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STEVE BAILEY is truly a Northwest Blues Pioneer, starting his Seattle performing career in the late 1960's. Bailey was a mainstay of the original Public Market Blues scene, and the list of musicians that have played in his bands reads like a who's who of the Northwest Blues. A triple-threat performer on vocals, guitar, and harp, Bailey is also an accomplished songwriter, as well as running his own recording studio. Bailey's recordings with "The Blue Flames" took him on multiple tours to Europe and Japan, and he was the mastermind behind the international hit album, "Northwest Harmonica Showcase." From Memphis soul to rollicking New Orleans gumbo, Bailey keeps T-Town Aces crowds dancing!

Dennis Ellis

DENNIS ELLIS blows that wailing sax that adds so much to the unique sound of the T-Town Aces. One of the toughest Blues "honkers" you'll find in any state, Ellis is equally at home with grinding down home material and fast-paced bebop-influenced Jazz. Dennis also shares front-man chores, and can lay those West Coast vocal Blues down as well! If you are a fan of Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Lowell Fulson, and Big Jay McNeely, Ellis will blow your kind of Blues! Originally from the Bay Area, Ellis got an early start playing traditional jump and swing as a member of the Chris Cain Band in the 70's. Dennis has been a prominent figure on the Seattle-area blues scene for more than a decade now and, as Living Blues Magazine noted, "Whenever Ellis steps up to take a solo, he steals the show!"

Tom "T-Boy" Neal

Tom "T-Boy Neal" Boyle-Guitar: Blues guitarist, Tom “T-Boy Neal” Boyle started his blues career in 1981 as the founding member of The Harmonic Tremors, based in Olympia, WA. In 1982 Tom moved to Seattle and quickly became entrenched in the Seattle blues scene, playing electric blues guitar with The Slackmasters, Drivin’ Wheel, Nitelife, The DK Stewart Band (Portland), and The Led Jaxson Band, before moving back to Olympia in 1997.

Between 1998 and 2011, Tom formed and lead two blues bands, The Steamers and, later, the recently disbanded Becki Sue & her Big Rockin’ Daddies, which gained international success though performances in Memphis, TN; Clarksdale, MS; San Felipe, Baja; and San Diego, CA… as well as performing at most of the major blues clubs and festivals throughout Washington and Oregon, as well as shows in Idaho, Montana and beyond. The band recorded three CD’s, all produced or co-produced by Tom, with many of his original blues songs being featured. To this day, that band’s music is being played on blues radio stations throughout the world.

Since early 2011, Tom has split his time between gigs with Kim Field and the Mighty Titans of Tone and the recently disbanded, Blue and Lonesome. Tom joined The T-Town Aces in November of 2011.

Tom learned his craft by studying guitar at The Berklee College of Music and, while living in Boston, taking private blues guitar lessons with Ronnie Earl (Horvath) in 1978-79. Tom says about his experience with Ronnie Earl… “Ronnie taught me everything I would need to know about playing and ’feeling’ the blues, and more importantly, what NOT to play! Ronnie said, ‘Go for tone and leave lots of holes in the music to create effective and soulful phrasing, and always remember… the best soloists are also great rhythm players‘.”

Tom has been nominated by The Washington Blues Society in the “Best Electric Guitar” ‘BB Award’ category several times, winning that award 5 times between 2003 and 2009.
Tom says of becoming a member of The T-Town Aces… “I couldn’t be more proud to be playing with some of the best blues musicians in the Pacific Northwest, and for that matter, some of the best in the world”!

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AL CANTEY-With over 20 years of various electric and upright bass experience, Al played much of the 90’s with King Swing and the Boogiemen, also w/ Jimmy Dewrance, Paul Durkett, Jim Illges and later released an album with The West Coast Rollers. Al adds,” My musical tastes are primarily motivated by a band’s rhythm. A group of people that can collectively understand the intended rhythmic feel of a tune really inspirers me. The genre of music really doesn’t matter. It’s the deep understanding of groove or soul for a better term that really gives me the chills. It’s the bands groove that makes them great, to me at least, not how cool they look or what kind of gear they play. You have gotta shake them asses FIRST, everything else follows.” Al’s broad influences include: BB King, Larry Taylor, Dobie Strange, Willie Dixon, Jimmie Vaughn, Jim Bott, Keith Ferguson, Richard Innes, Nick Curran, Dave Gonzales, Tom Yearsley, Lynwood Slim, James Harmon, Kim Wilson, Hollywood Fats, Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, Rick Holstrom, T-Bone Walker, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Ronnie Earl, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, whatever grooves hard…

DAVID HUDSON has been a blues drummer for 20 something years and keeps the flame started by Fred Below and "new" guys like Fran Chistina and Richard Innes burning bright. He has played in bands that have opened for Jody Williams (Howling Wolf), Hubert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf) and Pinetop Perkins (Muddy Waters). He's been nominated "Best Blues Drummer" by the WBS a couple times and has also participated in the IBC competition in Memphis.David's a shuffle/swing drummer who has never played in a rock band..... and never will......He's excited to be teaming up with one of the best blues bands in the Northwest, "T-Town Aces".

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