Harvey Brindell plays guitar and sings. His interest has always been Chicago blues. He has been playing professionally for the past twenty five years with bands based in Lincoln, Nebraska. He played guitar in the legendary Honeyboy Turner Band,(more info) nominated two years in a row (2012 & 2013) for the Omaha Entertainment & Arts Award for Best Blues Band. Harvey has played at all the major blues venues in the region, hundreds of small clubs, wineries, casinos, and festivals. He's played regularly at The Zoo Bar in Lincoln as well as all of the blues venues that have come and gone in Omaha. Harvey has also been playing as part of a guitar / harmonica blues duo handling the guitar and vocal chores.
Harvey has opened shows for Magic Slim & The Teardrops, Shawn Holt and The Teardrops, Bernard Allison, Smokin' Joe Kubik, Kilborn Alley Blues Band, JW Jones, Sean Chambers, Corey Stevens, Davina & The Vagabonds, Mighty Joe Young, Jimmy Thackery, Mike Zito, Dan Treanor's Afrossippi Band, Kevin Selfe & The Tornados, Mitch Kashmar, and Deak Harp. He's played in bands that have backed Chicago legends, Taildragger, Mary Lane and Rockin' Johnny when they were in his area and needed a back up band.
Harvey recorded two CDs with The Honeyboy Turner Band, Preachin The Blues in 1994 and Billiard Playin' Mama in 2012. He wrote several songs that were included on each of those CDs. Both CDs sold well regionally. They are available for streaming or for purchase on the SOUNDS page of this website. One of Harv's songs, Blues For Omaha, was included on the Blues Society Of Omaha Compilation CD, Deeper Blue.
Harvey recently relocated to Portland, Oregon. Upon arriving he put together a band, Harvey Brindell & The Tablerockers, and started booking them into area clubs, at parties, at festivals, at vineyards, and at casinos. If you're interested in booking Harvey Brindell & The Tablerockers or just want more info please contact Harvey.
Ray Beltran, a harmonica player and vocalist formerly from California and now residing in Salem, OR has been playing and performing for nearly 30 years up and down the West Coast, from San Diego to Seattle. Ray has been a frontman or sideman in a number of bands in the blues genre, as well as occasional solo performances while playing both acoustic and amplified harmonica. A multiple-time invitee to the Seattle Superharp Showcase, Ray is known for his deep, rich full-bodied tone and smooth phrasing. Ray's versatility on the instrument allows him to seamlessly and sublty blend different styles and genres while still staying true to the blues.
As a performer, Ray has had the opportunity to share the stage with James Harman, Kim Wilson, James Cotton, Mitch Kashmar, Kirk "Eli" Fletcher, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Rusty Zinn, Popa Chubby, Chris Cain, Kid Ramos, Roy Rogers and others.
Ray's experience with harmonica has lead him to be invited as an instructor to the internationally recognized Jon Gindick Harmonica Jam Camp, teaching alongside Dennis Gruenling, Richard Sleigh, Kim Fields, Jimi Lee and others.
Ashbolt Stewart has been a professional drummer since 1964 beginning with his first group, The Next Five. Throughout his life he's been in more than 100 bands from duos to 10 pieece horn bands, has been recorded playing on more than 20 CD's and played live in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, California, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Wahington, Hawaii, Guam, Philippines, Japan & currently lives and plays in Portland Oregon. Ashbolt also had the pleasure of playing with Wild Child Butler in Chicago in 1973. He recently recorded and played with Kid Andersen and the Greaseland Gang, including a show at the 2015 Waterfront Blues festival. Ashbolt continues to be a vital musical force into his mid-60s ! He teamed up with Harvey Brindell and Ray Beltran, and Dave "Shakey" Wagner and continues to be a Tablerocker in 2017!
Every part of the country has local blues legends, known to everyone in town for decades, whose fame lasts through several generations, but because of a personal choice to stay close to home rather than go out and stay on the road, their name remains unknown to the wider national blues audience. The guys who started playing in bands in junior high and continue throughout their entire lives. Dave Wagner is one of those guys. He had been playing blues around Lincoln, NE for as long asthere's been blues around Lincoln but recently decided to relocate to Portland.
When a national act came through the Zoo Bar in Lincoln NE and for one reason or another needed to find a bass player to fill in for a night or two, or sometimes longer, the locals would tell them "call Wags". Dave's the guy that got called when someone needed a bass player that can fill in "on the fly." No rehersal, no time to learn the tunes, just follow along. And whether you know him as Wags, or Shakey, or simply as David, if you've ever been to the Zoo Bar, you're likely to have seen him up on stage either subbing on bass with a national act or playing bass and singing in one of the many local bands he's been part of.
When Magic Slim's brother, Nick Holt, first got sick, Slim called Dave and asked him to fill in for an extended period of time. When Sherman Robertson came into town and needed a bass player, he called Dave. The list of players that Dave has either helped out locally or gone on the road to play with also includes Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, Chris Duarte, Jon Lawton (The Headhunters), Rockin' Johnny Burgin, Taildragger and others.