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BO & THE BLUESDRIVERS
Band Members: Bo AKA Shane McMillian - Vocals & Guitar, J.J. Garcia - Drums and Brian (Chewy) James - Bass.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
About: Blues music at it's finest! The band features Bo - Lead vocals & Guitar & J.J. Garcia - Drums and Brian "Chewy" James - Bass.
Bo & The Bluesdrivers
Bo: guitar, vocals
J.J. Garcia: drums
Brian “Chewy” James: bass, vocals
“I’m out on the streets again/I’ve been sleeping in my car/I got these worn-out shoes/ Just smoked my last cigar,” drawls the St. Augustine, FL, native known simply as Bo in this blues-rock chestnut, buttressed by a stinging guitar and a sturdy rhythm section held down by longtime musical partners, Bluesdrivers bassist Brian “Chewy” James and drummer J. J. Garcia.
That’s right, Bo & the Bluesdrivers play it like they’ve lived it, paying those hard-living dues, forming from a chance meeting after joining forces at an open jam hosted a decade ago by Chewy and J.J. Ten years after, they’re still together and tighter than ever.
“From the streets of New York/To the streets of L.A./It seems all the same/Day to day/I’ve been through the darkness/I’ve walked through the light/The streets are all the same/Night after night.”
The band have performed on special occasions in the L.A. area over the years at clubs and parties of friends, but more recently have started to develop a strong following that has seen them with consistent bookings all over Southern California.
Says Bo: “We’re a band of brothers with mutual respect for each other and our abilities. Always striving to be the best at what we do.”
A veteran of the Florida club scene, Bo’s travels have seen him sitting in with the legendary drummers Buddy Miles (Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies, Delfonics, Bootsy Collins) and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Artimus Pyle before moving from Florida to L.A. 14 years ago. A world-class guitarist, you can hear his affinity for a variety of genres, from jazz, funk and soul to rock & roll come through loud and clear on such originals as “Out in the Streets,” audience fave “Walkin’ in the Park,” tasty instrumentals like “Sea Song” and “Chillin’” along with well-chosen covers of classics by Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pink Floyd and ZZ Top, among others.
Bo’s Bluesdrivers backbeat is provided by the stalwart team of J.J. and Chewy, who have worked together for close to two decades, performing in the band Stone and recently with the group Judge Jackson. The longtime rhythm section have several national tours under their belts and a resume that includes collaborations with famed horror director John Carpenter, both on-screen and as part of the soundtracks for his films, including Vampires and Ghost of Mars. Judge Jackson has performed and recorded music that has appeared on a variety of TV, movies and sporting events, including Fox Sports and Super Bowl XLV.
Bo & the Bluesdrivers have just finished recording a new album at Pawnshop Studios, which is slated for release later this year.
Concluded J.J.: “The band came together both naturally and organically, with no stress or drama…Just making music that we dig.”
Can you dig it? We knew you could.
Performance & Licensing Inquiries
P.O. Box 954
Frazier Park, CA 93225
818.203.9694 / GESbooking@gmail.com