The Crook County Blues Band delivers an authentic polished blues and classic rock sound. We are an American music band. Russ Hartig (lead guitar), Ray Somera (bass guitar), Nick Ugo (drums), and Pat Fiege (vocals, harmonica, guitar ukulele, keyboard, sax) put the "B" in Blues and the "C" in Classic rock. It all started after an impromptu jam session one night. The four of us knew we were a "perfect fit." The band shines during their energy filled live performances during which Pat will often switch instruments, leading the audience on a journey of varying sounds and feelings from song to song. The Crook County Blues Band has worked hard at developing a solid, high-energy, authentic blues and classic rock sound, while keeping an open ear to the continuing evolution of the music as it keeps rolling on.
The Crook County Blues Band influences are many. Please visit our website for more info.: Stevie Ray Vaughn, Melvin Taylor, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Slim Harpo, The Doors, Wilson Pickett, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Tracy Chapman, Cream, B.B. King, Junior Wells, Freddie King, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Eddie Shaw, Jeff Healey, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Jonny Lang, Kim Wilson, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Howlin' Wolf, T-Bone Walker, Robert Johnson, and many more.
--former Illinois Entertainer Editor in Chief Michael C. Harris.
These Crooks are less about stealing than honoring their R&B, blues and rock 'n roll influences--loose and fun and thoroughly earnest is their approach. Guitarist Russ Hartig has exceptional chops: whether playing Hendrix, Presley, Cream, or Freddie King classics, he nimbly and seemingly effortlessly switches genres and goes beyond imitation to make established tunes sound both immediately familiar and notably his own. The reliable rhythm section seques easily across the genres Crook County explores, and multi-instrumentalist Pat Fiege (harp, keys, sax) is an affable and inviting front man with enough vocal growl and melody to span the band's catalogue. Plus, you can tell he's enjoying the hell out of playing this music the band so obviously loves. Before you lock them up, give the Crook county Blues Band a listen."