We play as a Band, Duo or a Trio.
John Bull - lead vocals/ harp, is a member of the Alabama Blues Hall of Fame. As a former riverboat captain he used to entertain guests on the riverboats in Montgomery, AL. John gave up the river for the road years ago but you can still catch him and his band most Sunday evenings on the Blues Cruise that he began running on his own riverboat almost almost thirty years ago in Montgomery.
Ed is a multi-instrumentist who's rural Alabama roots give a down-home groove to his acoustic and electric guitar.
James "Bassface" Strankman - Bass, is a multi-instrumentalist who began his musical career at the age of three when he was asked to sing onstage with Glenn Campbell while vacationing with family in Golden Colorado.
At the age of eighteen Bassface enlisted in The United States Marine Band as a percussionist where he learned to play not only the drums but how to be proficient on instruments such as marimba, xylophone, tympani, and all the instruments of the percussion section.
Having always been a member of the rhythm section, the move to bass guitar was a totally natural transition.
Peggy Walker - Vocalist, is a member of the Nashville Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. During the 60's she was a big part of a thriving blues and soul music scene in Nashville, performing prolifically both live and on recordings. After the death of her husband, Sheffield Walker, who played guitar with John Bull, she came out of retirement to perform with the John Bull Band. She remains a dynamic performer and audiences simply adore her.
These veteran players channel their sound from an era in American music that began about the time Little Walter "electrified" the harmonica and ended about the time B.B. King recorded "Thrill is Gone". Their sound seamlessly swings from uptown to lowdown, right at home in the swankiest nightspot or the funkiest juke joint.
This Montgomery Alabama based duo of harp player, John Bull and guitarist, Ed Pickett, play acoustic and electric blues that's not defined by a particular style or era, it's just the natural result of decades spent performing at southern festivals and juke joints - together for the last five years. John teaches harmonica to students as part of the Alabama Blues Project's Blues in the Schools program, and having once been a riverboat captain, is a featured performer on the riverboat in Montgomery. Ed is a multi-instrumentist who's rural Alabama roots give a down-home groove to his acoustic and electric guitar.
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