Featured Musician Profiles...
Rod Cook, Sheri Roberts Greimes, Big Road Blues, Joe Blue & The Roof Shakers, T-Town Aces, Soulful 88’s, Nick Vigarino, Mark Riley Trio, Funky Rumpus, Joey Houck Band, Brian Lee and the Orbiters, Eric Rice Band, Joe Cook Blues Band, CD Woodbury Band, Eric Madis, Jeff Hertzog, $cratch Daddy, Tanya Hodel, Stevie & The Blue Flames and more...
Big Road Blues
Co-founded by Steve Sarkowsky and Tommy Wall is a rock’n soul blues review band nominated for Best New Blues Band by the Washington Blues Society in 2017. This six piece horn band is the coming together of six musically diverse musicians whose chemistry is undeniable on stage. This band packs a punch of soulful energetic music drenched in the sounds of Memphis, Chicago, The Bay Area and Blue-eyed Soul with three very distinct vocalists co-fronting the band.
Eric Madis & Jeff Hertzog
Guitarist-vocalist Eric Madis was active in the Chicago, Dallas and Denver blues scenes prior to moving to Seattle in 1984. Besides leading Seattle bands Blue Madness and Bluescast, he has performed with renowned blues artists Big Walter Horton, Robben Ford and Deacon Jones, with local artists Steve Bailey, Mike Lynch, Grant Dermody and Mark DuFresne, and has opened for James Cotton, Little Charlie and the Nightcats and Hawkeye Herman. With five solo CDs on Luna Records and music on four film soundtracks, Eric has received 20 Best Blues nominations from Washington Blues Society. He has taught electric and acoustic blues guitar for National Guitar Workshop, Austin Blues Summit, Northwest Folklife, Canada's Guitar Workshop Plus and Jamplay.com.
Harmonicist-vocalist Jeff Hertzog is a long-time favorite of Seattle’s blues scene whose work as the leader of the Jet City Flyers has garnered awards from the Washington Blues Society for Best Recording, Best Band and two awards for Best Harmonica
Eric and Jeff will perform a wide spectrum of acoustic blues at the 2019 Blues Walk.
SWEET BILLY and the SOULFUL 88's
The Soulful 88's are a dynamic, rockin' blues band with a whole lotta' soul. Sweet Billy has stepped out from behind the drums after 25 plus years of professional playing behind many of the Northwest's top Blues and R&B artists. He is now playing the 88's along with organ and singing with the Soul and Passion that can be felt deep down. He is joined by Kurt " Snookie Cochran on guitar and vocals, who has played with Late Night Trash for more than a decade. His gritty and soulful attack will keep you wanting more!! Holding down the bottom on bass guitar is Patrick Mosley. Patrick and Billy have played with several bands through the years but with Billy playing drums. This man can groove!! Rounding out the band is Scott Rongey layin' it down on the tubs. Scott has had a long career in the Northwest playing with many top acts. He has been to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge as well as being a sought after session player. We bring our heart and soul to every show!!!!
The Band :
Sweet Billy Spaulding - 88's and vocals
Snookie Cochran - Guitar and vocals
Patrick Mosely - 4 and 5 string bass
Scott Rongey - Drums and percussion
Randy Norris and Jeff Nicely
Randy is a native of Wichita, Kansas. He's been burning up stages for more than 30 years with his charismatic voice and intense, journeyman approach to his instrument. He has spent much of his life playing music on the road, performing with Jack Mack and the Heart Attack, The Boxtops, and opening for many notable acts including the Neville Brothers, Rare Earth, Average White Band, Etta James, and many more. Randy also spent 10 years in Los Angeles doing sessions and sideman work. Never the type to be stuck in a musical rut, he has played many different styles. His voice can be heard on many film and television scores.
Jeff Nicely has over 35 years of lively performance experience. Jeff enjoyed the early influences of a musical household with varied tastes – from the requisite childhood piano lessons to watching his older brothers’ rock ’n roll bands rehearse in the front room while opera played on the stereo for the parents in the kitchen. While the blues has long been his base, Jeff also plays jazz, rock, gospel, folk, hip-hop, country, reggae, bluegrass and more. He’s performed with some of the best during his harmonica travels, from loose pickin’ parties to tight funk ‘n soul shows. His band Blues Playground was a 2011 Washington Blues Society Best of the Blues Nominee for Best New Band.
- 2012 & 2013 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Semi-Finalist, Memphis, TN
- 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Washington Blues Society Best of the Blues Nominee for Solo/Duo Act - WINNER 2017 BB AWARD!!
