Artist Spotlight – Hooby and the Yabbit

Band nameHooby and the Yabbit 
MemberIan Hawkins, Roy Whyke, Lee Williamson
Location Wakefield West, Yorkshire, UK  
 StyleBlues boogie country rock 
Formed in2016
First releaseOut of Time (November 2018) 
Links Website | YouTube | Facebook
The Music Addict’s VerdictDirty blues rock from the UK, played with grit, soul and passion from self-proclaimed “Rock and roll troubadours”.
Hooby and the Yabbit

How was the band formed? The band evolved out of a cover band that was playing ZZ Top, Steely Dan , and blues/rock by a variety of artists, then I started to write songs. I built a studio to record them in and now here we are.

What’s your songwriting process like? The songs just kind of arrive in my head. Sometimes people or conversations suggest things or sometimes it’s just things I’m thinking about. Other times I’ll be jamming with the band and stuff happens that way.

Hooby and the Yabbit

What are your influences? Too many to mention really in one go, but this project is influenced by blues, rock and acoustic stuff like ZZ Top, Creedance Clear Water Revival, The Band, George Thorogood, etc

How would you describe your music?  Well , see above really.

What’s the one thing that makes your band stand out from the rest?  Well come see us, listen to the songs and then you can tell me!

What’s your latest release?  Well it’s a 4 track EP , featuring slow but groovy blues, acoustic rock, a mad instrumental and a banging rock song. You can find it on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Deezer, YouTube and all the rest.

Ian Hawkins (Hooby and the Yabbit)

What are your touring plans for the next few months?

Just a couple of a acoustic shows this month , the band should be touring around  the Autumn And into next year. Any Canadian blues rock promoters get in touch man. We d love to come over some time.


Ian Hawkins

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