HOT LAUNDRY has a little something for anyone interested in shaking their bones. Craig Handzlik, Lincoln Ballard, Jason Gray and Rick Isotalo have the ability to take fans on wild improvisational adventures through textural and dynamic jams.
Founded in Seattle in 2005, HOT LAUNDRY plays catchy, radio friendly original tunes. The band is known to spring obscure and recognizable cover songs onto their unsuspecting fans. No song is ever played the same way twice.
Craig Handzlik (Guitar/Vocals): HOT LAUNDRY’S primary songwriter and a former Seattle radio host who was brought up on a diet of Bob Marley, The Grateful Dead and B.B. King. Handzlik came to Seattle by way of Los Angeles. Handzlik’s father, Jan Handzlik is a former broadway and film actor who starred in “Auntie Mame” on Broadway and the big screen opposite Rosalind Russel in 1958.
Lincoln Ballard (Guitar/Vocals): The brains behind the band. Lincoln Ballard is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington School of Music. Ballard hails from Ohio. Ballard credits such guitar virtuosos as Trey Anastasio and Adrian Belew for is unique style.
Jason Gray (Bass/Vocals): A native of Central California, Gray is a Nuclear Engineer in the U.S. Navy by day and a tooth-rattling bass player for HOT LAUNDRY by night. Gray has currently been invited to join the Bachelor of Arts program in Jazz Bass at Cornish College in Seattle.
Richard Isotalo (Percussion): Isotalo has lightning-fast hands and a knack for keeping HOT LAUNDRY’s rhythmic stew simmering. Isotalo rounds out Hot Laundry’s U.S. Navy rhythm section.
HOT LAUNDRY has played before audiences at Seafair, The NW Folklife Festival, The Olympia Harbor Days Festival, The West Seattle Nature Conservatory and just about every club on the Seattle circuit. Most recently, Hot Laundry helped to raise over $1,000 for Earthcorps, a Seattle environmental organization dedicated to preserving Northwest environmental resources.