'Yay' Hosty Duo 2015 Hosty Duo (formed roughly, but righteously, in Norman, OK, about 1994) by Hugh Foley from Rogers State University 'Oklahoma Music Guide II' Guitarist extraordinaire, songwriter of many insights, droll but wry vocalist, pedal bass player, one-man-band drummer, and between-song-patter-and-joke specialist, Mike Hosty (b. Wauwatosa, WI 09/21/70), has been playing bars and multiple genre events around Oklahoma City since 1990. Around 1994, he teamed up with drummer Mike Byars (b. Noble, 12/15/69) to form the Hosty Duo, one of Oklahoma's most cherished contemporary live music acts for fans of blues, rock, hilarious songs that often reference the state, and music that can bound from polka and disco to country and right back to rock in the span of two-minute Hosty spiel in between tunes during a show. While he has received some national and regional attention (a song made it on Jimmy Kimmel, his "Molokai Cowboy" is a hit in Hawaii, and his "Oklahoma Breakdown" notched Stoney LaRue a #1 spot on the Texas Music Chart for April, 2007 - and becoming that chart's #1 song for the year), Mike Hosty toils on a constant basis through the college towns and other appreciative spots he has developed through consistent touring in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. Often, Hosty tours with Byars on Hosty albums, who provides a steady, hypnotic, beat on a stripped down kit of kick drum, snare, high hat, and ride cymbal. Byars is ready to take any turn with Hosty, able to provide a perfectly metered disco beat, a boom-chuck cowboy beat, a hard-driving blues-rock pulse, or the tougher rhythms of off-beat polka or reggae, not to mention the often-needed rim shot to accent Hosty jokes. When Byars is not present, Hosty keeps his foot-pedal bass in the truck and unpacks his own one-man band drum set, with kick, snare, hat, and tambourine all controlled by Hosty as he keeps time for himself. Both are superbly entertaining versions of Hosty-time, revered by the fans who go to shows, calling out the names of their favorite songs, and singing along loudly to choruses (verses often change on the spot). The most regular fans of Hosty's antics show up like they are on a pilgrimage every Sunday night for his long-time weekly performances at The Deli, in Norman. Hosty's albums are musical journeys through corn mazes of the wildly imaginative singer/songwriter's mind and unique lens through which he views society, especially in Oklahoma. Mostly available from a cardboard box that sits at the side of the stage at Hosty shows, or his website, there are at least eight Hosty CDs released independently by himself with investments by Discover Card. While he doesn't do as many of the songs from his first anthology (1992 to 1996), the second anthology Un Hombre Malo is a perfect place to begin getting to know his guitar work and lyrical adeptness on songs such as "Mr. T", "U, Me and B. E. T. ", "Corndog", "James Brown", and "Chicken Bone 99". The songs pack an added punch as recorded by Trent Bell at Bell Labs in Norman. Recorded by the duo, and just released on their name, Hosty Duo, the 2003 brown bag wrapper CD contains his clever song about being a married man working in bars all the time, "Married Man", crowd favorites "Fraidy Hole" (the Oklahoma tornado song), "Fried Pie", and the now legendary "Oklahoma Breakdown", a song that encapsulates a novel of Oklahoma ethos in it's 4:46 length. Stoney LaRue liked it so much he made a staple of his Texas shows, causing some Texas fans to accost Hosty south of the Red River and confront him as to why he's doing Stoney's song. In any case, the song's slide guitar vibe, lyrical focus on forbidden (or at least past curfew) love down by the river bed in the back of a friend's truck endears it to many fans. Hosty's other 2003 disc, a sort-of stab at a country music album that starts laughing at itself halfway through, preserves live tracks from a Phoenix, Arizona show of 2002, and the standard crowd call outs "Truck Stop Shower Stall" and "Johnny Cash". Hosty released two live discs in 2006 with many
The Hard Way
Ready to Get on
A Place to Rock and Roll
Welcome to My Puppet Show
Only Takes One Beer
Rosalita (Spanish Version)
Get Good Love All the Time
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