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Cafe R&B is a five-piece band consisting of female singer Roach, guitarist Byl Carruthers, keyboardists John "JT" Thomas, Harry Cohen, Stevie Utstein, bassist Bobby Pickett, and drummer Stephen Klong. Longtime music fans may remember lead singer "Roach" from her days fronting L.A.'s "Roach and the White Boys" in the early 80's. The blues-based, hard-rocking Los Angeles band Cafe R&B is fronted by Roach, who sings rock and blues with great force. Critics in the U.S. and Europe have compared her to the likes of Etta James, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin. HITS Magazine declared: "Imagine Etta James riding a Harley out of an active volcano, and you'll have some vague inkling as to the vocal power...". Her Producer/Husband Byl Carruthers does amazing guitar work, and writes the bands original material. When not producing music, he also Produces and Directs television shows; his credits include "Oprah", "Spy TV", and others. He’s also known as a walking encyclopedia of the blues, who has written liner notes for several Blues Compilations.
Cafe R&B has passion for gritty, hard-hitting early blues and R&B. Based in Los Angeles, for the past ten years Cafe R&B has honed their ensemble legendary live performance skills at venues and blues clubs throughout the US such as House of Blues and Buddy Guy's Legends, the legendary San Francisco Blues Festival, 2005, Fire on the Mountain Blues Festival in '05, 06, and '07, and Long Beach Blues Festival, just to name a few. In Europe they have performed jam packed and sold-out residencies in London, Barcelona, and Paris.