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Monday, April 29, 2013

I ain't Drunk - Alex Jenkins & The Bombers

Alex Jenkins & the bombers is a rythym & blues based blues band. If you had to label this band the best way to describe their music is that it has elements of R&B, blues, jazz, rockabilly, roots and Americana with having an uptown, Westside Chicago sound. From the first song until the last song the band will have the audience jumping to their feet to tapping their toes. The bands current release “Creepin After Midnight” showcases the many influences in the playing and vocals. The Cd was on the Illinois Roots Airplay Radio chart for September 2012. The cd also made the top 25 airplay for the month of July 2012 at WEFT radio Champaign Illinois. The song she wants to rock made the top 50 songs for 2011 plays on WKCC radio Kankakee Illinois friends of the blues show. The band is currently working on material for their second release. They are currently performing many venues including festivals and state fairs. The band has appeared on the same bill with blues artists Royal Southern Brotherhood, Tinsley Ellis, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Nick Moss, Lil Ed at the Champaign Illinois blues, brews and bar b que festival on June 29th 2012. Also July 21st at the It Aint Nothing But The Blues festival in Bloomington IL. appearing on the bill with Anna Popovich, Sam Lay, Teeny Tucker and others. The Band Consists of Veteran Guitar Player/Vocalist Alex "Wayne" Jenkins, Brother Tim Jenkins on Drums/Vocals, Mike Crisp/Bass Guitar. Alex grew up on Chicago’s south west side within walking distance of the famous Maxwell St. It is there that he got his first exposure to blues music peering through windows of the blues clubs watching Muddy Waters, Howling wolf, Buddy Guy and others playing the blues. At age 13 is when he started playing guitar in local bands all throughout the 60’s in what was called oldtown. After moving out to Los Angeles for a few years Alex came back to the Midwest and spent the next several years playing and touring all throughout theUS And Canada performing in roadhouses, theatre’s and festivals. Alex then moved to Nashville where he lived from 1996-2002. While there, he played in blues bands and also hosted a pro blues jam in downtown Nashville. Alex decided to return to the Midwest to his roots and to form Alex Jenkins & The Bombers. Tim was born in Harvey Il. a south suburb of Chicago in 1961. He grew up listening to WLS & WVON radio where he was first exposed to motown and blues. He has played many styles of music in several bands throughout his career, but his true roots is with blues and R & B music. Tim currently plays vintage Rogers drums. Some of his influences include Charlie Watts, Frank Beard, Louie Bellson, Buddy Rich, Ginger Baker and others. Both Alex and brother Tim have many years combined playing experience. Alex and Tim have toured on the road for many years including playing venues in Memphis and Nashville. They competed in the international blues competition challenge in Memphis in 1989. Current members of the prairie crossroads blues society Champaign Il. and the Bloomington blowtorch blues society out of Bloomington Il. Their influences are many including artists such as Albert King, BB King, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Johnny Guitar Watson , Bobby Blue Bland , Robert Cray, Little Milton ,Jimmy Liggins, Roy Brown. Jazz artists George Benson, John Coltrane, Charlie Bird, Cab Calloway, Boz Skaggs and others, Rockabilly artists such as Carl Perkins, Eddie Cochran, Rick Nelson, and of course Motown, and Stax. Member bassist Mike Crisp played 4 years in the high school jazz band then attended Illinois State University in Bloomington Il. Where he played for four years in the Il. State University Jazz combo. Some if his influences include Stanley Clarke, Charles Mingus, Victor Wooten, Maynard Ferguson, Miles Davis, Dave Matthews, and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

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