Platinum-selling blues rockers Big Head Todd and the Monsters will kick off their Winter Tour on January 11th in Omaha, Nebraska. The band looks forward to performing selections from their vast catalog of songs, spanning over three decades, and more obscure jams seldomly performed live.
Big Head Todd and The Monsters have quietly become an American institution following three and a half decades of writing, recording, and touring (totaling over 3,500 performances). After countless sold-out shows in amphitheaters and on the high seas, beaming their tunes to outer space (literally), earning the endorsement of everyone from Robert Plant to The Denver Broncos, and tallying tens of millions of streams, Big Head Todd and The Monsters cite the friendships formed in the crowd among their proudest accomplishments. Fast forward to 2023, and the Colorado quartet—Todd Park Mohr [vocals, guitar, keys, sax, harmonica], Brian Nevin [drums, percussion], Rob Squires [bass, vocals], and Jeremy Lawton [guitar, keys, vocals, steel guitar]—continue to unite audiences.
An early version of the band started in 1982 when Todd and Brian first crossed paths in their high school jazz band. Soon, the guys began to jam in Brian’s basement, also joined by Rob. Sweat-soaked house party gigs and talent shows followed until they became a fixture on the bar circuit “before I was even old enough to drink,” laughs Todd. As perennial outliers, the musicians performed original material at these formative gigs, standing out from a bevy of cover bands performing in the same scene.
Adopting the name Big Head Todd and The Monsters, they served up their independent debut Another Mayberry in 1989 and Midnight Radio in 1990 to critical acclaim, setting the stage for their seminal 1993 breakout Sister Sweetly. Powered by staples “Broken Hearted Savior,” “It’s Alright,” and “Bittersweet,” it eventually went platinum, and they supported Robert Plant on tour. At the time, Variety hailed Todd as “a soulful singer and nimble lead guitarist,” while The Los Angeles Times claimed, “Mohr, who has a voice like smoke, writes great songs that incorporate blues, folk, rock, and country, which sounds sort of like, well, Big Head Todd and the Monsters.”
Throughout the next decade, the group presented fan favorites such as Strategem  and Beautiful World . The latter yielded the cover of “Boom Boom” [featuring John Lee Hooker], which famously served as the theme to NCIS: New Orleans. In 2005, they exceeded our atmosphere altogether. Friends with connections to NASA encouraged Todd to write a song for NASA, so they ignited 2005’s “Blue Sky.” In 2011, Big Head Todd and The Monsters played “Blue Sky” live from the middle of Mission Control to awaken the astronauts aboard the shuttle. 2017 saw them release New World Arisin’ to fan adoration and critical acclaim. Glide Magazine proclaimed, “Such tracks, like most of this music, radiate a sense of optimism and purpose ever so welcome in these fragmented times.”
The band joined the Denver Broncos on their Super Bowl victory parade along the way, delivering a triumphant performance. They’ve also headlined their own cruise multiple times – This Fall, they embarked on the Rhine River Cruise which floated it way through Western Europe. And in 2022 they did a five-night run in Jewel Paradise Cove in Runaway Bay Jamaica.
Big Head Todd and The Monsters have performed at their hometown haunt Red Rocks Amphitheatre a staggering 32 times. In June 2021, they made a rapturous homecoming to Red Rocks for their first total capacity gig at the venue post-COVID. Chronicling the gig, 303 Magazine described the group as “a longtime pal that has defined Colorado’s blues-rock scene for multiple decades.” Their most recent appearance at the storied Red Rocks in June 2023 was a sold-out affair.
In 2019, the band instituted another fan-favorite tradition by launching Monsters Music Monthly. They revealed a monthly free song and video, including “Hoochie Coochie Man” [featuring Buddy Guy], “Rosalita” [feat. John Popper of Blues Traveler], “Remedy” [feat. Ronnie Baker Brooks], “Sunshine of Your Love” [feat. David Hidalgo], and more. Todd and Co. have notably collaborated or performed with a myriad of their heroes over the years, namely Neil Young, B.B. King, Allman Brothers, John Prine, Albert Collins, James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, Hubert Sumlin, and dozens more.
The bottom line, Big Head Todd and The Monsters love to make music and performing for their massive army of fans.
Photo: Jason Siegel