- Collaborative CD releases:
- Randy Norris & Jeff Nicely – “An Eclectic Acoustic Blues Duo” (2011)
- Blues Therapy – “Doctor’s Orders!” (2002), “Second Opinion” (2005)
Tanya Lee Hodel * Lead Vocals
Seattle Slim (Clinton Nonemaker) * Lead Guitar / Vocals
Joseph Rivers * Drums / Vocals
Barry Brovan * Bass Guitar / Vocals
$cratch Daddy, plays the Blues & Beyond with a little blend of R & B, Motown and Rock gives you an energetic dance band that is fun and easy to listen to.
Joe Cook Blues Band
Joe T. Cook is a multiple Twin Cities Music Awards winner for his smokin' harmonica, vocals and songwriting. The band performs high energy Chicago and west coast blues originals with a Texas feel. We invite you to check out our calendar of upcoming performances, video and sound clips as well as our band bio.
The band features west coast blues guitarist and B.B. Award winner Tim "Stoop Down" Sherman as well as the fabulous Conrad "Machete" Ormsby on drums.
Rod is known for his collaborations with singer/songwriter/bassist Laura Love (recording seven albums with her, two of which were released on Mercury Records, and touring the United States, Canada and Europe through the '90's and early 2000's), former Steve Miller Band guitarist James "Curley" Cooke, NBC's The Voice Finalist Vicci Martinez, Northwest icon Little Bill Englehart and many others as well his exploits with Rod Cook and Toast, a band performing original and cover material based in blues, rock, country, Americana, surf and American roots music in general. Rod has also backed up blues legend Taj Mahal and opened as a solo act for Todd Rundgren, Sonny Landreth, and Charlie Musslewhite. He has been nominated numerous times for the Washington Blues Society's "Best Of The Blues" Awards, including nominations for all three guitar categories (Acoustic, Electric and Slide) in 1999, 2000 and 2004. In 2004 and 2015 Rod received the award for both "Best Acoustic Guitar" and "Best Electric Guitar," in 2006 and 2014 was awarded the "Best Acoustic Guitar" award and in 2012 and 2016 "Best Electric Guitar".
Rod Cook and Toast has been performing around the Pacific NW for around twenty years performing an eclectic mix of American roots music based in but not restricted to blues. The band consists of Rod Cook (guitar, vocals), Jon Bayless (bass, vocals) and Chris Leighton (drums). All three members have an extensive resume and are well respected throughout the Northwest music community. Jon Bayless is known for his work as bassist with Heart in addition to holding down the groove with countless bands in the Northwest. Chris Leighton also has played with too many Northwest bands to count in the last forty years as well as Randy Bachmann and Laura Love.
In 2014 Rod Cook and Toast was named "Best Blues Band" by the Tacoma Weekly readers.
Many a bluesman paid backbreaking dues chopping cotton in the flat Delta fields of Mississippi and Arkansas to line the pockets of rich plantation owners. There was no cotton crop to tend to in the grimy rust belt town of Youngstown, Ohio in the 1960’s, but there was grinding, dirty work for some, as human grist in the mills of U.S. and Republic Steels. Where thirty years labor earned you meager wages, and for the lucky, a few years of retirement spent with an aching back and a hacking cough in the dreary shadow of belching smokestacks. Nick Vigarino, like 10,000 other Bohemian Hungarians, Italians, Irish, and Blacks, was born to this dismal blue-collar legacy.
Nick had his way out of this planned human obsolescence before he even knew it. In his early teens, Nick fell into possession of a battered guitar, feebly equipped with one string. As fate would have it, he learned to play the guitar in the exact same way as a hundred seminal blues musicians had two generations before him, on a homemade one-string diddley bo. Without the pious influences of Peter Green or Eric Clapton, Nick flailed at his one-string and peered deep within himself for the foundations of intensely personal music to come. With a poet’s fierce commitment to birthing his own music, he continued to play on ever-improving instruments the angry and mournful melodies in his head.
The mean town survivor eventually formed Meantown Blues, carrying his music into the bars and roadhouses of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Payin’ dues in the thousand-night march from stage to stage, burying his highly original and volatile blues in boozy sets mostly comprised of the radio dictated honky-tonk of the time.
