The Mystery Hillbillies are a rockin' band based in the western piedmont of North Carolina. They play a range of music from the early 40's to the present. Styles include Classic country,western swing, rockabilly and blues- think Patsy Cline, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Dwight Yokum, Brenda Lee, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and Elvis. Whether you're a two-stepper, jitterbugger, lindy hopper, shagger or a plain old leg shaker, you'll be up on the dance floor when the Mystery Hillbillies get to rockin'. They tailor their sets to the audience and venue, bringing a great entertaining experience to folks of all ages and persuasions. They play most often as a trio, but drums can be added for a bigger sound. Their range of gigs includes swing dances, clubs, restaurants, street fairs, festivals, parties and the occasional wedding. They will make any event more fun.
"Michelle, I love to come hear you play because I can pretend I'm you and it makes me feel sassy" -Tami Reichert
"I think of the word "bad-ass" when I think of you. Confident, talented, cool, humorous, skilled ...bad-ass!" -Anastasia Maddox -vocalist, uke, harmonica and kazoo player with the Bull Town Strutters and Skeedadle Band
"The first time I heard the Mystery Hillbillies was at Fishers Grille in Greensboro. If you’ve ever been to Fishers, you know that a packed house gets pretty loud in there. In the middle of a conversation, I heard this booming voice that stopped me in mid-sentence. I had to peek over the booth to see who this was – and there was Michelle – this huge smile on her face as she started belting out “Daddy Was a Preacher.” My first reaction was, how the heck does such a powerful sound come out of such a petite gal? But you know the old saying, “Don’t judge a book…?” Well, it’s true. She packs a punch, and so does the rest of the band.
There are lots of groups in the area that play good music, but they don’t really bring you into the performance -- don't make a connection. Watching this band, I felt as if I had gone back in time to the days of watching the “Porter Wagoner Show” with my Pa-Paw on the weekends. Their music is authentic – a fun little trip down memory lane. It’s comforting. And it makes you want to get up, pull off your shoes, and do a little dancin’ (even though shoeless is probably not a good idea in a bar).
I’ve seen the Mystery Hillbillies play at Prissy Polly’s in Kernersville, and the crowd loved them. It takes a certain kind of presence to keep customers in their seats after they’ve finished dinner, and this group can do it. Couples were slow-dancing to Patsy Cline songs, shouting out requests, and the band kept delivering. This older gentleman slowly made his way to the front row and took a seat to listen. By the end of the show, he was clapping and stomping his feet with a huge smile on his face. Now THAT’S what music is all about, isn’t it? Go see them. They’re musical medicine for the soul."