With humble beginnings in Tennessee, the history of Cool Hand Luke reads like the outline to a good novel:
- Band forms in 1998 at Middle State University.
- Band signs to Floodgate Records in 2002.
- Band puts out two records.
- Band tours country with The Myriad, Norma Jean, Switchfoot, Anathallo, As Cities Burn (to name a few) and sells thousands of records.
- Time for the climax, right? Almost.
- Band debuts at number 6 on the Billboard internet sales charts.
- Band takes hiatus. One member gets married and moves away; another goes off to college.
- Band reforms around single constant member, Mark Nicks, in 2006. Casey McBride and Joey Holman join band.
- Band tours more and has now played 46 states.
- Band releases The Balancing Act with Floodgate, fulfilling their contractual obligation. Floodgate folds during the release.
- Band is suddenly left with no label, no management, no booking agent.
- Band looses rehearsal space. Casey (Bass Player) gets arms burned in grease accident.
- Band has no money and an almost finished record.
Cool Hand Luke finds a new indie label in 2008. They go back into the studio to finish their album which, they say, is the best sounding and best written album they’ve ever done. Casey’s skin grafts take effect and he is able to play the bass again. They hit the road where they’ve been discovering that they have a loyal fanbase, desperate for a new recording.
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