"I always get asked what my influences are. The short answer is EVERYONE. The wierd thing is I really don't sound like my all time favorites. But, if pressed, I'd have to mention Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Taj Mahal, Albert Collins, Albert King, BB King, Buddy Guy, Wes Montgomery, Little Milton, Magic Slim, Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and Tom Jones of all people. Love his voice!"-Mikey Capone
Mikey's parents were poor and only 16 and 17 when they gave birth to Mikey. The young parents parents split when Mikey was 5. Having survived a gunshot wound when he was 14, Mikey has lived the blues his whole life.
When Mikey was seventeen, his mother informed him that her husband threatened to kill her so he put her on a plane to Chicago to live with some family and friends and Mikey moved in with his grandparents. They could not afford to support Mikey so he dropped out of high school and worked full time during the day and performed at night in the Phoenix club scene.
Soon after his eighteenth birthday Mikey moved to California and reunited with his mother and younger brother. In 1982, Mikey went on his first tour playing classic rock originals and covers and some blues.
Mikey went back to his blues roots and has set out on a lifetime journey to master the blues and has shared the stage with with many Legendary Performers and up coming stars including:
Hubert Sumlin, Taildragger, Lurrie Bell, Roy Gaines, Michael Burks, Larry McCray, Lil Buck Senegal, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Chico Banks, Leon Blue, Sugar Blue, Chris Thomas King, Kenny Neal, Curtis Salgado, Tommy Castro, Earl Thomas, Shayne Dwight, Jimmy Z, Bobby Murray, Lee Oskar, Jason Ricci, Eden Brent, Ana Popovich, Coco Montoya, Tab Benoit, Debbie Davies, Matt Wiggler, Kyle Rowen, Scott Ambush, JP Soars, Too Slim and the Taildraggers, Magic Slim and many more.
Olivier Scoazec born in Nancy France based out of Lafayette Louisiana recorded and performed with Henry Gray and the Cats, grammy winner with Alligator records "Lay your burden down" with Buckwheat Zydeco CD 2009, and Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars. Currently working on solo project.
"I met Olivier on the Legendary Blues Cruise in 2006, we instantly hit it off. We always spoke about working together and when he came to Los Angeles last summer, we were in the recording studio within a few weeks. I pushed him hard and got a performance from Olivier that few have seen. His contribution to the music and his guitar work will leave a lasting impression". -Mikey
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In the past couple years, Mikey has been focusing on writing original blues music and has over 60 songs. Mikey postponed working on his screenplay (about guess what... The Blues) to work on his upcoming debut album "Devil Have The Blues", just released. The screenplay is a Fiction however fictions are based on about 85% fact and this movie is more like 95% fact.
Although he seems quiet and reserved, Mikey loves to talk with fans, friends and other musicians and looks forward to meeting you.
Paul Curley Bass player started playing Bass when he was a teenager growing up in Alaska. Alaska is known as being the "Last Frontier" and when it comes to bar fights, Paul has seen his share of John Wayne style bar fights.
"I was on stage one night and next thing I know, this dude fell into me and all of a sudden this big fight ensued. It seemed like everyone in this place was throwing punches. I ended up with a hole in the speaker cabinet and a cracked neck on my Bass. Next day I got some glue and was back on stage the next night".-Paul Curley
During his career as a bass player, Paul has played in many bands and is also a songwriter. Paul likes Blues Music as well as Fusion Jazz and classic rock and cites Billy Cox, Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clark as influences and his main instrument is a 4 string Fender Jazz Bass.
Paul met Mikey in July 2011 when the band Paul was playing in needed a guitar player to do a show in Burbank and after the gig they split from that band and started jamming together. They went into the studio in August 2011 with Mike Turner on drums and cut "White Lightnin" which was named Best New Blues Song 2011 by Backroads Blues.
Born in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1931, Leon was first inspired to play piano in 1940 after hearing records of the pounding boogie-woogie of Meade Lux Lewis and Albert Ammons, and also early live performances by fellow Texan Charles Brown. By 1955, Leon and his three brothers, all also musicians, had relocated to Los Angeles and were performing as The Four Scooters. Before long Leon was making connections with a who's who of the bustling L.A. blues scene, and over the next three decades played and recorded with some of the biggest names active on the west coast (and elsewhere), including B.B. King, Albert King (who says hired and fired him three different times), Roy Milton, Fats Washington, Little Joe Blue, and many others. Leon even played fill-in gig in L.A. with Chicago blues great Muddy Waters, when Muddy's regular pianist Pinetop Perkins missed his plane; he says when Pinetop finally arrived, Muddy didn't want to hire him back! All of this in addition to being a regular member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue during their most successful years, from 1964 until 1978.
Although he relocated to Las Vegas in the early 1990s, he hasn't slowed down a bit. He's continued to tour regularly when his old friends like Roy Gaines, Sonny Rhodes or Phillip Walker call, and is frequently in L.A. for gigs and recording sessions, tickling the ivories or pounding out a boogie as needed. But it wasn't until The Mannish Boys sessions in 2004 that Leon got a chance to show off his 'secret weapon' on record for the very first time - a warm and husky blues voice, that we're sure to hear more of in the future.
"Mike Turner is a great drummer who has played with the Dennis Jones Band for over 10 years. Dennis is a good friend so I called him up and got his blessing to use Mike who played on the entire "Devil Have The Blues" Album".-Mikey Capone
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