The primarily self-taught guitarists performed live at various well-known blues joints around North Central Florida for the next three years, road-testing their material and tightening their sound prior to entering the Sound Refinery Studios to record their debut album, "Cracker Blues." The songs were all recorded live and on the first take over the course of one weekend in 2000, and received enthusiastically positive feedback from everyone who heard the CD.
Hamhock, a skilled banjo picker and acoustic guitarist deeply influenced by such greats as Earl Scruggs and Brownie McGhee, creates a driving, rhythmic foundation for H&S's trademark "delta-style cracker blues" sound. Slide developed his melodic and intuitive style through immersing himself in the music of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Son House, and particularly Duane Allman, who Slide states as his primary influence. Robert Johnson has been another major musical inspiration for the duo.
Over the last few years, Hamhock and Slide have been keeping their fingers on the pulse of the local music scene in and around Gainesville, Florida, performing, entering and winning national music contests, and generally having a wonderful time keeping the greasy side up.
Invited to perform at Athfest 2000 on the strength of their debut album, "Cracker Blues"; they were the only Florida band playing at this annual Georgia music festival.
Winners of the 1999 National Veterans' Creative Arts competition for their original tune, "Dove," named after and written for Slide's daughter.
First and Second place Winners of the 2005 National Veterans' Creative Arts competition for their original tune, "Amarula," and Vocals on Statesboro Blues which was chosen from among more than 3000 entries.
Third place Winners Nationally 2006 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition for their original tune "Over Yonder", Chosen from among 3000 applicants