The Band

Joe Bidewell

Hooray for Hooteroll?!  It's me JB! I am living in East Nashville and singing, playing keyboards, and harmonica with Hooteroll?

My albums online: or

The BBC filmed me performing my song "Dream Hotel" (after Viva @ 4:20) in my room @ the Chelsea Hotel in NYC, (where I lived for many years)

More BBC - playing my black Strat w/ Nico @ the Chelsea:

I toured and recorded w/ John Cale during his "Sabotage" period - playing harmonica & Wurlitzer electric piano in this NYC clip: . 

Artist Kenny Wright covers my song "See Them Going" on his "Family Album"

Mark Shenkel aka Smiley

In an effort to find melody where none should exist, saxman Mark "Smiley" Shenkel provides a personal mixture of wind and saliva to power the brass albatross around his neck. 

Singer/songwriter/instrumentalist/arranger/composer Mark Shenkel was born and raised Denver, CO.  While adolescing in Atlanta, GA, he started gigging with big-band swing acts as well as writing songs, singing and playing rock guitar with high school pals. Shenkel eventually relocated to Middle Tennessee to make music, work, and finish his education (at MTSU).  Many bands later (Riff Rath', William House/Jackie Pearson Band, Nine Parts Devil, A.K.A:Rudie, Audrey Malone & the Rhythm Kings, FATGNAT, etc.), "Smiley" is, as usual, playing a variety of styles with a variety of musicians.  While none of the aforementioned bands hit it big, they shared bills and stages with all kinds of acts including Jerry Lee Lewis, Isaac Hayes, Larry Carlton, The Skatalites, Faith Hill and The Georgia Satellites.

Currently, Mark "Smiley" Shenkel can be found blowing sax with Hooteroll and The Worried Minds (urban blues), and singing lead & harmonies while strangling his guitar with Allnite Diner (roots, rock & reggae) and Peoploids (stoner punk).

Travis Collinsworth

Hooteroll? bassist Travis Collinsworth has resided in Nashville, TN for the last 15 years.  While moonlighting as a dive bar operator in East Nashville, he has played in all manner of local bands - from punk rock to country AND western.  In addition to Hooteroll? Travis currently plays with Hurricane Will and Storm Damage (blues rock), The Jabberwackers (instrumental jazz/blues), Figure In Black (all Black Sabbath, all of the time), and a number of Nashville based singer songerwriters.  On any given day, Travis has no idea how many bands he's actually in.  In addition to bass guitar, Travis digs Japanese Maples, vegetarian Indian food and an English Bulldog named Rocky.

Favorite Quote:  "As long as there's, you know, sex and drugs, I can do without the rock n' roll." - Mick Shrimpton

Rich Mahan

Singer/Songwriter and Guitarist Rich Mahan was first bitten by the Jerry bug in November 1985 during a 3 night run by the Dead at Long Beach Arena. He was turned onto the Keystone Recordings shortly thereafter, and a lifelong love of Jerry’s music was born. Many JGB shows were attended, and they warped the boy’s fragile eggshell mind; in the best way possible of course. Mahan has lived in California most of his life — moving up and down the Pacific coast between Los Angeles and the Bay Area — where he spent his time surfing, recording, gigging, and developing a deep love for Mexican food. Over the years, he’s toured and recorded with several groups, most notably playing with his Jam-Band, funk rockers ‘Avocado Sundae’ and co-founding the alt-country band Shurman, which was signed to Vanguard Records in 2004. He moved to Nashville in 2010 to make music and join the city’s growing population of former Californios, or, as he says, Golden State Refugees, and released his solo debut, “Blame Bobby Bare” in 2013. Bwop.

