Member Musicians

Big Daddy T & the 8th Street Cats

Big Daddy T & the 8th Street Cats
Big Daddy T is a House Rockin’ Blues Band from Southern California. Specializing in high energy Rhythm and Blues style Roots Music. The leader of the band, Tony Wisler, honed his musical skills all over the country, but he learned about the blues in Texas and has not looked back. After an illustrious career in LA, Texas, Atlanta and Nashville, Tony came back to Atlanta and formed The 8th Street Cats. They recorded their first album in 2023 and have been playing night clubs and dive bars all around Mid Georgia. They prefer original songs to covers and their single, Highway 41, has been played on local Atlanta radio and internationally. Look out for these cats and see them if you can, they will satisfy your blues cravings.


Jesse Bennett

Jesse Bennett– Young guitarist with an old soul

Get ready to experience the electrifying guitar skills of Jesse Bennett, a young and talented musician from Monroe, Georgia, who can play like the legends he admires, but has his own unique style. He first loved Stevie Ray Vaughn and then he heard Eddie Van Halen and it changed his life. Jesse can play it all, from old-school rock & roll to blues rock to soulful blues. He is also a prolific composer of original instrumental pieces that showcase his unique style. Since the age of 7, Jesse has been honing his craft under the guidance of multiple master guitar instructors. With a decade of training and experience, he is set to launch his professional music career.

EG Kight

EG Kight – “The Georgia Songbird”

When she talks, the endearing southern drawl draws people in like a magnet. And when she sings, there’s no doubt that EG Kight means business. She tours as a solo or as a trio, and shares humorous stories with her audiences about her upbringing in the heart of the south. With her rich vocals, captivating guitar style, and hefty catalog of well-crafted original songs, she has entertained audiences around the globe in true southern style. An indisputable triple threat – as singer, songwriter, and guitar player – with her own unique blend of “country flavored southern fried blues”, her music appeals to fans across the genres.

Jerry Grant & the Corruptors

Jerry Grant & the Corruptors

Jerry Grant & the Corruptors are an Atlanta-based, blues rock outfit fronted by Bethany Kidd’s whiskey-soaked vocals. With a wide scope of influences, from Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top, The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The Grateful Dead, to Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf, their original music comes from the very root of American rock and blues. Heavy, improvised guitar and a driving rhythm section are trademarks of the band, as well as meaningful songwriting. With their first album, Sweet Southern Lies due out in early spring 2024, you can find them playing all over the Southeast and beyond.

David Pippin Group

The David Pippin Group
Georgia’s The David Pippin Group fuses classic Memphis, Delta, Texas, and British blues with a potent mix of jazz, rock, Latin, and soul. The band delivers this potent mix with high caliber, high energy musicianship. The band members have diverse backgrounds and eclectic tastes but share a deep love and respect for the blues as the wellspring of their music. The band brings together decades of touring, recording and songwriting to honor the great musicians that continue to inspire them while creating new original music that is uniquely their own.

Cash's Juke Joint

Cash’s Juke Joint
A premier musician from the Macon Music scene, Angel “Cash” Ocasio, Jr. is the founder and leader of the band called Cash’s Juke Joint. Although versatile in many genres, #CJJ brings a heavy sound that is a groovy mixture of Soul, Funk, Blues & Rock that is sure to get your body jukin’!  This is a band of musical veterans with a vast variety of experience, having played nightclubs, private events, festivals, and produced original music. Cash and his Juke Joint have opened for major acts to include Patti LaBelle, Mother’s Finest, Jill Scott, The Legendary Wailers, Swamp Dogg, Mannie Fresh & others. It’s all about that soul-stirring music! 

Greg Fortune

Greg Fortune
There’s one word that best describes his music… smooth.  And there’s one word that best describes how it makes you feel… moved. Greg Fortune, the self-contained singer, songwriter, and musician is creating sounds reminiscent of the classics.  Although blending Blues, R&B and Contemporary Jazz into a soulful gumbo, the music retains the intense flavor of each ingredient.  Greg will release his third studio album, “As Blue Az U R”, a tribute to the Blues, in September and has performed extensively as a solo acoustic artist.  Greg is a favorite at local venues such as The Hard Rock Café.  Reminiscent of true musical legends, such as Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder and the like, listen closely and no doubt you will soon find yourself moved by the sounds of Greg Fortune.

