13th Annual Blues Festival June 8th, 2024
Springfield Missouri

The Bands - 2014

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

TOMMY CASTRO - the big winner at the 2010 Blues Music Awards --- 1. B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year 2. Band of the Year 3. Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year: Hard Believer 4. Contemporary Blues Male Artist Of The Year
Born in San Jose, California in 1955, Tommy Castro first picked up a guitar at age 10. He came under the spell of Eric Clapton, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield and other blues rock players early on. As he got older, Castro moved forward by investigating the past, falling in love with the blues guitar work of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Elmore James and singers like Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. By his late 20s he was playing in a variety of San Francisco-area blues and soul bands.

Bryan Lee – The Braille Blues Daddy

“Whether he’s wailing a Freddy King inspired blues ballad, stomping out low down and dirty blues, or getting down with a super funky New Orleans groove, Bryan Lee is gonna grab your soul and squeeze it till you scream in blues ecstasy.”— Duke Robillard

Jarekus Singleton

Blues guitarist Jarekus Singleton,touted as the "New Face of Blues," will blow you away with his alternating soulful and blazing guitar licks -playing beyond his 29 years. His band is tight and they perform as seasoned musicians .

Steve Smith – Solo performance

Steve began his musical career as a front man at the age of 13. He learned to sing when he began covering soul tunes by Otis Redding, Wayne Cochran, Wilson Picket, Same and Dave and Al Green in local bands. Steve is a veteran road musician and published songwriter who has toured extensively throughout U.S. for the past 48 years.

JD & The MudHounds

Take a trip with JD & The Mudhounds.... A musical road trip through Memphis and Clarksdale, with a side trip to New Orleans, ending up in Chicago and you have a idea of the Blues, Soul, and Boogie of JD & The Mudhounds. The band’s music has been described as authentic, fresh and new, yet with a cool retro vibe. It's The Real Deal. JD & The Mudhounds is not just a blues band, it's an experience.
Dave Faragher - John Simpson - Mic Flosi - Rick Hendry