Band fuses harmonica, guitar and pounding rhythms
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
On tonight’s episode of Jubilee—Summertime Blues, the Kilborn Alley Blues Band—a Chicago group with a classic ensemble sound—fuses harmonica, guitar and pounding rhythm. The series was recorded at the 2010 W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival in Henderson, Kentucky.
Members of the band take the stage with a vengeance, proving that their musical influences are wide and varying, reflecting everything from Robert Johnson and James Cotton, the genres of rap and reggae, to Elmore James and Jimi Hendrix. In fact, lead vocalist Andrew Duncanson and guitarist Josh Stimmel met in high school over a conversation about a Hendrix t-shirt.
Kilborn Alley Blues Band has racked up many Blues Blast Magazine award nominations and wins over the past several years, including nominations as best band in 2009 and 2011 and rising star winner in 2009.
The group released its self-titled album in 2003, releasing two more in 2006 and 2007. In 2010, Kilborn Alley Blues Band released its fourth album, Better Off Now, whose title track was a 2010 Blues Blast nominee for song of the year. The album was also nominated for best album of the year in 2010.
This episode of Jubilee—Summertime Blues premieres Tuesday, August 23 at 10/9 pm CT on KET.