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Big Dave and the Ultrasonics have been called a "table-bouncing hybrid of boogie woogie, jump blues and roots-rockin' R & B" by Real Blues Magazine, and for good reason. This five piece band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, began in 1990. Their sound is a unique mixture of 40's jump blues, New Orleans rumba, B-3 shuffle and low down Texas blues.
Schoolkid's Records released the band's first CD, "Love and Money" in 1993. It received many accolades from blues magazines including Blues Access, who stated the CD was an "outstanding first effort." The CD charted on numerous radio stations in early 1994, topping acts like Charles Brown and Luther Allison. The band toured extensively to support the release, gaining regional recognition and opening for such blues icons as Albert King, Koko Taylor, John Mayall and Buddy Guy.
In May 1996 Schoolkid's released the band's second CD "No Sweat" which was recorded live in January of that same year. The disc offers a real taste of Big Dave and the Ultrasonics in action: Steele's soulful smoky vocals, outstanding solos from all three frontmen, constant drive and swing from the rhythm section, and audiences screaming for more. The band played over 200 dates, gamering national recognition and furthering their regional base.