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Armando Cortez, founded the band in 1999. Having shared the stage with such performers as Kid Ramos, Kim Wilson, Lynwood Slim, Nick Moss, Rockin' Johnny, Nick Curran, and Willie Smith, he sights influences such as Johnny Guitar Watson, Muddy Waters, Albert Collins, Freddie King, Earl Hooker, Robert Lockwood and others...
Brad Ber has been playing professionally since age 19, recording, writing and performing with bands of all styles, from punk to rock and roll, rockabilly to country. In the American Roots genre of music, he has played with roots pioneers Sleepy LaBeef and Billy Lee Riley, as well as many other bands across Chicagoland and the nation. After a call from Mondo in early 2003, Brad filled in for a gig and has been playing with the Chicago Blues Angels ever since.
Herman Hines came to the band as a happy accident in 2001. Mondo heard Herman while he was singing karaoke at Just One More in Joliet. Needless to say, they hit it off and Herman became the lead singer with CBA. Now, the crowd anticipates Herminator's powerful vocals as he delivers their favorites. Herman's distinct range delivers B.B. King crooning to low down Howlin' Wolf and everything in between.