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Twist Turner has been active on the Chicago blues scene for the last 30 years playing and recording with a literal who's who of the blues. Twist moved to Chicago in 1975 and began working almost every night of the week including holding down the gig as house drummer at the Legendary Theresa's lounge with the Jr. Wells band. He's worked with artists Jimmy Reed, Buddy Guy, Guitar Jr., Sunnyland Slim, Hubert Sumlin, Willie Kent, and many more. Twist also spent 5 years in the bay area in the late 80's and the early 90's where he worked with Luther Tucker, Arkansas Larry Davis, Deacon Jones, Sonny Rhodes, Guitar Gable and others.


Mark (Max) Brumbach is a native Chicagoan who started playing guitar and harmonica in the mid 1960's. His first jobs on harmonica were with the late Johnny Young, Wild Child Butler and the great Sunnyland Slim (with whom he recorded for Airway Records in 1974). He began playing piano in the early 1970's, backing up such blues stalwarts as Eddie Taylor, Sam Lay, Johnny Littlejohn, J.B.Hutto, and Otis Clay. He toured Canada with the great Jimmy Reed, and ended up staying there two years to tour with rockabilly wild man Matt Lucas. He has also performed with many country artists over the years, and recently recorded with guitar legend James Burton, on a Matt Lucas revival album.


Rick Kreher Born and raised in Chicago, Rick has been on the blues scene for over 30 years. He was a member of the great Muddy Waters last band with which he played nearly 5 years. He also had long stints with Studebaker John and the Hawks, Mojo Buford and The Rockin' Johnny Band. He has recently toured and recorded with many of the Chicago masters for all the major blues labels. During the late 60's and 70's he was a member of the same group that included many of the current movers and shakers in the blues business visiting as many clubs as you could every night of the week in Chicago.

Illinois Slim has been on the Chicago scene since the 1970's. His guitar sound is deeply rooted in the classic style of players like the great Eddie Taylor. Slim has spent many years in the bands of Big Smokey Smothers, Kansas City Red, Big Moose Walker and Taildragger. For classic Chicago blues, Slim is the man.


E.G. McDaniel is a real son of the blues, being the son of legendary singer-guitar player Floyd McDaniel. He has become the first call bass player for many of the Chicago A-list artists. He has played with Buddy Guy, Byther Smith, Mississippi Heat and countless others. Most recently he is holding down the bass chair with Jimmy Burns Band. We are happy that he was part of this project.


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