The Crook County Blues Band delivers an authentic Chicago Blues and Classic Rock sound. We are a blues band that likes to play rock and roll!
Russ Hartig (Guitar Hurricane) (lead guitar), Ray Somera (Joliet Ray) (bass guitar, vocals), David Clarke (Conga Dave)(drums, back up vocals),and Pat Fiege( lead vocals, harmonica, ukulele, guitar, keyboard, sax) put the "B" in Blues and the "C" in Classic rock. The band shines during their energy filled live performances during which Pat will often switch instruments, leading the audience on a journey of varying sounds and feelings from song to song. The Crook County Blues Band has worked hard at developing a solid, high-energy, authentic blues and classic rock sound, while keeping an open ear to the continuing evolution of the music as it keeps rolling on.
The Crook County Blues Band influences are many: Stevie Ray Vaughn, Melvin Taylor, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, King Curtis, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Slim Harpo, The Doors, Wilson Pickett, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Tracy Chapman, Cream, B.B. King, Junior Wells, Freddie King, Jeff Healey, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Jonny Lang, Kim Wilson, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Howlin' Wolf, T-Bone Walker, Robert Johnson, and many more.
We find inspiration all around us. We try to make our music representative of ourselves and our fans. Our biggest inspiration is you! We love the places that most people don't give a second glance.
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