals, this rockin' country combo spent much of the '90s traveling from gig to gig in vans throughout the Midwest and the South.

With country music hot and High Noon getting hotter with every gig, they soon began opening shows for a plethora of top name country entertainers, including Confederate Railroad, Neal McCoy, Boy Howdy, John Anderson and Garth Brooks.

In fact, one of the Nooners is himself a bit of a celebrity. Keyboardist Butch Sisco spent time playing with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for a spell, while residing in Nashville. During his Dirt Band days, Sisco shared the stage with George Strait and played at the White House Presidential Summer Fest for three consecutive years.

A few years ago, the guys reigned in their traveling jones to keep close to home with their growing families and, these days, primarily perform mostly weekends around the Chicagoland area.

Rounding out the current High Noon line-up is vocalist/acoustic guitarist Brian Wheatbrook and Norm Daisy on bass.

Daisy has been playing music since the age of 5, writing songs since age 12 and playing in bars since age 16, covering everything from country, to rock to Gospel along the way. Along with slapping bass for High Noon, Daisy performs a solo acoustic show on off nights.

Daisy's rhythm partner Haack, a hard hitter with years of touring and studio session experience, took top honors in the 2001 Marlboro Drum Off competition.

High Noon has also competed in past "Colgate Country Showdowns," taking runner-up awards in both Indiana and Illinois State Finals of that prestigious annual competition.

The group has found favor with jocks at Northwest Indiana's country radio station, WLJE/Indiana 105 and often participate in radio-sponsored events.

Like most country bands in recent years, this quintet has inserted good old-fashioned rock ‘n' roll into its set list to offer something for everyone at their shows.

High Noon delivers a fair share of rock radio favorites by the likes of Lynynrd Skynyrd, John Mellencamp, Bob Seger, Tom Petty, Doobie Brothers and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The bottom line: Catching a High Noon performance is the chance to see a group of fun-loving guys who are well-honed and seasoned on their instruments, thoroughly entertaining, and passionate about playing. FYI: highnoonmusic.com or myspace.com/highnoonindiana

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