about south boulevard band
South Boulevard Band is a dynamic group of Chicago music scene veterans.
The members, with almost 200 years of cumulative musical experience, have shared the stage with such notables as Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Sonny Terry, Brownee McGhee and Hubert Sumlin.
They have recorded at CBS Records Chicago, Capitol Records LA, Cherokee Sound LA, United Artists Studio LA and Electric Ladyland NY.
Rhythm section Steve Flugum (bass) and Del Hooks (drums) intuitively lock into the steady backbeat that cements the band’s “tight as rope” sound while occasionally cutting loose with some spirited solos.
Guitarists Willie Shields and Chris Discher lock in tough, tight rhythms and heartfelt solos. While having two distinct playing styles, their singing guitars make you feel every note.
South Boulevard’s Horn section, led by Miles Tesar (tenor sax), add amazing accents and clever contratempos. They bring with them years of formal education in their respective instruments as well as in composition. From Australia to St. Lucia, they’ve played Broadway musicals, chorale pieces, television scores, theatrical productions, gigs with Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Charo (coochie coochie!) —oh, and of course, rock, jazz and blues.
Tying all this music together are the raspy, deep, soulful vocals of Mr. Dudley Fair. This lead singer’s raw emotion commands the audience and brings listeners to their feet. His explosive harp playing is reminiscent of such luminaries as Little Walter and James Cotton.
South Boulevard delivers a great show every time they take the stage!
Just wanted to give you all a quick note to thank you for all your support this past year and to wish you a happy, healthy and music-filled 2015!
We've been hard at work on new originals and great new covers, and working with our amazing producer in studio on our first CD--can't wait to finish it up and get it out to you! In the meantime, you'll be hearing them--and loving them--in our live shows, we promise.
So stay warm and well--look forward to seeing you soon--and, lest we forget--
Dudley and your friends in South Boulevard Band