The Hired Hands moniker originated from an offhand comment by local music guy Sean Burns about the shifting musicians in Tom Irwin’s groups of the early 2000s. With the added descriptive adjective “Notorious” distinguishing them from other accompanists, the name stuck on this combination of Tom “Dooley” Woolsey (guitar), Raoul (guitar), Keith Voegele (bass) and Reggie Britton (drums). Playing Irwin’s expanding catalogue of originals and occasional country classics, the band rocked the Brewhaus every Sunday for several years, opened for Willie Nelson and Family at the 2001 Illinois State Fair and released the 11-song CD Live from Brewhaus in 2003 before branching off into other groups around 2005. Voegele joined the Bottle Rockets and Moonlight Rhythm Rangers, Britton had Black Magic Johnson, Woolsey went with Elvis cover bands and others while Raoul played with Black Magic Johnson and stayed at the Brewhaus with Irwin as part of a trio with Bill Laymon. As far as anyone can remember this is the first official get together since informally disbanding the original amalgamation.
Tom Irwin and the Notorious Hired Hands
Sun, Sept 5, 9pm