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Posted By Mr. Hand on December 29th, 2015

“Closing time, every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…” Well friends, it has come time for us to turn out the lights. It has been an extraordinary 20 year run for this band. We are so thankful for the opportunities to perform at some incredible events and meet so many great people along [...]

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15 Years of Rock & Roll!

Posted By Bret on August 19th, 2010

It doesn’t seem possible but this month marks the 15th year since Mr. Hand was formed. I guess it’s like they say, time flies when you’re rockin’ and rollin’! We have a lot of memories including several St. Pat’s shows in O’Neill, NE, playing at the Orpheum in Sioux City, IA, and of course many people who still come up to us and say “You played my prom!”

1995 was the year, and we started out as a 4-piece. Jeff Conrad on bass and backing vocals, myself on lead guitar and backing vocals, Jeff Lickfelt on drums and backing vocals, and Larry Mortensen on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. We based ourselves out of Norfolk and still consider it a special place for Mr. Hand. Interestingly, we spent the first several months writing and recording our first CD “Scheme of Things” before we played our first show in the spring of 1996.

We continued play more shows and released a cassette single (remember those?) called “Why Don’t We Write A Movie?” in 1997 and then our 2nd CD “Treats!” in 1998. These were busy years for us as we played a lot of shows, continued to write our own music, have our music used on an MTV show, and basically figure out what kind of band we wanted to be.

The end of the decade/century found us going through transition as Larry decided to leave the band in 2000. This was definitely one of those points in our history where we could have packed it in and said “We had a good run.” But we decided to continue on as a 3-piece with Conrad taking over as our lead vocalist. We continued to write our own music and release 2 more CD’s during this period of the band with “Fueled by the View” in 2002 and the “Simple Ways EP” in 2005.

At the beginning of 2006, we went through another transition when Jeff L. left the band to pursue a career opportunity that took him to Arkansas. Again, we were faced with the decision of whether to carry on or not. Obviously we decided to continue and brought Craig Verbeski on board to pound the drums. Not only that but he also increased the number of tattoos per band member considerably!

During the past 4 years since Craig joined the band, we’ve continued to play a lot of shows and have had some great opportunities to open some big shows. More recently, the band has moved to Omaha and just this summer released our 5th CD “Second Start“.

It’s definitely been a great ride for us with a ton of great memories. We’re excited to keep it rolling and see what the future brings.

But first we need to celebrate our 15th Anniversary of Rock! Join us August 27th and 28th at The Depot in Norfolk, NE to celebrate. We’ll have a free keg on the 28th starting at 8pm and our original drummer Jeff will be joining us on stage throughout the weekend. It’s going to be a great weekend filled with music and friends!

So here’s to you for coming out to the shows over the years and sharing a drink with us! Feel free to leave your comments below and share any memories you might have of the last 15 years, we’d love to hear from you!

A broken wristband won’t erase memory of fallen soldier and brother

Posted By Jeff on November 6th, 2009

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I just wanted to let our fans know that I had a bit of a sad day yesterday.  In March of this year I was able to go back to O’Neill, Nebraska and have some fun at the St. Pats celebration.  Our band has actually played those shows 10 years in a row dating back to 1996 or so but it was cool to be there and just enjoy some beers and good times and not have to perform!  I was in line awaiting a drink when this younger guy approached me and said what a big fan he was of the band and he wished we were playing!  He gave me a big hug and then started crying…………I couldn’t believe it!

I asked him what was wrong and he went on to tell me that his brother had died not long before in Iraq……..my heart just sank! I didn’t understand why he was telling me all this at first because I didn’t even know the guy.  Turns out, he and his brother used to come to every show that we played in that area, and I said come on man, not all of them? He said yeah, we were, and still are big fans and wished the band played more shows out there!

The stories went on, he was still crying, and I was just taking it all in.  He told me the absolute best times he had with his brother were when they knew Mr. Hand was coming back to their area for a show!  Again, I said come on, yeah right!  He told me with such an honest face that it was the truth and that those times road tripping to the shows, hanging out and singing along with us meant more to him and his brother than I could ever imagine.  I was speechless!

He then took off the black OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS rubber wrist band he had been wearing since the day his brother died and gave it to me.  I didn’t want to accept it but he insisted.  Now, we both had tears in our eyes.  He wanted me to have it to show me how much Mr. Hand meant to him and his brother.  I told him I would never, ever take it off!

I wore that wrist band, and never took it off up until last night when it broke unexpectedly.  I felt so bad, but I made sure I took it home and put it in a safe place.  I know how much our band meant to these two brothers, and I can’t tell you how much his story meant to me, it’s absolutely priceless!  It just goes to show how much something you may think is insignificant can mean to someone else and the memories it can create.  I don’t remember this guy’s name or his brother’s, but I’ll never forget the words he spoke to me and the memory he created for my life!

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New Line 6 Spider IV amp coming out

Posted By Bret on September 17th, 2009

Line 6 Spider IVI watched an interesting UStream video from Line 6 today announcing their new Spider IV amp. They went over the specs and updates from previous models of the Spider amps. Sounds like it could be a kickin little amp!

Those of you that know me know that I use a Line 6 POD X3 Pro in my rig to help me get the variety of sounds I need when we play. So, I’m always curious to see new products and developments from Line 6.

One of the early complaints of Line 6 products was that they couldn’t emulate the feel of the tube amps they were simulating. But as with most technology-based products, subsequent versions of the product improve on their limitations. So far this appears to be the case with Line 6. I know that I’ve been pretty happy with the sounds that I’m able to get out of my POD X3 Pro.

I’m definitely very curious to try out one of these new Spiders. They look like they could be good practice amps as well as good gigging amps. And if they’re anything close to the hype, this amp might be a big seller for those players who are just starting out, weekend warriors (like me), all the way up to pro players.

Have you played one? What do you think?

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Mourning Les Paul

Posted By Mr. Hand on August 13th, 2009

Les Paul gave the music world so much. As music fans and musicians we should all be grateful for his innovations and contributions. RIP

Guitar, studio wizard Les Paul dies at 94

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Help a friend win Slash’s guitar! (Originally posted on 04-20-08)

Posted By Mr. Hand on April 27th, 2008

Some friends of ours need your help! Their 11 year old son, Cal, has entered a contest to win Slash’s Les Paul guitar and has made it to the final 10!

Here’s where he needs your help. Visit the contest site and vote “Thumbs Up” for Cal’s video. His video is the 4th one down on the page and titled “Gimme That Cool Slash Les Paul.” You can also view his video on YouTube, but you can only vote on the contest site.

One more thing, by voting for Cal’s video you can be entered to win an Epiphone Slash Les Paul Standard Plus Top! You can vote as many times as you like before April 30th and each time you do is an additional entry to win the Epiphone guitar. So not only can you help Cal, but you have a chance to win too!

Good luck!

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