Chicago is legendary for its homegrown blues music. However, the common conception is that the sound is melancholy and the stories sad. Many local bands stick with tired standards such as “Sweet Home Chicago” and “Mustang Sally.”
Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners have consistently reinvented the genre, creating a unique blend of traditional blues mixed with a generous measure of southern rock. You cannot stand still at a show; it’s not possible. Lead vocalist and harmonica player, Kevin Purcell is a consummate performer who thrives on engaging the audience in the music and the show. The big sound is accomplished with an experienced and enthusiastic group of artists: Tony Root on bass guitar; Andy “Anj” Ohlrich on violins and vocals; Don Laferty on lead guitar; Pete Kruse on drums, percussion and vocals and Bill LeClair on keyboard.
The set list includes several blues/rock standards including a rendition of “Whipping Post” that would thrill the Allman Brothers. Original songs range from the soulful and introspective “Good Day for the Blues” to the dynamic danceable “Movin’ in for the Kill”
The band recently made it to the finals of the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and currently leads the pack in the video contest for the Sin City Blues Revival which will be held September 15th – 17th in Las Vegas.
The group is presently in the studio composing and recording new music. The band’s next live date is April 6th at the Brews & Blues Festival at Geneva Ridge Resort in Lake Geneva. There is no need to wait until April to listen to the Nightburners. Their music is available on Reverbnation and Nightburners.com.