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 Trilby Brothers
The Trilby Brothers are Barry Lamon (Guitar, Vocals), Vince Alexander (Harmonica, Shaky Stuff), Larry Grasso (Bass, Hearty Chortles), Henry Brent (Things To Bang On). Original Americana – A little Blues, a little Funk, a little Rock, a lotta Soul. Influences include angels, rusty landscapes, those with awareness of the human condition, smiles, happy dogs and a good ear.
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!
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! https://www.facebook.com/flapjastic/
With roots firmly planted in the foundations of the electric blues masters who preceded them, Funky Bluester pays the reverence and homage due to the masters while simultaneously being unbound by traditional blues formats. Funky Bluester has been earning a reputation as a must-see live blues act in Atlanta and around the southeast. Drawing from influences in all types of music, the quartet pumps out gritty, grinding, swinging blues that hearken back to the alleys of Chicago and the roadhouses of Texas, but at any moment can turn on a dime into a magical, spontaneous musical journey that only happens musicians who are completely in tune with each other perform live. Funky Bluester is Dustin Peterson, Russell Boyer, Corey Ellis, and Myles Mattison.
“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.
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!
For over 15 years, The Breeze Kings have been one of the busiest and most respected bands in the Atlanta music scene. Their music, featuring complex guitar parts, explosive harmonica, and rock steady rhythms, is an exciting and authentic blend of 50s and 60s era Chicago and Delta blues styles and has caught the attention of people everywhere from blues purists to those new to the genre. The band has released four CDs on Atlanta’s Veritone Records label and performed over 2000 shows all over the Eastern USA and completed four tours of Europe. They have opened for and played with some of the biggest names in blues, performed live on television and radio, and their music is regularly played on local, regional, national and international blues radio and internet programs. The Breeze Kings have won Creative Loafing’s Best Blues Band in Atlanta award 9 of the last 14 years and were among the top 10 finalists at the 2005 IBC competition in Memphis.
Red Sugar Blues is being recognized as a powerhouse blues band… it is the stature of petite lead vocalist Red Sugar that draws and delivers deep seeded sounds and mountainous moans with rawness and ease… sultry… stunning and alluringly talented… the movement of such profound vocals should never be confused with the ability to resound and resonate each note so delicate and be as pleasing to the ear… whenever and wherever. Red Sugar Blues hits the stage their dynamic energy and thunderous flair always excite and ignite to keep the thrill of the blues rocking in your soul… a grain… a dash… a sprinkle of Red Sugar Blues…
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. By taking many familiar songs and intensifying the arrangements, ThunderGypsy has been mesmerizing Atlanta audiences since its inception. Folks often say they’ve never seen a band having so much fun playing together as ThunderGypsy does! With Ken Williams on Drums, Richard Price on Guitar, Paul Allison on Keyboards and Heather Statham on vocals, this quartet delivers a full sound guaranteed to delight your ears and keep you dancing and grooving all night long! •
Crossfire is a diverse power trio that covers decades of blues. From traditional blues to blues rock, we have various styles. We cover Walter Trout, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Luther Allison, Luther Johnson, Sam Myers and many more great blues artists. We have been established for almost 9 years and started out as gospel act, then ventured into a more diverse song selection but still keep the gospel in our hearts to show that God is always first!
The Rockin Blues Review plays High Energy Blues – old school with a little new. The Masters are our inspiration: Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Little Walter and Slim Harpo to name a few. We are passionate about what we do, to help keep this wonderful musical legacy called The Blues alive! Separately we have decades of musical experience performing and recording with various bands and various genres. And when we put that experience together, we have a rhythm section that loves the pocket groove and awesome guitar and harmonica licks that stay close to the original artists. We love to Rock the Blues. Come check us out. Peace, love and long live the Blues! L to R: Alby Palombo, Harmonica & vocals; Andrew Colombo, Drums & Vocals; Bryan McCauley, Guitar & vocals; Bill Gable, Bass Guitar.
