TIP OF THE HAT: Favorite Song by an Artist we’ve Opened for…..

300c9464e35392faee4f55540adc7513This is The Easthills TIP OF THE HAT blog. A place where the band salutes the bands they have been fortunate enough to open for, share the stage with or just want to try and force upon their own fans. 

Question to the band: What is your favorite song by a band or artist The Easthills have opened for?


Will == Soul Aslum | “Black Gold” | Listen & Watch


Great pop rock, great lyrics.
I know I heard it in the 90s when it first came out, but I didn’t truly appreciate how good it was until I found out we were opening for them

Hank == Cheap Trick | “Hello There” | Listen & Watch


This is my favorite show opener for a rock show. Not only did Cheap Trrick play it the night we opened for them but one of my other favorite bands, Guided By Voices, used to always open with it. It’s just perfect. That night with them was perfect. Their acceptance of us, bringing us out on stage with them, all of it was just crazy. That night solidified all of our efforts.

Brad == The Flaming Lips | “Are You a Hypnotist?” | Listen & Watch


I had been listening to The Soft Bulleton and was completely blown away by the sound these guys were getting. From start to finish it was a masterpiece. Then came  Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. An unbelievable album. The story. The songs. The sound. It was unlike anything before it and since. “Are You a Hypnotist?” is the high point on the album. Wayne’s voice is on the verge of breaking and he delivers an emotion that is unexplainable. Ill never forget standing front row and taking in that show. Its like being 8 years old at a birthday party with balloons, cake, party hats, costumes and clowns on a head full of lsd and amazing music in your face.

Paul == RATT | “Round and Round” | Listen & Watch


I still have the orignal 45 I bought at 3D department store when it first came out in 1984. One of my favorite riffs of all time.  I also love the Eddie Van Halen inspired rhythm guitar counter melody on the verses.  Bridge is brilliant.  Great one note harmony on top-“I knew right from the beginning…” I still love it today.

*The Easthills opened for Stephen Pearcy of RATT

Wade == The Faces | “Maybe I’m Amazed” | Listen & Watch


Like a lot of their best work, it sounds loose and unrehearsed, and brilliant.

*The Easthills opened for Ian McLagan of The Faces & Small Faces

Andy == REO Speedwagon | “Roll With The Changes” | Listen & Watch


This song always sounds good on the radio. The perfect blend of vocal, guitar and piano that sticks in your head. The sign of a hit is when you’re still singing it several hours later.


The Easthills release new album Fear and Temptation

The Easthills release new album Fear and Temptation

Highly anticipated new album features appearances by members of Tesla, REO Speedwagon, Nada Surf and Georgia Satellites

Available now thru iTunes, Amazon, TheEasthills.com & CD Baby


(INDIANAPOLIS, IN – March 1, 2016) The Easthills today released their highly anticipated 12 song full-length new album Fear and Temptation. It is available in CD format at Luna Music, thru online order at TheEasthills.com and for digital download online thru iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and the band’s official website. Fear and Temptation follows the 2013 critically acclaimed album Death Of A Salesman and the 2014 EP World Class Prick.

A series of singles have been released in advance of Fear and Temptation including “Mothers & Fools”, “Snake In My Gut (Caroline’s Heart), “Holiday Women”, and most recently “Here Without Me”.

The Easthills founding members, Will Barada and Hank Campbell, have contributed equally on songwriting, vocals and guitars to produce a riff heavy and melodic collection of songs for Fear and Temptation. The new album continues their signature big harmonies and big guitars sound but boasts a new direction sonically and with the subject matter presented and explored. They have also incorporated a broader depth of capabilities in the studio by using various instruments and players with the end goal of making the absolute best record that they can.

The Easthills first full-length album, Death Of A Salesman, consisted of Barada, Campbell and Brad Morgan on drums. Fear and Temptation sees the full live band lineup contributing to the recording process with Wade Parish on drums, Banner Morgan on guitar, and Brad Morgan now on bass. Fear and Temptation also features renowned indie rock guitar legend Doug Gillard (Nada Surf, Guided By Voices) on six songs, Frank Hannon of Tesla and Neal Doughty of REO Speedwagon on “Holiday Women”, guitarist Rick Richards (Georgia Satellites, Izzy Stradlin) on “Here Without Me”, and Paul Barada on piano on “Remember The Kids”. The album was produced by Doug Henthorn (Healing Sixes, Joe Bonamassa, John Hiatt).

The Easthills celebrated the release of Fear and Temptation on February 27 with a sold out show in Indianapolis. They will appear at The Vogue in Indianapolis on April 3 with Candlebox and have a series of additional shows in April, and more to be announced for the summer.

The band rounded out 2015 with shows supporting Cheap Trick and the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and recently wrapped up their 2016 winter mini-tour. Since the inception of The Easthills they have played multiple Midwest shows with REO Speedwagon, Fastball, Georgia Satellites, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and Here Come the Mummies while also serving as support for Cheap Trick, Tesla, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ian McLagan (Faces) and Blues Traveler. The band has also appeared on several noteworthy music festivals playing alongside the likes of Flaming Lips, Weezer, Roky Erikson, Guided By Voices, Meat Puppets, Chris Robinson and many more.






The Back Story on “Holiday Women”

As we said, we’re sharing some images & stories of the recording process in advance of the 3/1 release of our new album.

Last August our manager Andy picked up Frank Hannon at Klipsch Music Center when he was in town with Def Leppard as Tesla was on tour with them.

