New MR8 record, “III,” is out today!

The long-awaited Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight record, “III,” is out today, August 1. 

The 14-song album, on Hot Tramp Records, is available everywhere to download and stream. Hard copies are available at any of our upcoming shows. 

We are very proud of this new record and can’t wait for you to hear it.

New video, “When a Man Turns to Whiskey”

Here’s “When a Man Turns to Whiskey,” directed by Ray Woods, written by Mick Rhodes and Wyman Reese, recorded/engineered/mixed by Jon Crawford, mastered by Michael Hateley. More videos coming soon off of the upcoming MR8 album, “III.” Stay tuned!

“Wishing You Well,” first track off MR8’s new record, “III,” is out!

Here’s “Wishing You Well,” the first track off MR8’s new record, “III”! The record is coming out at the end of July on Hot Tramp Records. 

Standby for videos for all 14 tracks to be released in the coming days and weeks!

Check back  often for the final release date and record release show updates.


New MR8 record imminent!

MR8s new 14-track record is mixed and mastered, with 14 videos done and ready for YouTube! We are currently finalizing artwork and will then manufacture. When the product is in hand (CDs only this time, sorry!) we will begin a two-week juggernaut of video releases, culminating on day 15 with the official release of the record. 

Things are heating up! 

Stay tuned,


The new album is being mixed!

Tracking for MR8’s long-awaited new record is complete, and we are mixing the tunes. It will be a matter of weeks now until we begin releasing these tracks, including “When a Man Turns to Whiskey,” “Falling Away,” “Daddy’s Girl,” “Looks Like You’re Falling in Love,” “Consider it Done,” and many more! Look for lyric videos for each and every track to begin dropping soon. In the meantime, here’s a shot from Mick and John’s stellar recent songwriter night at Ophelia’s Jump in Upland, where we shared the stage with the incomparable Claremont Voodoo Society.

MR8 acoustic duo at Ophelia’s Jump in Upland, October 27, 2022.

More info coming soon!


New MR8 records nearing completion

Hey MR8 fans! This past week founding band member and spellbinding guitarist Brian Hall came by the Village Tracks to lay down a blistering solo on one of our newest, “Bleeding Out.”

Brian cut the jaw-dropping solo on a Fender Stratocaster that belonged to the late, deeply missed John Harrelson. It was a deeply meaningful moment. 

Brian is coming back next week to play on “Wishing You Well.” After that, it appears all tracking will be complete for our two new records.

Standby for news on a unique promotional blitz that will take place in September on YouTube and here … 

Founding MR8er Brian Hall was in the studio this week putting finishing touches on the band’s upcoming new releases.

MR8 to release TWO new records this summer!

Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight are either marketing geniuses, or crazy. Regardless, they’re going ahead and releasing not just the long-awaited followup to 2016’s critically acclaimed “Paradise City,” but a companion album as well. Work is nearly complete on the pair of records, which will be released before summer is out on Hot Tramp Records. 

The band has recorded more than 24 new tunes, ranging from pop confection “Looks Like You’re Falling in Love,” to “When a Man Turns to Whisky”‘s spaghetti western Americana. 

The band will begin releasing lyric videos for every one of the tracks in a few weeks, culminating with the digital release of both records. 

Meanwhile, MR8 is also back to its busy live performance schedule, with appearances at festivals, clubs and breweries. 

Stay tuned for a release schedule soon!

Work on new MR8 record resumes! Special surprise announcement coming soon …

After more than a year of sitting still and staying safe, MR8 is back in the studio finishing up tracking on the last two songs of their new record: the rollicking, delicious, and rowdy future pop hit, “Wishing You Well,” and the catchy as hell, “Hole in Your Heart.” Look for a very special surprise announcement about these and 18 other new MR8 songs that will be released before the year is out on Hot Tramp Records. 

The band is also back to playing live shows, with a Saturday, May 29, 5 to 8 p.m. appearance at Last Name Brewing in Upland. See the “Shows” section for ticket information.

More news to come very soon, including that “surprise announcement …”

New video, “Half,” from upcoming MR8 record!

Here’s “Half,” off the upcoming Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight full-length album. 

This is the first of several videos that we will be dropping in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for “When a Man Turns to Whiskey,” “Wonderful/Terrible,” and “Talk a Good Game,” among others. “Half” was directed by Drew Campbell. The song, about splitting your life in two, was written by Mick Rhodes, Wyman Reese and John Sleeger, produced by Wyman Reese and engineered by Jon Crawford, and recorded by Jon Crawford at Village Tracks and Brian Wells at Brown Liquor Studios. 

New MR8 record, video coming soon!

Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight are nearly done tracking the band’s third album. The 13-song record, recorded at Village Tracks and Brown Liquor Studios, features the single, “When a Man Turns to Whiskey.” “Whiskey” was penned by Mick and Wyman Reese, and will be accompanied by a music video directed by Solid Ray Woods, himself an accomplished musician (Jayhawks, Victoria Williams). Other new tracks include “Talk a Good Game,” “Wonderful/Terrible,” “Daddy’s Girl,” “Half,” and “Falling Away” (featuring spellbinding guitarist Danny Ott, who’s recorded and toured with with Dave Alvin and the late Chris Gaffney, among others). The band will be hitting the road in support in summer 2019. Keep checking, or for release date and tour updates.