Scott Glazer’s Mojo Dojo plays music that is indigenous to the South. Prominent in their song list is the soul music and blues produced at Stax/Volt and Hi Records in Memphis, TN, Muscle Shoals, AL, and other soul hotspots of the South. Artists in their repertoire include Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, Big Maybelle, Percy Mayfield, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, Freddie King, Jimmy Hall, The Allman Brothers Band, and many others. The band has been featured at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art “First Friday”, Callanwolde Arts Centre’s “Jazz on the Lawn”, Chastain Park Amphitheatre, opening for ASO and Chaka Kahn, Buckhead Theater, and more of our city’s fine venues.
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.
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.
Lola (just Lola) is a dynamic blues and R&B singer and keyboard player who has been igniting stages in the Atlanta area and is just beginning to break out as a national artist. Blessed with a deep soul voice, a funkified keyboard style and an intense, high energy stage presence, Lola combines traditional blues with hard-edged R&B to create her own brand of contemporary, tough music. Lola is honored to be named among “Atlanta’s Queens of Blues” along with the dynamic Francine Reed and Sandra Hall. Atlanta Council Member Kwanza Hall presented the ladies with a proclamation naming September 29, 2013 Atlanta Queens of Blues Day in Atlanta!!
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.
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. Vocally, the band hits on all cylinders, able to sing the hardest rock to the softest ballad. If there was ever a band that could please everyone, this one is it. https://www.facebook.com/wavetreeband/
Zakiya Hooker was born in the Motor City – Detroit, Michigan – but she was also born into the Blues. You could even say she had a front-row seat to view the best the genre had to offer, right in her own living room. Her dad was the renowned blues giant John Lee Hooker. The Blues has been with her from birth to where she is today. Zakiya was privileged to see and hear some of the Blues greats that shaped the history of Blues, as we know it today. To be the daughter of a Living Legend is a major obstacle. To choose to follow in his footsteps is a major undertaking. But rather than relying on her father, Zakiya has pursued life – and music – on her own terms, overcoming personal tragedy and skepticism along the way. But you know what they say, “the fruit never falls too far from the tree”. This certainly rings true with Zakiya.
Dani Mac & Company plays a mix of Rockin’ Blues and Rock & Roll. Music that’ll make you get up and move your feet! Dani McDonald sang back up with some of Atlanta’s great local bands. Then picked up her guitar and started singing the blues. Her favorite artists include Etta James, Susan Tedeschi, and Bonnie Raitt. Stacy McDonald got his love of the Piano at an early age watching Piano Red from the window in Underground Atlanta, his inspirations include Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Leavell. People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Atlanta Blues Challenge, with several of Atlanta’s finest backing us up. Together, we make up a unique Rockin’ Blues Band!
The Cazanovas bring you their own incomparable “Kick Ass Blues” for each and every show, melding timeless blues style that every audience relates to with a fresh energy that keeps them hungry for more. And more they get… Well known blues standards are infused with new groove-driven power, and original tunes are immersed in musical passion and intensity, with lyrics that speak to the force of shared experience. The passion, energy and intensity from each member is apparent as what comes out is “music that is rooted in blues, but doesn’t necessarily sound like a copy of something that we’ve heard before.”
The Tyler Neal Band – Tyler first began exploring music on guitar and drums, and he was also inspired by the gospel music he heard in church. He found a mentor in drummer and composer Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band, Royal Southern Brotherhood) who could see that the fire Tyler had for music needed fuel. Tyler then entered the orbit of Col. Bruce Hampton. He started going to Bruce’s shows at Northside Tavern in Atlanta, and Bruce invited him to sit in… Tyler dutifully obliged, and was soon playing with the Colonel regularly, first on bongos and tambourine, then a larger array of percussion, then guitar. When Bruce invited him to officially join the band and go on tour, Tyler had no doubt the path Bruce offered was the one he belonged on. He spent the next two years as lead guitarist for Col. Bruce. Since Bruce’s unexpected death in 2017, Tyler has been leading his own band and working on his first album of original songs. Like Bruce always said, “there’s a gun to my back and I have to choice. I have to play music. I’ve tried to quit but the universe won’t let me.” This has become a mantra for Tyler, always reminding him to push ahead in the face of doubt, and believe in music as his best hope to meet his best self.”