Impressed with the Northwest’s clear air and mountain vistas unspoiled by the strip mine wounds inflicted by Peabody Coal, Nick drifted to Seattle, where he quickly won respect for his slashing bottleneck guitar and refreshingly original songs. Encouraged by the interest in his incendiary approach to the blues, Nick added a rhythm section and became the NICK VIGARINO TRIO and later revitalized NICK VIGARINO’S MEANTOWN BLUES. These days, Nick finds himself working in many countries as well as rushing back and forth across the Northwest serving up solo and ensemble music on the stages of bar rooms, concert halls, festivals and regional television.
Vigarino radiates an unpredictable fervor with slashing slide guitar, powerful vocals, funky licks, modern lyrics and his slop jar delta funk blues. His style elevates the blues to a place where the roots are respected, yet nudged towards the future. He consistently captures, then rivets listeners with precise, passionate performances.
—Ray Varner; Blues Historian, Ethno-musicologist, and critic, contributes his writings to many music publications, including Living Blues Magazine, Jefferson (Sweden) and Caledonia.
Sheri Roberts Greimes
Known as a soulful singer and powerhouse vocalist, Sheri Roberts Greimes is quickly becoming a favorite in the Pacific Northwest. Having overcome a serious health issue in 2012, Sheri has steadily come back to the stage and is playing keyboards and singing as a solo artist in many popular venues and with her band, JoMomma for festivals and local events! Sheri released her “Bleeding Heart” CD in November 2016 and was nominated for 3 awards from the Washington Blues Society for female vocalist, blues album and songwriter and was awarded WBS Best Female Vocalist 2017” on April 9, 2017. Sheri continues to rank in the top 10 for Blues on Reverbnation and Number One Music regional charts and top 100 for national charts
Offering an eclectic song-list of quirky tunes, Sheri does anything she sings her way. She doesn't do the typical "Chick" songs. A recent foray into blues has opened a new avenue of passion in her music that shows what she is capable of singing and finding her own style.
Come hear Sheri live... live gives more energy and excitement than a recording can provide. Sheri loves to have fun and watch the audience having fun too!
Listen to her latest CD "Bleeding Heart", available at Cdbaby.com/sherirobertsgreimes3
Mark Riley Trio
Mark picked up the guitar 53 years ago, and never stopped. 22 ''best of '' awards from the Washington Blues Society.... says something.. Has played with Little Bill and the Bluenotes, Merrilee Rush, Brian Butler Band, Seattle Women in Rhythm and Blues, Sam Andrew, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Larry Taylor, Robbie Krieger, Randy California, Ron Holden, Nancy Claire, Kathi MacDonald, and many more musicians....
Eric Rice Band
Eric Rice has been known in the Northwest blues and rock scene performing live on many stages. Opening for many national blues and rock acts through the years and taking his act to the festivals, Eric has the experience and confidence to deliver a hard hitting show. His attack on the guitar and the stories he tells with conviction and wisdom are as honest as the voice he uses to deliver his message. The ownership of tunes written by his influences is amazing. Eric can take a tune we have enjoyed for a lifetime and breathe his own life experiences into it to give a classic song a new existence. Joined with the best musicians the Seattle music scene has to offer his show will always have a quality that is hard to beat. The partnership with Scotty Harris on bass and Andrew Cloutier on drums is a language that has been developing for all the years they have spent together. Improvisation is effortless with these 3 as their time together makes the musical conversations between them only found in the moment. The new album “Devil’s Nursery” is packed with the hard driving groove and wit you would expect to hear from Eric. This is the 3rd of 3 albums so far produced by Eric recently and another is on the way. Visit our website www.ericricelive.com to see more literature, hear our music, view some pics or check our calendar for upcoming shows
Expertly fronted by this year’s winner of Washington Blues Society’s Best Male Vocalist award AND Best Blues Harmonica, Joel Astley, this five-piece blues machine of seasoned all-star musicians is celebrated by the dance community, local blues associations, and music lovers alike.
T-Town Aces boast a blues pedigree that is second to none. Each of these gentlemen have been on the blues scene for decades, backing the likes of Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Jody Williams, Steve Cropper, Jimmy McCracklin, Chris Cain, Mitch Woods, Larry Davis, Johnny Burgin, Cash McCall, Junior Watson, Candye Kane, Mark Dufresne, Duffy Bishop, Billy Flynn……..and that’s just to name a few.
As an additional bonus, the renowned keyboardist, Lorenzo Farrell of Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, joins this power quintet when he is not on tour.
