We are The Summit
The Summit is a nationally touring rock band from Cincinnati dedicated to quality song-writing and performing. Put together by former Grooveshire members, Chris Scott and Mike Hennel, The Summit is a rock ‘n’ roll super group exploding with some of the country’s most decorated musicians.
Fresh from both publishing and licensing deals in Nashville, TN and Scott’s collaboration with former Cage the Elephant Guitarist and Talkbox Rodeo producer, Lincoln Parish, the song writing duo made their way back home during the fall of 2015 to begin writing a new batch of tunes with Cincinnati’s own Micah Hoosier and Chris Bentley. The quartet quickly began polishing a whole new flare of soul inspired blues rock tunes with relative ease. “Their sound is very reminiscent of modern day song-writing gurus such as JJ Grey and Amos Lee, but it’s insanely fused with the vintage tones of iconic rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, Humble Pie and The Black Crowes...The Summit is definitely playing outside of their generation, but somehow grab the attention of all generations lucky enough to see and hear them perform!” Philip Ryan Block – Owner, Independent Ear Records
In the Spring of 2016, The Summit rapidly gained overnight success with their highly energized performances and were asked to join tours with the Los Lonely Boys, The Band of Heathens, Tim Reynolds and TR3, Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, Marc Ford, and The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.
With the evolution of the band’s success came a record deal with Independent Ear (Universal Music Group/ILS). The Summit quickly began acquiring a national fan base and sparked the interest of some of the industry’s most recognizable entertainment companies. Between Nashville and Cincinnati, the group found a home and started to wow audiences across much of the Midwest and South. “It’s a little Black Crowes, a little Humble Pie, and hell of a lot of soul! You may be able to recognize many of this band’s numerous influences in their amazing sound, but one thing’s for sure...you can’t fake soul and this band’s got soul!” Brian Robbins Relix Magazine/Jambands.com
The Summit left Cincinnati once again in November 2016 to begin recording their debut EP with engineer and co-producers Brook Sutton and Michael Rhodes (Tempest Music) at The Studio Nashville. The self-titled EP dropped worldwide under Independent Ear and the Universal Music Group in April of 2017.
After its release, the band’s single entitled “Nicola Jane” hit radio and satellite stations across the country. With the songs quick success, the band grabbed the attention of rock legend Billy Gibbons and were invited to join ZZ Top on tour during the fall of 2017. The Summit was humbled to realize that BFG (Billy F. Gibbons) had taken a keen interest in the band’s unique sound and wanted to work with them in the studio.
Since the ZZ tour, the band also had runs with Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Corey Smith and Collective Soul to name a few. The Summit is currently gearing up for another high profile national run and are preparing to release their full-length LP later this summer.
Vocals, Harp / Chris Scott
Drums / Mike Hennel
Keys / Christopher Bentley
Guitar / Steve Altonen
Guitar / Brian Tarter
Bass / Bjorn Knudsen
Summit 2018 Tour
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