“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.
Their purpose is to present blues, jazz, R&B and zydeco in the best of the African-American tradition with all the energy they can muster. Frankie’s Blues Mission has been together for over a decade, providing down-home roots music for grateful listeners in the Southeast region and beyond. The current lineup is the best ever and everybody knows when long, tall Frankie Lee Robinson walks in the house that great music is not far behind. They are masters at performing the music as it should be played and heard. The band has performed at many festivals and shared the stage with a plethora of the greatest acts in the nation. They continue to perform major events regionally and nationally.
With the release of their seventh album Black Cat Oil in 2012, Delta Moon expands upon the sound that has sold thousands of records and allowed them to play for thousands of fans worldwide over the past several years. And with a live show second-to-none, the dual slide guitars of Delta Moon carry the listener deep into the heart of the American South, where sinuous Mississippi blues meets the gritty backwoods twang of Appalachia and winds around a rock-steady beat like kudzu on a barbwire fence. Net Rhythms calls it “Music as it should be – raw and honest.” We call it Blues-Infused American Roots.
“Tom Gray and partner in crime Mark Johnson continue to show why they may be the best guitar tandem around.” – Chris Martin, The Examiner
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.
Chequered Blue is a five-person band based in West Atlanta. We play a fun collection of classic rock, blues, soul & Motown with a few surprises thrown in at every show. We love playing everywhere from blues juke joints and dive bars to restaurants, neighborhood block parties or porches, patios, and parking lots. We are also available for festivals and fundraisers, as well as upscale private parties, holiday celebrations, and corporate events. Contact us to learn more or book us for your next event and come on out and see us when we play.
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.
Little Becky and the Big Shots, featuring Becky Simon
Little Becky and the Big Shots is a fun party band with some of the very best musicians in Atlanta.
No Solution is a blues and rock band comprised of high school students based in Atlanta, GA. Band Members are: Devon Gates, Micah Maclane, Max Bittner, and Chris Robinson. No Solution won the Atlanta Blues Challenge, youth category, sponsored by the Atlanta Blues Society in August 2015 & 2017. No Solution represented Atlanta, performing at the International Blues Competition in Memphis in the Youth Showcase, January 2016. No Solution also won the Teen Battle of the Bands sponsored by the AJMF, March 2017 and were winners of the Heritage Sandy Springs Annual Festival Battle of the Bands, September, 2017.
What’s there to say about Eddie? He’s a two timing hustler who plays the bars up and down the streets until the early morn. Eddie 9V has played many stages and Festivals all around the country gaining positive success between the blues radio stations and reviewers all around the world for his lo-fi, gut wrenching style of blues. At 23, he’s made himself a name in the competitive blues scene in Atlanta wowing all types of audiences with his searing Freddie King style approach to guitar. Recording all his music in a one room studio, Eddie 9V plans to release his new album “Left My Soul in Memphis” in fall of 2019.
Rae & the Royal Peacocks. Building on the rich blues tradition of Atlanta through the decades, Rae and the Royal Peacocks infuses classic styles with contemporary energy. No matter what blues genre resonates most with you, you’re guaranteed to dance when this band takes the stage. Rae and the Royal Peacocks features several of Atlanta’s favorite musicians, including Danny Vinson (guitar), Art McNaughton (drums), Harold Patillo (bass) and Valerie Waters (keys), with Rebekah “Rae” Easley on vocals. The passion for the blues runs deep… and the music is irresistible. They were the winners of the 2016 Atlanta Blues Challenge and will represent the Atlanta Blues Society in the 2017 International Blue Challenge (IBC) in Memphis.
Robert Lee Coleman Band
Robert Lee Coleman of Macon, Georgia played guitar for Percy Sledge from 1964 to 1969. In 1970, James Brown hired him for his new band, “the JBs.” Robert’s guitar is featured on Brown’s album “Hot Pants”, including the songs “Revolution of the Mind,” recorded live at the Apollo Theater & “Make It Funky” from the “Soul Classics” LP.
