Jim has played blues guitar since the 1960s when he first heard the Chicago blues greats, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. He has played solo country blues and performed in various blues bands in the Piedmont of North Carolina. A founding member of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, he hosted the “Blues Hangover” on WNAA radio for over 25 years, before retiring in 2016. He was the guitarist for Martha and the Moodswingers, the Melva Houston Blues Band, and the Red Road Blues Band. Besides his interest in old-school Chicago blues, he performs gypsy jazz regularly with The Minor Swing Band.
Tom Woods has been playing drums for 35 years. His minimalist drum style can be traced back to his back to his beginning, learning to play on a borrowed snare. He received his primary musical education by attending numerous club shows and studying the various bands in the North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad music scene. He cut his teeth in a number of garage bands in and around Greensboro. Tom has been a fan of the blues from a young age and sites Taj Mahal, King Curtis and Champion Jack Dupree as his main blues music influences.
Bob Powell, bass, has been a rabid fan of the blues since the late 1960s, playing in various bands along the way. His biggest influences are the Chicago and Kansas City blues styles. When not playing the bass, you can often find him with another love of his life, behind the lens of his camera, capturing musicians at work and play.
“Johnny-O”, the band leader, has been playing harmonica for over seventeen years. Being attracted to the blues greats after seeing live performances of BB King, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, and others, he was drawn to playing blues harmonica. John immersed himself in studying the blues harmonica greats: Big Walter Horton, Little Walter, James Cotton, Sonny Boy Williamson I and II, George “Harmonica” Smith and others. His dream and goal has been to revive this style of music by delivering an authentic sound similar to the ensembles that existed in the mid 50’s in Chicago and other cities.