STEVE BAILEY is truly a Northwest Blues Pioneer, starting his Seattle performing career in the late 1960's. Bailey was a mainstay of the original Public Market Blues scene, and the list of musicians that have played in his bands reads like a who's who of the Northwest Blues. A triple-threat performer on vocals, guitar, and harp, Bailey is also an accomplished songwriter, as well as running his own recording studio. Bailey's recordings with "The Blue Flames" took him on multiple tours to Europe and Japan, and he was the mastermind behind the international hit album, "Northwest Harmonica Showcase." From Memphis soul to rollicking New Orleans gumbo, Bailey keeps T-Town Aces crowds dancing!

DENNIS ELLIS blows that wailing sax that adds so much to the unique sound of the T-Town Aces. One of the toughest Blues "honkers" you'll find in any state, Ellis is equally at home with grinding down home material and fast-paced bebop-influenced Jazz. Dennis also shares front-man chores, and can lay those West Coast vocal Blues down as well! If you are a fan of Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Lowell Fulson, and Big Jay McNeely, Ellis will blow your kind of Blues! Originally from the Bay Area, Ellis got an early start playing traditional jump and swing as a member of the Chris Cain Band in the 70's. Dennis has been a prominent figure on the Seattle-area blues scene for more than a decade now and, as Living Blues Magazine noted, "Whenever Ellis steps up to take a solo, he steals the show!"

CURTIS SMITH-Guitar: Started playing in his teens in Southern California with his brother Eric on harmonica, Mark Carino on bass, and Jimi Bott on drums. He cut his teeth on Freddy King records and the like and worked his way into the SoCal blues scene, eventually impressing all that crossed his path and landing sideman spots with Mark Hummel, Johnny Dyer, King Ernest Baker, Junior Watson, Lester Butler, Janiva Magness and many more. He made his way up to the Northwest again in 2007 (he lived in Issaquah as a kid for 2 years) and hooked up with Neal Fallen's Borrowed Time Blues Band. He also plays guitar alongside Anthony Estrada in The Toughtimes, a 4-piece Funk/Blues/Soul outfit.

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AL CANTEY-With over 20 years of various electric and upright bass experience, Al played much of the 90’s with King Swing and the Boogiemen, also w/ Jimmy Dewrance, Paul Durkett, Jim Illges and later released an album with The West Coast Rollers. Al adds,” My musical tastes are primarily motivated by a band’s rhythm. A group of people that can collectively understand the intended rhythmic feel of a tune really inspirers me. The genre of music really doesn’t matter. It’s the deep understanding of groove or soul for a better term that really gives me the chills. It’s the bands groove that makes them great, to me at least, not how cool they look or what kind of gear they play. You have gotta shake them asses FIRST, everything else follows.” Al’s broad influences include: BB King, Larry Taylor, Dobie Strange, Willie Dixon, Jimmie Vaughn, Jim Bott, Keith Ferguson, Richard Innes, Nick Curran, Dave Gonzales, Tom Yearsley, Lynwood Slim, James Harmon, Kim Wilson, Hollywood Fats, Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, Rick Holstrom, T-Bone Walker, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Ronnie Earl, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, whatever grooves hard…

DAVID HUDSON has been a blues drummer for 20 something years and keeps the flame started by Fred Below and "new" guys like Fran Chistina and Richard Innes burning bright. He has played in bands that have opened for Jody Williams (Howling Wolf), Hubert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf) and Pinetop Perkins (Muddy Waters). He's been nominated "Best Blues Drummer" by the WBS a couple times and has also participated in the IBC competition in Memphis.David's a shuffle/swing drummer who has never played in a rock band..... and never will......He's excited to be teaming up with one of the best blues bands in the Northwest, "The Crossroads Band".

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