Hounds Tooth is led by guitarist/vocalist Joe Kadlec. Joe’s polished vocal delivery and fretboard flurries consistently wow audiences. On the bass guitar is Lee Gabriel who adds an energetic presence to the rhythm section. Not only can he sit right in the pocket, but he has no problem slapping the cables on a funky groove. The longest tenured member of the group is drummer, Jeff Oscarson, whose signature and funky beats are the foundation of the Hounds Tooth Sound. Jeff has a smooth style with incredible touch, and is equally comfortable laying down a solid groove as well as taking the spotlight with an exciting drum solo.
"Hounds Tooth is a group of very, very talented and professional musicians! They were a pleasure to have and they rocked our room!" -Renee Brey – Owner of Naut’s Landing
"Hounds Tooth has grown into one of the most popular and exciting bands on the Milwaukee blues scene." - Bobby Tanzilo – Onmilwaukee.com
WAMI Nominee for Best Blues Band 2011, 2010, and 2009
Shepherd Express Best Blues Band Finalist 2012, 2010, 2009, and 2008
Voted Best Blues Band in the Shepherd Express' Best of Milwaukee 2006
Joe Kadlec has been playing guitar, singing, writing, and recording for the past 20 years. He is primarily self-taught, but has also studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. His previous 2 projects were the Joe Nathan Band and hosting a blues jam in Milwaukee as a member of The Repeat Offenders. He also spent time playing with Buddy Miles (drummer with Jimi Hendrix) at an after-hours jam in the early 90s. Joe has a wide variety of musical influences including: Luther Allison, Johnny Winter, Jimmy Page, Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, Tommy Bolin, Jimi Hendrix, Jonny Lang, Hank Williams Senior and Bob Marley.
Lee Gabriel adds an energetic presence to the Hounds Tooth rhythm section. On stage, he's referred to as "The Thunder from Down Under" and is known for his incredible tone, fast fingers, and music theory knowledge. Lee can sit right in the pocket as well as shine with a creative and funky solo. Lee is one of the most versatile bassists in the area, and can handle everything thrown at him. He can even read charts!
Jeff has a smooth style with incredible touch, and is equally comfortable laying down a solid groove as well as taking the spotlight with an exciting drum solo. Since 2007, he’s played over 400 live shows at venues, festivals, fairs, and other events all over the Midwest including Summerfest, House of Blues, WI State Fair, Slippery Noodle Inn, Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Big Bull Falls Blues Festival, Shank Hall, BB’s Jazz, Blues, and Soups, Potawatomi Bingo Casino, to name a few. He’s opened up for some of the top names in blues including Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Shannon Curfman. Jeff is also the drummer for the County/Rock band Southern Tradition.
Jeff has extensive studio experience and has studied with Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean Band) as well as Del Bennett, who won the 2011 WAMI Drummer of the Year Award.