Hellbillies

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Hellbillies
Hellbillies.jpg
Background information
Origin Ål, Hallingdal, Norway
Genres Rock
Country rock
Years active Since 1990
Labels EMI
Website http://www.hellbillies.com
Members Aslag Haugen
Arne Henry Sandum
Lars Håvard Haugen
Bjørn Gunnar Sando
Arne Moslåtten
Lars Christian Narum
For the USA psychobilly band, see Hellbillys.

The Hellbillies (initiated 1990 in Ål, Norway) is a Norwegian country rock band.[1]

Biography[edit]

As of 2012, they have released thirteen albums—including a compilation and two live albums—as well as two live concert DVDs. They are among Norway's most popular recording artists.[2]

Their lyrics are written and sung in the dialect of the Hallingdal area of Norway and there is evidence of influence from traditional (folk) Norwegian music, giving a distinctive "Norwegian" flavor to their country music.

Their early albums often included songs originally recorded by country music artists from the USA with The Hellbillies writing new lyrics in Norwegian. Later efforts have included much more original material that reflect contemporary Norwegian people and Norwegian life and issues.

They have also collaborated with musicians from the US. For example, Rob Hajacos from Nashville, who plays fiddle on most Garth Brooks albums, plays on three of The Hellbillies’ albums.

In 2013 the Hellbillies appeared at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival performing together with Jazz guests the Violin virtuoso Ola Kvernberg and the super trumpeter Mathias Eick.[3]

Members[edit]

Hellbillies during a consert in Langesund, July 2011.
  • Aslag Haugen - Lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, writing the music on most of the tracks.
  • Arne Henry Sandum - Electric bass-guitar
  • Lars Haavard Haugen - Lead guitar, resonator guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, baryton guitar, pedal steel etc.
  • Bjørn Gunnar Sando - Drums
  • Arne Moslåtten - Acoustic guitar, flute, lyricist, percussion

Keyboards/Piano/Organ at concerts:

  • Lasse Hafreager (1993-2000)
  • Trond Nagell Dahl (2001-2003)
  • Lars Christian Narum (2003- )

Honors[edit]

  • 1993: Spellemannprisen in the class Country-rock awarded for the album Pela Stein
  • 2007: Spellemannprisen awarded 'This year's spellemann for the album Spissrotgang[1]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bergan, Jon Vidar (2013-02-19). "Hellbillies Biography". Store Norske Leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  2. ^ Rønning, Øyvind (2012-11-25). "Hellbillies fant lykka i Oslo Spektrum" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  3. ^ "Hellbillies m./Ola Kvernberg + Mathias Eick" (in Norwegian). Kongsberg Jazz Festival. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Vamp
Recipient of the Spellemannprisen
as This year's Spellemann

2007
Succeeded by
Espen Lind