Les Hatley, a long time Washington DC area guitar player, was inducted into the Maryland
Entertainment Hall of Fame in September 2015. He is also a Washington Area Music Association
“Wammie” award winner for Folk–Contemporary Instrumentalist. In January 2018 he received a
prestigious award from the Songwriters’ Association of Washington’s Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, that
of the Director’s Award for Instrumental Music for the album Chocolate.
Les recorded with a number of artists over the years, and in December 2009 released his first solo CD,
called Second Chair, which was nominated for a Wammie for Debut Recording. In November 2012 he
released his second solo CD, called Surge. In September 2017 he released his third solo CD, called
Chocolate. In November 2018 he released a digital single called The Painting. All recordings feature
Surge stayed on the Americana National Chart for almost all of 2013. Chocolate also made it to the
Americana National Chart. From summer of 2014 to early 2015 Les remained on the Ramgatie
International Mainstream Country Music Top 200 Artists Chart. Over 650 radio stations, worldwide,
have played his music.
Les’s songs have been included on television soundtracks on Discovery, Animal Planet, MTV and The
Learning Channel (TLC).
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.” In its review of Chocolate, Belgium’s Rootstime Magazine wrote that
‘…the five very enjoyable songs on this EP...create a certain cozy atmosphere for the listener.”
Les has played in a number of groups over the years and has enjoyed opening shows for notables such
as Roberta Flack, Lou Christie, The Coasters, Gary U.S. Bonds, Steppenwolf and others. With his band
called the Showmen he had the honor of playing in the back-up band for The Fantastic Johnny C in local
support of his national hit record Boogaloo Down Broadway.
Les has played venues ranging from suspicious bars to churches to the Historic Old Town Theatre
(Alexandria, VA), the BlackRock Center for the Arts (Germantown, MD) the Lincoln Theatre
(Washington DC), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the White House. He has
also occasionally appeared on local television and has been interviewed on both local and national
In June 2016 Les signed on with Soul Stew Records. Both Chocolate and The Painting are on the Soul
Stew Records label.