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Mike Lanigan (AKA Salty) formed Swingin Harpoon Blues Band in 2007, after being everyone else's ' HARP PLAYER '.

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Literally wearing out a 'Swingerhead (Michael Andrew) ' CD over a period of about 12 years, Salty finally acted on his swing interests and put Swingin Harpoon Blues Band together

(Salty) was born in Tarpon Springs Fl., and always ‘tinkered' with musical instruments. Salty started blowing harp at 14, learning his licks from two main sources....J. Geils Band , and The Ozark Mountain Daredevils. The two contrasting styles of music influenced Salty's harmonica style.

Salty's hard blowing licks and unique timing provide a unique harmonica flavor, enjoyed by all.

Other influences come from Pat Ramsey, William Clarke, Fingers Taylor, Johnny Winter, Michael Andrew, Lee Oskar, and many other artists over the years.

Salty has performed or opened for with such artists as Pat Ramsey, Eddie Kirkland, Major Bacon, Eric Culbertson, Cyde Ramsey, Jason Ricci, Bill ‘The Sauce Boss’ Wharton, J B ' s Zydeco Zoo, Sir Charles Atkins, Pat Buchanon, Herbie Mann, Spyro Gyra, Georgia Satellites, Atlanta Rhythym Section, Grace Slick & Starship, Julian Kasper, Billy Dean, Terry Clark, Tom Gribbon, T.C. Carr, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Lawrence, Confederate Railroad, Billy Dean, Cathy Cotton, Tracy Byrd, Joe Nichols, Lee Ann Womack, Mark Collie, Jeanie Sealy, Janie Fricke and many more.

Over the years, Salty has been a member of The Summer Brothers, Harpo, Brad Willis & The Southern Stars, Florida Band, Lost Companion Band, Southern Satisfaction, Barry Fish Band, Allie & The Allie Cats, Midnight Rain, The Saltwater Cowboy Band, Roadhouse, and is the founder and front man for Swingin Harpoon.

Swingin Harpoon Blues Band is a concept that Salty has envisioned for many years. Take the big sound of a swing big band and arrange blues harp into the mix with solid blues, and you have Swingin Harpoon Blues Band. Swingin Harpoon Blues Band has been booking regionally and in legendary venues such as Bradfordville Blues Club & Bullwinkles (Tallahassee Fl), The Melting Point (Athens GA), Pineapple Willies (Panama City Beach Fl), and many others. The reception from the crowds have been overwhelming. Swingin Harpoon Blues Band will be blowing near you soon.

American Without Prefix (2007 Indie), Swingin Harpoon Blues Band debut CD, met great critical reviews, and Swingin Harpoon Blues Band next CD (2009) is sure to have some swinging blues.

Salty has the passion, energy and experience for a memorable funky blues swing show.

Salty also performs as a solo act, 'The Saltwater Cowboy', and is well know in the North Florida Areas.

Salty blows on Hohner harps, using an Astatic Mic through a 1950 Danelectric or a 1965 Univox

Jamie Eubanks - vocals, guitar

Jamie Eubanks' first guitar was a cheap Squier Stratocaster, back in 2002 at the age of 11. Jamie played around on this guitar for a year and a half and took lessons from the great Missippy James (Pat Ramsey, JB's Zydeco Zoo), taking lessons for nearly a year. After taking lessons, Jamie dedicated his playing to jamming along with records of other musicians, sometimes up to 10 hours a day. Jamie practiced liked this for nearly 6 - 8 months until 2004 when Jamie started going to watch bands like Rick Lollar and Pat Ramsey. Jamie loved their blend of blues!

In February of 2004, Jamie saw Kenny Neal at the Bradfordville Blues Club, and took that old Squier Stratocaster, and got Kenny Neal to sign this guitar. After Kenny Neal signed the guitar, Kenny said ," I'll sign this guitar, but you got to get up and play with us." Jamie simply replied," Yes sure I will get up and sit-in." On Kenny's second set he called Jamie up, and while Kenny was playing his harp, Jamie was playing his old Squier Stratocaster. Although Jamie didn't get to play much that night, Jamie got a real passion for the blues and playing music. This motivation was enough to keep Jamie practicing at home 10 - 12 hours on the weekends, and 6 - 8 hours each day during the week.

Every time Jamie would go to the Bradfordville Blues Club, Jamie would always take his guitar and get whoever was playing that night to sign the guitar, and hopefully get the opportunity to sit in. Jamie did join with many blues greats including: Sarasota Slim, Carl Weathersby, James Solberg, Pat Ramsey and the Disciples, The Rick Lollar Band, Chick Willis, Sonny Rhodes, W.C. Clark, Dr. Hector and the Groove Injectors, Johnnie Marshall, E.C. Scott, Andrew Jr. Boy Jones, Guitar Shorty, James Peterson, E.G. Kight, Anthony Gomes, The Willie Lomax Blues Revue, Eddie Kirkland, and one of Jamie's favorites, Ronnie "Baker" Brooks.

After sitting in with names like these Jamie, realized how fortunate he was to sit in with such legendary blues musicians ! Jamie sitting in with such greats motivated Jamie to form his own band in May of 2004. Jamie's first gig was at the fourth of July fireworks show in Thomasville of 2004.

Jamie had many opportunities to play at different places around Thomasville, Tallahassee, Atlanta, and throughout the Southeast. and Jamie opened up for the great Clarence Carter back in October of 2004.

Jamie Produced and released ' Am I Too Young to Play The Blues' in 2006. Jamie brings his ' natural ' feel of blues to Swingin Harpoon....

Kevan McCann vocals, bassist

Kevan received his first Fender Stratocaster for his 13th birthday. Within a year and a half Kevan also had a bass guitar and a drum set. The day he bought a bass he switched from guitar to bass. He met a drummer and formed with him Zodiac Sundae, a classic rock/"egyptian grunge" band, and later Bob's Car Wash, a punk rock and at one point ska group.

Kevan's random musical endeavors, combined with his powerful dream of becoming a pro musician landed him a spot for classical piano at the Florida State University College of Music in Tallahassee. Performing with blues icon Charles Atkins during his time as a bassist in the FSU Blues Ensemble, Kevan's love for blues developed. Armed with his Bachelor of Arts in Music, Kevan is road worthy and provides Swingin Harpoon Blues Band with a solid bottom rhythm.

James Lewis vocals, drums

James started playing drums early in childhood and began performing professionally at the age of 14. Hailing from Texas, James grew up with rock, blues and Texas swing and spent the next 10 years on the Dallas/Ft.Worth and Austin music circuit while performing with the Pony Express, Texas Mariah and Bootlegg to name a few.

James changed direction and joined the U.S. Army as a Combat Medic and was fortunate to play with musicians from all over the states and Germany, including members of the 3rd Infantry Division Band. James' band in Germany, Rags, made a CD that was well received throughout the European market. Rags also had the privilege of winning the USO European Battle of the Bands. Since James exit from the military, he has traveled with various bands and accomplished musicians performing live and studio recording, most recently in New York. Since settling in Tallahassee, James was searching for a band with something different to offer....