Piano/keyboard player Mike Stevenson thanks Scott "Professor Piano" Cushie (Aerosmith, Rockin' Deltoids) for teaching him how to play blues, boogie and New Orleans jazz as well as how to be a pro musician on and off stage. Mike twice toured Europe's small venues developing his solo repertoire and returned for a tour as the piano player for Ray Charles tribute artist Frank Rondell. He played with Judy Johnson's Thinline R&B revue and formed Clarksdale with Sam Carothers (The Allman Brothers, Ronnie Hawkins), Rob Quail (The Jeff Healey Band) and Nelson Poirier. Reviewing Clarksdale, T.O. Nite's John Grant wrote "Mike Stevenson's devastating barrelhouse left hand and high register work is truly captivating." Mike now plays solo gigs at local venues including The Madison in Toronto, various dueling piano events, and with bands including The Kitchen and Bare Blue Sea. One of his coolest musical moments was sitting with Lou Reed on a flight from NYC and his most embarrassing (to date) is having his piano seat collapse and falling off the stage in front of 2,000 Elvis fans.
Lead Vocals, Guitars, Vocals
Steve has always been big on CanCon, playing a variety of acoustic based rock and folk rock tunes with a focus on Canadian artists. Steve began performing in 1996 as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of Blink! Steve fronted the band at various sized pubs and at several special engagements throughout the Quinte, Northumberland and Prince Edward County areas in Eastern Ontario. Blink! was selected in 1997 as the local opening band for Junkhouse and Spirit of the West at the Belleville Waterfront Festival.
Steve also has a busy solo career. His Passenger EP in support of the Carpenter Hospice in Burlington was released in January 2014 as a precursor to his first full length album of original music, EPONYMOUS (Sept. 30, 2014). Both albums are available at CD Baby and on iTunes.
Bob was raised in Port Credit (Mississauga), Ontario which is where the drumming began. Self taught in his teen years, Bob has played with a variety of bands including early on in Port Credit’s own Rox. Bob enjoys the variety of talented musicians that make Canadian music so vibrant and popular which explains his choice of Neil Peart of Rush fame as one of his favourite players. The inimitable Buddy Rich and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers are other drummers who have influenced Bob’s playing. The lure of paying homage to our ‘Home and Native Land’ through performing tasteful pop/folk rock music is what has brought Bob back to sit behind the kit once again. Along with Steve, Bob is one of the founding members of The Hus-band playing a variety of early rock ‘n’ roll tunes from the 50's and 60's for older audiences.
Lead Vocals, Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
Ian has been playing bass for more than 20 years, playing in cover bands in the area as well as an original band out of Toronto, Sulk, that had some commercial success including a couple of CDs released, a video which aired on CMT, and an appearance on Toronto City TV’s Breakfast Television.
Ian started out playing piano and has expanded into organ and accordion and the acoustic guitar. His bass playing is best described as melodic which suits the band perfectly. Ian also has his hands in other local acts.
Tim is a long-time Burlington player, joining Bare Blue Sea in November 2011. As a talented solo performer and member of several well-known Burlington bands, Tim brings a great deal of guitar and vocal talents to the mix.
Tim is the co-organizer of the Live and Local Music Series since 2013 which provides a platform for original, local talent.
Drums, Percussion, Vocals