Matt Kelley and Ian Walters
The American music recorded in the '40s and '50s captures the excitement of real players playing instruments in an era as yet unbridled by corporate expectations. It's this music, made for the people that consumed it, that originally and continues to inspire Matt and Ian today. After meeting at the Zoo Bar Blues Jam, Ian and Matt developed a lifelong friendship that leaves them spending most of their free time, making music or otherwise, together.
Phil Wiggins and the Chesapeake Sheiks
Phil Wiggins is, as his wife loves to say, a musical genius and tropical fish enthusiast. Though known as a practitioner of Piedmont blues, Phil is using this band to show how much of a bad-ass he is playing swing tunes from the '20s, '30s, and '40s. With Ian Walters, Steve Wolf, and Marcus Moore, Esq., I'm really excited about this band's upcoming foray into the recording studio.
Big Boy Little Band
Working my way back into this fantastic blues band. They used to host a blues jam every Thursday at the Zoo Bar in Washington, DC. In 2009-10, we won the DC Blues IBC Competition, made the Finals of the International Blues Competition at the IBC, and I won the Albert King Award for the best guitar player of the Finals. Bret's a really good song writer, and I think we play at a reasonable volume.
Glenn Moomau & the Juke Drivers
Glenn Moomau, though mild-mannered educator of youths by day, presides over "black eye night and drunk night" in Fells Point. We play an inordinate amount of Percy Mayfield songs. Like angsty, talented teenage girls are to Tom Waits, the Juke Drivers are to Percy Mayfield. Arthur Gerstein often plays keys, and Robbie Leebrick plays drums.
Kurt Crandall and True Story; Gina DeLuca & the MobCats; Nate Myers & the Aces; Still Standing