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The Jimmy Adler Band is built around the blues guitar playing of Jimmy Adler. Throughout the years, he has played with a variety of Pittsburgh blues bands.
Adler and singer Larry Nath started The Mohicans back in 1988 and played every Tuesday night at the now defunct BACKROOM on East Carson Street in Pittsburgh's Historic Southside. The band eventually dissolved and Adler moved on to Eugene and The Night Crawlers. At this point he also played for two years at Natili's in their Wednesday night house band, The Mojos, featuring Eugene Morgan, John Burgh, Randy Roth, Tom "little Buck" Coyle, and Adler on guitar.
The Nighcrawlers, led by Eugene Morgan's natural blue's voice, played all over the Beaver Valley area as well as places like Cranberry, Butler, and Zelienople. Eugene is still one of Jimmy's favorite blues singer and Adler eventually had the opportunity to record three songs on Morgan's Count on Me CD back in 2001.
Later Adler joined forces with Wil E. Tri and the Bluescasters who started out playing every Saturday night at Brother Olive's in Pittsburgh's Strip District. Wil E. Tri's band played all over the Pittsburgh area. Wil E. Tri is still active, blowing his harp with his band, and they can be seen regularly at Sloppy Joe's in Pittsburgh's Mount Washington area, every Thursday night.
After two years with the Bluescaster's, Adler began substituting for Lenny Smith in The Billy Price Band. Around this time he also began playing guitar with Jill West and the Blues Attack, substituting 4-5 gigs a month for guitarist Donnie Hollowood.
Eventually Adler got the call to work full-time with Gary Belloma and the Blue Bombers. He recorded one album, Pack Your 'Chute with the band and stayed from 1998-2002. At this time, he felt it was important to be fronting his own band and playing his brand of blues that emphasized the voice of his guitar . Jill West, Gary Belloma, and Billy Price had all allowed Adler to sing a song or two during his time with those bands and the desire to lead his own band began to grow.
The Jimmy Adler CD, Absolutely Blues! Live at the Boneyard, was realeased to a standing room only crowd at the Blues Cafe on Pittsburgh's historic south side. Recorded with the help of some of the areas strongest players, this recording is something you won't want to miss! The recording has since received rave reviews.
This recording was done live at Boneyard Studios in McKeesport, PA.
Adler is supported on this recording by the spontaneous and passionate
playing of the following players: