Blues Fest Artist - Cash Box Kings

Cash Box Kings

Bandshell, Saturday, July 2

11:00-12:30 Cash Box Kings

"The Cash Box Kings rule the roost! This band has taken old school Chicago blues and brought it jumping and hollering into the 21st century. I’ve seen a lot of bands play this style of music, but I gotta say these guys take that old school sound and go somewhere new with it"—Dan Aykroyd.

Blind Pig recording artists the Cash Box Kings are keeping real-deal, old-school Chicago blues alive and thriving! The band is dedicated to carrying on the spirit of the 1940s and ‘50s post-war Chicago blues sound as well as the Delta blues music of the ‘20s and ‘30s. But the Cash Box Kings also add a bravado, energy and freshness to the mix that results in a distinctive musical experience and a high-energy stage show. With a focus on the raw, stripped-down, ensemble playing that was the hallmark of the post-war sound, the band showcases the music of Chess Records and Sun Records while adding a healthy dose of original music that captures the essence of the Memphis and Chicago blues sounds of the ‘40s and ‘50s. The Cash Box Kings are fronted by Joe Nosek, who writes and arranges songs, sings, and channels the spirits of Little Walter and Slim Harpo on harmonica, and singer and songwriter Oscar Wilson, a 6’3”, 300 hundred pound Muddy Waters-type throwback to the heyday of the Chicago blues scene. The group is rounded out by Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith (drums), and Joel Paterson (guitar, vocals), augmented by a rotating cast of honorary Kings. Living Blues called them simply "one of the best blues bands in the land. Any of these musicians could have played with the great bands of the golden blues era. Together they keep a sound alive that many thought was no more."