I am an active guitarist that enjoys playing the blues. I played the guitar for Percy Sledge from 1964 to 1969, then went on to play for James Brown in 1970 becoming one of the original JB’s. I have played with many talented people over the years including The Marshall Tucker band this last year. For booking info please send me a message on Facebook or email: email@example.com
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. • www.SawgrassBlues.com
Johnny Scales has been playing guitar in the Atlanta area for many years now. Most notably, he played guitar for the late great Atlanta Blues Singer, Lotsa Poppa, from the mid 90’s until 2000. He has also played with the Chris Massey Band and several other bands in Atlanta. He has taken to songwriting the past few years, and concentrating on the blues in particular. His current band plays a swampy mix of blues and southern roots music. Add in Victrolla on Harmonica, Mike Morrow on Bass, Mike McKenney on Drums and it makes for a spicy, savory musical sauce. Don’t miss this band for some fun times and good music.
EG Kight’s musical style transcends musical boundaries and has been called “country-flavored southern-fried blues”. With a blend of americana, southern rock, blues, pop, jazz, gospel and funk, she is helping to shape contemporary blues. A veteran of the road, Kight headlines at clubs, theaters and festivals, bringing her diverse musical menu to the fans across America and in Europe. Early in her career, Kight was dubbed “The Georgia Songbird”, and today she is considered one of the few true blues vocalists. With her rich voice, and a mastery of the guitar that has her holding her own next to any other player, Kight mesmerizes audiences of all ages, both as a solo and with her band. Taylor Guitars proudly provides her with the tools of her trade.
Jetback is a trio of seasoned musicians that bring the best mix of blues, funk, rock, and soul to their audiences. Led by guitarist/vocalist Fernando Barreto, who also writes original songs and produces recordings in his studio. Combining covers and originals, they keep everybody engaged and participating in the shows. Real music drives this band and that will keep you asking for more.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Sam Chung started late in his teenage years to self-teach guitar, and had an even later start playing the blues. He learned the blues from playing with various talented musicians during his travels around the world with the US military. His latest band, Bluesnake, worked diligently to spread American classic rock and blues in Korea’s most famous music scene, Hongdae, for the past seven years. Now a resident of Atlanta, Sam looks forward to meeting and working with amazing musicians and broaden his musical horizons. Check out his latest project, “Bluesnake EP” at your favorite online music stores!
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!
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.
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 connecting with the soul of blues instead of playing by the book; they understand that playing blues is all about feeling! Places you can see them include Blind Willies, Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, Two Urban Licks, SuBourbon Bar, Meehan’s Public House, and breweries around Atlanta. They have also played in Alabama and festivals in Grant Park and Piedmont Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Real Deal Blues Band
The RDBB group features four seasoned musicians performing traditional American roots and hard driving classic Chicago Style Blues standards.
Inspired by classic & electric blues, the Bridget Kelly Band has placed their unique stamp on the blues genre, with high-energy live performances and a hybrid sound that mixes Texas and Memphis Blues with various Southern Blues traditions. The sultry vocals of singer Bridget Kelly and the incendiary lead guitar work of Tim Fik forge a signature hybrid sound that combines female urban blues with riff-driven rockin’ blues guitar, all held together by a dynamic rhythm section comprised of Alex Klausner on drums and Mark Armbrecht on bass, with the recent addition of Chris Alexander on keyboards. The band has been performing at blues clubs and festivals throughout the United States, and recently at the “Women in Blues” Showcase in Memphis, TN during the International Blues Challenge (IBC) week. The Bridget Kelly Band released their 4th all-original album, entitled “Bone Rattler” in the summer of 2017 on Alpha Sun records.
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!
