Les Hatley, an electric, acoustic, six and twelve-string guitar player, was inducted into the Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2015. In 2016, he was awarded a Washington Area Music Association “Wammie” for Folk – Contemporary Instrumentalist.
Les has recorded with a number of artists over the years, and released his first solo CD, called Second Chair, in 2009 and was nominated for a Wammie for Debut Recording. In November 2012 he released his second solo CD, called Surge, which stayed on the Americana National Top 500 Chart for almost all of 2013. From summer of 2014 to early 2015 Les remained on the Ramgatie International Mainstream Country Music Top 200 Artists Chart. His music has been played on well over 600 hundred radio stations worldwide. His songs have been included on television soundtracks, including Animal Planet and MTV.
One listener wrote that “Les Hatley has the fingers of a big, muscular, friendly angel.” Belgium’s Rootstime Magazine reviewed Surge and wrote that especially enjoyable were the “...atmospheric instrumental tracks” and that the CD “...provides the listener moments of reflection and quiet enjoyment.”
Soul Stew Records 2017