About Hillside Outlaws
We are the Hillside Outlaws, a small country group from Penticton, BC. Stay tuned for upcoming events, videos and more, our journey is just beginning!
Louis Bigras – Guitar/Singer
Born in a small town in northern Ontario, Louis grew up surrounded by music. His father, Réal, was a hometown hero who played guitar and sang at just about every small town event. Like father like son, Louis showed interest in the guitar at an early age. Although they were not wealthy, his parents worked hard to feed his passion and bought him a junior sized dime store six string at the age of 9, a guitar that he still has to this day.
Spending every chance he could his father started teaching him all the great country classics from Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, to Randy Travis and Conway Twitty. This has been the inspiration for the sound that Louis has developed today.
Louis hopes to one day shake up the country music world and help shape a new era of sound and song writing, and leave a mark in history for generations to come.
Carlos Jimenez – Bass / backup vocals
Born in El Salvador, Carlos moved to Canada at a young age and soon fell in love with music. Picking up the bass at age 12, it didn’t take long to move to guitar, only a year later. Having several bands during High School, Carlos also learned how to play drums and only recently started trying his hand at keyboards. He prides himself in the fact that he is self taught with every instrument he plays, having never taken a single lesson.
Always listening to his preferred Alternative/Progressive Metal/Rock, Carlos strives to better himself in both technical and theoretical ability, aspiring to the likes of Dream Theater’s John Petrucci, Mike Mangini, John Myung, and other musicians such as Victor Wooten. He hopes to develop his song writing skills to the likes of his favorite band’s lead singer, System of a Down’s Serj Tankian.
Erik Galata – Drums
Erik was born and raised in Penticton and has lived in the hills since he was a kid. He has always loved music and started playing drums when he was in his teens. Some of his favourite drummers include Chris Fryar (Zac Brown Band), Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience), and Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean). He’s constantly improving his drum chops and has no plans to ever give up.
Langley Jackson – Lead Guitar
Born and raised in Grande Prairie Alberta, Langley grew up listening to his parent’s vinyl records. Kiss, Led Zepplin and Rolling Stones are among his early influences. He bought his first guitar at 13 and started a garage band playing Metallica and Zepplin covers. After High School and several years off music to raise his daughter he was asked to join a local country band. Says Langley “I didn’t know the first thing about country music; I grew up on Metal not George Strait”. It didn’t take long for him to be won over by the genre, “it was the harmonized vocals, the slick arrangements and incredible guitar work that really changed the way I looked at music and approached my own playing”
Throughout those early days of ‘Country Education’ he cut his teeth playing Bars, Rodeo’s and Festivals, opening for such bands as Wide Mouth Mason, Colin James, Street Heart and The Road Hammers and sharing the same stages as powerhouses like Travis Tritt, Dwight Yoakam and Keith Urban. “We were playing 40-50 shows a year and just about to get into the studio for an album when the wheels fell off”. More accurately -his band quit due to his increasing drug and alcohol use. That behavior eventually landed him in Prison. Says Langley “I was a complete trainwreck before I wound up in Drum. (Drumheller Penitentiary) I lost my band, my house, sold off most of my gear and was hopelessly hooked on heroin. Getting locked up was the best thing that could’ve happened to me”.
It was there, behind bars that he was able to get clean and reconnect with music. “there was a beat up old guitar in the Chapel I used to play all the time, eventually I started leading the worship team on Sunday’s” He’s not resentful of his time in Prison,” I was lucky, I met some good people in there and had two Chaplin’s that really believed in me. I love this quote from Hank Williams Jr that says something like “you don’t realize how true country songs are till you’re in the middle of one”
After his release he left Alberta for greener pastures and the warmer weather of B.C.’s Okanagan Valley. He linked up with the Hillside Outlaws in July 2016 and hasn’t looked back.” I’ve been fired up about this band since day one. There’s tons of raw talent there and everybody’s hungry to keep pushing for bigger and better stages.” How does he feel about being the oldest member of the group? “Are you kidding? Doctors go to school for like seven or eight years.. Hell, I’ve got a PhD in LIFE and I’m just getting started!”