Bad Mother Hubbard is a five piece soul band from Wichita, KS. Playing funk, soul, blues, jazz, and R&B, the band uses it’s collective experience and talent to create rich harmonies and smooth, funky rhythms. Bad Mother Hubbard thrills audiences with original music as well as re-styled tunes by artists like James Brown, Muddy Waters, Led Zeppelin, and Amy Winehouse.
Lalanea Chastain (guitar, vocals) has music in her blood. She was raised by a family of singers with rich harmonies and a love for gospel. She’s been on stage since she was a young child and began singing blues in Wichita as a teenager. She has played with many bands singing blues, jazz, soul, funk, bluegrass, and even zydeco. Some bands include Johhny Mack and the Jaded Lovers, Off the Cuff, Hillary’s Sister, Mood Indigo, and Blue Eyed Soul. She met Rudy and several other super talents in Wichita when they were students and she was co-teaching a jazz vocal improv class at Friends University. After living in NC for five years, she is elated to be back in her beloved ict and has been singing blues and soul since her return as well as playing guitar and writing music.
Rudy Love, Jr. (keys, guitar, vocals), a native of Wichita, Kansas, has acquired a reputation for writing and producing warm, heart-felt, and infectious music. The creation and performance of timeless music runs deep within his veins.
His grand-father Robert Love set the way for the Love family in the industry by writing a song titled “Good Morning Little School Girl” which is the most covered rock song of all time.
His father and namesake Rudy Love Sr. , an exceptionally accomplished musician in his own right, has worked with some of the most recognizable names in the industry such as Little Richard, Michael Jackson, George Clinton and Sly Stone.
Rudy’s own career in music began in 2006 as he began to play keys with his fathers band around town. He has since been a part of over 50 bands, and played more than 1,000 live shows with artists such as Martin Luther, Omarion, Nikki Leonti, Keith Sweat, Esther Dean, Fishbone, and the Ying Yang Twins to name a few.
After conquering the live scene of his hometown, Rudy decided to make the move to LA in Nov. of 2010. Since then, he has been spending his time writing and producing in some of the most prestigious studios in LA, dedicated on perfecting his art of creation and delivery.
As a Writer, Producer, Artist, and Pianist, Rudy is involved with many many projects and is determined to continue to be true to his art and share his vision with the world.
Reggie Littleton (bass), born in 1957 in Wichita, Kansas, has been interested in music since the age of five after receiving his first guitar from his father. At the age of fourteen, after having given up guitar for the bass, Reggie experienced the music that would forever change his life. The serious blending of jazz and rock by the Mahavishnu Orchestra gave him new insights into the world of musical thought. By age seventeen Reggie was totally immersed in the serious study of music. During this time he also started working with other musicians playing rock and jazz.
Reggie’s first outing as a professional bassist was as a founding member of a five-piece jazz band called The Skid Rose Quintet. From there he joined the rock band, Polite Force (a.k.a. The Clocks). Extensive travel throughout the US and Canada followed for the next year. While Reggie explored all forms of music to satisfy his growing desires, it was after a stay in Nashville that he realized that only jazz could drive his passion. Soon thereafter, jazz pianist, Johnny Harris, hired Reggie for a year of road work.
Reggie’s growing reputation with Johnny caught the attention of jazz guitarist, Dempsey Wright, who asked Reggie to work with him. The result was a jazz duo that became the top draw at all the classiest venues in Wichita. It was also during this time that Reggie started to compose with local fusion guitarist, Greg Roser. Reggie’s new compositional work soon led him to the west coast.
Upon arriving in Los Angeles, Reggie subsequently joined the jazz band, Squeeze, where, after a show, he first met the well known jazz pianist, Les McCann. After a short time with Squeeze, Reggie, and his newly formed fusion group, Prophecy, started performing Reggie’s more recent compositions. Over the next three years Reggie’s exposure with Prophecy led him to meet other serious musicians including, Frank Zappa’s guitarist, Steve Vai. After spending eight years in L.A., Reggie was contacted by an old friend who needed his talent in Wichita for a new musical venture. The new jazz fusion group was called, HeadQuarters.
Throughout their many years, HeadQuarters opened for such acts as George Howard, Alex Benoit, Jazz Crusaders and Fat Burger, to name just a few. In addition to his role with HeadQuarters, which later became known as Artett, Reggie agreed to join The Lenny Charles Group for a four-month tour of Europe. Upon his return to the States, he quickly resumed his work with Sterling and HeadQuarters and concurrently joined a jazz trio called JFK. However, he has always enjoyed the occasional work with other well-known musicians such as Jerry Hahn and Eldar Djangirov whenever the opportunities present themselves.
Reggie has recorded with various other artists over the years, because of their need for his personal style. His unique sound is the result of the specialized gear and equipment he uses daily.
For the past decade, Alex Nordine (guitar) has been giving private lessons and working as a professional musician in the Wichita area. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz and Classical guitar at Friends University, where he also earned a Spanish degree. Through his work as a freelance musician he has worked with the Friends University Jazz Arts I and II groups, Samba Groove, Lisa and Nathan Hittle, Clarence King, Matt Maholland, Maple Street Trio, Gina and the Tonics, and Blue Eyed Soul. While he primarily plays guitar or bass in jazz groups, his broad taste in music has given him experience in various styles and genres including blues, bluegrass, Christian, classical, country, folk, heavy metal, Latin, and rock.
Brian Powell (drums) has played all over the world in a variety of bands and venues. Formerly with Urban Vibe, Lady D and The Boys, Don B and Friends, Three Sensitive Guys (3SG), Willie Wactor, and Teketa Paschal, he keeps the groove with his powerful but smooth drum beats