Walt Johnson - Lead Guitar, Vocals

All Walt cares about is finding the Lost Dutchman Mine in Arizona's Superstition Mountains, and it shows in his playing. Some wonder how he can keep his job in "No Rules" while persuing lost gold and running a wildly successful industrial supplies company. Walt started "No Rules" when it became apparent to him that he was not going to make it on the PGA Tour. The result is a great-sounding band that plays the R&B, soul, and rock 'n roll that he loves. Walt says, "Come on out and we'll keep you dancin' from start to finish".

 

Walt's Bandography:

  • 1964-66 The Royal Five - Played church and school dances in Seattle area with brother Tom.
  • 1966-69 The London Fog - Played public and school dances throughout the NW with current "No Rules" member Jim Austin and former member Don Bishop.
  • 1969-72 The Sonics - Played all over the country (New England, Hawaii, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and California) with this legendary NW band.
  • 1972-75 Sweetness & Light - Played clubs in Washington and Hawaii (daughter Angela born in Kailua durring eight-week engagement at Waikiki Sheraton).
  • 1975-97 The Machine - Played on same bill with Barney Armstrong in Hawaii and started this band upon return home. Played clubs, one-nighters and television shows throughout the NW and sponsored unlimted hydroplanes at races in Seattle, Tri-Cities and San Diego. Passed the torch to 21-year member and current leader Jim Pompeo in August of '97 and retired.

Doug Heath - Guitar

Doug was born in Sioux City, Iowa and then after a detour in Nome and Sitka, Alaska his family settled in the Seattle area in 1957. Doug started playing guitar at the age of 14 and then shortly after high school he joined local band the City Zu. From '70 to '72 Doug played with Merrilee Rush and then with No Rules bandmates Randy and Scott in the Sonics from '72 to '73. In '73 Doug got a call from rock legend Paul Revere and spent the next 42 years playing in Paul Revere and the Raiders. Doug has also been honored to play with many rock icons including Leon Russell, Righteous Brother Bill Medley, Mitch Ryder, Chuck Negron, Mary Wilson, Sam Moore and The Association.

Randy Hiatt - Vocals, Keyboards, Jocularity

Randy Hiatt was born by a river in a little ol' tent, and just like that river, he's been runnin' ever since.  Randy joined 'December's Children' in 1966 where he played with current 'No Rules" drummer Scott Batchelder.  In early '68 he got the call to replace the legendary Gerry Roslie in Tacoma's famous 'Sonics'.  He was later joined in the Sonics by Jim Brady, Scott, and Walt Johnson, all current members of 'No Rules'.  Following his travels with the Sonics, he began a successful solo career writing and performing his own songs.  He opened for Loggins and Mesina, the Beach Boys, Kraftwerk, Roger Williams, Rick Nelson and others.  Now he's reunited with his best buddies in 'No Rules' and the best is yet to come!

Scott Batchelder - Drums, Vocals

 

Three-time Mr. Universe and seven-time Mr. Olympia who, in the course of 20 years, has become one of the world's leading box-office attractions, married into one of America's foremost families and built a thriving business and real estate empire. Batchelder played forgettable roles in several 1970s movies. He earned a Golden Globe as best newcomer for his role in Bob Rafelson's Stay Hungry (1976) and starred in two swordplay sagas, Conan the Barbarian (1981) and Conan the Destroyer (1984), each of which grossed over $100 million worldwide. Batchelder's screen persona, a physique that strains the imagination combined with a thick NW accent, took a major credibility boost with Terminator, The (1984), which cast him as an android. His trademark, automaton-like delivery of minimal lines such as "I'll be back".

 

Scott's bandography:

  • 1964-66 - THE ESSEX - Winner of the 1965 Regional "Battle of The Bands" performed the "High School Dance Scene" in the Seattle area.
  • 1967-68 - DECEMBER'S CHILDREN - Five piece band with strong musicianship and vocals performing throughout Northwest "One Nighter" dance circuit with current No Rules members Brad Baxter on bass/vocals and Randy Hiatt on Hammond B3 and vocals.
  • 1968-75 - THE SONICS - Legendary NW band performing and touring with Brad Baxter, Randy Hiatt, Doug Heath and Jim Brady (RIP). Walt Johnson joined when Doug was recruited by Paul Revere & The Raiders.
  • 1975-85 - BURGUNDY EXPRESS - Eight piece horn/show band toured the U.S., Western Canada and Japan while residing and performing in Hawaii six months per year.
  • 2005 - 2025 - NO RULES!

Jim Austin - Vocals, Keyboards, Tenor Saxophone, Guitar, etc.

"Bon vivant, scholar, raconteur." "An extraordinary talent, forged over years of painstaking craftsmanship." "The voice, presence and persona combine in a near-religious experience." These and other accolades have yet to be showered upon our own Gentleman Austin James, notwithstanding tours of duty with such revered Northwest bands as "The London Fog", "Firm Hold", "Wonderdogs" and "The Suits". Now, at last, talents brought to the fore with "No Rules", a grateful world says, simply, "Thank you."

 

Real Name: Buster Crank.

Eats: Kohlrabi.

Dislikes: Photos that make him look like a dork (this one, for example).

Brad Baxter - Bass


After spending the last 42 years working as a migrant laborer in the bean fields of Western Oregon, Baxter has come back to the group of musicians that forced him into the profession of migrant laborer. While pursuing his career as bean picker, Baxter has polished his ability to tonally resonate with bathroom fans across America discovering that the majority of the US bathroom fans are tuned to the key of Bb. Baxter's future plans include the release of his first solo album titled, "Take a whiff in Bb" and a soon to be published novel titled "Ride the Rapture".

Dave Carlson - Baritone Saxophone

Dave has been honkin' the Baritone Saxophone since he was 13, when Greg Metcalf introduced him to the instrument - an event that established Dave's musical career. He knew he had a passion for the instrument since he was willing to spend three hours shaving a reed to vibratory perfection.

 

Dave grew up in TriCities Washington, where he played in jazz bands led by Dave Barduhn, Wayne McGuffin and Larry Bunch. Dave also plays the electric bass, having been inspired by a Rush concert, and jams with friends on weekends.

 

This is Dave's first foray into the Rhythm 'n' Blues horn section. Because Dave plays the Baritone Saxophone and bass, it can be said that he likes phat bottoms.

Jeff "Jefe" Miller - Saxes, Lead Cowbell

Jeff was born and raised in West Philadelphia.  In school, he spent most of his time on the playground, playing basketball. In his freshman year of high school, he got into a fight with a few local bullies and on his mother's request, moved to Bel Air, California to live with his Aunt and Uncle.  His first impression was of people drinking orange juice out of champagne glasses, and determined this was where he was destined to be. He lived there until 2015, when No Rules asked him to move to Seattle to join the band.