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They say that blues will make you feel. If this is true, then anyone sensitive to touch should steer clear of the Jason King Band.
Led by Jason King Roxas on lead guitar and vocals, the Jason King Band deals only in the heartiest of blues. Backed by the talents of Tommy Stiles (guitar, lap slide, pedal steel), Wilbert Banks (Bass) and Michael Patrick Moore (drums), the Jason King Band is a focused, power-packed blues quartet determined to make you move.
Jimi Hendrix once said ďBlues is easy to play but hard to feel.Ē Comprised of members that were born for this genre, the Jason King Band make what they do look easy. But, what sets the Jason King Band apart from other blues bands is the amount of heart in their songs. Their lyrics help set the mood while their instruments tell the story.
Jasonís Stratocaster cries and wails out, luring listeners deep into the bandís seductive, captivating grooves. With the chords his uncle taught him when he was eleven years old dimpled into his fret boards, his familyís musical history is scratched up and down the necks of his guitars.
Jasonís guitar is an extension of his soul. He only approaches song writing with his six-string partner strapped over his shoulder. He crafts his melodic songs from his extensive musical past. Jasonís influences, ranging from the Allman Brothers to Zeppelin, provide the color in all of the bandís memorable songs.
Tommyís lap slide tells his story, which is filled with over 40 years of playing experience. Growing up in the foothills of Claremont, California with a soft spot for Bluegrass, Tommy was introduced to the guitar and lap slide in 1967. Ten years later he traveled to Reno, played in the casino circuit, raised a family and jammed with a handful of talented bands before joining the Jason King Band in 2008.
Wilís bass provides structure. It has backbone. Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Wil made his way to Reno after gigging in Lake Tahoe with a number of gifted bands. While inspired heavily by Bill Wyman of the Stones, Barry Oakley of the Allman Brothers and James Jamerson from MotownóWil says he has never heard a bass player from which he did not borrow something.
Michaelís drum fills punctuate the Jason King Bandís story. Born in the musical hotbed that is San Francisco, California, Michaelís early years were riddled with dynamic concerts including Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Janis Joplin, to name a few. Such concerts gave Michael a well-rounded perspective on music and soon he was playing in concerts as part of long-time Bay Area band Butch Whacks and the Glass Packs. Michaelís smooth, solid drumming even earned him a spot playing behind the legendary Chuck Berry.
The Jason King Band has performed all over Northern Nevada. Their eclectic mix of sounds has earned them a spot on some of the areaís biggest stages, including the Big Easy Festival, the Nuggetís Best in the West Rib Cook-off, and the El Doradoís BBQ, Brews, & Blues Festival. The bandís power and determination shines through on their first full-length album, Blue Skies and Black Shoes; a compilation of 11 original songs that showcase the bandís talent and musical range.