JOEL THOMAS...JT to most, is the lead singer, guitarist and founder of Highway 1. Born and raised in northern California during the 50's and 60's, then living in Bermuda during the 70's, influenced his musical style. He spent the 80's playing in "The Village" in New York City and touring with his country band "Saddle Tramp". JT reflects
JOEL THOMAS...JT to most, is the lead singer, guitarist and founder of Highway 1. Born and raised in northern California during the 50's and 60's, then living in Bermuda during the 70's, influenced his musical style. He spent the 80's playing in "The Village" in New York City and touring with his country band "Saddle Tramp". JT reflects those times in both his songwriting and performing. He has toured throughout the USA, parts of Europe and the Caribbean, playing country music and rock and roll. also bringing those influences to the bands sound. He has opened for national acts such as The Band, Pure Prairie League, Freddy Fender, The Ventures, Leslie West and Mountain. He thinks of himself as an entertainer first and a singer/musician second, which is evident in the bands performances. A vast selection of styles and artists influence his musical approach.
KERRY MORRIS... a groove oriented bass player from Los Angeles, CA, has a recording and touring resume that spans decades and many genres of music, including but not limited to, acts such as The Ike and Tina Turner Revue, Randy Meisner (The Eagles), Bob Siebenberg (Supertramp), Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), Paul Barriere (Little Feat),
KERRY MORRIS... a groove oriented bass player from Los Angeles, CA, has a recording and touring resume that spans decades and many genres of music, including but not limited to, acts such as The Ike and Tina Turner Revue, Randy Meisner (The Eagles), Bob Siebenberg (Supertramp), Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), Paul Barriere (Little Feat), The Boxtops and many independent singer/songwriter album projects. He has also played with blues acts (Harvey Mandel, Barry Goldberg, Jesse Ed Davis, Jackie Lomax…) and Oldies acts (The Impressions, Platters, Coasters, Drifters, Shirelles…) as well as commercials and soundtracks. He is adept at playing Rock, Trop Rock, Soul, Blues, R&B, Reggae, Funk, Alternative, Country and Folk.
Kerry’s way of approaching a song is from the song’s standpoint, not the bass player’s standpoint, ensuring that the song gets the correct bass part. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SONG.
JOE BATTISTA…Just call him “Bat” is originally from NJ, where he brings a “Jersey Shore Beach Vibe” to the band. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a Masters' Degree in Educational Administration. Bat has played with many top NJ bands including Trax, Pat Roddy, Sonny Kenn, Castle Browne Blues Band and Stringbean Blues, along with old
JOE BATTISTA…Just call him “Bat” is originally from NJ, where he brings a “Jersey Shore Beach Vibe” to the band. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a Masters' Degree in Educational Administration. Bat has played with many top NJ bands including Trax, Pat Roddy, Sonny Kenn, Castle Browne Blues Band and Stringbean Blues, along with oldies bands The Duprees and The Belmonts. He has opened for such diverse acts as Cheap Trick, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Jimmy Beaumont and The Skyliners, The Drifters and even The Village People. In the late 1980's, Bat was the drummer for Richie Balin and the TNP Band, which toured both the USA and Canada supporting Richie's country record releases. Bat adds both lead and backing vocals to the Highway 1 sound and can be seen playing a full drum set, electronic drums or a Cajun set up.
Highway 1 has played at Squid Lips Overwater grill for years. They are always professional and great to work with. Joel and the guys play a variety of music besides the best Buffet tunes. I look forward to the crowds they attract when they play here.
Squid Lips Overwater Grill
I do the Marketing and Entertainment Bookings for Victory Casino Cruises in Port Canaveral, Florida. For the past several years, we have booked Highway 1, once a week, to perform on our cruises. Our guests love Highway 1. Over the years we have had them join us as a duo, trio and as a full band for several Margarita Madness Cruises. In any formation, they always put on an amazing and memorable show. I would highly recommend Highway 1 for your next party or event. Your friends and guests will have a great time. In addition to being great performers, they always show up on time and are very professional to deal with off the stage. To everyone in Highway 1, I thank you for all you do for us at Victory Casino Cruises, we appreciate you all very much.
