Chatting with rock band The Summit

Podcast Interview

The Summit

By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa

Interview: Chris Scott and Mike Hennel of The Summit-Performed January 12, 2023

Rock At Night first heard about musician/songwriting team Chris Scott and Mike Hennel in 2021 while reviewing their singles “Sweet Molasses” and “Time.” At the time, the song-writing team was working with a side-project band, The Quilts. So you cannot imagine how thrilled we were to hear the single “Hit Me Up” in Fall 2022 by their mainstay, The Summit.  The band deems itself as “Vintage Rock & Roll” on its website–and we agree.  Their music appears to be in the vein of all the “new” classic rock, blues-rock, and southern rock bands emerging in recent years. Think–Blackberry Smoke, Rival Sons, Dirty Honey, Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown (and not to mention supergroup The Dead Daisies).

Will Turpin–Collective Soul. Photo by Chyrisse.

Rock At Night spoke with Scott and Hennel to learn more about the band, who have toured and supported legendary bands such as ZZ Top, Collective Soul, REO Speedwagon, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

In this interview, Scott and Hennel discuss the following: how The Summit came to fruition in 2015 (“it stemmed from a conversation we had in Gatlinburg”); their special friendship with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and the late Dusty Hill; heart-warming moments while performing in Paducah, Kentucky (“just the culture of the town, the honor of being there, and the brotherhood we felt”); their “natural and organic” musical

ZZ Top. Photo by Chyrisse.

recording experience with Will Turpin of Collective Soul; writing songs on serious and topical subjects such as drug addiction and mass shootings (“this is not a political statement…I feel for the parents who have lost children”); and the band’s plans, including recording and touring. The podcast interview also includes the song “Hit Me Up.”

Listen to the podcast interview below:

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**Also look for Rock At Night’s EXCLUSIVE Premiere of The Summit’s new video/single “Set Me Off” on Thursday, January 19th.


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




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