Straight out of Long Beach, The Lubricators Blues Band is the dream of Mickey "the Hatchet" Foster. Mickey recruited local Jerry "Blonde Lemon" Luithle bass man extraordinaire who has a great foundation in the blues and TC "the Hit Man" Markle on drums. This rhythm section proved to be the back bone needed to draw attention of southlands great guitarist and Rip Cat recording artist Barry Levenson. Barry's great talent and history of recordings caused the band to spark immediately. Their music range from old Delta Blues to uptown Chicago to the hard edge Texas shuffles to the West Coast Swing!
Something amazing happens the moment you witness a White Boy James show. You’ll either: Tap your toes maniacally. Dance until the soles burn off your shoes. Or both. Having just completed their second album, Whiteboy James and the Blues Express are a detonative force to be reckoned with. Since reuniting in 2006 after a five year absence, these Rip Cat recording artists have reestablished themselves as the legendary band they were during the Southern California blues explosion of the ’80s and ’90s. Whiteboy James brings a mesmerizing, driving and sonic stage presence to the table. Combine that with three gifted, well-seasoned musicians…and chances are, chairs at one of their shows simply won’t be necessary.
Rip Cat recording artist K.K. Martin is a fourth generation talented singer/Songwriter /Guitarist/Musician all-around Entertainer born in West Monroe, Louisiana. Exposed in the womb to the music of Jimmie Rodgers, Robert Johnson and Hank Williams; he began touring with his parents band at age 10, was transplanted to California in 1969, and cut his teeth on the local L.A. rock scene at age 16. In the late 90’s KK rediscovered his roots, producing, recording and performing Delta Blues in the old solo artist traditions and style. Martin was honored at the 9th Annual HOUSE of BLUES, Los Angeles MUSIC AWARDS being voted “OUTSTANDING BLUES ARTIST”. His Delta Blues debut, “Naked Blues” featured Martin’s amazing fretwork, the finger styling he learned at his grandmothers knee, but also emphasized his vocal performance and emotion; dark and suffused with undertones of danger.
Bunky has been performing and playing over 40 years with some of the all-time greats. Opening for BB King, Robben Ford, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Tab Benoit, Maria Muldaur, Roy Rogers, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Bunky is now playing all around the Bakersfield music scene. As a session player, producer,instructor he has played with local favorites like Monty and Tanner Byrom, Chuck Seaton, Freebo just to name a few. Bunky is a very accomplished upscale blues guitarist with a laid back Eric Clapton style. An amazing slide guitarist that mentors many young players.He is one of the nicest guys in the business with awicked sense of humor.
The Groovies is a duo rock n roll band that play covers of classic rock, southern rock, and blues-rock, classic southern blues-rock and country rock artists of yesterday and today. Guitarist/Lead Vocalist Mike Fleming has been playing guitar longer then he can remember. After years of playing with Bakersfield rock band Civilian for many years, Mike stepped out and created The Groovies as a vehicle to showcase his guitar and vocal prowess. Mike is also becoming an in demand session player......working with some of the finest musicians in Bakersfield. Bassist/vocalist Ray Sadolsky is a native New Yorker who cut his musical teeth in the incredible Boston music scene of the 80's and 90's.. After many years as a highly sought after live gig and session player...Ray moved to California and has continued his run out west as a sought after bassist in Bakersfield. He has opened for many major acts on both coast, and in Las Vegas, and writes and records with Vegas sax monster and Bemuda records jazz artist Tony Q. "Ray is currently also a member of award winning "Monty Byrom and The Road Pilots".
emotional response all it’s own; hitting the ear drums and stimulating the senses with an unspoken language only achievable through genuine love and feeling. Gino’s unique ability to express himself verbally as well as nonverbally, through his guitar, has allowed him to tour the US several times over, as well as internationally. Gino has also performed at some of the world’s premiere festivals, concert halls, and clubs, earning praise and applause everywhere he performs.