Soul Blue band

Soul Blue
Soul Blue is a charismatic and entertaining classic Soul/Blues/R&B band whose five members hail from both Asheville NC and Atlanta GA. These seasoned musicians come together from a variety of popular bands such as: Daddy’s Money, The XL’s, Banks and Shane, and a good many more; enabling them to create an authentic approach to the music of many best-loved Soul, Blues, and R&B artists such as: Howlin’ Wolf, Freddie King, James Cotton, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Taj Mahal, Delbert McClinton, to name a few. Soul Blue‘s combined love for the music and each other as long-time friends, creates an all-around great chemistry and captivating good time, sure to draw you in.


ThunderGypsy’s sound can best be described as soulful rocking Blues, covering an eclectic mix of music that spans the decades. The spirit of the Gypsies is evident in their music as they take you on a musical road trip from Atlanta’s Southern Soul to the rockin’ Blues in Macon, Ga., from the classic sound of the Memphis Blues along the streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter and even up to Chicago and St. Louis for their rocking electric Blues. Folks often say they’ve never seen a band having so much fun playing together as ThunderGypsy does!


Tripp and the Breakers

Tripp & the Breakers

From Jump Blues and Blues Classics to hard driving Blues Rock, Tripp & The Breakers delivers a powerful and engaging show for both aficionados of the blues genre and those that just want to get down and boogie!

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Skyler Saufley

Skyler Saufley
As a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Skyler Saufley is not your typical blues player, and his journey to become one is uniquely his own. Specializing in jump, swing, and west coast style blues, coupled with his impeccable stage presence and knack for showmanship, Saufley’s talent is impossible to ignore, evoking the spirit of blues legends T-Bone Walker and Pee Wee Crayton. His live shows are a mix of electrifying blues and boogie-woogie standards that brings audiences to their feet and leaves them begging for more. Skyler performs extensively across the southeast and will be inducted into the Alabama Blues Hall of Fame.

Trouble Tones

The Trouble Tones

The Trouble Tones is a high energy Blues Band. Great song selection and passion combine for the new “Best New Blues Band” in Atlanta. Serious musical dues have been paid by members. Led by longtime blues vocalist Patrick Vining, whose knowledge of blues is vast, the band is steeped in authentic blues sound.

Drew Ashworth

Drew Ashworth is an American blues musician best known for his soulful vocals and smooth guitar. Drew was born in the deserts of Arizona and raised in the pine covered hills of West Georgia. From birth, he was immersed in the Delta Blues, Southern Rock, R&B, Soul, and Classic Country records in his parents’ collection. He developed a powerful and soulful singing style that was recognized very early in his life. At the tender age of 8 he found an old guitar in his grandmother’s attic and he hasn’t put it down since.

Sweet Melissa's Blues

Sweet Melissa’s Blues Revue

Sweet Melissa’s Blues Revue is a blues act who faithfully perform many of your favorite blues standards that pay homage to the icons of the blues – such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Koko Taylor, B.B. King and more.


Ross Pead

Ross Pead, aka Peadboy, is a multi-talented musician who has been a blues legend in the Atlanta Area for several decades. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer, passable bassist, producer, performer, poor harmonica player, at Peadboy Productions. He is a true Georgia boy, born in Waycross and now resides in Fairburn.  Ross can be found every Sunday night at Northside Tavern with the band Uncle Sugar. You can also find him at Fat Matt’s, The Green Room in Mableton, and other venues all around town. Please follow him on Social Media.

Blue Velvet is a collective musical project of professional female musicians based in the Atlanta area. We play blues standards, originals, and our own collaborative efforts. There is always something interesting going on with Blue Velvet!

