Ken Mottet

en Mottet is jokingly known as the Mayor of Rockabilly in Chicago. He has been the host of the Big C Jamboree(possibly the country's longest running monthly rockabilly jam session) for more than twenty years. He was the host of "The Otherside," a music video show that ran on Chicago television for sixteen years. And he has been a proud member of the Gin Palace Jesters, purveyors of the finest in traditional and original country & western music, for more than ten years.

Having written many songs for the Gin Palace Jesters and other roots artists(Barbara Clifford of the HoneyBees, Miss Ruby Ann, the Crown Vics) Ken decided in 2014 to pull some of his favorite unrecorded hits out of the steamer trunk and make his own record. His secret ace in the hole?? He called on some of Chicago's finest players to breathe fire into his songs. Scott Ligon and Casey McDonough(one half of legendary ensemble NRBQ) handle guitar and bass chores. The drums are piloted by Alex Hall(from Chicago's trad jazz monsters the Fat Babies and Joel Paterson's Modern Sounds). All three veterans lent their skills to JD McPherson's breakthrough album "Signs and Signifiers" several years back. The icing on the cake is the steel guitar provided by Ken's Jester bandmate(and world-renowned Harry Caray impersonator) Pat Keiner.

A lifetime spent listening to Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Elvis Costello and Ersel Hickey comes to a fervent boil in these five songs about girls and dads and pride and even more girls.