Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight hail from the arid desert region east of Los Angeles, just close enough to the city to venture in and take what they need from the town of tinsel, leave the rest behind, and return to their outlying creative hub to plot their next record or tour.

Thriving outside the mainstream for the past 10 years has helped MR8 develop into one of the country’s best live bands. Battling it out independently, the group has released two records, “’Til I am Dust,” and “Paradise City,” both on Hot Tramp Records. “Paradise City,” received raves for its eclectic take on Americana, country, soul, blues and rock, with the single “Married Girls” appearing on several critics’ song-of-the-year lists.

The band’s third album is set to be released in summer 2019. The LP’s first single and video, “When a Man Turns to Whiskey,” is directed by Solid Ray Woods, formerly of the Jayhawks and Victoria Williams’ band. A video for “Half,” a story of dividing your life in two, is out now.

MR8’s reputation as a fearsome live unit has helped it land invitations to play to thousands at arena shows, and to regular gigs at well-known Southern California venues like Pappy and Harriet’s, the Redwood, the Echo and the Cinema Bar. The band tours the West regularly, with shows in Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Northern California.

All of Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight’s music is available at, through iTunes, Amazon or streaming at Apple Music and Spotify. Upcoming appearances are at