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Blind Jive Band

Blind Jive

Blind Jive consists of young musicians and vocalists who play a unique blend of blues, blues, southern & classic rock highlighting each member’s talents. They are also working on new original music as well. Blind Jive performs at Festivals, Benefits, Music Venues, Bars, and private events. They recently came in third place at the 2023 Atlanta Blues Challenge. Don’t miss seeing this talented young, up & coming band.

Simply Awesome Band

The Simply Awesome Band is for the “Old Soul” in you. Bringing together like-minded souls that appreciate Simply Awesome Entertainment for their listening ear in an environment of respect, maturity, and integrity. Therapy for the soul. Eclectic High Energy Smooth Jazz, Rock, Blues, Oldies, R&B, Pop. We do it all.


Cannonball Red & the Head Hunters
Cannonball Red grew up in the country south, in Georgia, so he knows a thing or two about the Blues. He writes from the soul of a man blazing a trail through life, bringing a fresh perspective and incisive wit to his tales of the Blues. Armed with a smoky voice, soaked in gospel roots, and a stellar band known as The Head Hunters, he combines a vintage sound with a modern flare to thrilling effect. His inspirations are drawn from guitar slingers like Buddy Moss and Luther Johnson, and pianists like Otis Spann and Ray Charles. Soul, grit and a little bit of fire give you a feel of what it feels like to be at the mercy of the Cannonball.


Peter Karp is known for many things. An assertive singer, a skilled guitarist, and a passionate performer. He’s also an individual who writes songs that frequently reflect tales told as part of life’s journey, spawned by passion and personal experience. He is also a multi-instrumentalist with significant keyboard skills and harmonica chops. He first saw national attention when guitarist Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones) recorded and toured with Karp on his third release. He has been winning accolades and top placemat on the Blues charts with every one of his recent albums, including his latest release, Magnificent Heart. He recently has teamed up with some very accomplished Atlanta musicians including Mark Johnson, formally of Delta Moon. Look for him to be playing a lot more shows in the Atlanta area and the southeast.

Chequered Blue

Chequered Blue has been rocking Atlanta since 2016. This five-person band plays a fun collection of classic rock and blues with a little old-school soul, R&B, and Motown sprinkled in! You can find them playing around the southeast everywhere from blues juke joints and dive bars to restaurants and parties or on porches, patios & parking lots! They also dig festivals and fundraisers, as well as upscale private parties, holiday celebrations, and corporate events so contact them to learn more and book them for your next event.

Five Long Years is not your run-of-the mill bar band.  They are a true Rock N’ Roll Blues Band influenced by early Blues Greats such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Magic Sam, and the “Three Kings.”  Not to mention blues bands of the sixties and everything from the Rollings Stones to the Allman Brothers Band.  This dynamic, three-piece band consists of Jonathan Gailey (Vocals, Guitar, Slide Guitar, Harmonica), Howard Rasey (Drums), and Russ Thomas (Bass, Vocals).  Five Long Years is one of the most original bands in Atlanta.

The Garrett Collins Project

The Garrett Collins Project is a Funky Blues Based Rock Power Trio based out of Atlanta Georgia. Front man Garrett Collins is a young gun guitar player and vocalist that has been touring up and down the south east for the past three years. Bass player Dennis Stevenson and Drummer Justin Raffield are like a freight train chasing Garrett down the whole show, they push him to a new level every night. Winners of the 2019 Atlanta Blues Challenge and Semi-finalists in the 2020 International Blues Challenge, this is a group you don’t want to miss!

Hughes Taylor

Hughes Taylor is an energetic and ambitious blues artist from Macon, Georgia. He is known for his impressive and accomplished guitar playing and unique electric style that infuses traditional blues roots with upbeat and fast-paced blues and classic rock. The Hughes Taylor Band is a blues/rock power trio that is reminiscent of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Cream. Following his successful first album Hear My Melody (2016), Hughes released his sophomore album, Restless in May 2018.

