The Hippy Nuts

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The Hippy Nuts
OriginNew York, New York
GenresRock, Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues, Country, Roots Rock
Years active1993-Present
Associated actsAlice Ripley
WebsiteOfficial Site
MembersKathena Bryant
Tim Champion
Past membersShannon Ford (drums)
T.Bag Jade (bass)
Alice Ripley (vocals)
Paul Ossola (bass)
Tom Curiano (drums, BG vocals)
Roger Greenawalt (ukulele)
Joe Izzo (drums)
Dave Eggar (cello, piano)
Joe Mowatt (percussion)
Mark Epstein (bass and Rhodes)
Mark Doroba (guitar)
Larry Heinemann (bass)
John Andrews (guitar)
Basil Rodericks (vocals)
Dave Varrialle (drums)
Carl Stickler (vocals)
Mark Richard Ahlman (vocals)
Joseph A. Bellantuono (bass)
Chuck Henderson (bass)
Susan Gates (keyboard)
Bill Ryland (drums)

The Hippy Nuts[1] are an American rock band in New York City, New York.

Singer Kathena Bryant (from Greenville, Texas) and guitarist/producer Tim Champion (from Seattle, Washington) began collaborating in 1993. By 1995, they were performing as a duo in downtown Manhattan venues like the Cottonwood Cafe, Cowgirl Hall of Fame, and The Bottom Line. They added a full band and adopted the name The Hippy Nuts in 1996. Champion produced Bryant's solo album, Highway, in 1998, followed by The Hippy Nuts albums Hardcore Mellowdriven (2004) and Before the Fall of Onions or Tales... (2007). The latter received positive reviews,[2] including a nod from the Village Voice Pazz & Jop Awards in 2008.[3][4] The Hippy Nuts perform regularly around Manhattan, often at Banjo Jim's on the Lower East Side.

The Hippy Nuts have worked with a number of notable artists. Tony Award winner Alice Ripley has contributed background vocals on several Hippy Nuts tracks, including "I Feel Lucky Tonight".[5] Noted photographer Ben Glass directed the Nuts' music video for "Sometimes a Feeling",[6] and independent filmmaker Frank Keraudren directed "Working for Love"[7] and "Beulah Land".[8]

In January 2012, The Hippy Nuts commenced their Southern Immersion Tour in support of their third studio album, I Feel Lucky Tonight (2012); the tour included dates in Memphis, Dallas-Ft. Worth, and Jonesboro, AK, and ended in New York, New York. On July 28, 2012, they played the Rock Out for Radical Radio show hosted by WFTE 105.7 FM in Scranton, Pennsylvania. "I Feel Lucky Tonight" earned [1] positive reviews from The Daily News (PA)[9], which described the record as having "a lot of soul" and praised guitarist Champion's sound as "jazz and soul distortion" that has been "perfected".[10]

Tim Champion Guitar Pedals[edit]

Tim Champion has received accolades[11][12] for his handmade guitar pedals. Both his Fuzzar-o and Hissy Foot pedals were recognized as "Best of 2008" by Premier Guitar magazine.[13]


Highway (1998)
Hardcore Mellowdriven (2004)
Before the Fall of Onions or Tales... (2007)
I Feel Lucky Tonight (2012)


  1. ^ "The Hippy Nuts Official Site". Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  2. ^ Semioli, Tom. "Before the Fall of Onions or Tales (review)". Amplifier Magazine. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  3. ^ Semioli, Tom. "Pazz & Jop Awards 2008". Village Voice. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  4. ^ "New York Pazz and Jop Albums". Village Voice. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  5. ^ "I Feel Lucky Tonight". The Hippy Nuts. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  6. ^ Glass, Ben. "Sometimes a Feeling". The Hippy Nuts. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  7. ^ Keraudren, Frank (director). "Working for Love". The Hippy Nuts. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  8. ^ Keraudren, Frank. "Beulah Land". The Hippy Nuts. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  9. ^ Sisk, Jeffrey. "I Feel Lucky Tonight". The Daily News. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  10. ^ jimi (author). "The Hippy Nuts". Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  11. ^ Guzman, Gary. "More to Stomp On: 8 Stompboxes Reviewed". Premier Guitar. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  12. ^ Guzman, Gary. "Stomp on This! 28 Stompboxes Reviewed". Premier Guitar. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  13. ^ "Best of 2008". Premier Guitar. Retrieved 17 July 2011.

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