Joel Astley— vocals/harmonica
Tom “T-Boy” Boyle— guitar
Dennis Ellis— sax/vocals
David Hudson— drums
Les “Wild Child” White— bass/vocals
CD Woodbury Band
2019 and CD is BACK: From a reputation as an ace sideman and “The Northwest’s best kept secret” in the Pacific NW blues scene; CD Woodbury is emerging as an internationally recognized singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He's been seen in recent performances with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Lee Oskar and Roger Fisher, blues legends Sugaray Rayford and Wee Willie Walker, as a band member with Randy Oxford's All Star Slam and former Roomful of Blues vocalist Mark Dufresne. His own groups have been electrifying festival and club audiences around the US for years.
CD has been a finalist (recording) and twice a semi-finalist (band) in three appearances at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. His band was also named “Kings of Beale Street” in 2014 at Jerry Lee Lewis' Cafe and Honky Tonk.
Roots Report Independent Radio Charts: CD Woodbury Band and the album “Monday Night!” was the WA State #1 Artist for 30 straight weeks and peaked at #8 on the International Blues Radio chart.
CD Woodbury has won eleven Washington Blues Society BB Awards, including Blues Performer (2015), Songwriter (2014), NW Recording (2014), and has won the Electric Blues Guitar Award five times in the last ten years (2010, 2011, 2014, 2018, and 2019)
“CD Woodbury has attained an enviable goal for guitarists: A personal, muscular, expressive style with no direct influence. ...the result is booty-shaking contemporary blues with wit and extraordinary substance” – Guitar columnist Dave Rubin
“...Powerful” – Experience Hendrix Magazine
Brian Lee & The Orbiters
Get ready for a stellar ride through the traditional blues universe! Brian Lee & the Orbiters are among the premier bands on the Northwest blues circuit, and have earned an impressive reputation for being among the finest purveyors of traditional blues, while forging their own unique sound. The "Orbiters" name evokes the concept of the band - a "broad orbit through the blues universe". Brian delivers dynamic and engaging performances with melodic vocals, exceptional song writing, and superb harmonica, slide guitar, and guitar. The incredible Orbiters rhythm section features Mark Dalton on bass and Russ Kammerer on drums, and the groove really swings! Completing the Orbiters sound on guitar is the remarkable Mahiko Fujita, who is an exceptionally fine guitarist deeply versed in the blues and jazz traditions.
Brian's blues influences from an early age include Elmore James, T-Bone Walker, Big and Little Walter, Johnny Watson, Guitar Slim, Peter Green, and later additions such as Jr. Watson, Jimmy Vaughan, Rick Estrin, Gary Smith, etc... Brian has lead the Orbiters to a prominent position in the Northwest blues scene based on their engaging and energetic delivery, top-flight musicianship, and great repertoire of original tunes and gems from the blues tradition. The Brian Lee Trio scales this same sound to provide a perfect fit for smaller venues. Brian and the band are serious in their musicianship, but have serious fun when they perform! Without gimmicks, the focus is on delivering a great performance of great tunes that are perfect for both dancing and listening.
Orbiters band members are all among the finest players in the Northwest. Core band members include:
Drums: Russ Kammerer performs with both the Orbiters and the Trio. He's a superb drummer who really drives the groove with energy and finesse. Russ's playing demonstrates incredible versatility, polish, and expertise that comes from many years of professional worldwide touring performance. He's a fantastic player!
Bass: Mark Dalton is a superb player who has been on the scene for many years, playing with Chris Stevens many others. His experience really shows. He is a stellar musician, who really understand the blues.
Guitar: Mahiko Fujita spent many years playing the blues in Chicago, as well as touring nationally, and now is based in Seattle with the Obiters. He's a brilliant, emotive player in the traditional style.
The Orbiters and Trio also draw upon the talents of additional great players including Brian Butler, Jack Cook, and Billy Stapleton on guitar; Brady Kish, Guy Quintino, and Hank Yanda on bass; and Dave Coleman, Marty Lockwood, and Bob Merrihew on drums . The tunes always swing with this additional depth of talent playing with the band!
Brian Lee & the Orbiters have been honored by the Washington Blues Society with the 2018 "Best of the Blues" award for Best Traditional Blues Act. They previously won the BB award for Best Traditional Blues Act for 2017, 2015, 2014, and 2013, and Brian was awarded for Best Slide Guitar in 2017. They have also been awarded with "Best of the Blues" awards for 2014 Best Blues Act, 2012 Best Recording (Identity Theft) and Brian received the 2012 award for Best Songwriter.