The Way Back Band

Enjoy the hits and ole’ school tunes of the ‘50’s, ‘60’s, ‘70’s with the Wayback Band. Whether it is Motown, R&B, Rock & Roll, or Blues, the Way Back Band will take you way back there and help you relive wonderful moments. With terrific musicianship, these seasoned performers create a full bigger band sound in smaller as well as larger setting and venues. Perfect for restaurants and smaller intimate settings, as well as larger halls and big scale events, we will create a great energy for fun, dance, and laughter to help make your event a success.

When David T & Friends hit the stage, be prepared to be entertained by a deep bench of talented musicians and original music that will keep your head bobbing and toes tapping. Take a listen to any of their CD’s and you’ll see what we mean. Variety is the spice. Blues, Funk, Rock, and Folk are all celebrated. Lead vocalist and sax player Tommy Lewis oozes the blues. Their horn section packs a punch and the cello will give you the chills. Top it off with a little blues harp and you are in for a kaleidoscopic musical experience!

Decades of experience back up The Rockaholics.  They continue to pay homage to the blues, rock and soul artists of yesterday and today. Dynamic and flexible, The Rockaholics can play to any crowd’s tastes and regularly welcome guest artists to sit in for those impromptu, surprising performances that make every show unique. Rock is in the name, but it’s the blues that is in their soul.  

The Let It Rip Band is a diversified band that performs Old-School, Motown, Funk, R&B, and Soul music. The band is located in Atlanta and provides great entertainment for variety of private gatherings and events. The band delivers sounds from a Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Trumpet, Key Board, and Vocalist. Our old-school sound delivers the soul wrenching familiar turns that get the party going and sets the atmosphere for a fun-filled occasion.

The Blues Generation is available for your live entertainment needs. We are a professional entity, and are available for Public and Private Events. We play Voodoo Blues, New Orleans Funky Music, Rock, light Jazz and some Zydeco. We are, at present, number One on the ReverbNation Blues Chart for our area. The Blues Generation consists of musicians who have played with some of the top names in the music business. We have performed for numerous Corporate Events/Festivals/Private functions with repeat Bookings. IT’S A NOLA FUNKIN BLUES KINDA THANG!  LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL….LET’S…  PARTY … YALL!

Make It Moan Entertainment – Cell: 504-430-1622.

She’s good. She’s damn good.” Sting’s summation of his duet with singer-songwriter Diane Durrett speaks for anyone who’s ever heard her perform. With a blend of raw soulful vocals, sultry tones and strong original songs, Durrett has sung with Gregg Allman, Chuck Leavell & Jimmy Hall. She began performing in blues clubs across the Southeast in the early 1990s, opening shows for KoKo Taylor, Tinsley Ellis and Delbert McClinton. Durrett represents the ATL vocal seat for NARAS, best known for the Grammy Awards. In her upcoming release she joins forces with drummer Yonrico Scott for Soul Suga’ (2014). Now a veteran blues-soul singer, writer and producer, Diane brings her southern wit and charm to every event! Photo by Bill Thames.

Funky Bluester

With roots firmly planted in the foundations of rock-n-roll from the 1960s and 1970s, Funky Bluester pays the reverence and homage due to the masters while simultaneously putting their own stamp on the genre. They call it “Quality Rock-n-Roll”. Drawing from influences in all types of music, the trio pumps out original rock-n-roll that hearkens back to Atlanta’s Piedmont park circa 1970, the back alleys of Chicago and the roadhouses of Texas, but at any moment can turn on a dime into a magical, spontaneous, San Franciscan musical journey. Steeped in the style and techniques of these classic artists, Funky Bluester continues the tradition of writing great songs with catchy hooks that any listener will appreciate.  Funky Bluester is Dustin Peterson, Russell Boyer, and Joel Garrison.

The Tom Hill Band is a blues based rock and soul band that specializes in having some of the best jams in Atlanta.

Hailing from the Tucker area and led by singer/songwriter Tom Hill, the band plays 4-5 nights a week all around Atlanta.  They invite all music lovers to come hear them – and musicians are always invited to come and play!