Harvey Brindell has lived in the northeast, southeast, midwest and is currently based in the Portland, Oregon area. He has played with many of the best blues bands in America and his bands have backed up Mitch Kashmar, Taildragger, Mary Lane, and Rockin’ Johnny Burgin. Harvey has recorded two CDs with The Honeyboy Turner Band, which have both sold well regionally. One of Harvey’s songs, Blues For Omaha, was included on the Blues Society Of Omaha’s Compilation CD. Harvey’s current band, Harvey Brindell & The Tablerockers, has been twice nominated for the Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards and twice nominated for Omaha Area Arts & Entertainment Awards for Best Blues Band. Harvey has played multiple shows in the Atlanta and Macon, GA area over the past year and plans on continuing to increase his presence in Georgia in the foreseeable future.
Stephan Likman is an eclectic guitar instrumentalist with twenty years of experience playing, composing and recording his own blend of blues, rock and jazz. He was influenced by artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jeff Beck, his style is a unique combination of solid rock licks, blues flavored phrasing and jazz inspired technique. He started his professional career in the early 80’s playing guitar and writing songs for rock bands such as White Noise and Fallout. During the mid to late 90’s he worked as an independent recording engineer, studio musician and producer. During the past decade he has lived and worked in Atlanta, Georgia performing blues rock originals and standard blues covers with his power trio, The Blooze Band. The band recorded an original CD called Oozin’ The Blooze for which he wrote and produced all the tracks.
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.
Larry Griffith was brought up in the inner city of Cincinnati, Ohio by a single parent along with nine other siblings, where Larry was saturated with the radio and vinyl record sounds of everything from blues, gospel, and soul, to jazz. Seeing great artists like Freddie King, Bill Doggett, Hank Ballard, Ivory Joe Hunter and even the Godfather of Soul himself James Brown was an ordinary occurrence. Larry’s first recording sessions as a drummer occurred here. Relocating to Atlanta, Georgia in the 1990s, Larry discovered then quickly became immersed in the thriving Atlanta blues scene becoming one of the top drummers in the region. Then in the early 2000’s, encouraged by a dream he had, Larry learned to play guitar and that allowed him to forge an alliance between his rich, eclectic song writing story telling style which included elements of blues, country, soul and rock with his gumbo approach to guitar and his highly engaging live stage performance. The result? You’ll have to check that out for yourself.
Leonard Blush will be all YOU can think about once you’ve heard that perfect blend of danceable, high-energy blues, house-rockin’, blues-rock music! With Bryan dishing out some of the hottest electric guitar licks this side of heaven or hell, as well some very impressive lead vocal work on some of the greatest blues-rock tunes from the 60s, 70s, and beyond; you’ll swear Jimi, Eric, and B.B. are up on stage! Dave the bass man, lays down a steady, solid, and soulful bottom; and wails on his share of the lead vocal duties, including some fantastic jump blues tunes from the 40s & 50s. The dancers always get quite a kick out of these swingin’ tunes! Sandra, sitting behind her drum set, delivers a rockin’ beat sure to keep everyone’s toes a tappin’ Whether it be a club, private party, festival, or whatever, Leonard Blush is THE band that will get the crowd going, delivering a live music experience not soon forgotten. Yes, LEONARD BLUSH will all YOU can think about. It’s the blues you don’t want to lose!
Jontavious Willis, 19 years old, from Greenville, GA is a natural musician. His guitar remains in conversation with his smooth tenor throughout each song, so natural it feels like hearing a familiar song for the first time. He’s entirely self taught and steeped in the blues. He has watched every single video on the Music Maker YouTube account at least twice. He can recite names, dates and songs of each artist. He has absorbed all the blues information he can, and his enthusiasm for the genre is tremendous and his performances show this. We are pleased and proud to introduce the world to this young man with the spirit of all the old blues legends who came before him.
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.
Donna Hopkins is a complete musician; singer/songwriter, guitarist, producer, band leader and sound engineer extraordinaire. Hailing from a small town in rural Alabama, she witnessed hardship first hand, channeling those experiences into the soulful music that she creates and performs. She arrived in Atlanta when very young and has made it her home. Her raw, passionate voice is comparable to Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi and she can hold her own with anyone on guitar. She plays Atlanta venues regularly and has toured and played throughout the Southeast.