Jammerzine has an exclusive interview with The Summit. The Summit are one of those bands that take their influences and, in strokes of genius, make those influences a part of their own style. You can’t deny that, while The Summit has a classic style, that style lays underneath that originality that only comes with true artists.

And now, on the eve of their upcoming tour with legends ZZ Top beginning November 4th, we catch up with Chris Scott and Mike Hennel about where The Summit is creatively, their new single ‘Hit Me Up’, and what lies in store for one of the new up and coming indie artists of the ’20s.

About The Summit

The Summit, the vintage rock and roll band out of Cincinnati, OH., has a new, melodic, soulful single, “Hit Me Up” out now from their forthcoming EP, Firebirds and Aviators.

The Summit is Chris Scott (Vocals), Mike Hennel (drums, vocals), Coty Hicks (guitar), Michael Walker (bass) and Brian Arkkelin (guitar, vocals).

Chris Scott, ‘”Hit Me Up” was a song that reminded us all of the good ‘ole times of classic rock and roll. Most of us grew up on classic rock and when we were toying with the sound, Coty’s riff immediately took me to ZZ Top and Bad Company. Both groups are obviously huge influences on us all, so writing lyrics that spiritually took us back to more simpler times of “driving” rock and roll was clearly on my mind – aviators on, windows down and music cranked!”.

Scott continues, “When Will Turpin (Collective Soul), our producer, and Mike Hennel were discussing the overall sound in the studio, they instantly tagged the feel as, Firebirds and Aviators, which is the name of our forthcoming EP.”

“Hit Me Up” was produced and mixed by Will Turpin and Jonathan Beckner at Real 2 Reel.

You can catch The Summit out on the road with good friends ZZ Top this Fall. They will also be re-joining the legendary trio’s Raw Whisky tour on November 4th in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.