Les Hatley


Les Hatley, a long time Washington DC area guitar player, was inducted into the Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame in September 2015. He is a Washington Area Music Association Wammie award winner for Folk Contemporary Instrumentalist.

Les recorded with a number of artists over the years, and released his first solo CD, called Second Chair, in 2009 and was nominated for a Wammie for Debut Recording. In November 2012 he released his second solo CD, called Surge. Both CDs feature instrumental stories.  Surge stayed on the Americana National Top 500 Chart for almost all of 2013.  From summer of 2014 to early 2015 Les remained on the Ramgatie International Mainstream Country Music Top 200 Artists Chart, based on radio airplay. His music has been played on well over 600 hundred radio stations worldwide. Two of his songs have been included on television soundtracks, one on an Animal Planet show and one on an MTV show.

In June 2016 Les gratefully signed on with Soul Stew Records, with a first release targeted for fall 2016.

One listener wrote that Les Hatley has the fingers of a big, muscular, friendly angelBelgiums Rootstime Magazine reviewed Surge and wrote that especially enjoyable were the atmospheric instrumental tracks and that the CD provides the listener moments of reflection and quiet enjoyment.

Les began his music career in the 1960s as lead guitarist with an R&B group called The Showmen. Since then he has played in a number of groups and has enjoyed opening shows for notables such as Roberta Flack, Lou Christie, the Coasters, Steppenwolf and others. The Showmen had the honor of playing as the back-up band for The Fantastic Johnny C in local support of his national hit record Boogaloo Down Broadway. Les has played venues ranging from suspicious bars to the Historic Old Town Theatre (Alexandria, VA), the Lincoln Theatre (Washington DC), the Kennedy Center and the White House.

His memoir, based on his 1,600 page scrapbook spanning 50 years music adventures and musician pals, is being readied for publication as a book to be titled Rock and Roll Pals.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW) www.saw.org. and a member of the Board of Directors of the Writer’s Center www.writer.org (in Bethesda, MD). He has served as a judge for the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, which is sponsored by SAW.

Albums


Surge

…instrumentals and vocals…
…stories of the heart

Surge is the follow-up to my first solo effort called Second Chair.  Surge has two vocal songs and all other tracks are instrumentals. Surge is about how the heart feels many things … from sorrow to joy, angst to humor …and back again.  The music on Surge is my effort to tell my stories …of the heart …musically.

All tracks, other than Jack The Ripper (Link Wray), were written by Les Hatley.

Purchase

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Also available on iTunes and Amazon.

Besides being available by online retailers, Surge is also available at several brick and mortar stores, including:

  • Victor Litz Music Center in Gaithersburg, MD.  To learn more about Victor Litz visit their website at www.victorlitz.com.
  • The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD.  To learn more about the Writer’s Center visit their website at www.writer.org.
  • Pritchard Music Academy in Gaithersburg, MD.  To learn more about Pritchard Music Academy visit their website at www.PritchardMusic.com.


Tender to torrid, instrumental stories

Les Hatley: Second Chair

Second Chair

…tender to torrid…instrumental stories…

Les Hatley takes the listener of Second Chair on a tour of moods from tender to torrid. Nothing on the album was written for the sake of writing. Nothing was written to manufacture a feeling. There is a story behind every instrumental as well as the one vocal offering. Stories….real stories…gave birth to everything the listener hears on this album.

Track 5: Red Rose

Track 6: Ruler

Track 11: Little Dancers

Buy it today on CD Baby!

Also available on iTunes, Amazon, Napster, CD Universe, and Lala.

Besides being available by online retailers, Second Chair is also available at several brick and mortar stores, including:

  • The House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park, MD.  To learn more about them and check out their impressive catalogue of locally-based recording artists visit their website at www.hmtrad.com.
  • Victor Litz Music Center in Gaithersburg, MD.  To learn more about Victor Litz visit their website at www.victorlitz.com.
  • The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD.  To learn more about the Writer’s Center visit their website at www.writer.org.
  • Libreria Diamante at 1 North Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877. Telephone 301 208-1872.
  • Pritchard Music Academy in Gaithersburg, MD.  To learn more about Pritchard Music Academy visit their website at www.PritchardMusic.com.

New album by Les Hatley