In 2006, the Juke Hounds were drawn together by a shared attitude about the world. A Midwestern grit that made each of them relate to rock music in the first place and eventually to each other.
The Juke Hounds play with a feeling all right. But that feeling is not the familiar woe-is-me nobody-loves-me pose, but one of defiance and swagger that says "you can't keep me down." The music, the lyrics and and even the bands aggressive stage presence, announce they are a force to be reckoned with.
Brittany Nader Of Buzzbin Magazine agrees that when the Juke Hounds start to play,
“it’s impossible not to get up and start shaking along to the rhythm of each tune.”
Mike Fuller of Water Street Tavern, echoed the observation: "There are a lot of people dancing and moving around. Not a lot of people are sitting down in the booths…. Everyone stands and treats it like a rock show, and that's pretty much how it is."
In 2010, The Juke Hounds won the Cleveland Blues Society “Road To Memphis” competition and represented Akron, Canton, and Cleveland at the 2011 International Blues Competition in Memphis where the band showcased at the Hard Rock Café’ on Beale Street. In 2013, the Juke Hounds won the NEOBA Blues Competition and represented Northeast Ohio at the 2014 IBC, this time showcasing at the New Daisy Theater on Beale.
The Juke Hounds have been enjoying radio play with such recent songs as “Leaving Memphis” and “Stand Up” making the rotation on WAPS, 91.3 The Summit in Northeast Ohio, as well as stations across the globe in Australia, Croatia and the U.K.. The popular ensemble have opened for well-known recording artists including Taj Mahal, Johnny Winter, Donnie Iris and Michael Stanley.
Their recent album, Bluesitude has received favorable notices in Blues Blast Magazine in the United States and on music websites in Europe and Asia and the band has been featured on the cover of Enjoy magazine in the Pulitzer-prize-winning Akron Beacon Journal.
The Juke Hounds hit hard, that's for sure. But their musical pugilism isn't about knocking anybody down. It's about bringing the crowd to their feet and keeping 'em there until it's time to go home -- maybe even a little later.
Their fast moving sets offer defiance -- swagger in the face of adversity -- and a pace that feels like an accelerating train moving inexorably toward deliverance from our earthly burdens. Catch a show near you or check out their website, TheJukeHounds.com