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GENTLEMEN'S BLUES CLUB: Bios / Discographies

Gentlemen's Blues Club is a dynamic brotherhood of independent musicians with a passion for creating extraordinary music. Conceived in 2005 by Mick Stover, GBC is designed to showcase and celebrate the solo and ensemble work of these very special musicians, and to provide a musical canvas for collaborating and creating music with one another. 

Find out a more about the accomplishments of this array of versatile musicians and check out their extensive discographies below. Many of the album thumbnails are linked for easy access to the CDs and MP3s that comprise their remarkable catalogs.

 


Mick Stover - Bassist, Songwriter, Producer

Mick Stover was a founding member of Alan Mirikitani's groundbreaking LA/Hollywood blues rock band “BB Chung King & the Screaming Buddaheads". He has also had the pleasure of playing onstage with an array of guitar heroes, including Slash, Dweezil Zappa, Philip Sayce, Ernie Isley, CC DeVille, Coco Montoya, Steve Stevens, Shawn Jones & Joe Bonamassa.

Mick has performed in Japan, Europe, Australia, and all over North America - sharing bills with Pat Travers, Great White, Robin Trower, Gilby Clarke, Double Trouble, as well as the late great electric blues guitar pioneers BB King & Johnny Winter. Mick has an intense passion for foreign cultures, languages, and people. He has had the honor of traveling to 20 foreign countries.

BB & the Screaming Buddaheads - Are You Satisfied? Edoya Records (Japan) Buddaheads - Crawlin Moon, Edoya Records (Japan) BB & the Screaming Buddaheads - Edoya '93 Rock Fes: Live at Hibiya Tokyo, Edoya Records (Japan) Buddaheads - Blues Had a Baby, RCA Records Buddaheads (EP) RCA Records

Al "BB Chung King" Mirikitani - Guitarist, Vocalist, Songwriter

Mick's musical mentor - Grammy nominee Alan "BB Chung King" Mirikitani - had been a West Coast Blues icon since 1988 when he masterminded the highly-respected power blues project BB Chung King & the Screaming Buddaheads. When BB and the boys signed with the highly-respected Japanese record label Edoya Records, their name was shortened to "BB & the Buddaheads". After inking a deal with with RCA Records in the US, they became known simply as "the Buddaheads".

Al wrote hundreds of songs and produced countless great albums for other artists and for his own band. Al's mixing genius and superlative musicianship can be heard on all 3 of the GBC albums, and his amazing catalog of soulful music is available on iTunes and CD Baby.

After recording and touring Japan and North America to support the RCA & Edoya albums with Mick Stover, Al continued the Buddahead legacy with his masterful series of self-produced albums and energetic live shows, which featured the talents of many of his friends, most notably his long-time musical buddies Lee Spath and Johnny Griparic.

Al's spiritual transitioning in 2015 was profoundly felt by many in the Blues community. As he prophesied in his classic power boogie "Company Graveyard", Al passed on while producing the music he so dearly loved.

Buddaheads - Howlin' at the Moon Buddaheads - Mississippi Queen Buddaheads feat. BB Chung King - Real BB Chung King & the_Buddaheads - Go For Broke
The_Buddaheads_I_Wish_I_Had_Everything_I_Want1.jpg The Buddaheads - Mumbo Jumbo The Buddaheads - Raw The Buddaheads - Something New

 


Dirty Dave Osti - Guitarist, Vocalist, Songwriter

Dirty Dave Osti may be legitimately labeled a master songsmith, having written over 1,000 songs! His talent and versatility is beyond description. Dave has also produced dozens of artists and performed on the reality television show Restaurant Startup.

Mick first saw Dirty Dave perform live when Dave was fronting his own original power trio at age 15 at a keg party! They have been friends ever since, playing in over a dozen bands together...

Check out Dirty Dave's catalog of mind-blowing solo albums on Grooveyard Records:
Dirty Dave Osti - Voodoo Guitar Dirty Dave Osti - Shakedown on Salvation Street Dirty Dave Osti - Burning Down the Dirtshack Dirty Dave Osti - Rare Tracks

 


David Raven - Drummer, Percussionist

David Raven… drummer, singer, composer, has worked primarily as a studio drummer in Los Angeles since 1981. He has played on more than 2,000 records, as well as music for movies and television.

David has recorded or performed with many top artists, including Keith Richards, Norah Jones, Slash, Michelle Shocked, Don Was, The Surfaris, Robben Ford, Ricky Martin, and Nancy Sinatra. His songs have been placed in dozens of TV shows, and has performed on the soundtracks of the many feature films including Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, and Brokeback Mountain.

