ABOUT THE BAND
Born in the north country of Wisconsin, this Trio is not so easy to pin a genre on. While they have heavy blues influences like Junior Kimbrough and RL Burnside; they also bear some similarities to bands like ZZ Top and Clutch. While some people have argued that the band is too heavy to be considered Blues, this did not stop several blues lists and sites from giving the album a very high rating. Several even gave it Album of the Year for blues.This is not to say the band doesn’t have their own style, though these influences can be heard in their playing, they do have a style all their own.
Formed in 2006, the band has undergone a few line up changes to settle on the current working one, consisting of Tom Jordan on vocals and guitar, Seth Heffner on Bass, and the newest member, Mitch Ostrowski on drums.
Their brand of swampy hard rock is helping them make a name for themselves across the mid-west, making fans of all ages and blues and rock fans alike. With their new live album : outnumbered and outgunned, they hope to continue the momentum started by the first album and continue playing as much as possible!
SETH HEFFNER, bass
Living in an area where there wasn’t much for a young man to do, he listened to a lot of his mother’s 8-tracks and records; many of which were ‘old school delta blues records and musicals that would become the basis for a lot of what he would later play.
Soon he moved to Minnesota where he eventually picked up a guitar and taught himself how to play a lot of the old school blues he had listened to as a child. Finally he stopped in Wausau, WI and everything changed the first time he played a bass. He had found his true calling.
While he still enjoys playing guitar and does it quite well, bass is his First love…well…third actually…next to his 2 children and wife.
Over the past 15 years, he’s been in numerous bands like local Hard Rock band “Led Devil” in Wausau, and “Jif and the Choosy Mothers”. These bands helped to hone his style which is abrasively funky but smooth at the same time.
He has a great ear and a wide variety of influences ranging from Chris Wood – Modeski, Martin, & Wood , Bootsy Collins – Parliament Funkadelic, Les Claypool – Primus and Cliff Burton – Metallica.
He’s even been a touring sound man and roadie for bands like Six Pound Sledge and Meantooth Grin before he replaced original bass player Aric Chil-Cote.
MITCH “O.Z.” OSTROWSKI, drums
Mitch started out, filling in for original Meantooth drummer Brian Miller; when miller could not make shows. As time went on, Ostrowski played more and more with MTG and even got to play summer fest with them in his first months with the band. When Miller stepped down from playing with the band, Mitch stepped up to become the regular drummer and has brought a youthful style and energy to the band.
He started drumming at 17 and by 18 was learning complex double kick drumming used by drummers like Lars Ulrich , Mark Castillo and Joey Jordison. He also started playing in bands around 18 or so and even had ones of his bands open for Papa Roach. He has an associates degree and has trained in everything from push style polka, metal, blues and continues to push himself to learn new styles and techniques.
The “O.Z.”,(as he prefers to be called) is the energetic party boy of the bunch. He in known for his limitless amounts of energy at shows, as well as his sense of humor. Never to be seen at a gig without a smile on his face, this drummer not only brings skill, and a youthful hunger to play as much as possible…his contagious demeanor seems to wear off on the band.
Tom Jordan has been playing guitar for over 15 years, he got his first electric guitar from the local landfill. It didn’t work so he and a friend fixed it and for the next 3 years used it to learn electric guitar.
When he was 16, one of the elders of his church gave him a stack of records that included Johnny Winter, Taj Mahal, Jimi Hendrix’ Are You Experienced?, and Fleetwood Mac’s Black Magic Woman. These records played a huge part in developing an interest in music that would only become more passionate as time went by.
Later, befriending local blues masters Michael Murphy and Howard “Guitar” Luedtke helped to hone his skills even further. Eventually Murphy asked Jordan to join him in his band “The MOB” which lasted a little over a year in which time he was able to jam beside some of the best players around including Mickey Larson before he passed away due to cancer.
Local guitar monster Howard “Guitar” Luedtke took Tom under his wing to teach him Slide guitar, which Jordan has honed over the years to create a sound all his own. He lists Howard as one of his biggest influences, also referring to Howard and his wife/bass player Deb as the closest thing to a second set of parents.
Influenced by old school Mississippi blues men, hard rock, country and just about everything else, his sound is fierce and brutal borrowing much from the primal styles of raw guitar blues rock of guitarists like Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes and Duane Allman. His influences vary from everything from Bukka White, Hound Dog Taylor, Elmore James and Leadbelly to Tom Waits, Link Wray, Hank Williams, ZZ Top and Rory Gallagher.
In 2007, he went on a pilgrimage to Clarksdale, Mississippi, stopping in Nashville and Memphis on the way to play a few shows ; and finally getting to play at Ground Zero, the legendary Blues club owned by Morgan freeman.
In 2012 and 2013, Tom was nominated for WAMI (wisconsin area music industry) award for guitarist of the year, and has been referred to as one of the best slide guitar players in the mid-west. He has enormous respect for those who paved the road before him. Playing music is his full-time job and passion, and when he isn’t playing with Meantooth Grin, you might see him with any number of other bands with whom he is friends with.