Hector Qirko, guitar and vocals; Dirk Weddington, saxes; Jim Williams, bass; and Steve Brown, drums (click on names for individual bios). We formed the band in Knoxville TN in 1985, which means that we made it to nearly a quarter-century -- not bad, for the same four guys (we also had the good fortune of having Joel Fairstein and Chico Crawford join us on keyboards at different points). Loosely speaking, blues, although with a lot of other styles in the mix, including even the occasional polka. So maybe "World Blues," or "Pan-Americana," or something. But always blues -- electric, Chicago-style blues in particular -- at the core.
We were voted Knoxville’s “Best of the Best- Favorite Local Music Group” for 2000, and also “Best Local Blues Band” about a dozen times. All this through Metro Pulse’s annual reader poll. A great honor, especially considering how much excellent music, of all kinds, comes out of K-town.
Our favorite review, from the Down Home in Johnson City:
“Undoubtedly, four of the finest musicians to grace our stage. Not just another blues band. Not just another rock band. Not just another jazz band. They play all these styles and more. But regardless of the direction they take, each and every musical path is truly exceptional. Words are not enough.”
(Actually, words like those are more than enough...)
We put out a record every five years or so- not exactly reckless about it, in other words...
Played Bonnaroo 2006 (more photos here) - that was fun!
More band photos here.