About Us

Joel Thomas

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 JOEL THOMAS.... JT to most, is the lead singer, guitarist and founder of Highway 1. Born in northern California, raised during the 60's and spending years playing in New York City. 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 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. 

Tea Wallace

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 TERRY (TEA) WALLACE...Born in Georgia and raised in Florida,Tea considers himself a local, growing up on Florida's east coast, surfing, fishing and living life in a laid back lane. Tea has played with many great Floridian musicians since the 1970's. He plays bass, harmonica and adds both lead and background vocals to the Highway 1 sound.  

Joe Battista

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JOE BATTISTA....Just call him “Bat”, is originally from New Jersey with a degree in music, bringing the “ Jersey shore vibe” to the band. Bat has toured throughout the USA and Canada and has opened for such diverse acts as Cheap Trick, The Duprees, The Belmonts and The Village People. Drum set, cajun, electronic drums, lead and backing vocals is what he brings to Highway 1.

Testimonials

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. 

Pete Lynch

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.

Jason

Beverage Manager

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

Mangrove Mama's

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