JP Soars is not a typical blues guitarist. He has a diverse musical background that encompasses a multitude of influences. " I love T-bone Walker, Jesse May Hemphill, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Muddy Waters, Johnny Guitar Watson, Guitar Slim and Louis Jordan. But I also love Tito Puente, Miles Davis, Hank Williams, Black Sabbath and Slayer." Soars toured the globe and recorded several records with some of the most extreme metal bands in the world before finding his home in the blues! It is these attributes that are giving Soars an instantaneously recognizable style. ……… "When I first heard JP Soars I knew right away that he was separate from the rest of the pack" Jimmy Thackery……
Soars is also a prolific songwriter, penning a number of tunes in his repertoire himself. His first blues cd Back of My Mind 2008 garnered rave reviews and received a considerable amount of airplay on XM Radio's Bluesville; Comcast digital and other blues stations around the world and continues to do so. Soars' newest release More Bees With Honey 2011 was voted 2nd coolest cd of the year for 2011 by Little Steven and his Underground Garage Xm Radio station! It was also in the top 5 click to pick for weeks on BB Kings Bluesville. Xm Radio. More Bees With Honey has earned Soars a BMA "blues music award" nomination for Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist of the year!
One of the most intriguing components in Soars' musical arsenal is his use of a two-string homemade guitar that he and his brother made. ……"Its basically a plywood box, a stick, two strings and a pickup"…………. By applying a modern approach to a primitive instrument Soars manages to conjure up sounds that usually leave folks in disbelief.
In February 2009 Soars and His Band took home top honors in Memphis TN by winning first place in the IBC "International Blues Challenge" as well as the coveted Albert King award for most promising guitarist. That win combined with Soars' intense work ethic, pure passion for the music he plays, a constant desire to improve and a continual strive for "customer satisfaction" has allowed Soars and Company to develop themselves into an in demand international touring band that is growing day by day, week by week and year after year.
Chris Peet rounds out the trio on drums. Chris comes from a family with generations of musicians, and early on developed a style of his own. Chris has made a living as one of the hardest working and most requested drummers in South Florida and clearly is good company with these fine musicians, that call themselves the Red Hots, and yes they are just that….. Red Hot!
Growing up in a family that includes generations of musicians, as well as music lovers, Chris learned to respect music of all eras, genres, and styles. He cites this early groundwork to be the main reason he appreciates and plays many different styles of music. He always says "My family never put a bad record on the turntable.and I think that made me a better musician before I ever picked up the sticks".
He has played and recorded with numerous local bands throughout the South and Central Florida area. He has also done festivals and toured with following national and regional acts: Terry Hanck, Rich DelGrosso, Gypsy Blue Acoustic Revue, Calvin Newbourn, L.A. Jones, The Dillengers, Matt Stubbs, Sax Gordon Beale, Albert Castiglia, Phil Grande, and Adriana Samargia.
Chris is currently touring with 2009 International Blues Challenge/Albert King award winner J.P. Soars. The most recent highlight of Peet's career, in addition to winning the current I.B.C. title, occurred while joining legendary artist Matt Guitar Murphy - one of the original Blues Brothers - in an unforgettable recording session of Murphy's favorites.
Don "The Cougar", was born in New York and grew up in Westbury Long Island. Don brings over 35 years of playing experience, providing a pocket of groove and a downhome meat and potatoes feel. Don is also a very accomplished guitar player, which give's him a different approach to his bass playing. Don is a huge fan of Blues and Roots music, which brings an energy of heartfelt enthusiasm to the band. Don played bass with Red Hots drummer Chis Peet for years. Making the ingredients for an immidiate chemistry, allowing the rythym section to provide an undenialbly solid foundation. The band say's "we call him the couger". "he's a smooth cat"..
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