Mark Pavlack

Northwest Indiana native Mark Pavlack began air drumming to Beatles albums at age 5 and made the leap to the real thing with his high school band Skidmarx in 1985.  A series of college bands surrounding Purdue University ultimately morphed into the progressive rock trio Elephanthead from 1995-1999.  In 2000, Mark relocated to Nashville and worked with a variety of singer/songwriter ensembles and Lower Broadway honky tonk bands as well as putting in 10 years of touring and recording with the punk rock trio Losers Beat Winners (featuring Bob Grant of The Bad Livers) and the traditional country band Porter Hall Tennessee (profiled on National Public Radio in 2002).  A Deadhead since 1990, Mark was witness to 12 midwestern Grateful Dead concerts from inside the venues, several wild parking lot experiences at Deer Creek, and a single fantastic Garcia Band show in Chicago during Jerry's fall 1991 tour.  He met up with the Hooteroll? crew through a series of like-minded Nashville cats including bass player Travis Collinsworth, Mark's partner in the engine room for over 15 years.  When he's not working on his house in north Nashville, Mark enjoys punishing his ears with psychedelic doom metal and 80s punk rock, coughing extensively, and gettin' nasty on a variety of Rogers, Ludwig, Crush, Taye and Custom Classic drums, LP and Remo percussion instruments, Zildjian A series and Istanbul Agop Om series cymbals, Ludwig, Pearl and Drum Workshop hardware and pedals, Vic Firth 5A and 7A drumsticks, Pro Mark Hot Rods and Innovative Percussion wire brushes.

Mike Lawson

Guitarist/vocalist Mike Lawson performed from 1996-2001 in the San Francisco Bay area as a regularly featured guitarist for Merl Saunders and His Funky Friends at the annual Haight Street Fair, and whenever Merl wasn't playing with his touring group "The Rainforest Band." Mike also frequently sat in with or opened for the Rainforest Band as a solo act or with a band of friends at venues including Sweetwater, The Fillmore, Great American Music Hall, and The Maritime Hall.

His 1998 release "Ticket to Fly" was on Merl's Sumertone label, and featured guest performances by Merl Saunders, Jorma Kaukonen, Bob Welch, Dennis Robbins, and Joe Louis Walker, with cover art by Stanley Mouse. Mike has recorded with and/or performed with alongside Merl with those artists and others including Vince Welnick, Bill Kreutzmann, Bill Vitt, Martin FierroRob Wasserman, Melvin Seals, Tom Constanten, Narada Michael Walden, Peter Kaukonen, Skip Mesquite, Barry Melton, and others from the Grateful Dead family over the years. Mike wrote the liner notes for Merl Saunders final Fantasy Records release "Keepers,". He appears playing guitar/mandolin on the chamber-orchestra instrumental tribute album to the music of the Grateful Dead, "Gifts from the Dead," with Vassar Clements, Vince Welnick, and Merl Saunders, produced by Fred Bogert, who produced two solo albums for Jorma, Lawson's Ticket to Fly release, and is Grammy-nominated for his work with Trout Fishing in America. Lawson recorded a version of Mystery Train in an impromptu jam session at historic RCA Studio B in 1998 with Bogert, and other friends, that includes a fiddle part by Vassar Clements. The song is available for free. He also recorded a version of the Beatles classic "Why Don't We Do it in the Road" with Vince Welnick, which is also available for free.

To achieve the signature Garcia tone, Mike uses handcrafted replicas of Jerry Garcia's Tiger and Wolf guitars made by Phil Gawen, and a non-replica tribute to Garcia's Cripe-built Lightning Bolt, all of which are equipped with Garcia's special custom electronics including an OBEL (onboard effects loop), five-way strat-style switching, two humbucker SD2s and an SD1 from Dimarzio, a Unity Gain Buffer, coil taps, plus a stealthily-installed MIDI system from GraphTech known as The Ghost. This is a more accurate and modern piezo saddle version of a MIDI system vs the magnetic HEX-style Roland pickup that Garcia was using.

Depending on the size of the venue, his amps are either a modded Blackface '65 Fender Twin Reverb equipped with two JBL e120 speakers, or a modded Mesa Boogie 5:25 with one vintage JBL d120 speaker.

Mike recently added a new system to the lineup, consisting of a 1-12 "Hard Trucker" style speaker cabinet containing a vintage JBL K120, powered by a vintage McIntosh MC50 solid-state power amp and fronted by a Sarno Music Solutions SMS Classic Tube Preamp with Jerry Garica-style mods, which is essentially a hand-wired replica of the Garcia Fender Twin preamp section modded in Jerry's amp, fed to the McIntosh for power. His GR-55 Roland Guitar Synth system for the MIDI sounds feeds separately to the Aspen Pittman-designed Center Point Stereo Spacestation v3 powered stereo monitor amp. 

Mike's pedal board consists of: