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Coming Up !

* Sat, Dec 16 - Half Penny (feat. Dave Stump on bass), Salem 8p-11p

* Sun, Dec 31 - NEW YEAR'S EVE at Salem Elks #336, Salem, 8p-12:05a

* Sat, Jan 6 - RedGate Winery, Independence 6p-9p

* Fri, Jan 19 - Oregon Garden Resort Fireside Lounge, Silverton 8p-11p

* Sat, Jan 20 - Half Penny, Salem 8p-11p

* Sat. Feb 3 - Private Party - Barry 30th Anniversary Party, Cedar Mill 6p-10p

* Sat, Feb 10 - Wilsonville Moose Lodge SWEETHEART DINNER, Wilsonville 7:30p-10:30p

* Fri, Feb 16 - Oregon Garden Resort Fireside Lounge, Silverton 8p-11p

* Sat, Feb 17 - Half Penny, Salem 8p-11p

* Sat, Feb 24 - RedGate Winery, Independence 6p-9p

* Sun, Mar 17 - ST PATTY'S DAY PARTY Half Penny, Salem (Time TBD)

* Fri, Mar 29 - Oregon Garden Resort Fireside Lounge, Silverton 8p-11p

* Sat, Mar 30 - Oregon Garden Resort Fireside Lounge, Silverton 8p-11p

See our events page for more details and future shows!

A big SHOUT OUT to all of the awesome venues out there for jumping on the
Huckle Buck Highway in 2023/2024:
Redgate Winery
Cascade Bar & Grill 
Keizer Elks
Willamette Eagles-Keizer
Keizer/Salem Area Seniors 
Salem Elks
Coehlo Winery
Hillsboro Elks
Yamhill Community Club (Derby Days)
City of Scio (Bridges, Bikes, and Brews)
Sublimity Harvest Festival
Harvester Taproom
Zeller's Bar & Grill
Royal Oaks Country Club
Michelbook Country Club
Marion County Fair
All in Saloon
Wilsonville Moose Lodge
And a hearty THANK YOU to 
Half Penny, Oregon Garden Resort, Silverton Sidewalk Shindig,
Willamette Art Center / State Fair, The By-Pass Bar & Grill,
and the Columbia County Fair for your continued support! 
But MOST of all, thank you to all you bucks and bunnies that come to our shows and support these places and live music! You make it fun!




Contact Us


Huckle Buck Highway


Country and Rock Classics




Call or Text Lou

(503) 991-2542



Serving the Pacific Northwest since 2021



Huckle Buck Highway--that road back to our roots: Country and Classic Rock, where country meets cool. Audiences may expect to hear country/southern rock, classic rock or a mix with covers from Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, George Strait, Billy Currington, Myranda Lambert, Brooks and Dunn, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton, Kenny Chesney, and Hal Ketchum just to name a few of the country genre, moving right into Georgia Satellites, Steve Earl, Lynyrd Skynyrd, CCR, Marshall Tucker Band, The Allman Bros, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Free, Bob Seger, Kiss, Bad Company, Wild Cherry, Eddie Money, Steve Miller Band, The Rolling Stones, Three Doors Down, R.E.M., Violent Femmes, The Black Crowes, and ZZ Top just to touch on the rock/southern rock genres.


With years of performing experience, all of the members having begun their musical journeys between the ages of eight and 12, this band is exploding with talent. They are professional musicians who are incredibly versatile, very entertaining, and will keep you on the dance floor! The members have sewn their roots on the stage. 

     * Brian Evola (lead and BG vocals, lead guitar) toured the east coast and mid-west with Chris Blair and the Bullseye Band, opening for Yankee Grey, Chad Brock, Shane Minor, LeAnn Rymes, Lee Ann Womack, and Chely Wright. He also toured the south with other bands such as Phaze III, Hank Bird Band, and Owl Creek Band, just to name a few. 

     * Doug Reeder (bass, lead and BG vocals) toured the Northwest with the Chris Loid Band, Footloose, California, and Living Sound; he also toured the Southwest with Brad Millet and the Black Ridge Streakers. He recently also joined the Alabama tribute band, Roll On where he adds to their vocals and plays lead guitar. 

     * Scott Cwalinski (drums) has played drums professionally since 1989 covering all genres and styles. His roots take him back to Montana where after developing his craft with the help of his dad and brother he played with many country and rock bands, which lead to opening for Desert Rose and Lori Morgan. From there, many years of his career were spent playing the Las Vegas Strip and casinos throughout the southwest opening for major acts like 38 Special, Night Ranger, Pat Benatar, Jimmy Van Zant & Friends, Ricky Van Shelton, Kansas, Brooks & Dunn, Hal Ketchum, Nils Lofgren (guitarist for Bruce Springsteen) and Joe Walsh. Scott also played cruise ships touring between Australia and Alaska as well as the Caribbean for a few years before the pandemic struck. In the summer of 2023, Scott completed a Pacific NW tour with Gunhild Carling, Sweden's queen of swing. 

     * Lou Mickelson, founding member (lead and BG vocals, rhythm guitar, mandolin), while playing with Two of a Kind in Los Angeles had the privilege of performing on the Queen Mary when it was docked there, in addition to other college functions with that band and another, Heavenbound. She also played the Willamette Valley sharing lead and BG vocals and playing rhythm guitar with The Kenny Sears Band, pre-Covid. She is also currently performing with Next of Kin, a father/daughter-in-law acoustic duo who share lead and harmony vocals and often play the Oregon Garden in addition to several Oregon fairs, Veterans homes, private parties, and many retirement centers up and down the Willamette Valley and southern Washington.


They say timing is everything; that was certainly true for the members of this band. They were all seeking the next project that would be worth investing the time and effort to build something great from the ground up. In March of 2021, Lou and Brian connected through an app for musicians when they realized they both had similar influences, similar interests, and goals. Not long after through a bass audition, Doug joined the team. The band has had several drummers, however, in Dec 2022, Scott Cwalinski stepped into the drummist role with a portfolio of non-stop professional accomplishments. The band has continued adding new venues and welcoming festivals, fairs, corporate events, wineries, and other private parties to the schedule. 

Huckle Buck Highway will supply professional sound equipment and lighting unless your facility is already set up for that. Reach out and schedule your event today--you will NOT be disappointed! Be sure and check out the Testimonials link below to read what people are saying in the Testimonials section.



Who ​We Are

Photo: Julie Cwalinski




Rose Committee, Royal Oaks Country Club

“We absolutely loved working with Lou and Huckle Buck Highway. Their communication is prompt, they arrived early for set up and were willing to help with announcements and contests throughout the evening.
What sets them apart is their talent. Each musician is a stand out, harmonies are stellar and their library of music easily transitions from  country to rock. We believe we have found a true gem and intend to hire them again for our next event."

Photo: Edele Koltun

Lou Mickelson | Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Mandolin

Lou connected with music at a very young age, listening to her family’s record collection through headphones while lying on the living room floor.  As a sophomore in high school, she took an interest in her dad’s beat up guitar and with just a few lessons from her pastor, she began leading youth worship although she didn't really find her voice until she sang All I Have to Do is Dream at the local pizza parlor open mic night with a live band. She and three friends also put together a church camp quartet and traveled between Nor Cal and the bay area singing in different churches for a summer. Playing in several different bands was the highlight of her college years, but music took a back seat after marriage and family. Once the kids were older, the desire to perform returned, so she jumped back in by joining the church choir and worship team at Silverton First Baptist and the rest is history. Her musical influences are primarily Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and other outlaw country artists as well as Kansas, Journey, and Lynyrd Skynyrd in addition to other artists who held a special place in her family's record collection over the years like Jim Reeves, Elvis, Buck Owens, and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

Photo: Bethany Mickelson

Brian Evola | Vocals, Lead Guitar, Sound

Brian's love of music began at an early age growing up listening to his dad perform with his band. As soon as he was old enough he began guitar lessons on an old hand-me-down. The more he learned the more the desire to play grew within him. At the age of 9 he was playing guitar at the Christian school he attended and at the age of 15 he was sitting in with his dad's band playing any instrument the group would hand over. Playing in a live setting at an early age opened him up to a wide variety of music. Merle Haggard remains at the top of his list to this day but players like Brent Mason, Johnny Highland, Red Volkart, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and Joe Bonamassa are key influences. Over the years Brian played in local bands and traveled opening for major label artists. While living in Georgia, Brian played for Revolution Church in Canton for almost 10 years before relocating to Washington where he currently plays for Northwest Gospel Church in Vancouver.

Photo: Sherry Evola

Doug Reeder | Bass, Vocals

Doug grew up in a family that enjoyed music. He began learning to play guitar around age 12. His dad taught him a few chords and some "Cowboy" songs and that got him started. He loved seeing popular rock and roll bands on TV. One day he saw a very good, popular local band play in his hometown theater. He sat right up close near the bass player. As they played through the pop hits of the day he thought to himself "That's how you do it!" That started a life long love of playing music. He eventually discovered the important role the bass guitar played in many of his favorite songs and decided to learn both bass and guitar. Primarily self taught he learned to slow down records and pick out each bass and guitar lick he wanted to learn. His early influences were bands ranging from Buck Owens and The Buckaroos to The Beatles and artists like Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page to name a few. Throughout his many years of playing he has traveled in various bands, both country and rock, and gospel all over the United States, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Today he loves to play a wide variety of songs, new and old, loved by all ages. He believes music keeps us young!


Photo: Sherry Evola

Scott Cwalinski | Drums

Scott saw his first live band at a fireworks show in New Jersey at the age of 5 and was amazed to see how music was made. His dad and older brother both played drums, dad for fun, brother in high school bands, and they both encouraged and mentored Scott from childhood on. Scott has played drums professionally since 1989, covering all genres and styles. Joining Huckle Buck Highway takes him back to his roots in Montana, where he played in many country and rock bands throughout the state, including at the bar owned by Jack Hanna (the Columbus Ohio zoologist from David Letterman) near Absororkee, Hanna Montana's. Scott also opened for Desert Rose and Lori Morgan while in Montana. Many years of his career were spent playing the Las Vegas Strip and casinos throughout the southwest where he opened up for major artists, such as 38 Special, Night Ranger, Pat Benatar, Jimmy Van Zant & Friends, Ricky Van Shelton, Kansas, Brooks & Dunn, Hal Ketchum, Nils Lofgren (guitarist for Bruce Springsteen) and Joe Walsh. After moving to Portland, Oregon in 2011, Scott played with many other country, rock and original bands. When gigs slowed down, he became a cruise ship musician touring between Australia and Alaska as well as the Caribbean and New York for a few years before the pandemic struck.

Most recently, he has picked up swing and Latin gigs in the Portland area. He just completed an Oregon tour playing big band jazz with Gunhild Carling, Sweden's queen of swing. Scott is looking forward to rocking the house weekly with Huckle Buck Highway in 2023!


Band Members 


Photo: Sherry Evola


Photo: Sherry Evola


Photo: Sherry Evola


Photo: Ethan Mickelson


Photos: Dana Brandow

Miss Haddie rides the Huckle Buck brand!


Photo: Madison Mickelson

Photo: Sherry Evola

Photo: Ethan Mickelson

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