Previous BB nominations include Best Blues Act (2017, 2014, 2010, 2008, 2003), Traditional Blues Act (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2010) and Best Recording (2014 In Orbit, 2012 Identity Theft , 2006 Falling Leaves). Individually Brian was nominated for Slide Guitar (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2011), Male Vocalist (2015, 2010), Performer (2017, 2015), Songwriter (2017, 2016, 2015, 2012), Russ for Drummer (2017, 2016, 2015) and Lifetime Achievement (2017, 2015), and Hank Yanda for Bass (2012). Thank you WBS members for the wonderful recognition of these awards and nominations!
The Orbiters In Orbit album has received strong world-wide airplay, as well as being chosen by the South Sound Blues Association for entry in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Competition in Memphis. The bands' prior Identity Theft album also has been widely acclaimed and charted at #15 in 2012 on the Living Blues world wide blues radio chart.
For straight ahead traditional blues with exceptional musicianship and energy, Brian Lee & the Orbiters are among the finest!
Joe Blue and the Fabulous Roofshakers
Joe Blue and the Roofshakers perform Rockin’ East Coast R&B. Joe Blue (harmonica player and lead singer) is a former recording artist for Capitol Records and has performed with several blues greats such as John Lee Hooker, Marsha Ball, Steve Bassett, and the Roomful of Blues. Joe Blue and the Roofshakers, are composed of 5 veteran musicians from across the U.S. that features a wailing blues harp, gritty vocals, soulful saxophone along with a rock-solid rhythm section.
FRS is a professional hard driving band for over 13 years!
Stevie and the Blue Flames
Stevie and the Blue Flames is a band of veteran musicians who still perform with a lot of positive energy. With a tight rhythm section and dynamic soloists they are a well-oiled machine. Each of the band members enjoys what they are doing--and it shows.
All have extensive experience in music as performers and teachers.
Steve Bailey is veteran of the Northwest music scene. He fronted bands in Seattle beginning in the early 70’s and then joined forces with the great Isaac Scott for 7 years. In the early 80’s he formed Stevie and the Blue Flames and tore it up on the local Pioneer Square blues scene. He has recorded many LPs and CDs, written many songs, and continues to play gigs in the northwest and overseas. Recently he played numerous gigs in London, Madrid, and Colombia. He has received numerous awards from the Washington Blues Society, including “Best Harmonica”, “Best Band” and in 2015 the “Hall of Fame” award. His trademark is intensity on stage and he still has a ball playing!
Tom “T-Boy” Boyle has been performing, recording, writing and producing blues since the early 1980’s, being heavily entrenched in the thriving Northwest scene. He performed with the Slackmasters, Drivin’ Wheel, Nitelife, and the Led Jaxson Band, and later with the Big Rockin’ Daddies and the T-Town Aces. He has had the opportunity to play festivals all over the Northwest as well as the Mississippi Delta, Memphis, and Mexico. An in-demand session player and performer, he always brings a dynamic presence and sound to the stage.
David Hudson has been drumming on the Seattle blues scene since the early 1990’s. His influences reach back to the classic rhythms of Fred Below, Fran Cristina, Richard Innes, and Sonny Freeman, and you can hear it in his playing.
David was the co-leader of the long-running Hudson Blues Band. He has also backed up Jody Williams, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, and Steve Cropper. He has laid down the rhythm for the best of the Northwest scene. He is a man who has played both coasts, recorded extensively, and has earned the reputation as the drummer of choice for all blues.
Ray Hartman has held down a solid bass groove in the Dick Powell Band, Sweet Talkin’ Jones, the Soul Merchants, and numerous other Northwest bands. He has also played extensively overseas, especially in Japan and the Philippines. His direct, soulful style is a perfect compliment to a wide variety of blues styles, and he always adds the correct flavor to the song.
Joey Houck Band
Music has the power to transport us to another time and place. Joey loves to harness that power with a broad audience of fellow music lovers and passionate musicians alike. Ever since a young age, Joey has found great joy and satisfaction in making music and sharing it with people and fans from all walks of life. Take a look around the site to get to know what JHB can offer for you.
Since an early age, Joey was always infatuated with music. Throughout his youth he tried out many instruments including piano, saxophone and trumpet, but nothing quite spoke to him the way the guitar did when he picked it up at the age of 10. You could say he hasn't really been the same since. Growing up in a family of musicians and music lovers, he was lucky to be able to play with people around him including his father who is a bassist. In his more formative years, he was obsessed with Hendrix, Santana, early Clapton and many, many more guitarists from that same era. Being that there isn't much for musical opportunity on the small island of Kodiak he is from in Alaska, he now resides in the Seattle area and has been making an impression on many in the scene.
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