Colin 'Hotdog' Jackson..... Outstanding lead guitarist and vocalist, born in Bristol, started off playing drums semi-professionally with a band called “Livewire” He soon decided that life seemed somewhat more exciting for the guitarist at the front! In his early 20’s he bought his first guitar took lessons for a year until he surpassed his instructor, then embarked on over 2 decades of playing with various bands across Europe and guest appearing with bands in America whilst taking his Harley from north to south down the East Coast. In his late 40’s he made a choice to follow his love of blues. Listening to his influences; George Thorogood Rory Gallagher, Gary Moore, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Eric Clapton.
Adrian ‘Ben’ Bennett found most fame with ‘Claytown Troupe’ , an alternative rock band from Bristol, England, who came to success in 1989. The Claytown Troupe were formed in 1984 in Bristol. After recruiting guitarist Adrian Bennett & bassist Paul Waterson in early 1988, the band created an accomplished live show, & having gained notoriety supporting acts that included Fields of the Nephilim, Alien Sex Fiend, Chiefs of Relief, etc.. they built a hardcore fanbase who followed bands such as The Cult, New Model Army & The Mission. During the summer of 1988 the band were included, along with The Wedding Present, The Trudy & The Hunters Club, on a 4-track EP on the cover of House of Dolls, a popular mainstream alternative music magazine. The band started to attract major record label interest and bigger audiences and were signed to Island Records (their fastest ever signing) by Ron Fair, who also produced the debut album, Through the Veil with extra mixes by Ralph Jezzard. With a major record deal behind them the album was released to critical acclaim internationally in October 1989, reaching No. 72 on the UK Albums Chart . 'Through the veil' spawned three top 100 UK singles – 'Prayer' UK 79, 'Hey Lord' UK 86 & 'Real Life' UK 85. After Claytown Troupe played to sell-out audiences from London's famous Marquee Club and Astoria, they were invited to play as support band for The Cult's Sonic Temple tour, at venues such as Wembley Arena and Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre. Following this success, and with a reputation as one of the UK's best live acts, the band toured constantly with a variety of acts including Pearl Jam, The Wonder Stuff, The Damned, Julian Cope, Jesus Jones, The Godfathers, and The Mission, as well as playing the Los Angeles Foundations Forum, which also featured Ozzy Osbourne and Soundgarden. After Island Records sold to Polygram a new head of A & R came on board who on first meeting, told Christian Riou that he didn't like rock music & would find it hard working with the band, on Ron Fairs advice, the band switched record labels to EMI Records USA, where the second album Out There (1991), was produced by David Bianco at New York's The Hit Factory. 'Out There' spawned two top 75 UK singles – 'Ways of love' UK No. 57, 'Wanted it all' UK No. 74. In 1992 as guests of Pearl Jam on their Ten Tour (the only UK act to have toured with Pearl Jam). The move back to the UK in 1992 proved to be difficult, even after a successful UK headline tour which culminated with a sold out Marquee. The Claytown Troupe were very active in championing new bands & directly requesting them as support. Including The Almighty, The Beyond, Terrorvision & Christian Riou initially invited the fledgling Pearl Jam over to the UK as support which was reversed when the latter shot to international success in late 1991. 'Roadhouse' are very pleased to have Adrian on board and will give the band a new edge and sound.