“After Midnight Blues” based 60 miles south of the Chicago in Kankakee, Il . has been recording and playing live shows as a group since 1997. With well over 135 years of collective playing experience, the five musicians who make up this band have opened for headlining acts Pinetop Perkins, Lonnie Brooks and “Big” Bill Morganfield. This group of players has also performed at many area festivals, including the 2005 Chicago Blues Festival.
The lineup: Mark Simmons-guitar/harmonica/vocals, James Lindner-drums/vocals, Barry Love-guitar/vocals, Karen Brault-piano/organ/vocals & Charles Eason-bass/vocals, makes this a solid and versatile group.
Mark Simmons has copyrighted over 40 songs and leads the bands contemporary style with his unique interpretation of the blues. Mark has been working in the Midwest 30+ years and his guitar playing is considered to be solid, soulful, and heartfelt.
James Lindner hooked up with Mark in 1985, formed “The Route One Band”, and played drums on covers from The Allman Bros. - Frank Zappa. Mark and Jim began a quest to create their own music and in 1991 landed a gig opening for the legendary Lonnie Mack, Darrell Nulisch and Duke Tumatoe. Over the years, Jim has developed two additional elements to coincide with his syncopated drum skills, the art of writing words & lyrics and a strong natural voice to sing them.
Barry Love has played R&B, blues and gospel in the Kankakee area for over twenty years and has worked at the legendary Checker Board Lounge with blues man Master James. Love’s soft subtle vocals and smooth rhythmic guitar playing, contribute a soul filled expression to the blues.
Karen Brault has performed locally for many years and is listed as a commercial artist for national radio. Recently, Karen sang back up harmonies for recording artist Rebba Russel, who can be heard singing harmonies for U2 and B.B. King on the Memphis sessions of Rattle and Hum. With Karen’s ability on piano and Hammond organ and a dynamic voice she can be a real show stopper.
Charles “Chuck” Eason, brings to the band 40 years of experience having shared the stage with the likes of Ottis Clay, Artie “Bluesboy” White, Lefty Diaz and Tyrone Davis, just to mention a few. With roots planted in blues and jazz, Chuck’s solid bass lines and additional vocals bring another dimension to the music.
After Midnight Blues has recorded four CD’s, Live Pelican in 2001, Live Pelican in 2002, Love Gamble in 2003 and Everybody’s Getting’ Some in 2006. They are in the studio as we speak working on another album.
With a repertoire of standard and modern blues as well as unique core of original music After Midnight Blues can guarantee rocking good times for blues lovers anywhere, anytime.
For more information, visit their website: http://www.aftermidnightblues.com
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