“Work hard at what you love, treat everyone you meet like family, and try to smile here and there.” ~Gino Matteo
Through it all, Rip Cat recording artist Gino Matteo still holds true to what he believes, writing music about his life as he lives it: his love, joy, and pain pouring out through his guitar and voice. Truly an “old soul,” Gino is a rarity in today’s Roots-Music world, preserving a wealth of knowledge and respect for his predecessors. Using his experiences and regard for the pioneers before him as the inspirational fuel behind his distinct artistry. Gino’s performances are spontaneous, explosive, and original. His velvety smooth voice croons raw, honest emotion with a soulful grit, while his guitar acts as an extension of his soul; resonating a deep-rooted, esoteric quality that evokes a powerful
In 1989 The Clifton brothers formed a band to host a jam session at a small Fresno CA. nightclub called Zapps Park, without any songs or regular band members the brothers continued for 8 motnths every sunday night until they had a regular line up and enough songs to perform a whole night of music. 24 years later, 12 countries on 3 continents and 7 CD releases prove this band has paid their dues. These Rip Cat recording artists surroundings and hard living has influenced their sound, it is hard edged raw real original blues, high energy and good time music. From greasy dive bars in central California to Headlining Festivals in Europe and all kinds of shows in between the MoFo Party Band has consistently kept an upward motion and has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.
2011 BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINEES for "Best New Artist Debut". The Mighty Mojo Prophets are the quintessential Long Beach, California blues band! Singer/Lyricist Tom "Big Son" Eliff, and guitarist Mitch "the Switch" Dow are so good at their craft that any region in "blues" America would be happy to claim them as their own. Although on 100's of radio stations currently here in the U.S. and abroad, they are Southern Californians through and through, specializing in playing one of American roots music's most intriguing and infamous styles: West Coast Blues! The Mighty Mojo Prophets fancy themselves purveyors of "High Powered, Old School" blues!!!!
Formed in the fall of 2011 by front man and lead vocalist Jon "Orphan Jon" English, ER has enjoyed a quick and somewhat surprising rise in the ranks of local blues bands in the San Joaquin Valley. With Eddie Lee Wayne "ShrEddie" Marquardt on Lead Guitar, Dave "Dubious Dave" Johnston on Drums and Gordon "The Kraken" Hilton on Bass, the top "A" list journeymen join Orphan Jon to form English Revolver of Bakersfield, Ca. This high energy, hard driving blues band get's it's influences from such great musicians of the genre as Clapton, Trucks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Warren Haynes. "We always want to put on a show that leaves the listener feeling the excitement of the experience of the blues, the raw energy, the soulfulness, the emotions that will be with them throughout their lives. You know, stir up some crazy desires to make some badass memories with us, memories that will last, while still leaving them begging for more" says Orphan Jon. And he adds "ShrEddie set the bar for the band, when he told us, whatever we decide to play, it's got to be baddazz, and no one is doing it" And that's been ER's way of doing things, it's what's drives them and keeps them fresh. Fresh for themselves and for you the fans of the Blues.
A local Kern County Band based out of Bakersfield, formed in 1987 as a classic rock band covering a wide range of current and vintage music, as well as a few originals in classic 80’s style. Our main mission on stage has always been to have a great time with our guests, while still delivering quality music that is danceable and fun to sing along with. We have evolved over the years to include many different styles and genres of music to not only please our audience, but twist our own nutz too. "We’ve probably had a dozen or so members over the years, but the current lineup holds four of the original five guys". Diver Down’s front line appeared at the Rockin’ Bluesfest last year at the Kern River Brewery as the acoustic duo Monkey Business.
As a third generation singer, songwriter, musician Bill Baize started performing professionally when he was 10 yrs old. His musical career has spanned over 5 decades of recording performing and touring.
Mike Blackman has been playing Guitar and Drums since he was also 10 yrs old. Touring across the Western U.S. in the 70's Mike relocated to Bakersfield in the 80's playing and recording with many blues bands including his own Lil Mike and the Blues Hammers.
Both Mike and Bill were long standing members of one of California's premier blues bands, The Tone Daddys, fronted by the legendary late Bluesman, DeWayne Toney.