The Hi-Jivers are a 4 piece Rock n' Roll/ Rhythm and Blues band that play music inspired by the 50's and 60's but modernize with their passionate and wild originals. The vocalist, Dawna Zahn is a powerhouse soulful singer who has the dynamic ability to resurrect her favorite blues artists like Howlin' Wolf and Big Mama Thornton with ease. She is accompanied by her husband, Austin John whose guitar arsenal has the maturity of a well seasoned blues guitarist, but with the sting of an explosive rock n' roller. They've already had the pleasure of performing all over the world including many cities in the U.S. and many countries in Europe.
The band won an Ameripolitan Music Award in 2023 and have been featured in Vintage Guitar Magazine, Vintage Rock Magazine and Blue Suede News magazine. They've been compared to modern artists such as JD Mcpherson, Nikki Hill, GA-20, Imelda May, Delta Bombers, Big Sandy & Fly-Rite Boys etc.
Austin John & Dawna Zahn moved to Nashville from Central New York in September 2014 with one intention: to form a band inspired by their favorite Rhythm & Blues and Rock N’ Roll artists of the 1950s and 1960s. By the beginning of 2015, they met upright bass player Hank Miles and drummer Aaron Mlasko who had recently moved to Nashville from Seattle, WA. The group bonded over their love of American roots icons such as Wynonie Harris, Big Mama Thornton, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Richard, and Etta James.
The Hi-Jivers formed in February 2015, and by the summer they were playing frequently in Nashville and Memphis, TN. That first summer also brought about the band’s first ever release, a four song self-titled, self-released EP, which included original tracks “Hotwire Woman” and “Something’s Gotta Shake”. After Mlasko moved on to pursue other ventures, The Hi-Jivers shared the stage with a rotating cast of talented drummers, including Tony DeCurtis and Jason Smay.
In 2017, the band began touring and appearing at festivals across the U.S. They wrote and self-released a second 6 song EP, “Always Talkin’ Down”, which included soon-to-become fan favorite track “Knee High & Risin’”. During the 2017 Nashville Boogie, Bopflix Films’ Chris Magee took an interest in the band, producing and recording a live video of an acoustic version of original track “Hotwire Woman” in the dressing room at The Nashville Palace. Upon the video’s release, The Hi-Jivers began to gain traction in the international Roots music scene, introducing their sound to a new audience.
In March 2018, they traveled to Los Angeles to record their first full-length album at the Wild Records studio. The album “Something’s Gotta Shake” included new recordings of a few previously released tracks as well as new original material. By 2019, The Hi-Jivers were bringing their live show overseas to festivals like the Rockin’ Race Jamboree, Rockabilly Rave, and Rhythm Riot.
Spring of 2020 brought a wave of change to The Hi-Jivers, as they saw their long-time bandmate Hank Miles move to Austin, TX to pursue a career in custom car building. Before his departure, the crew recorded two final versions of “Something’s Gotta Shake” and “Knee High & Risin’”, set to be released as their first ever 7" vinyl record this coming summer.
Austin John and Dawna Zahn are currently writing a full-length sophomore album. 2023 will bring The Hi-Jivers fans a new line-up, new music and exciting new tour dates. Catch them on the road in a town near you!
Motoblot (Chicago, IL) 2020
Rockabillaque (Immokalee, FL) 2020
Rockin' Race Jamboree (Malaga, Spain) 2020
Pabst Brewery & Taproom (Milwaukee, WI) 2020
Martyrs' (Chicago, IL) 2020
Tip Top Deluxe (Grand Rapids, MI) 2020
Big Room Bar (Columbus, OH) 2020
Cosmic Charlie's (Lexington, KY) 2020
Jive Out (Mexico City, Mexico) 2019
Bourbon Street Blues Bar (Nashville, TN) 2019
Rhythm Riot (East Sussex, UK) 2019
Viva East Rockabilly Weekender (Boxborough, MA) 2019
Abilene Bar & Lounge (Rochester, NY) 2019
Village Idiot (Maumee, OH) 2019
BB's Blues & Jazz (St. Louis, MO) 2019 & 2020
Bar None (Springfield, IL) 2019
DB's (Utrecht, Netherlands) 2019
B.B. King's Blues Club (Nashville, TN) 2019
Blues City Cafe on Beale Street (Memphis, TN) 2019
SYMCO Weekender (Symco, WI) 2019
Motoblot (Chicago, IL) 2019
Rockabilly Rave (UK) 2019
Acme Feed & Seed (Nashville, TN) 2019
Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender 2019
Auburn Public Theater (Auburn, NY) 2019
Kustom Kulture Festival (Kingston, WA) 2018
New York State Blues Festival 2018
Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender 2018
Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender 2018
The Roxy Theatre (opened for The Blasters) March 2018
Music Valley Jamboree 2017 (Nashville, TN)
Road Rocket Rumble 2017 (Indianapolis, IN)
Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender 2017
Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender 2017
New York State Blues Festival 2015