Originally we had asked Frank to put slide guitar on this tune Hank had written called “Holiday Women”. We had opened for Tesla in Indy and Frank was very complimentary of the band that night, so he remembered us. He obliged and showed up with guitar in hand to record. But then, he excitedly became even more involved in the song and by the end of the day had also laid down an acoustic intro, double guitar solo, backing vocals and the slide we had originally asked for.

And to top it all off he spent the end of the day showing Brad the secrets of playing the intro to Tesla’s “Love Song”. A truly selfless guy who chose to spend the day helping us, and our song, be the best it can be. And to that we will always be grateful to Frank for.

The song also features Neal Doughty of REO Speedwagon on piano……

In the fall of 2014 Hank and our manager Andy were talking about who they could get to play piano on the song. Since the song had a very Rolling Stones kind of vibe to it Andy suggested we reach out to Ian McLagan. We had played a show in 2013 with him and it only seemed natural, though lofty, to at least try. McLagan was a member of Small Faces, The Faces and toured with The Rolling Stones.

So, Andy called Ian and he quickly said yes. He told Andy to send him the tune when we had it ready. Sadly, Ian passed in late 2014 before the song was at a point to send on.

Back to square one.

Once the song did become ready Hank and Andy reconvened and Andy suggested we reach out to Neal of REO as we had done several shows with them and they were very kind to us each time. Plus Neal was born in Evansville so a fellow Hoosier at heart. Andy then emailed their manager who connected him with Neal. Within 24 hours Neal agreed to do it. And within a few weeks he bounced the song back to us with his parts plugged in. He recorded his parts in his home studio.

Neal stated in a recent interview with the Indianapolis Star about “Holiday Women” that he channeled his inner Nicky Hopkins for the tune. Ironically, Hopkins is best known as a former recording and touring piano and keyboard player with the Stones…..So, maybe Ian had a hand in the final product after all !!

Also, you can buy the single for “Holiday Women” now via iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, etc. or stream it now via The Easthills website.

Dave Lindquist from the Indianapolis Star also wrote a great story where he talked to both Frank and Neal. You can read that here:



The Easthills release new single feat. Frank Hannon (of Tesla) & Neal Doughty (of REO Speedwagon)

The Easthills release third single “Holiday Women” from forthcoming album

Song features special guests: guitarist Frank Hannon (of Tesla) & Neal Doughty (of REO Speedwagon) on piano

New single is available now thru iTunes, Amazon, TheEasthills.com & CD Baby

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Jan. 26, 2016) The new, and third, single from Indiana-based rock band The Easthills is now available. “Holiday Women” features a special guest appearance by renowned rock guitarist Frank Hannon (Tesla) on both acoustic and slide guitars and classic rock legend Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon) on piano. The song is available now for digital download through iTunes, Amazon, TheEasthills.com and CD Baby, and will be included on The Easthills’ forthcoming full-length sophomore album Fear and Temptation, out on March 1, 2016.

“Holiday Women” is a departure for The Easthills and represents the bands classic rock influences. “Holiday Women” is released on the heels of the forthcoming album’s first two released songs “Mothers & Fools” and “Snake In My Gut” (Caronline’s Heart), both of which were issued in late 2015 and feature Doug Gillard  (Nada Surf, Guided By Voices) on guitar.

“We have been fortunate to serve as an opener for Tesla in Indy and on multiple shows for REO Speedwagon. During the recording of the new album we created this barroom style tune that had a very jangly guitar tone to it. We felt like it called for slide guitar and piano so we decided to reach out to both Frank and Neal who graciously obliged; of which we are most appreciative,” stated Hank Campbell of The Easthills.

Fear and Temptation follows the band’s critically acclaimed 2013 full-length debut album Death of a Salesman and the 2014 four-song EP World Class Prick. The new album promises another dose of indie-pop-rock-meets-classic-rock, additional guests in addition to Hannon, Doughty and Gillard will be announced soon. Additional singles will continue to be released digitally in the coming months after the album’s release. The full-length album will be available in both digital and CD formats upon release on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

The Easthills rounded out 2015 with shows supporting Cheap Trick and the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and have a winter 2016 mini-tour on the books that includes stops on 1/29 in Newport, KY (near Cincinnati, OH) at the Southgate House Revival; 2/5 in Terre Haute, IN at The Verve; 2/20 in Dayton, OH at Blind Bob’s; 2/25 in Columbus, OH at Ace of Cups and a special album release show on 2/27 in Indianapolis, IN at White Rabbit Cabaret that will also features special guests Miles Nielsen and Doug Henthorn.

Since the inception of The Easthills they have played multiple Midwest shows with REO Speedwagon, Fastball, Georgia Satellites, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and Here Come the Mummies while also serving as support for Cheap Trick, Tesla, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ian McLagan (Faces) and Blues Traveler. The band has also appeared on several noteworthy music festivals playing alongside the likes of Flaming Lips, Weezer, Roky Erikson, Guided By Voices, Meat Puppets, Chris Robinson and many more.


The Easthills set to Open for REO Speedwagon in Muncie, IN on Fri, Feb 7


The Easthills will serve as an opening act for the legendary REO Speedwagon on Friday, February 7 at Emens Auditoium in Muncie, Indiana. The Easthills Hank Campbell and Will Barada began writing songs together in Muncie.


REO SPEEDWAGON Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by Cronin since 1972, REO SPEEDWAGON has rocked to the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S., 40 million around the globe, and a string of gold and platinum records.  The group’s nine-times certified platinum Hi Infidelity spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot. Thirty–plus years later, Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) are still electrifying concert audiences across the nation.

Tickets are on sale now at the Emens box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and www.ticketmaster.com. For more information call the Emens box office at (765) 285-1539.