His work with the Mojo Monkeys is not to be missed!
Mojo Monkeys - Blessings and Curses Mojo Monkeys - Hang

Ricky Z - Guitarist, Vocalist

During Ricky Z's rich career that has spanned from live shows and touring to recording, T.V. and movie work, Ricky Z has worked with a myriad of stellar artists including Josh Groban, Steven Tyler, Jessica Simpson, Steve Lukather, The Sweet, Orianthi, Gloria Estefan,and Michael Buble.

Ricky Z steps out as an artist in his own right with his debut Contemporary Blues Album The Long and Dusty Road, featuring Bill Champlin, Lisa Kekaul (the BellRays), Walfredo Reyes Jr., Ed Roth, and Bill Lanham. He paints a landscape that encompasses the depth and scope of both traditional and modern blues with a twist of Funk, Rock n Roll and a hint of Cajun. Pure and solely Ricky Z.

"It been a fantastic musical journey and I been fortune to work and collaborate with some of the most talented musicians in the industry", Ricky Z shares. And with influences such as Freddie King, John Lee Hooker, to Eric Clapton and Rory Gallagher, The Long and Dusty Road is culminating in a record that both emits Ricky's roots and the feeling of yesterday with the sound of tomorrow.

Ricky Z - The Long and Dusty Road


Shawn Jones - Guitarist, Vocalist

With a new blistering blues/rock trio album on the way, winning the SCBS Battle Of The Blues Bands, and several European tours gaining him thousands of new fans, it's obvious Shawn Jones is on a roll.

Recently, Shawn was invited to guest as opener for the five time Grammy winning legend Robert Cray on a 16 date theater tour of the UK. “The response and CD sales were overwhelming!”, says Shawn.

With five studio albums and one live album under his belt, Shawn’s skills as a seasoned songwriter, guitarist and vocalist make him one of the most dynamic and relevant artists on today’s music scene. He’s shared bills with many renowned musicians, including B.B. King, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Derek Trucks, Robben Ford, Joe Bonamassa, and many others.

Shawn has been touring in excess of 200 dates a year, creating new fans and followers everywhere he performs, which includes the US, Ireland, the UK and the EU. His variety of performances capture his audience whenever he’s playing an acoustic set that highlights his soulful voice and incredible guitar skills or rocking the crowd with his band of world class musicians.
Shawn Jones - Natural Soul Shawn Jones - Little Dreams Shawn Jones  - All in Good Time Shawn_Jones - Struggle Makes You Stronger Shawn Jones Trio - Pain Passed Down

Teddy "Zig Zag" Andreadis - Keyboardist

Teddy "ZigZag" Andreadis is LA's "first call" Hammond B3 Keyboard player. Teddy toured with Gun 'N' Roses in their heyday, including their infamous Wembley Stadium performances in England.

Teddy has played extensively with Slash, Alice Cooper, and Carole King. A renaissance man of seemingly endless talent, he also plays a mean blues harp and has been featured in numerous movie releases & TV productions. He is currently on tour with Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxcutters.

Kellie Rucker - Blues Harpist

She stands a mere five feet tall, but don't let her tiny stature fool you, Kellie Rucker is a very BIG talent. A Lee Oskar Harmonicas-endorsed artist, she has appeared on the bill or onstage with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Stephen Stills, Albert Collins, James Cotton, ZZ Top, Dan Hicks, Warren Zevon, Little Feat and B.B. King

Kellie Rucker - Ain't_Hit Bottom Kellie_Rucker_Church_of_Texas1.jpg Soul Return - In the Meantime  Kellie Rucker - Blues is Blues


Frank Simes - Guitarist

Raised in Japan, West Coast virtuoso Frank Simes is one of the premier talents in the industry. He has worked with such legendary artists as Mick Jagger, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Sting, and the Eagles. He also serves as the Musical Director for The Who, and for Roger Daltrey.

You can view the highlights of Frank's stellar career at FrankSimes.com. He performs regularly with his own groups Topcat, and Spirit of Led Zeppelin. 

Philip Sayce - Guitarist, Vocalist

Check out Philip Sayce's extensive bio at http://philipsayce.com/bio/

Philip Sayce - Philip Sayce Group Philip Sayce - Peace Machine Philip Sayce - Ruby Electric Philip Sayce - Silver Wheels of the Stars (EP) Philip Sayce - Steamroller Philip Sayce - Influence Philip Sayce - Scorched Earth