Victory Casino Cruises
Highway 1 performs regularly here at The Conch House Marina Resort in St. Augustine, Florida.
They bring a witty brand of music (Salt and Lime), that the crowd just loves. JT, Tea and Bat are so much fun, and of course, professional. They really know how to get the crowd involved. Please be sure to contact them for your next event. You won't be disappointed.
The Conch House Marina Resort
St. Augustine, Florida
Highway 1 has performed at our restaurant, The Golden Lion, Flagler Beach for five years. One of the biggest nights of the year is the presentation of the Best Beach Bar Award, and we were thrilled to have Highway 1 perform that evening. It was a great night with friends, family and good times. The music added ambiance and fun to the event. We have constantly found JT, Tea and Bat to be upbeat, professional and more than willing to stay on when the crowd demands......”just one more”. Having booked music at our establishment for over 24 years, we are proud to have found a great band to add to our music rotation.
We look forward to many future nights of singing along and dancing under the stars to the music of Highway 1.
Tony and Carolyn Marlow
Owners, The Golden Lion Cafe
We were very happy to have Highway 1 entertain us at our clubs 9th annual Gumbo Festival after party. They played a wide variety of music to please everyone and interacted easily with the crowd. They were friends playing music for friends and this was the first time we hired them. We hope to see them again down the road and at other functions in the future. Good luck JT, Tea and Bat.
Debbie Renfroe, President
Parrot Heads in a Natural Setting, Inc.
These guys are a great, all around group that really interacts with the crowd. People love them. They have a huge range of music and can play and perform for any occasion, audience or age group. We look forward to them returning to Mangrove Mama's and would recommend them to anyone looking for a truly professional, versatile and entertaining group. They rock!!
Dane Winosky, Owner
Summerland Key, Florida
Highway 1 always delivers a family friendly show whenever they perform here at Ron Jon's Surf Shop. The guests and staff both enjoy their music and consistently pleasant attitudes. They love to interact with the audiences and make everyone, no matter what age, have fun and feel good about their music. They are a joy to work with and I would recommend them to any other venues looking for professional, dedicated and versatile musicians. Highway 1 would make a great addition to any venue and we look forward to having them back here at Ron Jon's Surf Shop, many times.
Jamie Cacares, Promotions Coordinator
Ron Jon's Surf Shop
Highway 1 is a big hit for our music season. JT, Tea and Bat play an eclectic show for an eclectic crowd. Our patrons love different kinds of music and Highway 1 kept up effortlessly with the requests, while bringing smiles and laughter to the whole audience. They play such a mix of beach music, rock, country, oldies and more, that anyone is sure to keep their hands clapping and toes tapping during their fun and funky show. We look forward to hearing them again!!
Ellen Mortan, Adult Program Coordinator & Reference Dept.
Cocoa Beach Library
Barefoot Bay loves to hear Highway 1 at our venue. We have the band play at our pool party, where everyone is grillin' and chillin' to the great variety of songs performed by these fun and experienced musicians. Our customers love good music and Highway 1 delivers. If you are on their website, then you already know how wonderful and colorful they can be. Thanks JT, Tea and Bat, for bringing your unique style to Barefoot Bay.
Kathy Mendez, Food and Beverage Manager
Barefoot Bay Recreation District
Space Coast Parrot Head Club members are always pleased when Highway 1 is performing at one of our functions. They have played, and continue to play at many of our functions, both public and private and always put on a great show. A great selection of music, great interaction with the crowd and much more......With over 200 members, it is not easy to keep everyone happy, but somehow they always do.
Thanks JT, Tea and Bat.....keep it up!!!!
Roy Kellner, Past-President
Space Coast Parrot Head Club