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Barbara Blue - This collection of top notch Musicians/Artists have been performing together since late 2004. They are dynamic blues performers with world wide credentials. Traditionally when traveling out side of Tenn. & the United States we travel with a 5 man core, minus Nat Kerr. When the budget permits, we are honored to have Nat join us on any gig!! Also Barbara & Nat are available for duo gigs (They have been performing together nightly on Beale Street for 13 years!)... given enough forewarning they will customize your event!!
Yes, being Nominated the 2007 BMA Contemporary female artist of the year
Barbara Blue is a professional blues performer but this does not limit her
and her band/duo from being able to handle all of your musical needs. Along
with Barbara's list of original music, all shades of blues and R&B are
masterfully crafted to show the raw, the HOT & sweet BBQ side of this
American culture musical style, BB and the band/duo can also cover a wide
range of genre from Memphis, the Delta, New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit
etc..... Blues, Jazz, Funk, R&R, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's... etc... We
guarantee a good time to be had by all!! Festivals, Clubs & Bars, Private
Parties, Weddings, & Corporate Events... ALL are welcome!
Le ze Bon-ton Roulette!
Nat "King" Kerr ~ Aries
Nat has been playing keyboards from a very early age... with Barbara Blue for 11 years, mostly 5 nights a week on Beale Street at Silky O'Sullivan's. He holds multiple credentials for composition, accompanyment and recordings.
"It doesn't get no better than Nat!!"
1997 to Present -Barbara Blue
1997 to 2007 - Kevin Paige
1990 to 1997 - Crack the Sky
1990 to 1996 - Kathy Troccoli
1981 to 1986 - B.E. Taylor
TBS- Reel News for Kids, VH1, Nick at Night,
NICKELODEON - Jimmy Nuetron, Action League Now, Guts, Kids Choice Awards
HGTV - Lucille's Car Care Clinic
BRAVO- ID's and Bumpers
PBS - Fallingwater: a Conversation with Edgar Kauffman, The Inside Story, Frank Lloyd Wright and Japanese Art.
TV Appearances : 2006 - The Piano Guy
Lannie McMillan: Saxophone’s ~ Virgo
Born in Memphis TN………Almost every Record that has been produced by Grammy Award Winner Willie “Pops” Mitchell and his Hi Label, has had Lannie’s horn tracks or prints on it. He’s been around the word more times than the space shuttle. He is a true master of his craft and a delight to be in the company of especially when playing music. When there is referral to “Back in the day”… well Lannie McMillan IS the day!!
Performance credits: Two cameo appearances with his bands in two major
motion pictures “Great Balls of Fire & The Firm. Performed in house bands on
Beale Street The Rum Boogie Caafe & BB Kings for multiple years. Staff
musician Sight & Sound Studios NYC; toured with and retains studio credits
with: Evelyn Champagne King, Isaac Hayes, Dione Warwick, The Staple Singers,
The Moody Blues, Peabo Bryson, Foghat, Latoya Jackson, Kool and the Gang,
Stevie Ray Vaughn, Al Green, Stan Kenton, Buddy DeFranco, Lou Soloff, Dizzy
Gillespie, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, Maynard Ferguson and Don Menza. Also
has performed the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Sweet Soul Music Festival Poretta
Terme Italy multiple times. Lannie holds the position musical band leader
and all around master of good taste. He is a founding member Barbara Blue’s
touring band “The Soul Providers”
Steve Graham: B3/Keys/Trombone ~Libra
Steve and Nat met Barbara when they were playing in R&B band in Pittsburgh. Steve laughs, “Nat I I were gigging every Saturday night at this club. I played bone and Nat was on keys. We had just started the Vamp to Shakey Ground and this woman jumps up on stage and grabs the mic from our lead singer and proceeds to lay him out. I told Nat to get her phone number!! It was Barbara Blue. I guess it fate. It turned out that both of them were relocating to Memphis. I’m just hoping that someday Nat and I can play with Barbara on the same gig.”
Steve has been featured as an arranger and trombonist on many recordings and TV themes for Nickelodeon, TV Land and Showtime. He has played with Wild Cherry, Billy Price, The Temptations, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Little Anthony, Ronnie Spector, Leslie Gore, Peter Noone, Crack the Sky, B.E. Taylor, Joe Grushecky, Sputzy and the Soul Providers and many more.
Steve owns his own sound company, Graham Audio, and travels worldwide as
an audio engineer. He’s worked corporate and sporting events and has worked
as an audio engineer for the G8 Summit, APEC Summit, Stanley Cup Playoffs,
Versus, NBC, TSN and Fox. Steve has been with the Pittsburgh Steelers
managing the coach to coach and coach to QB intercom system since 2008. Some
of Steve’s music audio highlights have been mixing for the Count Basie
Orchestra, The Artie Shaw Orchestra, Jeff Coffin and the Mu’Tet, Brian
Setzer Orchestra, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, the P. Funk Allstars,
Susan Tedeschi, Brave Combo, Pure Prairie League and Jefferson Starship.
Kirk Smothers ~ Saxophone
Dedrick Davis ~ Trumpet
Ian Gordon ~ Trumpet (Pittsburgh PA)