Fatback Deluxe

Fatback Deluxe plays classic American music deeply rooted in 1940’s, 1950’s and early 1960’s blues mixed with original songs. Originally formed in 2002 by Chris “Tipsy” Kramer, the band performs the music with deep respect for all of its tradition, passion, and power. Performances feature a broad variety of blues styles including Southside and Westside Chicago blues, West Coast blues, Texas blues, and styles associated with Louisiana, Mississippi, and Memphis. Fatback Deluxe plays the music that they love, and as the living history of blues music is slowly being lost with the passing of our heroes, the band remains committed to keeping the music alive. Fatback Deluxe performs as both a full jumpin’, swinging’, stand up and boogie blues band, and as a quieter, deeper, sit down and tap your toes blues band. Come on and connect with Fatback Deluxe!

Mandi Strachota

Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in the wilds of Wisconsin, Mandi Strachota is the product of southern roots and Midwest know-how, a potent mix of practicality and soulful dreaming. Mandi has become a fixture on the Atlanta music scene. She has collaborated with many local bands, has her own band, performs a gospel show, performs solo and duo, and is the lead singer for a local second-line band. She is known for her soulful vocals, but is a multi-instrumentalist who is quickly becoming known for her compelling songwriting as well. Winner of the 2019 Blues Challenge, Solo/Duo Category and Semi-finalist in the 2020 International Blues Challenge, Solo/Duo.


Atlanta native Kathie Holmes has a fiery New Orleans piano style, soulful vocals and a leave-it-all-on-the-stage personality, but is best known for electrifying the crowd with her sultry, funky, and rocking blues flute.  She performs at festivals and clubs throughout the Southeast as a member of several blues, rock, and funk bands and is an in-demand artist for recording sessions. Her recently completed CD showcases her captivating songwriting and spirited performance on keyboards, vocals, and flute.

The Sweet and Salty Blues Band joins together the smoldering soulful vocals of Hurricane Red and the gospel inflected preaching style of Dr. Poppa to bring the blues straight to you in rich harmonies that run deep. Add the gritty sax of the good doctor rooted in a half century of playing the blues and your heart is gonna sing and your feet are gonna move. You do not want to miss the burning southern stylings of Hurricane Red on vocals, John Paul Barry on guitar, Chris Pollard on bass and Derek Able on drums. Loose and rootsy with shades of funk, gospel, and hints of jazz, Sweet and Salty is a rich jambalaya for your soul.

Orange Drivers band

The Orange Drivers

Hailing from Clarkston Georgia, the Orange Drivers play blues and they’re fairly good at it. The band consists of Quaid Patterson on guitar, Jared Smith on bass, Daryl Williams on drums and Jay Norem on harmonica and vocal. The music is straight-ahead blues, nothing fancy. It’s good. The musicians are good, too, it’s just all good stuff. If you want an evening of straight-ahead blues music, be on the lookout for the Orange Drivers, coming soon to a venue near you!

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TRIBUTE … a celebration of The Allman Brothers Band, is Atlanta’s newest band, faithfully recreating the music of ABB. Assembling a formidable nine-piece lineup, Tribute spent four months in rehearsal in early 2013, focusing on music the Allman Brothers produced over their inspired first five years. The band began performing live in the late spring, drawing strong responses for its dual-lead guitar fury and an instinctive appreciation for how this music was originally written, recorded and then interpreted on stage. Comprised of veteran active musicians as well as some who returned to their instruments after hiatus, Tribute seeks to recreate that unique period in American rock, when psychedelia ebbed and ABB informed us what jazz, rock, country and blues could sound like.

The Trilby Brothers

The Trilby Brothers are Barry Lamon (Guitar, Vocals, Songsmith), Vince Alexander (Harmonica, Shaky Stuff), Henry Brent (Drumkit Operator & Things To Bang On), and Larry Grasso (Basses, Hearty Chortles). The band is regularly joined by honorary Trilby Brother – Atlanta guitar legend Mr. Barry Richman. The Trilby Brothers play Original Americana Music and select covers served Trilby Style: a little Blues, a little Rock, a little Funk, with a lotta Soul. Our influences include angels, devils, rusty landscapes, those with awareness of the human condition, smiles, happy dogs, and a listener’s ear.

