About Us

The Lineup

From left to right:

John Hendow : Electric Guitar
Eric Eagle : Drums
Jon Hyde : Pedal Steel, Vocals
Kristopher Geren : Electric Guitar
David Russel : Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals
Caben Buswell : Bass Guitar

The 1uppers is a country band.  A band that is all about sad songs, memorable melodies, tight harmonies, guitar solos and matching suits. The band was started on a whim by Jon Hyde, who after some 15 years of playing pedal steel in non-country bands (Jon Hyde Band, Mount Analog, Transmissionary Six, Downpilot, Varmint, Zera Marvel) and on non-country recordings (Jim White, Jesse Sykes, Laura Veirs, Lori Carson) decided it was time to give in and play country music on this most country of instruments. A plan was hatched by Jon and guitarist John Hendow (Jumbalassy, Preons, Dudley Manlove Quartet, 80s Invasion) one day over coffee and slowly came to fruition. First on board were Jon’s right hand men – Caben Buswell on bass (Jon Hyde Band, Rock Paper Scissors) and Eric Eagle on drums (Jon Hyde Band, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, Lawnmowers, Downpilot, Johanna Kunin). Kris Geren (the Swains) was next to join bringing with him country pedigree and terrific Telecaster stylings. Kris’ rendition of the Don Rich / Buckaroos instrumental classic “Sad is the Lonely” is a 1 Uppers show highlight. Last to join was our singer, David Russell (David Russell, The Sideshow Sinfonette). While David and Jon’s old bands crossed paths and shared bills together for years, the 1 Uppers is their first collaboration. David has found his country voice and it sits perfectly atop this band.

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Eric Eagle
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Kris Geren
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John Hendow
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Jon Hyde
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The point was to play country and not “alt-country”. A long list was selected of mostly lesser-known country songs primarily from the 60s. While the set list has been infiltrated by some great rock (Flying Burrito Bros, Bob Dylan) and newly penned Hyde and Russell originals – the main directive remains intact.

The band released their first CD on September 14, 2012 and now preparing for a second recording.