The Prairie Clams are:
JOHNNY 'Honky-Tonk' HINKES guitars vocals
I got my first guitar at the age of nine in 1962. After playing around Oxford in various local bands, I moved to London in 1979. I had many exciting musical experiences including joining the Demolition Decorators and working on various theatre projects at the Old Albany Empire. In 1984 I returned to Oxford, started learning pedal steel and joined the Allen James country band. 'Big Al' introduced me to the UK country music scene and I played many clubs and festivals with him. I also played for a while with the legendary Muscle & Curves band. For many years I have earned my living playing guitar in the streets of Oxford, and have taken up the banjo as my retirement instrument.
double bass vocals
In the 1970s, Simon played flute and congas in a band called Mindless Pleasures. He took up the double bass late in life, playing swing jazz, bluegrass, and country, and enjoyed his first paid gig in the week that he retired from the NHS
HUGH BLAZA guitars vocals
Hugh Blaza’s musical career has its roots in the 1970s when he listened to nothing but Little Feat for 9.5 years. When Lowell George died, he went to pieces. In 2018, Johnny Hinkes persuaded him to join the Prairie Clams and the blood began to flow in his veins again. Hugh sleeps with his vintage Fender Telecaster and custom black Martin acoustic.