William Reed and the Juke Joint Dukes

Frontman William “Blues Man” Reed is the real deal on vocals and guitar! Formed in 2015, the Juke Joint Dukes are a tribute to old school Chicago and Delta blues in the style of Muddy Waters, Albert King, Hound Dog Taylor, Magic Slim and BB King. They pride themselves on playing with feeling!

On Time, On Key, On the One” – SaNa knew from an early age that she was destined to perform in front of a crowd. She was always musically inclined, but pursued other interests, including booking acts for her college. She graduated college, had a daughter and became a teacher. Since 1994 she has been an Associate Professor at Clark Atlanta College. In 1998 at age 50, SaNa bought a bass and taught herself to play. In 1999 the SaNa Band won the Atlanta Blues Band Search. Since then, SaNa has completed 5 CD’s, performs regularly in public and private venues, and conducts “Healing Properties of the Blues” Workshops and Performances. SaNa is interactive. She gets you singing along, dancing, and having a genuine good time.

The Sawgrass Blues Band

The Sawgrass Blues Band, from Roswell Georgia, has been performing around North Fulton for several years now. We play an eclectic mix of music with a central focus on blues. Organic, homegrown, Roswellian, blues-loving machines, with songs specially selected for smoothness and taste. Acoustic, eclectic, bluesy, electric, – toe tapping, foot stomping, rock, rhythm, & blues. Offering originals, popular, and classics, and available as a Solo or Duo or as a Full Band.  •

Nicolai Tanev 

Nicolai Tanev (Guitar Nick) is a guitarist and teacher in Sandy Springs, GA. He won the Runner-up Award at IAMA for 2007 and has released an acoustic blues CD “Tribute to Robert Johnson”. Fingerstyle blues guitar lessons available.

Mudcat (Daniel Dudeck) was born in St. Paul, MN and raised on Tybee Island GA, where he first picked up the guitar. Educated at the University of New Orleans and National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City, he began performing his original compositions as a busker. After residing in several musical towns such as New Orleans and Savannah, Mudcat eventually settled in Atlanta where he began his blues tutelage under numerous elderly musicians who were still living in the culturally-rich city. In addition to performing in his own right, Mudcat has spent more than two decades promoting and backing these musical pioneers, organizing multi-day blues events, and bringing these nearly-forgotten artists back in front of appreciative crowds. Mudcat has recorded 13 full length albums and often tours Europe, Central America, and the US. When home in Atlanta, he can often be found at the Northside Tavern where he has held Wednesday nights since 1995.

Wavetree is George Price, Barry Richman, Charlie Korch and Dana McCarthy, playing instrumentals and vocal arrangements from rock to jazz to blues. First coming together when hosting open jams beginning in 2013, it was only natural for George, Barry, Charlie,  and Dana to start branching out and appearing together as a band. Each brings a wealth of talent and experience having spent many years playing professionally as individuals, and playing with and opening for many of the major acts in the music industry. Barry and George are two of the top guitarists in the region, playing with many of the top names in the area (and some global names as well). Charlie is a much sought after drummer, able to keep the solid beat while playing some of the most complex of rhythms, and Dana fills out the bottom end on bass guitar, providing the foundation for the amazing guitar work you will hear in this group.


Missy Flapjack & the Butterworth Blues Band are now entering their 12th year as an ensemble, and have been rocking Atlanta audiences with a great mix of blues, rock, funk, and a whole lotta soul for the over a decade.  2020 is shaping up to be a banner year for the band and will be booming with shows, appearances, performances, new songs, and a debut album of original blues music. The Butterworth repertoire is a rocking mix of original blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and classic blues standards and features Dave Knaub on drums and percussion, Brian Rosen on electric guitar, Michael Thornton on bass, and singer songwriter Alexis M. La Salle as Missy Flapjack on vocals and keys. This group will have you grooving and smiling with blues you can use!